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Guidelines for 2015 Laboratory Open Fund Project Application

Rated as an “Excellent Laboratory” in 2010 by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, the State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology at Tongji University features multidisciplinary researches in deep sea and sea-land interactions, and promotes international academic cooperation in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, and geomicrobiology. The Laboratory Open Fund Project supports both domestic and overseas scientists to carry out fundamental researches in the main research areas of the Laboratory. All funded scientists are required to visit and work in the Laboratory for a short period of time, and the Laboratory will facilitate their accesses to laboratory devices and equipments, samples, and data.

I  Current Main Research Fields of the Laboratory

1.Paleoceanography and Paleoenvironment

This field focuses on tropical carbon cycle and western boundary currents in west Pacific marginal seas and the Warm Pool area, and explores the role of the seas in global evolution of climatic environment and its impact on China. Concurrent with studies of deep sea sedimentary records are attempts of modern process observation and numerical modeling of environmental changes.

2.Continental Margin Evolution and Marine Sedimentation

Through integrating geology and geochemistry, this field explores orogenic uplift, weathering and erosion, and the “source to sink” process of transporting fluvial materials to marginal seas. Other researches include the Cenozoic topographic reversal of the continental China and its climatic and environmental consequences, and couplings between tectonic uplift, climate change, and weathering and erosion at the provenances.

3.Submarine Resources

This field targets on natural resources such as oil and gas and gas hydrate in deep seas and adjacent land areas, explores forward modeling and inversion theories and new techniques in geophysical surveys using marine seismic, gravimetric, magnetic and electromagnetic measurements, develops seismic, electromagnetic, and well-logging imaging and image processing techniques, and carries out integrated geological and geophysical studies for exploring marine energy reserves.

4.Deep Sea Biogeochemistry

Aiming at the first priority of the International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), “deep biosphere and seas under the ocean floor”, this group is launching research projects on deep sea microorganism and their biogeochemical impacts, and exploring seafloor geology and mineralization mechanism and issues related to carbon cycle and life evolution.

5.Seafloor Process and Observation

This field studies hydrothermal processes along mid-ocean ridges and neighboring regions, constructs a marine observation system for monitoring the modern seafloor processes of the East Sea and the Yangtze estuary, and builds a new disciplinary area to undertake in-situ and laboratory observations with strong science and technology integrations. Relying on national and international collaborations, these research activities will help accumulate experiences for developing China’s marine observation system, and increase the ability of exploring mechanism and theoretical innovations through modern process studies.

The Laboratory also encourages applications in the multidisciplinary fields of global seismology, geodynamics, and ocean regulations, culture, and science outreaching.

II Open Fund Project Application

1.Applicants can choose their own research topics within the current main research focuses of the Laboratory. Please fill in the application form carefully according to the Regulations of the Laboratory Open Fund Project Application. The Laboratory only funds projects with innovative scientific significance, clear research objectives, and specific research plans.

2.Collaboration between the Laboratory researchers and applicants in the major scientific fields of the Laboratory is encouraged, but is not a necessary or prior condition for selecting applications.

3.Funding priorities will be given to applicants who will work in the Laboratory as visiting researchers and utilize the scientific instruments and samples available in the Laboratory. The Laboratory owns various major instruments and devices for marine science and geophysical researches (visit the website of the Laboratory for details), and can provide certain technical and testing consultations.

4.All funded projects will have a two-year duration, with a total budget not exceeding 100,000 RMB.

5.The application deadline for 2015 projects is November 15, 2014. Applicants should submit application forms before the deadline to the Laboratory and email the electronic forms to the contact person. The forms should be in duplicate, double printed, and signed and stamped by the institutions with which the applicants are currently affiliated.

6.Contact person: Ms. Xixi Shen, State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092, China. Tel: 86-21-65981613, Email: 711shenxixi@tongji.edu.cn;

State Key Lab of Marine Geology

September 15, 2014

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