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Monsoons of Asia caused Greenhouse to Icehouse Cooling

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Organization address
address: RUE MICHEL ANGE 3
city: PARIS
postcode: 75794

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
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 Total cost 1˙999˙999 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙999 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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2    UNIVERSITAET POTSDAM DE (POTSDAM) participant 772˙500.00


 Project objective

Unraveling the cause for Cenozoic global climate cooling is one of the most important unresolved questions challenging the Earth and Environmental sciences community today. Increased erosion and weathering of the uplifted Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas, is advocated as the primary cause for the enigmatic pCO2 drawdown, that led to global cooling 50 to 34 Myrs ago from the warm ice-free Greenhouse world to the bi-polar Icehouse conditions still prevailing today. Asian Monsoons are genetically linked to high orography associated with the India-Asia collision starting ca. 50 Myrs ago, however, the relation between Greenhouse to Icehouse cooling and Asian Monsoons remains to be explore as they were previously thought to intensify only much later ca. 25 Myrs ago. Our recent findings of monsoonal activity in Asia since at least 45 Myrs ago raises the fascinating possibility that Asian Monsoons may have triggered global cooling from Greenhouse to Icehouse conditions. Testing this novel hypothesis and exploring its implications on feedback mechanisms between regional environments, Asian Monsoons and global climate, will constitute the stimulating objectives of MAGIC. 3 PhDs will provide end-member monsoonal archives well-dated during greenhouse to icehouse cooling from 3 key locations (NE Tibet, SE Asia and Paratethys Sea). These will be analyzed by three postdocs expert in novel proxy methods tailored for MAGIC to infer temperatures, precipitation, salinity, seasonality, paleoaltimetry, wind-patterns, paleoecology and paleogeography at infra-annual, orbital and tectonic time scales. Ultimately, these records and boundary conditions will be integrated into climate models by a dedicated postdoc to unravel the role and behavior of Asian Monsoons with respect to long-term Greenhouse to Icehouse cooling, pCO2 levels as well as global hyperthermal and cooling event such as the PETM, MECO and EOT.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Alexis Licht, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Zaw Win, Hnin Hnin Swe, Myat Kaythi, Pierrick Roperch, Tamas Ugrai, Virginia Littell, Diana Park, Jan Westerweel, Dominic Jones, Fernando Poblete, Day Wa Aung, Huasheng Huang, Carina Hoorn, Kyaing Sein
Paleogene evolution of the Burmese forearc basin and implications for the history of India-Asia convergence
published pages: 730-748, ISSN: 0016-7606, DOI: 10.1130/b35002.1
GSA Bulletin 131/5-6 2020-04-04
2019 Tamsin Blayney, Guillaume Dupont‐Nivet, Yani Najman, Jean‐Noël Proust, Niels Meijer, Pierrick Roperch, Edward R. Sobel, Ian Millar, Zhaojie Guo
Tectonic Evolution of the Pamir Recorded in the Western Tarim Basin (China): Sedimentologic and Magnetostratigraphic Analyses of the Aertashi Section
published pages: 492-515, ISSN: 0278-7407, DOI: 10.1029/2018tc005146
Tectonics 38/2 2020-04-04
2019 Mustafa Y. Kaya, Guillaume Dupont‐Nivet, Jean‐Noël Proust, Pierrick Roperch, Laurie Bougeois, Niels Meijer, Joost Frieling, Chiara Fioroni, Sevinç Özkan Altıner, Ezgi Vardar, Natasha Barbolini, Marius Stoica, Jovid Aminov, Mehmut Mamtimin, Guo Zhaojie
Paleogene evolution and demise of the proto‐Paratethys Sea in Central Asia (Tarim and Tajik basins): Role of intensified tectonic activity at ca. 41 Ma
