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Theme 1:
Siliciclastic depositional systems and sequence stratigraphy

Sequence stratigraphy and depositional systems analysis have become inextricably linked over the past decade or so. This session, therefore, will focus on how this linkage has significantly advanced both scientific disciplines, and how we increasingly are able to identify the external drivers (processes) reflected in stratal architecture and sedimentary attributes. Sea level changes, global and local climate variations, and tectonism on different spatial and temporal scales, are of course some of the most fundamental of these drivers, and will be explored in depth by the many discussions of this theme.

D. Nummedal (CSM), V. Abreu (ExxonMobil), A. Schaefer (Univ. Bonn), A.T-S. Lin (Nat. Central Univ.), T. Sakai (Shimane Univ.) and K. Hoyanagi (Shinshu Univ.)

TS1-1 Glacial depositional systems
TS1-2 Aeolian systems
TS1-3 Lacustrine and fluvial systems
TS1-4 Barrier island and estuarine systems
TS1-5 Delta and fan delta systems
TS1-6 Shelf and shallow marine systems
TS1-7 Resedimentation and deep-water sedimentary systems
TS1-8 Sea-level changes and sequence architectures

Theme 2:
Carbonates and evaporites

The carbonate deposits record many geo-scientific events: vertical and lateral tectonic movements, sea-level fluctuations, palaeoclimatic changes, palaeoceanographic variations, hydrologic conditions, and mass extinctions and evolution of organisms. This session will focus on the various events detected by carbonate sedimentological and geochemical studies. Fundamental investigations on depositional processes and diagenesis of carbonate rocks are also welcome.

W. Piller (Graz Univ.), G. Cabioch (IRD), D. Chen (Chinese Acad. Sci.), H. Matsuda (Kumamoto Univ.) and Y. Iryu (Tohoku Univ.)

TS2-1 Carbonate sediments: environments and processes
TS2-2 Carbonate diagenesis, geochemistry and hydrogeochemistry
TS2-3 Dolomites and evaporites
TS2-4 Climatic records in marine and freshwater carbonates
TS2-5 Microbialites

Theme 3:
Sedimentary processes: experiments, simulations and field observations

J. Southard (MIT), G. Parker (Univ. Illinois), Y. Miyata (Yamaguchi Univ.), T. Muto (Nagasaki Univ.) and M. Yokokawa (Osaka Inst. Tech.)

TS3-1 Physical processes of sedimentary structures
TS3-2 Shallow-marine processes and sedimentation
TS3-3 Density flow processes and sedimentation
TS3-4 Experimental stratigraphy

Theme 4:
Basin analysis and numerical modelling

This theme focuses on the evolution of sedimentary basins in tectonically active settings. The session will integrate onland and oceanographic studies of modern active margin basins, which provide detailed "snapshot" views, with outcrop and subsurface studies of ancient basins, which provide a time-intregrated view. Possible topics include (but not restricted to): sedimentary response to the growth of structures; controls of basin architecture on depositional systems and systems tracts; significance of unconformity surfaces; volcanic and volcaniclastic facies analysis; and modeling of transport-depositional systems as well as subsidence and sedimentation patterns.

C. Busby (UCSB), C. Paola (Univ. Minnesota) and O. Takano (JAPEX)

TS4-1 Tectonics and sedimentation
TS4-2 Basin analysis and stratigraphic modeling

Theme 5:
Petrology, mineralogy and geochemistry of sediments

This session seeks to integrate a variety of approaches to understanding the composition, mineralogy and geochemistry of sediment and sedimentary rocks. The coverage includes sedimentary provenance, compositional and mineralogical changes in sedimentary environments, diagenesis of clastic sediment, chemostratigraphy and others. Topics may include a wide spectrum of various sedimentological, geological and environmental aspects.

S. Critelli (Univ. Calabria), H. Yoon (Korea Polar Res. Inst.), M. Kametaka (GSJ/AIST) and K. Yoshida (Shinshu Univ.)

TS5-1 Sandstone petrology: provenance and diagenesis
TS5-2 Clay mineralogy and geochemistry
TS5-3 Siliceous and phosphatic sediments
TS5-4 Ironstone and metalliferous sediments
TS5-5 Inorganic geochemistry and chemostratigraphy

Theme 6:
Volcano sedimentology

This session invites papers on syn- and post-eruptive sedimentary processes in and around volcanoes. Papers describing deposits and facies organization of primary volcanic and volcaniclastic products are also welcome.

