Event Description

The 8th France-Taiwan Earth Sciences Symposium "Geodynamics and extreme events in Taiwan and South-East Asia" is aimed at fostering exchanges on advanced knowledge, data, methodologies focused on Natural Hazards, Resources, Geophysics & Geodynamics research. Main questions to be addressed by the conference are :

How our advanced knowledge of the deep structure of rifted margins, mountain ranges and subduction zones allows reassessing earthquake-related risks ? How integration of cutting-edge modelling techniques on landscape, climate and tectonic processes improve natural risk assessment and resources exploration  ? Are these knowledges in Taiwan transferrable to other geological settings ?

The Venue : Beaumont Palace - Historic Conference Center, Allée Alfred de Musset, 64000 Pau - France 

Gala dinner : Organised at the Domaine du Cinquau - Chemin Cinquau - 64230 Artiguelouve

Scientific programme

Scientific programme

18-20 Oct 2019 - Pre-conference field trip in the Pyrenees
21-22 Oct 2019 - Plenary scientific meeting

8th France-Taiwan Symposium in Earth Sciences

21-22 October 2019 - Pau, France 


Monday 21 October

8:30 Introduction

Coffee and viennoiserie

Plenary Session 1 - Rifting in South China Sea

9:30-9:45 - Constraints on the age and geodynamics of the South China Sea from the recent IODP Expeditions - Briais et al.

9:45-10:00 - Geometry of the South China Sea at the end of rifting and at the end of spreading: Implications on rifting processes - Sibuet et al.

10:00-10:15 - Spreading of the South China Sea basin and the Hainan plume - Hsu et al. 

10:15-10:30 - The South China Sea Rifting and V-shape Spreading: A discussion on forcing parameters - Sapin et al.

Coffee break - Poster

10:50-11:05 - The crustal architecture of the western South China Sea and its implications on breakup and seafloor spreading - Chang et al. 

11:05-11:20 - Anisotropic Rayleigh-wave phase velocity maps of the Sunda Plate - Legendre et al.. 

11:20-11:35 -  Seismotectonic characteristics of the Taiwan collision-Manila subduction transition: The effect of pre-existing structures - Chin et al. 

11:35-11:50 - Detailed lithospheric structure of an arc-continent collision beneath Taiwan revealed by joint inversion of seismological and gravity data - Gautier et al.

Lunch at your convenience at the Restaurant Belle Epoque inside Palais Beaumont or in Pau city center 

14:00-14:15 - Tectono-sedimentary evolution in the offshore area of northern Taiwan - Nguyen et al. 

14:15-14:30 - Revisiting the controversies and debates over the tectonic models for the Taiwan mountain belt - Kuo et al. 

14:30-14:45 - Out-of-Sequence Thrusting in Central Range, Taiwan Orogenic Belt and its implication to mountain building process - Lee et al.

14:45-15:00 - Strain partitioning and exhumation in oblique Taiwan collision: implications of rift architecture and plate kinematics - Conand et al.

15:00-15:15 - Late Quaternary tectonic development, sedimentation and magmatic activities in an incipient backarc basin: An example from the Southern Okinawa Trough - Lin et al. 

Coffee break - Poster

Plenary Session 2 - Extreme events

15:35-15:50 - Geologic records and possible recurrence interval for tsunamigenic earthquake events along the Manila trench - Shyu et al. 

15:50-16:05 - Offshore « Sand Waves » of the Southwestern Taiwan: Sedimentologic or Landslide origin ? - Deffontaines et al. 

16:05-16:20 - An environmental and climatic change from seabed erosion to deposition off SW Taiwan - Chen et al. 

16:20-16:35 - A biomarker stable isotope record of late Quaternary climate change in Southwestern Taiwan - Chang et al. 

16:35-16:50 - Projection of Summer Precipitation in Eastern China Using Self-Organizing Map, an artificial neural network - Li et al. 

16:50-17:05 - On the regional unconformity of the South Yung-An East Ridge as recognized by calcareous microfossil evidence - Wei et al. 

Gala dinner at Domaine du Cinquau - transportation by bus


Tuesday 22 October

Plenary Session 2 - Extreme events (continued)  

09:00-09:15 - Do chemical indices of weathering reflect weathering? An inquiry from Taiwan  - Garzanti et al. 

09:15-09:30 - First results of EAGER Cruise: records of past extreme events in marine sediments around Taiwan   - Babonneau et al. 

09:30-09:45 - Sedimentary Records of Natural Hazards Offshore Eastern Taiwan  - Su et al. 

09:45-10:00 - Modern sedimentary records offshore eastern Taiwan  - Chen et al. 

10:00-10:15 - Extreme events recorded in sediment cores of the Hateruma forearc basin, southern Ryukyus (EAGER project – preliminary results)  - Guerin et al. 

Coffee break - Poster 

Plenary Session 3 - Earthquakes and Deep/Earth Surface processes

10:35-10:50 - Tracing erosion patterns in Taiwan by sediment composition   - Resentini et al. 

