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 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 also 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.

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

By April 2020, the EcoPartnership has delivered 15 days of technical assistance to the China EcoPartner 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, in 2020.

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.