Asian Climate and Tectonic Studies

Our research group here in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Louisiana State University focuses on the development of the high topography of Central Asia and attempts to link that with the climatic evolution of the continent since the start of India-Asia collision around 50 million ago. Our group consists of structural geologists, sedimentary geologists and paleo-environmental experts who attempt to understand the feedbacks between the solid Earth tectonic forces that are driving the uplift of the Tibetan Plateau, the structural development and architecture of the mountain belt itself and how about both causes erosion and sediment flux to the ocean and influences global climate. We attempt to address these over a series of different timescales from millennial to tens of millions of years. In turn we aim to understand how the development of high topography has affected the strength of the Asian monsoon system.

Our approach is essentially multidisciplinary and involves scientists from a wide variety of backgrounds and levels of professional preparation spanning senior and junior members of the faculty, as well as graduate students working in many of the countries of South, Southeast and East Asia, both onshore and offshore. We believe in addressing these scientific questions in a holistic fashion integrating different data sets in the attempt to find linkages between them.