Utrecht - Asia Seminar

Asian Climate and Tectonics

26 -29 April 2010, Utrecht












- Seminar attendance is free

- Posters in Geology Building, Onderwijs hal - Budapestlaan 4

- Talks in Minnaert Building, Room 208 - Leuvenlaan 4


Guillaume Dupont-Nivet: gdn@geo.uu.nl

Roderic Bosboom: R.E.Bosboom@geo.uu.nl










This seminar will gather international scientists from transdisciplinary backgrounds (geodynamics, tectonics, climate modelling, thermochronology, stratigraphy, geochemistry, paleoclimatology, paleontology, geophysicists….) that are working together to understand interactions between climate and tectonics in the ideal natural laboratory of Asia. The interplay between climate and tectonics in the context of Eurasian geodynamics and associated orogens (e.g. Himalaya, Tibetan Plateau, Tian Shan, Gobi-Altai…) belong to the most significant and fascinating issues of Earth sciences. Major paleoenvironmental changes such as continental aridification and monsoon intensification are generally attributed to surface uplift and/or to land–sea redistributions (e.g. Paratethys retreat) associated with Eurasian tectonics (e.g. Indo-Asia collision). Moreover, global Cenozoic cooling with decreasing atmospheric CO2 levels has been attributed to erosion of the uplifting mountain ranges, following Tethyan subductions and the onset of continental collisions. On the other hand, recent findings suggest that monsoons and global climate have had a prevailing role in denudation rates shaping Eurasian orogens, in altering Asian environments and in triggering biotic events. These results challenge the geosciences community to establish unequivocal relationships between tectonism, global climate and major environmental changes in Asia.



Monday 26 April


13:00-13:30                   REGISTRATION (Geology Building, Onderwijs hal - Budapestlaan 4)


Coffee at poster (Hanging up posters)


                                   INTRODUCTION (Minnaert Building, Room 208 - Leuvenlaan 4)


13:30-13:50       Introduction to Asian Climate and Tectonics

Guillaume Dupont-Nivet; Utrecht University; gdn@geo.uu.nl


                                   SESSION 1: TECTONICS AND GEODYNAMIC

13:50-14:05       Plateau development in central Tibet by ~50 Myr and subsequent growth

Alexander Rohrmann; Uni. Postdam; rohrmann@geo.uni-potsdam.de



14:05-14:35       Plateau Tectonic evolution of the Songpan Garzê and adjacent areas (NE Tibet): a synthesis

Marc Jolivet, Françoise Roger, Jacques Malavieille, Rodolphe Cattin. Uni. Rennes; marc.jolivet@univ-rennes1.fr


Coffee break at posters


15:00-15:30       Age and paleolatitude of the India-Asia collision and the Asian inclination problem: new paleomagnetic constraints

Douwe van Hinsbergen, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Pete Lippert, Paul Kapp; Oslo University; douwework@gmail.com


15:35-16:15       The Paleogene Latitude of Southern and Central Tibet: Implications for the Tectonics and Climate of Asia

Peter Lippert, Xixi Zhao, Robert Coe, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet Douwe van Hinsbergen  and Paul Kapp UC Santa Cruz; plippert@pmc.ucsc.edu


16:15-16:30       A tomographic glimpse at the India-Asia collision

Wim Spakman Utrecht University; wims@geo.uu.nl


Drinks at posters

Tuesday 27 April


9:30-12:00                                            POSTER SESSION


Asian aridification linked to the first step of the Eocene-Oligocene climate Transition (EOT) in obliquity-dominated terrestrial records (Xining Basin, China)

Guoqiao Xiao, Hemmo A. Abels, Zhengquan Yao, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Frederik J. Hilgen; Utrecht University; abels@geo.uu.nl


Middle to late Miocene Middle Eastern climate from stable oxygen and carbon isotope data, southern Alborz mountains, N Iran

Paolo Ballato, Andreas Mulch, Angela Landgraf , Manfred R. Strecker , Chiara M. Dalconi , Anke Friedrich , Saeid H. Tabatabaei; Uni. Postdam; Paolo.Ballato@geo.uni-potsdam.de


Coherence of the Dabie Shan UHPM terrane investigated by Lu-Hf and 40Ar/39Ar dating of eclogites

Fraukje M Brouwer, Mirek Groen, Oliver Nebel, Jan R Wijbrans, Huaning Qiu; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; fraukje.brouwer@falw.vu.nl


