USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center - Beijing Forestry University


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:

Installed ten surface elevation tables along the hydrology and sediment gradient in West Dongting Lake until January, 2017. The diversity of vegetation and associated environmental factors were investigated.  

Working on the monitoring implementation plan of West Dongting Lake based on hydrology alteration, elevation change, vegetation diversity and seed bank germination potential. The framework of the implementation plan was accomplished at March 2017.. 

Published an article on the Ecosystems (in press) about the effect of predicted megadrought on the soil seed bank of bald cypress swamp along Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico.

Work Plan: 
Task 1: Academic exchange between China and United States
Academic exchange between China and United States will improve the cooperation between two countries in technology, field work approaches and assessment system.
Task 2: Technological exchange
Technological exchange for monitoring and assessment methodology for studies of vegetation, regeneration and sedimentation monitoring.