Riding the "Asian Monsoon"

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Dr. William Anderson, associate professor in the FIU Department of Earth and Environment, is now at sea as shipboard scientist for organic geochemistry on Expedition 346 of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program ( IODP). Expedition 346, titled "Asian Monsoon" will core and log seven sites in the Japan Sea and one in the northern East China Sea to test the hypothesis that Pliocene–Pleistocene uplift of the Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau, and the consequent emergence of the two discrete modes of Westerly Jet circulation, caused the amplification of millennial-scale variability of the East Asian summer monsoon (EASM) and East Asian winter monsoon (EAWM) and provided teleconnection mechanism(s) for Dansgaard–Oeschger cycles (rapid climate fluctuations in the Pliocene-Pleistocene).

You can track the progress of the expedition here under daily and weekly science reports and see pictures of the scientists at work here.

See profiles of shipboard scientists and other expedition information here.

The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), together with precursor programs, is one of the largest, longest running and most successful international scientific collaborations focused on Earth systems. The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program's research programs are supported by 26 countries and advance scientific understanding of the Earth by monitoring, drilling, sampling, and analyzing subseafloor environments.

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