J. White (Univ. Otago), U. Martin (Würzburg Univ.), K. Nemeth (Massey Univ.) and K. Kano (GSJ/AIST)

TS6-1 Volcanic architecture
TS6-2 Pyroclastic density current
TS6-3 Lahars and debris avalanches
TS6-4 Volcaniclastic resedimentation
TS6-5 Subaqueous eruption and deposition

Theme 7:
Marine geology and sedimentology

Recent research on the sedimentary processes of modern continental shelves has greatly benefited from new technologies such as multibeam sonar, the acoustic Doppler current profiler and instrumented sediment transport platforms. Important advances are being made in the understanding of coastal and shelf processes and morphology, particularly in relation to determining sediment transport pathways, bedform morphometry and exchange of sediment between the coast, continental shelf and slope. This session provides a venue for researchers to present recent results and share new concepts on shelf sediments and sedimentary process studies.

K. Ikehara (GSJ/AIST) , M. Li (BIO/GSC) and K. Arai (GSJ/AIST)

TS7-1 Marine sediments and sedimentology
TS7-2 Sediments and sedimentary processes on continental shelves
TS7-4 Cold seeps, gas hydrates and related phenomena: past and present

Theme 8:
Palaeontology and sedimentology

G. Pemberton (Univ. Alberta), H. Ando (Ibaraki Univ.) and Y. Kondo (Kochi Univ.)

TS8-1 Fossil records in stratigraphic framework
TS8-2 Ichnology and sedimentary facies
TS8-3 Palaeoecology, taphonomy and sedimentary records

Theme 9:
Environmental and applied sedimentology

K. Kashima (Kyushu Univ.), F. Nanayama (GSJ/AIST) and T. Ueki (GSJ/AIST)

TS9-1 Environmental sedimentology
TS9-2 Holocene stratigraphy and sedimentation
TS9-3 Tsunami, storm hazards and related sediments
TS9-4 Landslides, liquefaction and gravity flow
TS9-5 Flood hazards and related sediments

Theme 10:
Resource sedimentology

Sedimentology has contributed to stable supply of essential resources to the world. Recent improvements of sedimentology integrated with high technologies of the other fields (e.g. satellite images, electrical survey, seismic survey, well data, geostatistics, numerical models etc.) help people to reduce uncertainties regarding distribution of the resources and produce them effectively. Importantly such an effective detection tool based on sedimentology lead us to exploit resources in environmentally-friendly. This session provides venues and case studies about utilities of sedimentology for effective resources production to discuss possible ways of resources sedimentology for the future.

H. Arato (Teikoku Oil Co.), A. Mizobe (Teikoku Oil Co.), T. Nakanishi (INPEX) and O. Takano (JAPEX)

TS10 Resource Sedimentology: hydrocarbon, coal and placer deposits

Theme 11:
Palaeoclimate and sedimentation

Y. Il Lee (Seoul Nat. Univ.), S. Ji (NIGLAS), L. Jansa (BIO/GSC), T. Sakai (Kyushu Univ.) and H. Fukusawa (Tokyo Met. Univ.)

TS11-1 Lake sediment archives and environmental changes
TS11-3 Palaeoclimate of the Cretaceous in Asia
TS11-4 Palaeoclimate of the Cenozoic Asia
TS11-5 Sediment record on palaeoceanography and palaeoclimatology

Theme 12:
Sedimentology: past, present and future

"The twentieth century was a time of excitement for the field of sedimentology" The Technical Session Theme 12-1 ‘History of sedimentology’ is a first attempt for the ISC. Prof. G.M. Friedman, former president of the IAS, will give us a history of IAS. In addition, we welcome any facts and stories about the history of sedimentology from any place in the world. Discussions and advertisements of new methods and technology are welcome at the sub-session TS12-2. Sub-sessions TS12-3 and TS12-4 relate to the Special Symposia SS5-1(Role of sedimentology in Earth drilling projects) and SS5-2(Extraterrestrial sedimentology). Related voluntary discussions for the poster presentation are also welcome.

G.M. Friedman (formerly President, IAS), H. Okada (formerly President, SSJ), H. Machiyama (JAMSTEC), O. Takano (JAPEX) and K. Hoyanagi (Shinshu Univ.)

TS12-1 History of sedimentology
TS12-2 New technology for sediment analysis
TS12-3 IODP and ICDP: new horizon of sedimentology
TS12-4 IODP Expedition 307 - Porcupine basin carbonate mounds