Indian Ocean Fan Systems

July 23-25, 2003 – Boulder, Colorado
Convener: Peter Clift, Peter Molnar


A workshop to address scientific objectives for drilling of the Indus and Bengal submarine fans was hosted by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado on 23–25 July 2003. The meeting was partially sponsored by the Joint Oceanographic Institutions and the National Science Foundation. A list of attendees (from nine countries) and the program of presentations available in the workshop report. Drilling in the Indian Ocean submarine fans is intended to address the nature of climate-tectonic interactions, a topic that was highlighted in the Initial Science Plan for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). In particular, the Indian Ocean is ideally suited to explore the intensification of the Asian monsoon and the growth. of the Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau. We summarize the scientific issues in the spheres of both tectonic and paleoclimatic studies that require deep ocean drilling.

Workshop Report (pdf)

Organizing Committee
Peter Clift, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Peter Molnar, University of Colorado