The IGCP608 (2013-2017) is a newly approved and supported project in March, 2013, by International Geoscience Programme (IGCP).
This projects’ aim is to delineate such Cretaceous ecosystems and how they responded to the paleo-environmental changes that affected the South-East Asian and adjacent Western Pacific region. This project comprises two groups of major topics to be discussed over five years.
- Variations of Cretaceous terrestrial and marine environments in Asia and the Western Pacific
- Evolution of Cretaceous terrestrial and marine ecosystems in Asia and the Western Pacific
The project has an important role in promoting communication at the level of geoscience among the various Asian countries, including some countries outside Asia, following the pattern of previous East Asian Cretaceous IGCPs (245, 350, 434 and 507).
What is IGCP?
The IGCP is a cooperative enterprise of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and IUGS (the International Union of Geological Sciences) and has been stimulating comparative studies in the Earth Sciences since 1972. After three decades of successful work, the "International Geological Correlation Programme" continued, as "International Geoscience Programme".
Since its inception in 1972, the IGCP has been a research programme designed to attain globally-homogeneous advancement of the geosciences so as to improve the prosperity of nations and the quality of human life. Over 300 projects in about 150 countries with the participation of thousands of Earth scientists, and a continuous flow of published results, attest to the scientific and applied quality of this programme. All these initiatives have been enriched by high-quality scientific supervision aimed at obtaining maximum efficiency through better coordination of efforts in interdisciplinary approaches, international cooperation, evidence-based decision-making on national and international levels, and sharing of scientific knowledge.
IGCP projects that has been active since 2011 focus on key geological issues for the people of today and are divided among the following five themes:
Earth Resources: Sustaining our Society
Global Change: Evidence from the geological record
Geohazards: Mitigating the risks
Hydrogeology: Geoscience of the water cycle
Geodynamic: Control our environment
The Programme has always built bridges between disciplines and between scientists, including young ones, with aims of stimulating cutting-edge research and sharing scientific knowledge for the benefit of all.
From IGCP website and Tales Set in Stone: 40 Years of the IGCP