shapeimage_1A field trip to Hong Kong Geo-Park via boat is being planned in order to give participants an opportunity to interact informally, and to discuss some of the issues raised in the first two days of presentations. The field trip will be led by local expert Dr. Richard Owen from Hong Kong Baptist University. Participants will see Hong Kong’s dramatic coastal scenery from the ocean and, in particular, the columnar volcanic sequences that were emplaced when this area was located in a volcanic arc during the Mesozoic.

Participants will also visit the beautiful and inaccessible Nine Pin Islands, followed by a visit to the Ming Dynasty Tung Lung Fort, designed to defend the coast from pirate attacks, which is set in incredible scenery, with ample time for walking. The Nine Pin Islands are probably the most spectacular development of columnar hexagonal jointing in the world, and are reminiscent of the world heritage site of Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. The tuffs of the islands were erupted about 140 million years ago.  It is estimated that approximately 70 km3 of volcanic ash were erupted during the single event which formed the tuffs.  This compares with only 2 km2 for the Mt. St. Helens eruption and 12 km3 for the Krakatau eruption of 1883, which dispersed haze all over the world and resulted in a period of global cooling.

The field trip will conclude in the financial and administrative heart of the city at Central at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum for a reception overlooking the famous Victoria Harbour. The museum will host a temporary display on the subject of monsoon science to coincide with the conference. This field trip also allows participants to assess the vulnerability of a major coastal city like Hong Kong to the threats of sea-level rise and typhoons in the context of global climate change. This field trip is scheduled mid-week as a refresher from the program, and to assure greater attendance at what has proven to be a useful communication event at previous Chapman Conferences.