Field School in Bangladesh: Interaction
of Sedimentation and Tectonics. in the Ganges-Brahmaputra River Delta
February 21 - March 7, 2014, Bangladesh
As part of a multidisciplinary international project
coordinated by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, we
are offering a field school on the sedimentary and tectonic processes, and
their interaction in the geologically dynamic Ganges-Brahmaputra River Delta. The world’s largest delta is being accreted on
to the Burma subduction system and overthrust by the Shillong Massif, leading
to complex interplay of fluvial and tectonic processes. As part of the field
school, alternating lectures, training, and field excursions will be led by US
and Bangladeshi project scientists. We will cover topics ranging from river
dynamics such as channel island migration and avulsions, and tectonics, such as
active folding of the deltaic sediments in the subduction-accretion system and
the blind overthrust of the Shillong basement-cored anticline. We will also
focus on their interaction, such as the influence of tectonics on avulsion rates
and control of thrusting by the upward coarsening delta strata. The lectures
will review foundations and basic techniques and discuss research activities and
results of the BanglaPIRE project (http://BanglaPIRE.org). Field sites range
from the mobile sand islands of the Brahmaputra River to the folds of the onshore
Burma Arc accretionary prism. The school will offer an opportunity for students
to participate in a “live” multidisciplinary, international research program.
The research project and summer school are funded by the Partnerships for
International Research and Education (PIRE) program of the US National Science
Foundation. The school will be an advanced study program aimed at graduate
students (doctoral level) and post-doctoral fellows. The school will cover
lodging, meals, and field trip costs for all participants. Funds to travel to Bangladesh
will be available for participants from US universities, with limited funds for
other students. Because of logistic constraints, the number of students is
limited to about 30, half US and half local. Priority will be given to
applicants with an interest in multidisciplinary research spanning sedimentary
and tectonic environments.
To apply send an email to Michael Steckler (firstname.lastname@example.org) that includes:
1. A statement of research interests and reasons for wanting to attend the field school.
2. A curriculum vitae with school (and list of publications, if available).
3. The name and email of a reference (e.g., your academic advisor or postdoc advisor).
of applications will begin December 1, 2013, with December 20 as the cutoff date for receipt of applications.