Exp. 354 Bengal Fan

Expedition info


Neogene and late Paleogene record of Himalayan orogeny and climate: a transect across the Middle Bengal Fan

Proposal #552-Full2 >> go to the full version

Scientific Prospectus >> To be published


 29 Jan. to 31 Mar. 2015

Drilling Vessel

JOIDES Resolution

 Ports (start/end)

Singapore to Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Drilling Sites

Scientific Objectives

The Bengal Fan Expedition is based on IODP Proposal 552-Full3 and will drill a transect of sites across the middle Bengal Fan to obtain a Neogene and late Paleogene record of Himalayan orogeny and climate. The objectives are to investigate interactions among the growth of the Himalaya and Tibet, the development of the Asian monsoon, and processes affecting the carbon cycle and global climate.

One deep penetration site aims to document the early stages of Himalayan erosion, the India-Eurasia collision, and the development of the Himalaya and Tibet. The transect will constrain the Neogene development of the Asian monsoon, its impact on sediment supply and flux, and allow quantitative studies of the interrelations of climate change and sediment accumulation. Sediments obtained will document (1) uplift history through erosional flux and deposition patterns and detailed geochronology of minerals, (2) Himalayan evolution from isotopic tracing of particle origin and age, and (3) environmental and climate conditions through sediment granulometry, mineralogy and geochemistry, organic matter composition and oxygen isotopes of microfossils.

 Go to the USIO website


Christian France-Lanord & Tilmann Schwenk

Apply to sail as the Science Party through J-DESC

Application closed

Support information to be on board

If selected to the Science Party of the expedition,various supports will be provided before and after the expedion for many years.

  1. Pre-cruise Training:Training and meeting before the expedition
  2. IODP Expedition:Travel support for the expedition
  3. After Cruise Work: Core analysis during the moratorium
  4. Research funding after the expedition:Research funding after the expedition up to 3 years.


J-DESC Support

Call for application (closed)

Japan-based scientists may apply to J-DESC.

Application deadline


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Support for shipboard scientists from J-DESC

J-DESC/JAMSTEC supports Japan-based shipboard scientists. Applications are required to be submitted to J-DESC support to get any support. Please contact us to get the information.