USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center - Beijing Forestry University

Concept: 

Conduct an ecosystem assessment of vegetation, sediment and water dynamics of Dongting Lake and associated floodplains of the Yangtze River, particularly with regards to sedimentation and impoundment.

Key Accomplishments:

The team installed ten surface elevation tables along the hydrology and sediment gradient in West Dongting Lake. A framework for monitoring and implementation was completed, and data on the diversity of vegetation, hydrology alteration, elevation change, and seed bank germination potential are being collected and studied.

In August 2018, Dr. Middleton from United States Geological Survey (USGS) visited field sites in West Dongting Lake in China and provided additional technical assistance to improve the investigation and greenhouse gas (GHG) experimentation. The team will soon analyze the monitoring and evaluation data and publish results to provide direction for wetland ecosystem conservation and management in West Dongting Lake.

The EcoPartnership received funding for integrated monitoring of wetland ecosystem from the local government to support the monitoring and related research projects over the next few years.

USGS has delivered 15 days of technical assistance to Beijing Forestry University to improve the field investigation and experiment proposal, review the manuscripts, and provide guidance for future research work.

The EcoPartnership published three peer-reviewed journal papers on the research findings, including to the Journal of Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts.

Work Plan: 
Task 1: Academic Exchange Between China and the United States
Conduct academic exchange between China and the United States, which will improve the cooperation between the two countries in regard to technology, field work approaches, and assessment systems. 
Task 2: Technological Exchange
Conduct technological exchange for monitoring and assessment methodology for studies of vegetation, regeneration, and sedimentation monitoring.