Exp. 355 Arabian Sea Monsoon

Expedition info


Deep sea drilling in the Arabian Sea: Constraining tectonic-monsoon interactions in South Asia

Proposal #793-CPP2 >> go to the full version

Scientific Prospectus >> To be published


31 Mar. to 31 May. 2015

Drilling Vessel

JOIDES Resolution

Ports (start/end)

Colombo (Sri Lanka) to Mumbai (India)

Drilling sites

Scientific Objectives

The Arabian Sea Monsoon Expedition (based on IODP Proposal 793-CPP2) aims to understand the interaction between the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau uplift and the development and evolution of the Indian summer monsoon. Four sites in the eastern Arabian Sea will target sediments of the Indus submarine fan to better understand the co-evolution of mountain building, weathering and erosion, and climate across multiple time scales.

The scientific objectives are to (1) test whether Greater Himalayan exhumation is correlated with proposed monsoon intensification after 23 Ma; (2) determine if the monsoon strengthened or weakened at 8 Ma; (3) constrain the timing of the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau uplift by dating the initiation of fan sedimentation; and (4) decipher the nature of the basement in the Laxmi Basin (eastern Arabian Sea) to constrain the early rifting process and its relation to the emplacement of the Deccan Flood Basalts along the western continental margin of India.

Go to the USIO website


Dhananjai Pandey & Peter Clift

 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


If you are a student,you need to submit recommendation letter from your supervisor.
If you are a master student,onboard adviser will be needed.

Other important information

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Support for shipboard scientists from J-DESC

J-DESC 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.


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