IOC Sub-Commission

for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

Ninth International Workshop on the Fluvial Sediment Supply to the South China Sea, Bangkok, Thailand

24 Nov 2016 - 26 Nov 2016

The South China Sea offers an excellent natural laboratory for studying source-to-sink transport process of fluvial sediments among the global marginal seas. Numerous rivers, including the world’s large rivers (e.g., the Pearl River, the Red River, and the Mekong River) as well as small mountainous rivers, supply as much as 700 Mt/yr of observed suspended sediments to the South China Sea. Upon entering the sea, the fluvial sediments are further transported by various coastal, surface, and deep/bottom oceanic currents, which are related to the East Asian monsoon winds, intrusion of the subsurface Kuroshio Current, and deepwater from the Western Pacific through the Luzon Strait. The sediments have recorded detailed climatic and environmental changes occurring in land source regions both naturally and anthropogenically.

To further understand the fluvial sediment supply to the South China Sea, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) initiated the project on South China Sea Fluvial Sediments and Environmental Changes (FluSed) in 2008 (Phase I, May 2008–May 2010; Phase II, May 2010–May 2012; Phase III, May 2012–May 2015; Phase IV, May 2015–May 2017). The project has successfully organized a series of international workshops to provide a regional platform for those scientists interested to advance their scientific knowledge and to stimulate new ideas on the study of the topic. The first and second workshops were held at Tongji University in Shanghai, 27–28 November 2008 and 26–28 November 2009, respectively; the third workshop was held at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, 17–18 November 2010; the fourth workshop was held at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, 14–16 December 2011; the fifth workshop was held at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences in Bandung, 13–16 November 2012; the sixth workshop was held at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Selangor, during 25–29 November 2013; seventh workshop was held at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah in Kota Kinabalu, during 12–14 December 2014; and the eighth workshop was held at Hanoi University of Mining and Geology in Hanoi, during 29–31 October 2015. Participants have identified many cooperative opportunities through their involvements into the workshops.

In order to integrate various research approaches and to stimulate scientific interactions, the ninth workshop will be held again at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, during 24–26 November 2016.

Call for Abstracts
The focus of the workshop will be on sedimentary, tectonic, and magmatic evolution of the South China Sea through case studies both in the South China Sea and on surrounding continents and islands. Subjects and new results related to all modern observation, glacial-interglacial variation, and tectonic evolution scales are warmly welcomed.

Sessions will be organized on subjects relevant to weathering and erosion in river drainage basins, sediment source-to-sink linkages, sea level changes and sequence stratigraphy in shelf and slope regions, deep-water sedimentation, tectonic and magmatic evolution, and paleoceanography and paleoclimatology.

Abstract Submission
Abstracts should be e-mailed to the primary contact Dr. Penjai Sompongchaiyakul (, with a copy to Dr. Zhifei Liu ( and Ms. Nachapa Saransuth ( on or before 10 October 2016.

Abstract format: MS Word file, title, authors, affiliation(s), e-mail address of corresponding author, main text (A4, maximum 2 pages including figures). All abstracts will be collated in an abstract volume that will be distributed to all participants.

IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)
Department of Marine Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, Tongji University, China

Department of Marine Science, Chulalongkorn University
Phyathai Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand (see Maps)

Important Dates and Schedule
10 October 2016: Deadline for travel grant application
10 October 2016: Deadline for abstract submission and pre-registration
23 November 2016: On-site registration
24-25 November 2016: Scientific program
26 November 2016: Field excursion

For pre-registration, please complete the Registration Form and send it to the Organizer Dr. Penjai Sompongchaiyakul (

Registration Fee: covered by the organizers (limited to 30 participants only). This includes program & abstracts volume, coffee breaks, meals during November 24-26, and field excursion. Accommodations are not included.

Rooms for participants have been reserved at 2 places.
1) Chulalongkorn University International House (CU-IHouse), a 25 sqm standard room (breakfast not included), with a rate of 1,000 Baht/night (~USD 30). University’s shuttle bus services are available in front of the building. Only 25 rooms are reserved.
2) Madarin Hotel, a 30 sqm deluxe room (including breakfast) ( with a rate of 2,100 Baht (~USD 60).

Field Excursion
A one-day field excursion (November 26, 2016) will be organized as part of the program. The excursion will be organized with a price of US$35. The fieldtrip was designed to depart from Bangkok at 7:00 am, heading to Sattahip. Participants will spend one full day investigating the variation in depositional environments in east coast of the upper Gulf of Thailand and the linkage to the regional tectonism. Participants who join the trip should plan to depart from Suvarnbhumi international airport after 8 pm, and Don Muang international airport after 9 pm, or stay one more night. We will drop you at Suvarnbhumi airport around 5 pm and Don Muang airport around 6 pm.

Travel Grants

The organizers will help participants from WESTPAC countries to attend the workshop with travel grants to cover the part of their international travel costs to Thailand: round-trip flight tickets (economic class), registration Fee, and/or accommodations (November 23-26). Those who plan to apply for the grants should submit their applications along with registration form and abstracts before 10 October 2016. The application materials include: (1) a cover letter containing personal information, detailed travel budget, and the amount you are applying for; (2) an updated CV; (3) an abstract to be presented in the workshop. The notification of grants will be noticed individually within 10 days of receipt of application materials.

Organizer Contacts
Dr. Penjai Sompongchaiyakul (primary contact)
Department of Marine Science, Chulalongkorn University
Phyathai Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel.: +66-2-218-5408, fax: +66-2-255-0780 Email:

Dr. Zhifei Liu (FluSed Project Leader)
State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, Tongji University
1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092, China
Tel.: +86-21-6598 4877, fax: +86-21-6598 8808 Email:

Ms. Nachapa Saransuth (Programme Assistant)
UNESCO/IOC Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)
120 Chaengwattana Rd, Bangkok 10210, Thailand
Tel.: +6621411287, fax: +6621439245 Email:


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