ECN welcomes Chinese research visitors
The researchers from the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, were visiting the UK in order to attend the international ecology conference, INTECOL 2013. Following the conference Professors Guiriu Yu, Xuibo Yu, Honglin He, Quifeng Wang and Yang Gao headed to the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology's Lancaster site, where they were welcomed by ECN staff.
Rob Rose, Site Manager at ECN Moor House, and Terry Parr, Section Head at CEH Lancaster first took the group to Moor House in the North Pennines to learn about ECN monitoring and related research at the site. Later in the day, members of the bi-lateral group, including Dr Terry Parr, Don Monteith, Dr Alex Elliott and Sue Rennie (CEH) and Professors Xuibo Yu, Quifeng Wang and Honglin He from CAS, exchanged a series of short presentations on long-term research, monitoring, modelling and data curation by CEH and CAS.
Some of the speakers at the event
The Chinese Ecosystem Research Network, a CAS initiative established in 1988, consists of 42 stations across China, as well as five sub-centres and a synthesis centre. These stations conduct a range of ecological monitoring and research, using standard protocols. Like ECN, CERN is a member of the International Long-Term Ecological Research Network.
Prof. Quifeng Wang spoke about the Chinese Terrestrial Ecosystem Flux Observation and Research Network (ChinaFLUX) that includes some CERN sites. The network makes long-term measurements of carbon, water, nitrogen and energy exchanges between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere.
Following the presentations, the group discussed the potential for joint research and collaboration in areas including data management development and lake ecosystem research. The scope for joint projects, staff and student exchanges, joint publications and workshops will be explored further following the visit by the Chinese team.