Chapman Conference on
Continent-Ocean Interactions within the East Asian Marginal Seas
The Bahia Resort in San Diego, CA

11-14 November 2002

Scientific Committee
Conference Objective
Conference Program
Travel Support
Hotel Accommodations
Meeting Location and Facility
Further Information


Peter Clift, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02543,
Pinxian Wang, Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, People's Republic of China,
Dennis Hayes, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, P.O. Box 1000, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964,

Scientific Committee

Conference Objectives
The marginal seas of the Asian continent represent natural laboratories for the study of a wide variety of geologic processes, that are of strong interest to the broad AGU community. These basins form the transition between the world's largest continent and largest ocean and are major repositories of information on the interaction between the two within the tectonic, geologic and climatic spheres. In this meeting we propose to bring together an international and multi-disciplinary group of ocean and earth sciences to examine the origin and development of these basins. We especially hope to foster interaction between normally separate communities such as tectonic and oceanographic workers. . The meeting will focus on the Andaman Sea, the South China Sea and its associated Malaysian basins, the East China Sea, the Okinawa Trough, the Yellow Sea, the Sea of Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk. Together these form a series of major basins whose origins may be related and whose development is linked directly to the tectonic evolution of continental Asia. The possibility of direct onshore-offshore correlation is what makes this region especially attractive for study, and unique from the oceanic marginal basins of the SW Pacific. Understanding how the evolution of Asia and the Pacific Ocean affects the marginal seas is the key goal of the meeting. In addition, we aim to examine solid earth-climatic coupling in this region.

Format of the four day meeting

Day 0 Afternoon registration
Evening icebreaker reception
Day 1 Morning: Regional tectonics, plate driving forces and mechanisms of basin formation. Presentations of ~25 minutes each for this session and throughout meeting

8:30 am to 10:00 am Oral presentations
10:00 am to 10:30 am Posters and coffee
10:30 am to 12:30 pm Oral presentations

  Lunch 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
  Afternoon: Rift tectonics of the Asian marginal seas. Crustal structure, deep and shallow.

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Oral presentations
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm Posters and Tea
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Oral presentations
5:30 pm to 6:00pm Discussion

Day 2 Schedule to follow Day 1 format

Morning: Stratigraphic architecture of the marginal seas.

Afternoon: Sedimentology and sediment transport.

Day 3 Schedule to follow Day 1 format

Morning: Climatic and paleoceanographic record, long-term changes.
Afternoon: Climatic and paleoceanographic record, high resolution, millennial records.
Evening: Conference dinner

Day 4 Morning: Specialist group meetings
  Afternoon: Synthesis session, discussion of climate-tectonic coupling, response of sedimentary budgets to climate and tectonic change.

What next? Discussion of plans for collaborative future work. What are the "must-do" items for the community.

Travel Support: Application Deadline is 1 June 2002
Applications are being made to several U.S. agencies to support travel for a limited number of conference participants. Graduate students and young scientists will receive priority for funding.

To apply for travel funds, please print and complete the Chapman Conference Travel Grant Application(cc02ccall_trav.pdf no longer available), and return it to the AGU Meetings Department by 1 June 2002.


The registration fee for this conference is $225, student fee is $150. Use the online form to register for this meeting. Return the form by 1 November to register.

Hotel Accommodations

Special AGU group rates, $135 single and $150 double occupancy, have been reserved for you for a limited time, but only until all group rooms have been allocated or until 10 October 2002, the AGU cut-off date, whichever comes first. These special AGU group rates are also valid before and after the meeting dates based on availability.

Deadline for reservations is 10/10/02. Book your reservations early. All reservations require a deposit or credit card guarantee to hold them and they may be canceled, without penalties up until 24 hours of your arrival date.

Below is the hotel's quick and easy online reservation form(no longer available) or you may call the hotel's Central Reservations Department Toll free from within the U.S.A. at 1-800-576-4229.

Toll Free from Canada call: 1-800-233-8172 / Toll Free from Mexico call: 1-800-288-0740

From Europe/Asia/Australia/South America the hotel can be reached at 1-858-488-0551 or You may fax the hotel your reservation at 1-858-488-1387.

 Meeting Location and Facility

Bahia Hotel recommended airport shuttle - (Special rate offered to Bahia Hotel guests)

Further Information
Additional information and program information as the conference topics are developed will be available on the AGU Website -

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