10:50-11:05 - How landscapes respond to earthquakes over several seismic cycles: results from a reduced-complexity model   - Steer et al. 

11:05-11:20 - Relief building in Taiwan: Insights from in situ produced cosmogenic nuclides  - Siame et al. 

11:20-11:35 - How to reconcile OSL and TCN data: the potential of high resolution sampling on the Choushui Tableland (West Central Taiwan)  - Lebrun et al. 

11:35-11:50 - Neotectonics of the Hengchun Fault (S.Taiwan) - Deffontaines et al.

11:50-12:05 - New evidences for active folding in the coastal plain of SW Taiwan from Sentinel-1 InSAR - Pathier et al.

Lunch at your convenience at the Restaurant Belle Epoque inside Palais Beaumont or in Pau city center 


14:00-14:15 - Sentinel-1 Radiometric Terrain Correction (RTC)  - Ng et al.

14:15-14:30 - The challenge of "strong" ground-shaking prediction - Cotton et al.

14:30-14:45 - Kinematics and dynamic modeling of current and past earthquakes in Taiwan: implication to multiple fault segments rupture and seismic hazard analysis - Ma et al.

14:45-15:00 - Effect of fault heterogeneity on seismic rupture dynamics : an experimental approach  - Latour et al.

15:00-15:15 - Co-Seismic Focal Mechanism of Chichi Earthquake (1999, Mw 7.6) Deduced from Gouge Magnetic Fabric  - Chou et al.

15:15-15:30 - GPS horizontal displacements and surface deformation during earthquake cycle in the northernmost longitudinal valley, eastern Taiwan  - Lee et al.

Coffee break - Poster

15:50-16:05 - Micro-XRF-core scanning in the studies of event deposits: opportunities and challenges  - Huang et al.

16:05-16:20 - Interaction of stress- and fluid-driven seismicity in the 2013 M 5.87 earthquake sequence of northern Taiwan  - Rau et al.

16:20-16:35 - Strong lateral variations of seismic attenuation properties in the crust of Taiwan  - Margerin et al.

16:35-16:50 - What Does Space Geodesy Say About LLSVP (Large Low-Shear-Velocity Provinces) ?  - Chao et al.

16:50-17:05 - Analysis of the high frequency harmonic signal recorded by the MACHO submarine cable observatory  - Lin et al.

Discussions and conclusion


Poster Programme

All day

 •  Probing fault slip behaviors along the southern Ryukyu and Manila subduction zones using seafloor geodesy  - Hsu et al.
 •  Mixed paleoclimatic and paleoseismic record revealed by turbidites offshore eastern Taiwan over the last 1800yrs? - Revel et al. 
 •  Near-surface anisotropic velocity changes induced by the 2004 and subsequent large Sumatra earthquakes - Yu et al. 
 •  Coseismic Source Model of the 2017 Mw 6.7 Surigao Earthquake, Philippines base on GPS and DInSAR - Ching et al. 
 •  Structural and Stratigraphic Records in the Huatung Basin Offshore of East Taiwan - Hsu et al.
 •  New evidences for active folding in the coastal plain of SW Taiwan from Sentinel-1 InSAR - Pathier et al. 
 •  Deformation Partitioning in Mountain Belts, insights from analogue modeling experiments and the Taiwan collisional orogen  - Malavieille et al.
 •  Hydroacoustic observations of long-range sound propagation in the northern South China Sea - Chen et al. 
 •  Radiocarbon indication of organic carbon transportation from the rivers of eastern Taiwan to the seafloor - Wang et al. 
 •  Time-lapse elastic properties of cracked granite during deformation inferred from laboratory experiments using waveform modelling - Lai et al. 
 •  Gas emission characteristics and its tectonic implication in southern-most Okinawa Trough from split-beam echo souder observations - Lin et al.
 •  Near-surface anisotropic velocity changes induced by the 2004 and subsequent large Sumatra earthquakes - Yu et al.





Field Trips

Pre-conference field trip

The field trip will explore the Pyrenean geology and put emphases on rift and mountain bulding processes through a selection of stops in France and Spain.

Departure from Pau on October 17th - return to Pau on October 19th. Maximum 30 participants. Provisional excursion directions here. More details on the organisation and fees will be provided soon.

Organisation: Frederic Mouthereau (UPS) and Charles Aubourg (UPPA).

Post-conference field trip

The aim of Alpes/Montagne Noire Field Trip is to compare different structural levels of orogens with Taiwan. 
If the Massif Central part  (South Central Massif, Southern France) will focus on the Montagne Noire, the complete N-S geological section from the Switzerland Jura to Italy through  the major structural domains will be described and commented.

Organisation: Benoit Deffontaines (UPEM), Jacques Malavieille (Univ. Montpellier - Montagne Noire), and Jon Mosar (Freiburg Univ - Alpes).



Beaumont Palace - Historic Conference Center
Allée Alfred de Musset
64000 Pau

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