Time: March 15 -17, 2023
Optional Field Trip: March 18
Location: Biosphere 2, Oracle, AZ
Workshop Steering Committee: Yair Rosenthal (Rutgers University), Luc Beaufort (CEREGE, France), Samantha Bova (San Diego State University), Larry Peterson (University of Miami), and Christina Ravelo (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Workshop Resources and Reports:
This workshop aims to promote IODP research opportunities in the Gulf of Papua (GoP), which to date, has not been explored by scientific ocean drilling programs. The Gulf of Papua is uniquely situated to address key questions related to the evolution of Cenozoic climate. Located off the southeastern margin of Papua New Guinea (PNG), and within the rainy tropical region of the Indo Pacific Warm Pool (IPWP), the GoP receives unusually high volumes of siliciclastic sediments eroding from PNG, as well as large contributions of calcareous sediment transported from the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and PNG Barrier Reef, and offshore atolls (e.g., Ashmore and Eastern Fields). Research interests to be discussed in the workshop include but are not restricted to:
Our goal is to develop drilling proposals in this region that will address these and other key science questions. The workshop format will mix presentations related to the geology, oceanography and climatology of the GoP and reviews of prior studies in the region. These will be followed by breakout groups to discuss the objectives and hypotheses of the proposals and identify potential drilling sites.
Workshop Agenda – DRAFT
March 15, 2022
March 16, 2022
March 17, 2022
March 18, 2022
Kayaking trip down the Llano River to visit some spectacular, world class Late Cambrian Microbial Reefs, a mixed carbonate siliciclastic system like the one we propose to drill in the GoP (optional).
The Gulf of Papua workshop will take place at the University of Arizona Biosphere 2 facility in Oracle, AZ, from Wednesday, March 15, 2023 through Friday, March 17 followed by an optional field trip on Saturday March 18 to Mt. Lemmon and Saguaro National Park.
We will invite ~20 US scientists and hope that a few more international scientists will join the meeting in person. We would like to include both senior scientists with experience working in this region and early career researchers who can advance these proposals in the future. This will allow for a generational transfer of knowledge with the hope that today’s early career scientists can be the leaders of the planned expeditions in the future.
Travel support is available from US Science Support Program (USSSP) for U.S.-based participants. International applicants should contact their program member offices and/or workshop organizer Luc Beaufort*. This workshop is funded by USSSP. The application period for this workshop is now closed.
Our goal is to invite a diverse participants group that includes a mix of senior and junior scientists with different levels of experience working with the IODP and with research interests in this region. We encourage applications from early career scientists and unrepresented groups.