Key tectonic and climatic processes from the Late Eocene-Oligocene continental record of the South Pyrenean Foreland Basin

Elisenda Costa, Miguel Garcés, Miguel López-Blanco, Elisabet Beamud, Miriam Gómez-Paccard, Juan Cruz Larrasoaña, Lluís Cabrera, Alberto Sáez; University of Barcelona; elicosta@ub.edu


A complete magnetic polarity stratigraphy of the Miocene continental deposits of Mae Moh basin, northern Thailand and a reassessment of the age of Hominoid bearing localities in Northern Thailand

Pauline Coster, Mouloud Bennami; Univ. Poitiers; pauline.coster@etu.univ-poitiers.fr


Climate and tectonic changes during the Indo-Asia collision

 Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Roderic Bosboom, Hemmo Abels, Carina Hoorn, Wout Krijgsman, Zhaojie Guo, and the Asian Climate and Tectonic Team; Utrecht University; gdn@geo.uu.nl


Late Santonian-Early Maastrichtian calcareous nannoplankton from Marly deposits near Kerman (Central Iran)

Fatemeh Hadavi, Akram Pouresmaeil; University of Mashhad, Iran; fatemehhadavi@yahoo.com


Tectonics and climate controls on erosion and sedimentary deposition in SE Asia reconstructed from sedimentary records of the Song Hong-Yinggehai and Qiongdongnan Basin, South China Sea

Long Van Hoang, Peter D. Clift, Mads Huuse, Fu-Yuan Wu, Darren Mark; Aberdeen University; l.v.hoang@abdn.ac.uk


The Eocene-Oligocene palynological record from the Xining Basin (Tibetan Plateau, China) as evidence for Asian paleoenvironments and regional change

Carina Hoorn, Julia Straathof, Hemmo A. Abels, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet; Universiteit van Amsterdam; M.C.Hoorn@uva.nl


Principal component analysis of chemical properties of terrestrial sediments in the Donggi Cona lake catchment, eastern Tibetan Plateau, China

Janneke IJmker, Wolfgang Roemer, Kai Hartmann, Georg Stauch and Frank Lehmkuhl; RWTH Aachen; j.ijmker@geo.rwth-aachen.de


Preliminary results of continental erosion and Holocene climate studies from the Indus Shelf, Pakistan

David Robert Limmer, Cornelia Köhler, Peter Clift, Matthew Cooper and Liviu Giosan; Aberdeen University; d.r.limmer@abdn.ac.uk


Spatial and temporal patterns of intracontinental tectonism in the Kyrgyz Tien Shan

Euan Macaulay, Edward Sobel, Alexander Mikolaichuk, Barry Kohn; Uni. Postdam; Euan.Macaulay@geo.uni-potsdam.de


CANCELLED A regional climate model experiment to investigate the Asian monsoon in the Late Miocene

 Hui Tang, Arne Micheels, Jussi Eronen, Mikael Fortelius; Univ. of Helsinki; hui.tang@helsinki.fi


The palaeoclimatic significance of Eurasian Giant Salamanders (Cryptobranchidae: Zaissanurus, Andrias) - indications for elevated humidity in Central Asia during global warm periods (Eocene, late Oligocene warming, Miocene Climate Optimum)

Davit Vasilyan, Madelaine Böhme, and Michael Winklhofer; Uni. Tuebingen; davit.vasilyan@ifg.uni-tuebingen.de


Palaeoclimate and tectonism as driving mechanisms for palaeoenvironmental change in the Himalayan Gyirong Basin (Neogene, China)

Yadong Xu, Kexin Zhang, Guocan Wang, Shangsong Jiang, Fenning Chen, Shuyuan Xiang, Carina Hoorn; Universiteit van Amsterdam; yuren36@gmail.com


Using garnet peridotites as tools to reconstruct paleo-geodynamic settings of fossil continental collsion zone

 Cong Zhang; Herman Van Roermund; Lifei Zhang; Utrecht University; czhang@geo.uu.nl


Evolution of the fluvio-lacustrine system in the middle reaches of the Huanghe (Yellow River), China

Zhenbo Hu, Baotian Pan, Jef Vandenberghe, Junping Wang, Xiaofei Hu; Lanzhou University; zhenbo.hu@falw.vu.nl


Magnetostratigraphy of the Northern Tian Shan foreland, Taxi He section, China

ZhaoJie Guo , ChuanXin Li, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet,; Peking University; zguo@geoms.geo.pku.edu.cn






