O.E.T. (On Extended Term) for 2018 accepted !

O.E.T. (On Extended Term) for 2018 accepted !

During the UNESCO-IGCP Council Meeting on 19-21 February 2018, the assessment of ongoing IGCP projects was carried out, as summarized in IGCP 2017 Annual Report. According to the announcing mail on 21 March from UNESCO-IGCP Office, our IGCP608 proposal for O.E.T. (On Extended Term) for 2018 was accepted successfully!


Therefore, we can officially start the 2018 activities now.


Referring to IGCP Theme summaries: Global Change, our IGCP608 activites were summarized below:


IGCP 608 Asia‐Pacific Cretaceous Ecosystems

Duration: 5 years (2013‐2017)


Aim: The Cretaceous “greenhouse” period is known for elevated atmospheric CO2 levels and much higher global sea levels than today. The Cretaceous Period is thus a geological proxy for understanding the development of ecosystems in greenhouse periods, such as may characterize our planet if present global warming trends continue into the future. A great variety of well‐preserved environments and ecosystems can be found in the Cretaceous geological records of Asia and the Western Pacific rim. The aim of IGCP 608 is to delineate these Cretaceous ecosystems in both marine and terrestrial environments to determine how they responded to paleo‐environmental changes. This information is used to ascertain links between global and local environmental changes ecosystems. Close tie‐ins with IGCP Project 609 “Cretaceous Sea‐level Changes” permit analysis of the biological response to sea level rise during the Cretaceous greenhouse climates.


Achievements: This project includes the current state‐of‐the‐art knowledge of Cretaceous Land, Ocean, Biosphere and Ecosystems in each participating countries: during meetings they overviewed such the topics as 1) biodiversity of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, 2) Cretaceous paleogeography and paleobiogeography, 3) Cretaceous climate and environmental changes, 4) Cretaceous stratigraphy and sedimentology and Cretaceous vertebrates of Asia and the Western Pacific. Four meetings were organized plus several educational trainings. Finally, they reported 109 papers published international journals.


In the Presentations during the Open Session: Global Change, our project was introduced in slide nos. 8 and 9. A total of seven photos are adopted up from our website, although some are mistaken for the photographing year. Anyway, our voluminous and informative website is surely worth memorizing our activities.