Themes:

Geodynamics (HKTW)

The Tibetan Plateau and its surrounding mountain ranges and basins is a key region for researching continental collision processes and long-term climate evolution. It is also important for understanding natural hazards.
Topics: continental collision - plateau uplift and mountain building – geochronology - long-term paleoclimate evolution – neotectonics - earthquake activities and landslides
 

Climate, hydrology & ecosystems

Initially, three lines of parallel sessions had been planned. The following lines have been merged into a joint line.
 

Climate, hydrology, and cryosphere (has been merged with line 3)

The Tibetan Plateau with its surrounding mountain ranges is the water head of major river systems in Asia. Research on water cycle and climate archives helps to understand the Asian monsoon system and the plateau response to global change.
Topics: Climate observations and modeling – lakes, rivers, glaciers, permafrost and geomorphology in the view of water cycle and climate change – archives of Late Pleistocene and Holocene climate evolution
 

Ecosystems in view of environmental change and human impact (has been merged with line 2)

The Tibetan Plateau is associated with extreme environmental conditions, while variability of monsoon climate is threatening human life with floods and droughts. The ecosystems are especially sensitive  to environmental change and human impacts.
Topics: ecosystems and biodiversity of alpine and monsoonal regions – response of ecosystems to environmental change and human impact – interdependence and environmental impact of land use
 

List of past Himalayan Karakorum Tibet workshops and International Symposia on Tibetan Plateau:

HKT workshops

  • 28-2013 Tübingen, Germany (& ISTP-6)
  • 27-2012 Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 26-2011 Canmore, Canada
  • 25-2010 San Francisco, US
  • 24-2009 Beijing, China (& ISTP-5)
  • 23-2008 Leh, India
  • 22-2007 Hong Kong, China 
  • 21-2006 Cambridge, UK
  • 20-2005 Aussois, France 
  • 19-2004 Niseko, Japan 
  • 18-2003 Ascona, Switzerland
  • 17-2002 Gangtok, Sikkim, India
  • 16-2001 Schloss Seggau, Austria
  • 15-2000 Chengdu, China
  • 14-1999 Ettal, Germany
  • 13-1998 Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 12-1997 Rome, Italy
  • 11-1996 Flagstaff, US
  • 10-1995 Ascona, Switzerland
  • 9-1994 Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 8-1993 Vienna, Austria
  • 7-1992 London, UK 
  • 6-1991 Grenoble, France
  • 5-1990 Milan, Italy
  • 4-1988 Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 3-1987 London, UK
  • 2-1986 Vandoevre-les-Nancy, France
  • 1-1985 Leicester UK 

ISTP

  • 6-2013 Tübingen, Germany (& HKTW-28)
  • 5-2009 Beijing (& HKTW-24)
  • 4-2004 Lhasa
  • 3-1998 Xining 
  • 2-1992 Kashgar
  • 1-1980 Beijing