Louisiana State University - Chinese Academy of Sciences

Wetlands in Northeast China
Concept: 

Conservation and management of wetlands through joint data collection and analysis that will develop research capabilities in both countries.

The EcoPartnership will conduct research to explore solutions to pressing challenges of wetlands area decline and ecosystem function loss in Northeast China. Proposed solutions to explore include:
  • Response of wetlands hydrological process to climate change;
  • Maintenance mechanism and scale characteristic of wetlands hydrological regulation function;
  • Status evaluation of agricultural irrigation water demand and wetlands ecological water demand in Songnen-Sanjiang plain;
  • Songnen-Sanjiang plain water resource regulation based upon food security and wetlands ecological safety;
  • Landscape pattern optimization of a regional wetland-farmland system based on multiple target scene

Key Accomplishments:

In 2018, Louisiana State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) jointly organized an international wetland conference in Changchun, China. The institute broadcasted the technological achievements of the project through various media channels.

In 2019, CAS was able to organize a field survey in Alaska Kenai Estuary Wetland and Turdra wetland. Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was able to invite more U.S. wetland experts to collaborate in wetland research.

In 2020, CAS proposed a regional/international strategy on strengthening wetland protection and restoration in Heilongjiang Basin. The strategy will be implemented by Bureau of Science Communication, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Work Plan: 
Task 1. Scientific contribution
Investigate the response mechanism of northeast China’s typical wetland hydrological process to climate change, provide scientific basis for the country to formulate wetland protection program, and ensure regional ecological security and sustainable supply of agricultural water resources.
Task 2. Talent cultivation and platform construction
Build a high quality research team of wetland ecosystem which contains at least 20 people and wetland ecosystem research network for long-term observation and simulation.
Task 3. High-level scientific research achievements publishing
Write and publish relevant scientific research achievements and improve international influences.
Task 4. International collaboration and communication
Develop academic exchanges for the U.S. and Chinese wetland experts. The U.S. partner and Chinese partner jointly organize international conferences related to wetland ecosystems.