13:00-13:45       From Greenhouse to Icehouse at the Wilkes Land Margin, Antarctica - first results of IODP 318

Henk Brinkhuis; Utrecht University; H.Brinkhuis@uu.nl


14:00-14:45       Effects of Paleogeography on Climate and Hydroclimatology in Eocene-Oligocene Time

Matthew Huber; Purdue University; huberm@purdue.edu


Coffee Break at Posters



15:15-15:45       Late Eocene sea retreat from the Tarim Basin (West China) in association with Asian paleoenvironmental change

Roderic Bosboom, Sander Houben, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Henk Brinkhuis, Giuliana Villa., Oleg Mandic, Marius Stoica, Jan-Willem Zachariasse, Wout Krijgsman, Zhaojie Guo, Chuanxin Li; Utrecht University; R.E.Bosboom@geo.uu.nl


15:50-16:30       Evolution of the Paratethys, the lost sea of Central Eurasia

Wout Krijgsman; Utrecht University; krijgsma@geo.uu.nl


Drinks at posters

Wednesday 28 April





9:30-10:15         Gradients in precipitation and seasonality between Central and Eastern Asia (Mongolia, Northern Vietnam) during the Oligocene with implication for earlier monsoonal circulation

Madelaine Boehme, Michael Krings, Jérome Prieto, and Simon Schneider; Uni. Muenchen; m.boehme@lrz.uni-muenchen.de 


Coffee Break at Posters


10:45-11:15       Paleoenvironmental signatures in Paleogene continental successions in the Xining Basin

Hemmo A. Abels, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Roderic Bosboom, Carmela Garzione,  Frits J. Hilgen, Carina Hoorn, Wout Krijgsman, Jef Vandenberghe, G. Xiao; Utrecht University; abels@geo.uu.nl


11:30-12:00       The Eocene-Oligocene palynological record from the Xining Basin (Tibetan Plateau, China) as evidence for Asian paleoenvironments and regional change

                        Carina Hoorn, Julia Straathof, Hemmo A. Abels, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet; Universiteit van Amsterdam; M.C.Hoorn@uva.nl




                                   SESSION 3: TECTONIC CLIMATE INTERACTIONS


13:00-13:45       Study on relationship between erosion and tectonic uplift in Northern Qilianshan, China

Baotian Pan, Xiaofei Hu, Haopeng Geng and Zhenbo Hu; Lanzhou University; panbt@lzu.edu.cn


13:45-14:30       Climatic versus tectonic control on terrace development in the Huang Shui catchment (NE Tibet Plateau)

Jef Vandenberghe; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; jef.vandenberghe@falw.vu.nl


Coffee Break at Posters


15:00-15:30       Syntectonic extension and recent exhumation (climatically enforced?) giant domes (Mustagh Ata and Kongur Shan) in the Pamir

Rasmus Thiede, Edward Sobel, Lindsay Schoenbohm, Jie Chen, Daniel Stockli; Uni. Postdam; thiede@geo.uni-potsdam.de


15:30-16:00       Glacial and landslide feedbacks an topographic relief in the Himalaya Syntaxes

Oliver Korup, David Montgomery, Kenneth Hewitt; Uni. Postdam; oliver.korup@geo.uni-potsdam.de


16:05-16:35       Complex metamorphic histories from Dabieshan: insights from U/Pb, Lu/Hf and 40Ar/39Ar geochronology

Jan Wijbrans, Fraukje Brouwer, Huaning Qiu, Yuanbao Wu, Yilong Li, Rongguo Hu; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Jan.Wijbrans@falw.vu.nl


16:40-17:10       Wind Erosion in the Qaidam Basin: Records, Rates, and Implications for Tectonics and the Source of the Loess Plateau

Paul Kapp, Richard Heermance, and Alexander Rohrmann; University of Arizona; pkapp@geo.arizona.edu


Drinks at posters


Thursday 29 April


                                   SESSION 3: TECTONIC CLIMATE INTERACTIONS


9:30-10:15         The interactions between climat and tectonics in Himalaya from the sedimentary record of the Siwalik foreland basin

P. Huyghe, M. Bernet, F. Chirouze, A. Gajurel, J.L. Mugnier, X. Robert, P. van der Beck; Grenoble University; huyghe@ujf-grenoble.fr


