Coral-based Climate Variability in the Eastern Bay of Bengal during the Medieval Climate Anomaly and Little Ice Age
This project aims to systematically sample fossil and living corals from the Ramree and Cheduba islands, western Myanmar. Recently discovered Porities corals on uplifted terraces from the islands suggest that they mainly grew during the Medieval Climate Anomaly and Little Ice Age.
We plan to reconstruct high-resolution proxy records of regional sea surface temperature and precipitation change through the two time intervals. This study will contribute to our understanding of the spatial and temporal viability of the Indian Summer Monsoon, therefore will help assess future monsoon impacts on the agrarian societies in the region.
Co-Investigators: J. Bruce H. Shyu (National Taiwan University), Phyo Maung Maung (Department of Meteorology and Hydrology of Myanmar), Soe Thura Tun (Myanmar Engineering Society)