2013 Annual Report of IGCP608 submitted to IGCP HQ

2013 Annual Report of IGCP608 submitted to IGCP Office (UNESCO) after First International Symposium in India

The first year (2013) Annual Report of IGCP608 was submitted to the IGCP Office of UNESCO after our First International Meeting (symposium: 20-22 Dec. and excursion: 23-27 Dec.) at Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany in India.


Some items concerned with our activities in 2013 and expected 2014 are briefly referred below:



1) 1st International Symposium of IGCP608

         This first meeting within a 5-year program was held at Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP), Lucknow, India, from December 20-22, 2013. A total of 45 scientists, students and representatives of the petroleum companies gathered from India, Japan (6), Korea (6), Vietnam (1) and Mongolia (2). During 2 and a half days symposium, a total of 34 oral and 4 poster presentation were presented and discussed actively. The current state-of-the-art knowledge of Cretaceous geology and paleontology in Asia, especially south Asia was reviewed in this symposium. The large Indian basins of Narmada and Cauvery, as well as the well-known Kutch area and the sediment intercalated within the Deccan Trap Basalt, including the recently controversial K/Pg Boundary extinction events, were presented as active scientific topics. The symposium provided a unique opportunity for discussion and overview of the Indian Cretaceous geological sciences.

The Meeting Program is downloadable on the IGCP608 website below:


         The first International Symposium in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh State and the eleventh largest city in India, was commented as the articles in several local newspapers, one English and five Hindi.

         A post-symposium four-day field excursion (December 23-27, 2013) was undertaken after the scientific meeting at BSIP with a total of 12 oversea and 14 Indian participants. We observed the Cretaceous Bagh-Lameta sequences in the western part of the Narmada basin of Central and Western India. These sequences consist of the famous Bagh Group/Formation (Turonian-Coniacian) with a prolific marine fauna and the overlying dinosaur-bearing Lameta Formation (latest Cretaceous; Maastrichtian). The overlying Deccan Trap succession with sedimentary intertrappean beds and Red Bole succession were also visited. We discussed the necessity for a synthesized paleogeographic and paleoecological reconstruction based on detailed and precise stratigraphic work.


2) Business Meeting during the First International Symposium (December 20, 2013),

        In the Business Meeting held on December 20, the first day of the First International Symposium, the leader (H. Ando), two co-leaders (S. Bajpai and D. Cheong) and regional coordinators/national representatives from five countries, discussed the several kinds of our activities listed below:

1. Overview of project activities in 2013

2. Proceedings of the First International Symposium

3. Annual report of national working groups

4. Discussion of the project meetings for the year 2014

5. Other activities in 2014

6. Activities in 2015


3) 9th International Symposium on the Cretaceous System (ISC9)

         This quadrennial meeting was held at Middle East University, Ankara, Turkey on September 1-5, 2013. A total of 154 oral and 96 poster presentations submitted are included in the Abstract Book. Ten persons from six countries (Korea, Russia, Japan, England, Switzerland and India) of our IGCP608 members attended this meeting and pre-/mid-/post-symposium excursions. The leaders, H. Ando presented the outline of IGCP608 in the first day session. Several attendances of IGCP608 members participated in the kick-off IGCP609 (Climate-environmental deteriorations during greenhouse phases: Causes and consequences of short-term Cretaceous sea-level changes) workshop and session, and communicated with the leader Michael Wagreich (Univ. Wien) and other major members of the project.


4) Creation of IGCP608 Website

          We opened the project website under the address: http://igcp608.sci.ibaraki.ac.jp/ on April 5 within the month following reception of the notification mail of our project’s acceptance on March11, 2013. We have used this site as a platform to announce and share the information of our project activities.


5) Publications by IGCP 608 members

         Scientific papers written by IGCP608 members as principle authors or junior co-authors are listed on BIBLIOGRAPHY of IGCP608 website



International Meeting

1) Second International Symposium and Field Excursion of IGCP608 at Okuma Auditorium, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan (Sept. 4-6, 2014)

Topic sessions expected

a) Land-ocean linkage: Correlation, sedimentology and paleo-environments

b) OAE Phenomena contributed from Asian and Western Pacific Records

c) Biotic Evolution: Asian and Western Pacific Fauna and Flora

d) Asian Cretaceous Geoparks

Post-Symposium Field Excursion (September 7-10)

Forearc basin siliciclastics along the Pacific coast 100 to 200 km east to northeast of Tokyo; Choshi Group (storm-dominated shallow-marine sandstone and mudstone: Barremian-Aptian), Nakaminato Group (Campanian turbidite and offshore mudstone facies: Campanian-Maastrichtion) and Futaba Group (fluvial to shallow-marine sandstone and mudstone: Coniacian-Santonian).

We are preparing for the meeting through the Organizing Committee of the Second International Symposium of IGCP608 (Chairman: H. Ando; Secretary:  Dr. Toru Ohta, Waseda Univ.).


The First Circular will be distributed in end of January.


2) 4th International Palaeontological Congress in Mendoza, Argentina (Sept. 28 to Oct. 3)


3) 9th International Symposium “Cephalopods - Present and Past” (ISCPP9) in Zürich, Switzerland (7-10 Sept.)


4) 6th International UNESCO Conference on Global Geoparks (19-22 Sept., 2014)


Information on other Cretaceous-related Meetings


1) 4th International Palaeontological Congress in Mendoza, Argentina (Sept. 28 to Oct. 3)



2) 9th International Symposium “Cephalopods - Present and Past” (ISCPP9) in Zürich, Switzerland (7-10 Sept.)



3) 6th International UNESCO Conference on Global Geoparks (19-22 Sept., 2014, Saint John Brunswick, Canada)




9th International Symposium on the Cretaceous System