Exp. 353 Indian Monsoon Rainfall

Expedition info


Indian Monsoon Rainfall in the Core Convective Region ( iMonsoon )

Proposal #795-Full2 >> go to the full version (PDF)

Scientific Prospectus >> To be published


29 Nov. 2014 – 29 Jan 2015

Drilling Vessel

JOIDES Resolution

Ports (start/end)

Singapore to Singapore


Drillnig Sites

Scientific Objectives

Based on IODP Proposal 795-Full2, the goal of this expedition is to obtain sediment sections from within the core region of Indian monsoon precipitation. Four sites in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea will target Late Cretaceous-Holocene sediments to better understand the physical and climatological mechanisms underlying changes in monsoonal precipitation, erosion, and run-off across multiple time scales.

The scientific objectives are to (1) establish the sensitivity and timing of changes in monsoon circulation relative to external insolation forcing and internal boundary conditions including the export of latent heat from the southern hemisphere, the extent of global ice volume, and greenhouse gas concentrations; (2) understand the timing and conditions under which monsoonal circulation initiated and evolved; (3) determine the extent to which Indian and East Asian monsoon winds and precipitation are coupled and at what temporal and geographic scales; and (4) better deconvolve the effects of tectonics and climate change on erosion and run-off.

Go to the USIO website


Steven Clemens & Wolfgang Kuhnt

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


Other important information

Travel support >>Click HERE

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.