My research topic is the focus of a large community of the top international Earth and Climate scientists from trandisciplinary backgrounds that work towards a common goal to understand interactions between climate and tectonics in the ideal natural laboratory provided by the unique geological setting of Asia.
Here I present the main topics and goals of this research initiative.
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What is the challenge of earth and environment sciences today? Since the revolution of the plate tectonic theory, the evolution of continental surfaces has been associated with the interactions of lithospheric plates. More recently, the digital modeling revolution has shaken the tectonic paradigm by showing the importance of interactions between external processes (eg. climate, alteration, biotic changes) and internal processes (eg. geodynamics, dynamic topography). On the one hand, climate models show that changes at regional scales (monsoons, aridification ...) as well as globally (cooling, pCO2 ...) can be attributed to phenomena of internal origin by means of variations in the distribution of reliefs, seas and continents. On the other hand, geomorphological models show that these internal processes can be influenced in return by the climatic variations through the erosion of the surface of the continents. Our goal today is to test and calibrate models using multi-dicsiplinary methodologies that allows to differentiate and quantify the respective contributions of internal and external processes to the paleoenvironmental variations observed during regional and global changes. To do so we particularly focus on providing key records of past environmental changes that enable to constrain external climate as well as internal tectonic variations.
I believe that transdisciplinary is the key for outstanding discoveries. The field of Earth sciences being transdisciplinary by nature is one of the most exciting. Today, this field is bringing science at the heart of the societal and economical debates defining our responsibility in sharing our planet resources. My goals are therefore to better understand Earth processes by exploring the interfaces with other scientific fields and communicate the implications of these scientific discoveries to society. Hopefully this will contribute helping us live in harmony with nature!
Our interest is primarily to understand the interactions between geodynamics and climate through geological time in order to constrain the processes responsible for major environmental changes sensu latto.
Countryside life in Myanmar. Photo by F. Poblete, 2016