Recent Programme Publications from the Loess Plateau team.

The programme is in its third year and as such publications are being published. Below is a list of recent publication made by researchers within the Loess plateau team (Project 5) within the UK- China Programme. Comber A, Wang Y, Lü Y, Zhang X and Paul Harris (in press). Hyper-local geographically weighted regression: extending GWR through local model selection and local bandwidth optimization. Paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Spatial Information Science (July 2018) see http://www.josis.org/index.php/josis/article/view/422/217 Fu W, Lü Y, Harris P, Comber A and Wu L (2018). Peri-urbanization may vary with vegetation restoration: A large scale regional…

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UK-China Programme CZO Annual Science Meeting

The CZO programme is holding a programme wide science meeting in Aberdeen, Scotland from 13th to 15th November. Everyone working within the UK- China CZO science is invited to come and present and discuss their research in a series of conference style talks and posters sessions. Session headings at present are: Experimental Observations at CZO Sites. CZO Formation and Functioning; CZO Terrestrial Processes; CZO Hydrological Processes; Modelling CZO Processes; Discussion – CZO Science and Integrating Data. The meeting is being held in Ardoe Hall Hotel on the outskirts of Aberdeen, Scotland. It is a 19th century mansion house set in…

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Recent Publication on Faecal Indicators in the Karst region.

Sarah Buckerfield recently published her first paper. This paper provides (a) a review of the knowledge base underpinning E. coli as an indicator of microbial water contamination in mixed-land use karst systems, and (b) identification of research priorities to improve the utility of ​E. coli as a tool for understanding microbial contamination sources, transport mechanisms, and fate in the southwest China karst region. authors.elsevier.com/a/1XSHSB8ccgcfk Sarah is a a PhD student at Glasgow University, aligned with Karst Project (Project 1) as part of the UK- China CZO Programme and funded by IAPETUS DTP (@IapetusDTP).

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Programme Strategy Meeting Nanjing China

The UK – China programme met in Nanjing on the 25th and 26th April 2017 to discuss the future path of the UK- China Critical Zone Observatory Research Programme. The meeting was hosted by Chinese Academy of Science, Institute of Soil Science, China and organised by both NSF China and NERC, UK. 13 scientists attended the meeting from the UK and 59 from across China. We were also fortunate to have Prof. Lui from NSFC, Amy Vitale and Jodie Mitchell from NERC and Grace Lang from RCUK attend. The workshop aimed to bring together the principle scientists in the current…

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Science on Tap outreach event

A brilliant public outreach event called “Science on Tap” was hosted by Chinese Academy of Science, Institute of Soil Science, in the stunning location of Taicheng Library, inside the Old City Walls, in Nanjing, China on the 24th April 2018. Science on Tap is a China-wide campaign led by UK Research and Innovation, showcasing excellence in collaborative research between China and the UK. This Science on Tap event was titled “The Critical Zone, the Earth’s sensitive skin: How human activity is transforming our soil, water and air.” The aim of the event was to communicate the idea of the Earth…

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Researcher exchange report between Aberdeen, UK and Hohai, China.

In 2016 and again this year I spent 5 months working at Hohai University. During these periods I mainly worked with Professor Xi Chen, the Chinese leader of our CZO project, (Project 1, Karst). We used a catchment scale conceptual model of water and solute transport in the dual flow system of the karst critical zone and the results have published in Hydrological Processes. After many discussions with Xi’s group, we have successfully coupled the hydrological processes with C and N in the model. I am now running the model. I also worked with other researchers in the Chinese group….

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Knowledge Exchange in China

Alongside the 5 main projects there have been a number of supplementary awards granted. One of these is the Knowledge Exchange research package that is within the China-UK Karst CZ project.  It aims at understanding the current Knowledge Exchange (KE) practices in China and improving science effectiveness. A large of amount of progress has been made to date. Firstly a broad scale analysis about what type of KE delivery exists in China was conducted. The understanding from this analysis is now written as an academic paper ready for submission. This was followed by surveys and interviews to collect data about…

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Red Soil Chinese Researchers Visit Aberdeen

Researchers from the Chinese institutes cooperating on the Red Soil CZO project travelled to Scotland to discuss progress and plan the next stage of the project. As part of the meeting the team took a look at a couple of Aberdeenshire’s diverse soils. The selection included a tropical soil at Bennachie (pictured) which made for an interesting comparison with the Chinese Red Soils central to the project. The visitors from Nanjing, including the Chinese PI Ganlin, Zhang enjoyed Scotland’s culinary curiosities whilst we discussed ways to integrate modelling and data collection efforts. The meeting provided an excellent opportunity to strengthen…

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Programme Visits and Exchanges

As part of the ODA compliance of the projects (click here for more information) knowledge exchange activities are taking place across the programme. These include the exchanging  and training of scientists in the UK and China. This will be achieved through multiple types of project and programme meetings and both short and long term exchanges. The new knowledge gained will increase the skill and knowledge base of those involved. So far 12 personnel exchanges have occurred varying from 1 week to 1 year in length. They have involved 1 MSc student, 8 PhD students and 3 Early Career Researchers. 7 exchanges…

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