published pages: 461-486, ISSN: 0950-091X, DOI: 10.1111/bre.12330
Basin Research 31/3 2020-04-04
2019 Wentao Huang, Michael J. Jackson, Mark J. Dekkers, Yang Zhang, Bo Zhang, Zhaojie Guo, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet
Challenges in isolating primary remanent magnetization from Tethyan carbonate rocks on the Tibetan Plateau: Insight from remagnetized Upper Triassic limestones in the eastern Qiangtang block
published pages: 115695, ISSN: 0012-821X, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2019.06.035
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 523 2020-04-04
2020 Guoqiao Xiao, Yuqi Sun, Jilong Yang, Qiuzhen Yin, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Alexis Licht, Alan E. Kehew, Yunzhuang Hu, Jianzhen Geng, Gaowen Dai, Qingyu Zhao, Zhipeng Wu
Early Pleistocene integration of the Yellow River I: Detrital-zircon evidence from the North China Plain
published pages: 109691, ISSN: 0031-0182, DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2020.109691
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 546 2020-04-04
2019 Jan Westerweel, Pierrick Roperch, Alexis Licht, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Zaw Win, Fernando Poblete, Gilles Ruffet, Hnin Hnin Swe, Myat Kai Thi, Day Wa Aung
Burma Terrane part of the Trans-Tethyan arc during collision with India according to palaeomagnetic data
published pages: 863-868, ISSN: 1752-0894, DOI: 10.1038/s41561-019-0443-2
Nature Geoscience 12/10 2020-04-04
2019 Suchana Taral, Tapan Chakraborty, Pascale Huyghe, Peter van der Beek, Natalie Vögeli, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet
Shallow marine to fluvial transition in the Siwalik succession of the Kameng River section, Arunachal Himalaya and its implication for foreland basin evolution
published pages: 103980, ISSN: 1367-9120, DOI: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2019.103980
Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 184 2020-04-04
2019 M. Page, A. Licht, G. Dupont-Nivet, N. Meijer, N. Barbolini, C. Hoorn, A. Schauer, K. Huntington, D. Bajnai, J. Fiebig, A. Mulch, Z. Guo
Synchronous cooling and decline in monsoonal rainfall in northeastern Tibet during the fall into the Oligocene icehouse
published pages: 203-206, ISSN: 0091-7613, DOI: 10.1130/g45480.1
Geology 47/3 2020-04-04
2020 Fanny Goussin, Nicolas Riel, Carole Cordier, Stéphane Guillot, Philippe Boulvais, Pierrick Roperch, Anne Replumaz, Karel Schulmann, Guillaume Dupont‐Nivet, Filipe Rosas, Zhaojie Guo
Carbonated Inheritance in the Eastern Tibetan Lithospheric Mantle: Petrological Evidences and Geodynamic Implications
published pages: , ISSN: 1525-2027, DOI: 10.1029/2019gc008495
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 21/2 2020-04-04
2019 Niels Meijer, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Hemmo A. Abels, Mustafa Y. Kaya, Alexis Licht, Meimei Xiao, Yang Zhang, Pierrick Roperch, Marc Poujol, Zhongping Lai, Zhaojie Guo
Central Asian moisture modulated by proto-Paratethys Sea incursions since the early Eocene
published pages: 73-84, ISSN: 0012-821X, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2018.12.031
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 510 2020-04-04
2018 Yang Zhang, Wentao Huang, Baochun Huang, Douwe J. J. van Hinsbergen, Tao Yang, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Zhaojie Guo
53-43 Ma deformation of the Eastern Tibet revealed by three stages of tectonic rotation in the Gongjue basin
published pages: , ISSN: 2169-9313, DOI: 10.1002/2018jb015443
Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 2019-06-07
2017 Poblete, F., Dupont-Nivet, G., Licht, A., van Hinsbergen, D., Roperch, P., Guillocheau, F., Baby, G. and Baatsen, M.
