Paleoclimate of Southeast Asia
NSF-funded research in the South China Sea


Project title: Initiating a New Collaboration between East Carolina University and Universiti MalaysiaTerengganu: Post-Glacial Variations in the East Asian Monsoon

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number OISE-1157222. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

      This research is a collaboration between East Carolina University (ECU), University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and the Minerals and Geoscience Department Malaysia (JMG). The East Asian monsoon system, driven by differential heating between the continent and the adjacent ocean, is a critical element of global atmospheric circulation and dominates wind, precipitation, vegetation, and river runoff in the South China Sea and surrounding land areas. To our knowledge, this study will be the first to focus on the post-LGM paleoclimatic (paleomonsoonal) record on the Sunda Shelf. The results of this study will lay the foundation for an expanded collaborative ECU-UMT-JMG research/education project on the post-LGM paleoclimatic (paleomonsoonal) record of the Sunda Shelf. The subsequent research will not only allow for comparisons with records of paleomonsoon variations in the deep South China Sea basin to the north of the Sunda Shelf, and in other Indo-Pacific areas, but could also contribute to the larger questions of the nature of connections with northern hemisphere post-LGM climatic change and the drivers of Holocene variations of monsoonal systems.