Coffee Break at Posters


10:45-11:15       Detrital thermochronology of Eastern Himalaya

Francois Chirouze, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Pascale Huyghe, Peter van der Beck et Matthias Bernet ; Grenoble University; francois.chirouze@bvra.ujf-grenoble.fr


11:20-11:50       Interrelation between tectonism, climate, geomorphology and sedimentary deposits: a view from the eastern Himalayan foredeep

Tapan Chakraborty; Indian Statistical Institute; chakraborty.tapan@gmail.com





13:00-13:45       The erosional response to Himalayan evolution

Yani Najman; Lancaster University; Y.Najman@lancaster.ac.uk


13:45-14:30       Reconciling Competing Monsoon Proxies in the Asian Marginal Seas: A Synthesis of Long-term Climatic Evolution

Peter Clift; Aberdeen University; pclift@whoi.edu


14:30-15:00       Conclusions and open discussion

Guillaume Dupont-Nivet; Utrecht University; gdn@geo.uu.nl


Coffee Break at Posters (Poster removal)



Special Issue


Please consider submitting your work to a special issue in the Journal of Asian Earth Sciences following the themes of our meeting on "Asian Climate and Tectonics".

Editors: Guillaume Dupont-Nivet; An Yin; Peter Clift


- Submit Title, co-authors and abstract BEFORE JUNE 1

- Expected manuscript submission BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1

- Expected publication: 2011



Getting there



Minnaert bldg. Room 208 - Leuvenlaan 4, de Uithof - Utrecht University - The Netherlands


Utrecht is easily accessible by train and car, and is reached by a 30 minutes train ride from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.


The Minnaert building and Faculty of Geosciences of the Utrecht University are located at the

Uithof at the eastern side of town, which is most easily reached by buses 11 and 12.


Train tickets are sold at ticket points at each train station. Tickets for bus, metro and tram are called 'strippenkaart' or 'OV-chipkaart' and are available at most small shops at train stations.


Information for tourists is available at http://utrecht.utrechtyourway.nl (select your preferred language at the top right corner).








The town offers a wide range of accommodation of all categories, from luxury hotels to simple youth hostels.

Participants are asked to book their accommodation by themselves.

An incomplete list with examples of accommodation is shown below. Room prices are based upon single rooms including taxes.

See map for locations




1. NH Utrecht Hotel (rooms from € 103,67 p.p.p.n. - 4 stars)

Address: Jaarbeursplein 24, 3521 AR Utrecht

Phone: +31 (0)30 2977977

Fax: +31 (0)30 2977999

Email: nhutrecht@nh-hotels.com

Website: http://www.nh-hotels.com/nh/en/hotels/the-netherlands/utrecht/nh-utrecht.html?action=search&from=resultsPage


2. NH Centre Utrecht (rooms from € 103,67 p.p.p.n. - 3 stars)

Address: Hotel Janskerkhof 10, 3512 BL Utrecht

Phone: +31 (0)30 2313169

Fax: +31 (0)30 2310148

Email: nhcentreutrecht@nh-hotels.com

Website: http://www.nh-hotels.com/nh/en/hotels/the-netherlands/utrecht/nh-centre-utrecht.html?action=search&from=resultsPage


3. Hotel Mitland (rooms from € 115,00 p.p.p.n. (including breakfast) - 4 stars)

Address: Arienslaan 1, 3573 PT Utrecht

Phone: +31 (0)30 2715824

Fax: +31 (0)30 2719003

Email: info@mitland.nl

Website: http://www.mitland.nl/home_e.htm


4. Malie Hotel - Hampshire Classic (rooms from € 89,00 p.p.p.n. - 4 stars)

Address: Maliestraat 2, 3581 SL Utrecht

Phone:  +31 (0)30 2316424

Fax: +31 (0)30 2340661

Email: info@maliehotel.nl

Website: http://www.hampshire-hotels.com/hotel_details.php?lan=en&hotelId=44

Rooms from € 115


5. Hotel de Admiraal (rooms from € 68,00 p.p.p.n. - 2 stars)

Address: Admiraal van Gentstraat 11, 3572 XE Utrecht.

