Morphology of Earth Surface and
Advanced Geohazards in Southeast Asia

Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University

We focus on surface processes; geohazards
in Thailand and Southeast Asia mainland

Our recent research themes include
Coastal hazards (tsunami and storm surge), Earthquake, Climate Change; Quaternary stratigraphy and paleo-environment

Geological proxies of paleo-tsunami
Paleo-climate (cave and speleothems)

Long experience in coastal field, fluvial geomorphology
Earthquake, Flooding.
We welcome Thai and International students to join our research .

Who we are
and Activities

Professor Dr. Montri Choowong; Geomorphology, coastal hazards, fluvial processes



Professor Dr. Punya Charusiri: A winner of outstanding Thailand researcher award 2016 by National Research Council of Thailand

Professor Dr. Chakkaphan Sutthirat: Director of Environmental Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University


Associate Professor Dr. Santi Pailoplee; Earthquake geology, seismology, tectonic, TL/OSL datings

Assistant Professor Dr. Vichai Chutakositkanon; Sedimentary petrology, mineralogy

Dr. Akkaneewut Chabangborn; Quaternary geology, lake stratigraphy, climatology

Dr. Sumet Phantuwongraj; GIS, coastal hazards,sedimentology

Dr. Sakonvan Chawchai; Geochemistry, Isotope datings,cave and speleothems

Dr. Parisa Nimnate; geomorphology, fluvial processes, shallow geophysics

Dr. Kantapon Suraprasit; Quaternary paleontology and stratigraphy, isotope datings

Teerarat Pailoplee; Paleontology (RU Secretary)

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Publications and Presentations

Peer-reviewed publications


Chawchai, S., Guangxin, L., Bissen, R., Jankham, K., Paisornjumrongsri, W., Kanjanapayont, P., Chutakositkanon, V., Choowong, M., Pailoplee, S., and Wang, X., 2018. Stalagmites from westen Thailand: preliminary investigations and challenges for paleoenvironmental research. Boreas

Surakiatchai, P., Songsangworn, E., Pailoplee, S., Choowong, M., Phantuwongraj, S., Chabangborn, A., and Charusiri, P., 2018. Optically Stimulated Luminescense datings reveal rate of beach ridge and sand spit deposition from the upper Gulf of Thailand. Songklanakarin Journal of Science and Technology

Surakiatchai, P., Choowong, M., Charusiri, P., Charoentitirat, T., Chawchai, S., Pailoplee, S., Chabangborn, A., Phantuwongraj, S., Kongsen, S., Bissen, R., and Nimnate, P., 2018. Paleogeographic reconstruction and history of the sea level change at Sam Roi Yot National Park, Gulf of Thailand. Tropical Natural History

Chabangborn, A., Yamoah, K.A., Phantuwongraj, S., and Choowong, M., 2018. Climate in Sundaland and Asian monsoon varibility during the last deglaciation. Quaternary International

Puangjaktha, P., and Pailoplee, S., 2018. Temperal and spetial distributions of precursory seismicity rate change in Thailand-Laos-Myanmar borders: Implication for the upcomming hazardous earthquake. Journal of seismology

Dubois, N,..Chawchai, S., et al., 2018. First human impacts and responses of aquatic systems: A review of paleolimnological record from around the world. The Anthropocene review


Nimnate, P.,Choowong, M., Thitimakorn, T., and Hisada, K., 2017. Geomorphic criteria for distinguishing and locating paleo-channel from upstream part of Mun River, Khorat Plateau, Northeastern Thailand. Environmental Earth Sciences

Nimnate, P., Thitimakorn, T., Choowong, M., and Hisada, K., 2017. Imaging and locating paleo-channel using ERT and GPR from the meandering system of Khorat Plateau, northeastern Thailand. Open geosciences

Pailoplee, S., 2017. Probabilities of earthquake occurrences along Sumatra-Andaman subduction zone. Open geosciences

Pailoplee, S., 2017. Mapping of b-value anomalies along the strike-slip fault system on Thailand-Myanmar boder: Implication for upcomming earthquake. Journal of Earthquake and Tsunami

Traitangwong, P., and Pailoplee, S., 2017. Precursory seismic quiescence along the Sagiang fault zone, central Myanmar- the application of the region-time-length algorithm. Geosciences Journal

Pailoplee, S., 2017. Earthquake activities along the Indonesian Sunda Margin: A seismicity approach. Geosciences Journal

Pailoplee, S., and Charusiri, P., 2017. Analyses of seismic activities and hazards in Laos: A seismicity approach. Terrestrial, Atmosphere and Ocenic Sciences

Sukrungsri, S., and Pailoplee, S., 2017. Precursory seismic quiescence along the Sumatra-Andaman subduction zone: past and present. Journal of seismology

Pailoplee, S., Panyathip, S., and Charusiri, P., 2017. Precursory seismicity rate change prior to the large and minor earthquakes along the Sagiang fault zone, central Myanmar. Arabian Journal of geoscience.





Record of geological fieldwork of our staffs and students
Awards and MOU and activity schedule

  • The most beautiful pot-holes in the world, Sam Phan Bok, Mekong River, Ubon Ratchathani, Thai-Laos border

    25 July 2018

    Thousands of pot-holes in different shape and dimension have been found at the sandstone basement of Mekong River. Pot-holes are developing with specific mechanism. Sam Phan Bok is one of geoheritate in Thailand and will be promoted as the world natural conservation in the near future

  • Mashroom rock; spectacular relict of surface erosion in sandstone

    25 July 2018

    Natural features of stack formed by surface erosion provides very good opportunity to recognize sedimentary structures.

  • Sandstone arch at Had Sai Ri beach, Chumphon, Gulf of Thailand

    10 July 2018

    Destructive landform left behind from seasonal wave attact at the base of fanglomerate red bed

  • Freiburg and Chulalongkorn Fieldtrip

    1-10 March 2018

    University of Freiburg professors and students joined MESA RU staffs for southern Thailand geological and geomorphological fieldtrip

  • Geoarchaeology fieldtrip

    1-6 April 2018

    University of Tsukuba professor and student joined MESA RU staffs for geoarchaeological fieldtrip to Krabi, southern Thailand

  • Ancient storm hunting

    May 2014

    MESA RU team worked at Chumphon Bay hunting for ancient storm records in swale

  • CONGRATULATIONS: A winner of mid-career researcher award 2018

    May 2018

    Associate Professor Dr. Santi Pailoplee is awarded for a winner of mid-career researcher award, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University

  • CONGRATULATIONS: A winner of young researcher award 2018

    May 2018

    Dr. Sakonvan Chawchai is awarded for a winner of young researcher award, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University

  • Coming soon

    December 2018

    coming soon


Official contact: Teerarat Pailoplee Email:
MESA RU, Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND