The research project "Asian Orogenesis and Environmental Changes: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach" is aimed to tackle some of the most important geological problems, particularly, those concerning the growth, deformation history and tectonic evolution of Asia in the Phanerozoic era, and influence of tectonic uplift to the Cenozoic and recent environmental and climatic changes. The project assembles the currently most active and dynamic researchers at NTU and IES-Academia Sinica to work together. Their diverse disciplines will be coordinated to produce the most significant results. The project calls for a multi-disciplinary approach, including field and structural analyses, geochronological, petrological, geochemical and geophysical (particularly, paleomagnetic) studies. The field and structural analyses and geophysical study could only be achieved through cooperation with other specialists. Consequently, we emphasize the importance of international cooperation.
(1) Growth and evolution of the Asian continent, as evidenced from contrasting orogens: accretionary (Central & East Asia, and Taiwan) and collisional (the Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas). In accretionary orogenic belts of Central and East Asia (e.g., the Altai and Xing'an Mountians in China), we intend to study an interesting style of orogeny in which abundant juvenile crust formed and the size of continent enlarged. This study is intimately connected to a new project of the International Lithosphere Program (ILP). In collisional orogenic belts, as represented by the Tibetan plateau and Himalayas, our goal is to study the processes of mountain building as well as thickening and recycling of the continental crust.