Preliminary global paleogeographic maps through the Greenhouse-Icehouse transition: forcing of the Drake Passage and Asian
published pages: 11028, ISSN: , DOI:
EGU2017-11028 19th EGU General Assembly, EGU2 2019-06-07
2018 Laurie Bougeois, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Marc de Rafélis, Julia C. Tindall, Jean-Noël Proust, Gert-Jan Reichart, Lennart J. de Nooijer, Zhaojie Guo, Cholponbelk Ormukov
Asian monsoons and aridification response to Paleogene sea retreat and Neogene westerly shielding indicated by seasonality in Paratethys oysters
published pages: 99-110, ISSN: 0012-821X, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.12.036
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 485 2019-06-07
2017 Roperch, P., Dupont-Nivet, G., Guillot, S., Goussin, F., Huang, W., Replumaz, A., Yang, Z., Guo, Z. and Song, B.
Paleomagnetic constraints on early collisional deformation along the eastern margin of the Qiantang terrane (Tibetan plateau) at 50 and 37 Ma.
published pages: 9476, ISSN: , DOI:
EGU2017-9476 19th EGU General Assembly, EGU2 2019-06-07
2017 Kaya, M. Y., Dupont-Nivet, G., Proust, J-N., Bougeois, L., Meijer, N., Frieling, J., Fioroni, C., Stoica, M., Roperch, P., Mamtimin, M. and Aminov, J.
The Cretaceous – Paleogene paleogeography of Central Asia recorded in depositional environments of the Proto-Paratethys Sea in the Tarim Basin (Western China)
published pages: 9973, ISSN: , DOI:
EGU2017-9973 19th EGU General Assembly, EGU2 2019-06-07
2017 Bougeois, L., de Rafélis, M., Tindall, J., Proust, J-N., Reichart, G-J., de Nooijer, L., Guo, Z., Ormukov, C. and Dupont-Nivet, G.
Strong Central Asian seasonality from Eocene oysters indicates early monsoons and aridification
published pages: 771, ISSN: , DOI:
EGU2017-771 19th EGU General Assembly, EGU2 2019-06-07
2017 Dupont-Nivet, G., Licht, A., Bernard, A., Roperch, P., Win, Z., Jaeger, J-J., Aung, D. W., Kaythi, M., Swe, H. H. and Poblete, F.
Late Eocene Myanmar tectonics constrained by magnetostratigraphy of the Yaw Formation, Chidwin Basin, Kalewa. 
published pages: 12867, ISSN: , DOI:
EGU2017-12867 19th EGU General Assembly, EGU2 2019-06-07
2016 Roperch, P., Dupont-Nivet, G., Guillot, S., Goussin, F., Replumaz, A., Huang, W.,  Zhang, Y., Wacquier, L.
Paleomagnetic constraints on the tectonics of the Eastern border of the Qiangtang terrane (Tibetan Plateau) during the India-Asia collision.
published pages: 279, ISSN: , DOI:
25 ème Réunion des sciences de la Terre (RST 2016), Oct 2016, Caen, France. RST 2016 livre des résumés, pp.279, 20 2019-06-07
2017 Blayney, T., Najman, Y., Dupont-Nivet, G., Carter, A., Millar, I., Garzanti, E., Sobel, E., Rittner, M., Ando, S., Gao, Z. and Vezzoli, G.
Indentation of the Pamirs with respect to the northern margin of Tibet: Constraints from the Tarim basin sedimentary record
published pages: 10543, ISSN: , DOI:
EGU2017-10543 19th EGU General Assembly, EGU2 2019-06-07
2016 Goussin, F., Guillot, S., Schulmann, K., Cordier, C., Oliot, E., Replumaz, A., Roperch, P. and Dupont-Nivet, G.
Nature and melting processes of the lithosphere beneath the North-East Qiangqtang terrane, Central Tibet, during Eocene times.
published pages: 12186, ISSN: , DOI:
EGU2016-12186-1 18th EGU General Assembly, EGU2 2019-06-07
2016 Bonnet, N. J., Beauvais, A., Arnaud, N., Chardon, D., Dupont-Nivet, G. 
Weathering and denudation of the western continental margin of peninsular India: The 40Ar/39Ar dating of lateritic K-rich manganese oxides.
published pages: 42, ISSN: , DOI:
Source to Sink: a long term perspective of sediment budgets and sources characterization, Nov 2016, Rennes, France. Source to Sink: a long term perspective of sediment budgets and sources characterization, Abstracts, pp.42, 2016. Source to Sink: a long term per 2019-06-07
2017 Meijer, N., Tjallingii, R., Kaya, K., Licht, A., Abels, H., Zhang, Y., Guo, Z., Lai, Z. and Dupont-Nivet, G.
Astronomical forcing of Eocene monsoons in terrestrial sediments of the northeastern Tibetan Plateau.
