Aberdeen end of Phase 1 meeting November 2018

The UK- China CZO programme held its end of UK Phase 1 meeting in Ardoe House on the Outskirts of Aberdeen UK from 13th to 16th November 2018. This final workshop brought together research from our past 3 years of collaboration by 5 UK – China research consortia. We have made great progress developing a better understanding of the ecosystem services of soil and water resources in keys sites across China: ranging from the complex and fragile Karst ecosystems of Guizhou; the highly eroded Loess Plateau; the peri-urban agricultural soils of Shanghai; to the unique red soils of the Sunjia…

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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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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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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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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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Programmes Official Development Assistance (ODA) Aims

Alongside the scientific research the UK- China Critical Zone Observatory programme aims to achieve environmental and social sustainability developments. They plan to do this through improved management of the local soil and water resources. The resulting progression in knowledge and understanding of the eco-systems from the planned research will benefit China but equally are relevant for UK and other regions worldwide. Part of the funding for the programme comes from the UK Newton Fund. Newton Fund activities need to demonstrate that they are aiming to contribute to a reduction in poverty, and aim to further sustainable development (development that is likely…

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Annual report from the Loess Project

At the Annual UK – China CZO programme meeting in Guiyang the Loess project presented an update of how work was going to that point in time, 18 months into the project. The bullet points below summaries this presentation. Modelling and Managing Critical Zone Relationships between Soil, Water and Ecosystem Processes across the Loess Plateau– Prof Lianhai Wu and Prof Ming’an Shao Recent landscape changes in the Critical Zone of Loess Plateau region Vegetation coverage 2000 – 2014 has been studied; it shows mainly moderate vegetation cover with increase from Northwest to Southeast. Temporal trends in vegetation cover change –…

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