07.09 - 09.09.2017  
Shanghai, China

The IODP-PAGES Workshop on Global Monsoon in Long-term Records will be held from 7-9 September 2017 at Tongji University, Shanghai, China.


Lecture Hall, Ocean Building, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092, China.


Over the past years, six IODP expeditions were devoted to monsoon (Figure 1). At the 2015 IODP Forum in Canberra, Australia, a proposal was adopted to organize a Global Monsoon workshop to integrate results of monsoon investigations with contributions of the IODP expeditions. The PAGES Working Group on Global Monsoon had just finished its ten-year activities. After several runs of discussions, it was decided to convene an IODP-PAGES Global Monsoon Workshop in Shanghai in 2017.

Scientific program

The workshop will review the research progress of the monsoon-related IODP as well as ODP expeditions, in order to compare the monsoon records between different regions and to explore the driving mechanisms of monsoon variabilities at tectonic, orbital and sub-orbital time scales.

Major questions to be addressed during the workshop include:
1. Applicability of the Global Monsoon concept at geological time scales: Are there coherent variabilities among regional monsoons?
2. Response of regional monsoons to external forcing and internal feedback: What are the major driving mechanisms of monsoon variability?
3. Initiation of the current monsoon systems: When did the modern regional monsoon systems establish? Where are the key areas to collect the crucial long-term records of monsoon evolutions and variability?
4. The use of monsoon proxies: Are there common proxies indicative of global monsoon?
5. The role of monsoon in global climate system: Which role does the monsoon system play in the global hydrological cycle on the geological timescale? How are monsoons related to other components in the climate system such as the westerlies and El Niño?


Major topics to be discussed at the workshop include:

- Global and regional aspects of monsoon systems: Regional monsoons differ from each other and have been studied so far in separation. To which extent the regional monsoons vary coherently and can be studied as a global system?
- Global monsoon and hydrological cycle: Monsoons are central to variations of the hydrological cycle in the low and middle latitudes. Closely associated with trade winds and the El Niño, is the global monsoon a key to understanding of the world hydrological cycle?
- Establishment of the modern regional monsoon systems: IODP expeditions have recovered long-term records of the regional monsoons. How much do we know about the history of monsoon systems, particularly the inception of the modern regional monsoons?
- Potential proxies of the global monsoon: Numerous proxies have been used in regional monsoon reconstructions, but which proxies have the potential to indicate global monsoon? Can we quantify the paleo-intensity of global monsoon?


The workshop will consist of plenary sessions and discussions, with a half-day group discussion:

Wednesday 6 September
On site registration.
19:30-21:00 Scientific Committee meeting.

Thursday 7 September
An all-day plenary session. Invited presentations of monsoon-related IODP/ODP cruises and representatives of PAGES Global Monsoon Working Group.

Friday 8 September
Morning: Plenary session (continued).
Afternoon: Group discussion.

Saturday 9 September
Full day plenary session: General discussions and conclusion.

Saturday 10 September
Joint field excursion with IODP Forum meeting participants to Suzhou City.


Research progress of the following expeditions will be presented by the co-chiefs or alternative scientists:
IODP 346: R. Tada
IODP 353: S. Clemens, W. Kuhnt
IODP 354; C. France-Lanord, V. Spiess
IODP 355: D.K. Pandey, P. Clift
IODP 356: S. Gallagher
IODP 359: C. Betzler
IODP 363: Y. Rosenthal, A. Holbourn

DSDP/ODP cruises and others:
N. African monsoon: P. de Menocal, M. Maslin
American monsoon: H. Pälike, P. Baker, M. Maslin

In addition, PAGES former WG on Global Monsoon will also give its presentations:
Modern global monsoon: B. Wang
Global monsoon in speleothem records: H. Cheng
Global monsoon proxies: P. Wang

Scientific Committee

Pinxian Wang, Tongji University, China (Chair)
Ryuji Tada, University of Tokyo, Japan
Rick Murray, Boston University, US
Steve Clemens, Brown University, US
Liping Zhou, Peking University, China
Zhimin Jian, Tongji University, China
Marie-France Loutre, PAGES

Participation and registration

The workshop will be limited to ~60 participants and mainly be invited by the organizer. There is no registration fee for participants but local organizer will cover the expenses of three working lunch, a banquet dinner, as well as the field excursion to Suzhou City.

Important dates

15 July: Deadline for abstract submission
11 August: Deadline for hotel reservation
6 September: On-site Registration
7-9 September: Scientific program
10 September: Joint field excursion with the IODP Forum meeting participants


Additional papers addressing the above topics for oral or poster presentations will also be accepted. Deadline is 15 July. Potential participants should send their abstract to the Secretariat:
Dr. Shaoting Tuo
IODP-China Office
Tel: +86 21 6598 2198
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


A group booking has been made at Kingswell Hotel Tongji, 50 Zhangwu Road, Shanghai 200092, China. The local host will help participants to make hotel reservations. The participants need to finish a hotel reservation form and return it to the meeting secretariat before 11 August.

Visa requirements

Important! Foreign citizens must obtain a Chinese visa before entry into China, with the exception of visa-free entry based on relevant agreements or regulations. Particiapnts are strongly advised to check with their nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate or travel agent on visa requirements.

The local organizer will provide the invitation letter to support the visa application. Participants may find more information concerning the Chinese visa application at

Further information

Secretariat IODP-China is the local host of the workshop. For more information please contact: Jun Tian, The IODP-China Office, 86-21-65980356, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Enqing Huang, Tongji University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Wentao Ma, Tongji University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Xixi Shen, Tongji University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read about the achievements of the Global Monsoon working group here.


Figure 1:

iodp exped glob mons