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The International Workshop on Monitoring & Modeling for Grassland Ecosystems Successfully Held in Beijing

Source: Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning

The International Workshop on Monitoring & Modeling for Grassland Ecosystems, was successfully held in Beijing, 17-19 November, 2014. Over 50 research scholars and students from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and China attended the workshop.
The workshop was supported by the program of International S &T Cooperation, “Joint Research on Advanced Techniques for Optimal Management of Grassland Ecosystem”, aiming to give a conclusion for their research progress made in the last three years, and discuss their further cooperation points.

Experts on grassland ecosystems and climate change from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, presented the latest research on and regional programs for sustainable grassland management, while domestic researchers and students highlighted detailed field experiments, their findings, and future research plans. The program directors and representatives of CAAS emphasized the significance of international cooperation.


 
Andrew Moore, professor of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Plant industry, Australia, presented his recently proposed GRAZPLAN model and the application for Hulunber Experiment Station grazing experiment. Li Changsheng, professor of the University of New Hampshire, USA, reported the progresses and issues of his DNDC model on modelling China’s grassland ecosystem. Dennis Ojima, professor of Colorado State University, USA, commented the regional considerations for managing for resilience based on the national climate assessment. Lianhai Wu, professor of Rothamsted Research, UK, introduced its SPACSYS model and the application on quantifying the responses of the future grassland to climate change. Phil Murray, professor of Rothamsted Research, UK, described the Future of Grassland. Xin Xiaoping, professor of the Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning (IARRP) of CAAS, described the soil organic carbon change in grassland ecosystem of China in the past 50 years, and anthropogenic and climate impacts on grassland ecosystems’ carbon dynamics in northern China, 1980s-2000s.

The workshop provided an exchange and cooperation platform for the specialists and students to discuss the crucial issues existing in grassland ecosystems and global climate change fields. Given the fact that China needs to increase its production, Workshop attendees also confirmed their future cooperation theme-sustainably intensifying grassland management to reach the balance between food/meat demands and sustainability.
 
By Xin Xiaoping
xinxiaoping@caas.cn