Phone:  +31 (0)30 275 85 00

Fax: +31 (0)30 275 85 01

Email: mail@hoteldeadmiraal.nl

Website: http://www.hoteldeadmiraal.nl


6. Hotel Oorsprongpark (rooms from € 95,00 p.p.p.n. (including breakfast) - 2 stars)

Address: F.C. Dondersstraat 12, 3572 JH Utrecht

Phone: +31 (0)30 2716303

Fax: +31 (0)30 2714619

Email: info@oorsprongpark.nl

Website: http://www.oorsprongpark.nl/site_en/index.htm



7. Bastion Hotel Utrecht (rooms from € 100,00 p.p.p.n. - 3 stars)

Address: Mauritiuslaan 1, 3526 LD Utrecht

Phone: +31 (0)30 2871400

Fax: +31 (0)30 2871012

Website: https://www.bastionhotels.nl/en/ourhotels/utrecht


8. Hotel Ibis Utrecht (rooms from € 103,95 p.p.p.n. - 3 stars)

Address: Bizetlaan 1, 3533 KC Utrecht

Phone: +31 (0)30 2910366

Fax: +31 (0)30 2942066

Email: h0880@accor-hotels.com

Website: http://www.ibishotel.com/nl/hotel-0880-ibis-utrecht/index.shtml


Youth Hostels and BED AND BREAKFAST


9. B&B Utrecht City Center (bed from € 18,50 - rooms from € 55,00 (including breakfast, lunch, dinner, internet)

Address: Lucas Bolwerk 4, 3512 EG Utrecht

Phone: +31 (0)650434884

Fax: +31 (0)30 2448764

Email: info@hostelutrecht.nl

Website: http://www.hostelutrecht.nl/


10. Strowis Hostel (bed from € 15,00 - rooms from € 57,50

Address: Boothstraat 8, 3512 BW Utrecht

Phone: +31 (0)30 2380280

Fax: +31 (0)30 2415451

Email: info@strowis.nl

Website: http://www.strowis.nl/GB-html/hostel-utrecht-general.html


11. Elsa's home B&B (Single from € 50 - (including breakfast)

Address: Lessinglaan 100, 3533 AZ Utrecht

Phone: + 31(0) 6 44070949

Website: http://www.elsas-home.com/elsa.html








Registered Participants:


e-mail adress


Abels, Hemmo


Utrecht University

Appel, Erwin


Uni. Tuebingen

Ballato, Paolo


Uni. Postdam

Benammi, Mouloud


Univ. Poitiers

Boeme, Madeleine


Uni. Muenchen

Bosboom, roderic


Utrecht University

Bowen, Gabe


Purdue University

Brinkhuis, Henk


Utrecht University

Brouwer, Fraukje


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam



Indian Statistical Institute

Chirouze, Francois


Grenoble University

Clift, Peter


Aberdeen University

Costa, Elisenda


University of Barcelona

Coster, Pauline


Univ. Poitiers

Dupont-Nivet, Guillame


Utrecht University

Grothe, Arjen


Utrecht University

Guo, Zhaojie


Peking University

Hadavi, Fatemeh


University of Mashhad, Iran

Hardenbroek, Maarten van


Utrecht University

Hoang, Long


Aberdeen University

Hoorn, Carina


Universiteit van Amsterdam

Houben, Sander


Utrecht University

Hu, Ronguo


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Hu, Zhenbo


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Huber, Matt


Purdue University

Husson, Laurent


Nantes University

Huyghe, Pascale


Grenoble University

IJmker, Janneke


RWTH Aachen

Imran, Muhammad


MSc Student

Ji, Jianqing


Peking University

Jolivet, Marc


Geosciences Rennes

Kapp, Paul


University of Arizona

Korup, Oliver


Uni. Postdam

Krijgsman, Wout


Utrecht University

Landgraf, Angela


Uni. Postdam

Li, Yilong


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Limmer, David


Aberdeen University

Lippert, Pete


UC Santa Cruz

Najman Yani


Lancaster University

Macaulay, Euan


Uni. Postdam

Meijers, Maud


Utrecht University

Pan, Baotian


Lanzhou University

Quaijtaal, Willemijn


Utrecht University

Rohrmann, Alexander


Uni. Postdam

Spakman, Wim


Utrecht University

Tang, Hui


Univ. of Helsinki

Thiede, Rasmus


Uni. Postdam

Torsvik, Trond


Oslo University

van Hinsbergen, Douwe


Oslo University

Vandenberghe, Jef


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vasilyan, Davit


Uni. Tuebingen

Wijbrams, Jan


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Xu, Qinqin


Peking University

Xu, Yadong (Yuren)


Universiteit van Amsterdam

Yin, An


UC Los Angeles

Zhang, Cong


Utrecht University

Zhang Jinjiang


Peking University