published pages: 16107, ISSN: , DOI:
EGU2017-16107 19th EGU General Assembly, EGU2 2019-06-07
2016 Guillot, S.,  Goussin, F., Maierova, P., Cordier, C.,  Schulmann,K., Roperch, P., Dupont-Nivet, G. and Replumaz, A.
Linking the PT evolution of granulites and the geochemistry of ultra-K volcanics from Bohemian Massif and Central Tibet
published pages: 151, ISSN: , DOI:
25 ème Réunion des sciences de la Terre (RST 2016) livre des résumés, pp.151, 20 2019-06-07
2016 A. Licht, G. Dupont-Nivet, A. Pullen, P. Kapp, H. A. Abels, Z. Lai, Z. Guo, J. Abell, D. Giesler
Resilience of the Asian atmospheric circulation shown by Paleogene dust provenance
published pages: 12390, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12390
Nature Communications 7 2019-06-07
2016 Tamsin Blayney, Yani Najman, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Andrew Carter, Ian Millar, Eduardo Garzanti, Edward R. Sobel, Martin Rittner, Sergio Andò, Zhaojie Guo, Giovanni Vezzoli
Indentation of the Pamirs with respect to the northern margin of Tibet: Constraints from the Tarim basin sedimentary record
published pages: 2345-2369, ISSN: 0278-7407, DOI: 10.1002/2016TC004222
Tectonics 35/10 2019-06-07
2017 Jovid Aminov, Lin Ding, Yunus Mamadjonov, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Jamshed Aminov, Li-Yun Zhang, Shokirjon Yoqubov, Javhar Aminov, Sherzod Abdulov
Pamir Plateau formation and crustal thickening before the India-Asia collision inferred from dating and petrology of the 110–92 Ma Southern Pamir volcanic sequence
published pages: 310-326, ISSN: 1342-937X, DOI: 10.1016/
Gondwana Research 51 2019-06-07
2018 Toumoulin, A., Donnadieu, Y., Ladant, J.B., Poblete, F. and Dupont-Nivet, G.
The Drake Passage opening and its effects: an old friend with a new insight.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts (Vol. 20, p. 8086) 2019-04-18
2018 Dupont-Nivet, G., Blayney*, T., Najman, Y., Proust, J.N., Meijer, N., Roperch, P., Sobel, E.R., Millar, I. and Guo, Z.
Pamir tectonic evolution recorded in the western Tarim Basin (China): paleoenvironmental and magnetostratographic analyses of the Aertashi section
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts (Vol. 20, p. 14447) 2019-04-18
2018 Amber Woutersen, Phillip E. Jardine, Raul Giovanni Bogotá-Angel, Hong-Xiang Zhang, Daniele Silvestro, Alexandre Antonelli, Elena Gogna, Roy H.J. Erkens, William D. Gosling, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Carina Hoorn
A novel approach to study the morphology and chemistry of pollen in a phylogenetic context, applied to the halophytic taxon Nitraria L.(Nitrariaceae)
published pages: e5055, ISSN: 2167-8359, DOI: 10.7717/peerj.5055
PeerJ 6 2019-04-18
65535 Barbolini, N., Dupont-Nivet, G., Meijer, N., Jardine, P.E., Rohrmann, A. and Hoorn, C.
Multiple palaeoecological proxies constrain the interplay between Tibetan Plateau growth, the proto-monsoons and floral dispersal during the early India-Asia collision
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Palaeobotany and Palynology Conference 2019-04-18
2018 Guillot, S., Goussin, F., Cordier, C., Boulvais, P., Roperch, P., Replumaz, A., Schulmann, K., Dupont-Nivet, G. and Guo, Z
Metasomatised mantle and growth of the Tibet Plateau
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts (Vol. 20, p. 2943) 2019-04-18

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