Jiangxi’s red soil Knowledge Exchange report

Following on the early stage of exploration in Guizhou’s karst area (Guizhou report), similar KE survey and interview research was carried out in Jiangxi’s red soil landscape in March 2018. This research sought to understand the current ways in which Chinese leaders and farmers learn from scientists and what are key issues facing them that the red soil CZ research can help with. This report documents the findings of the needs of local farmers, their farming practices and understanding of landscape processes, along with learning preferences of different public groups (farmers and village, town and country leaders). A copy of the…

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Summary Report of China – UK Knowledge Exchange Project.

Supplementary funding was gained to add a knowledge exchange component to the UK-China Critical zone programme. This study explores what knowledge transfer and knowledge exchange activities can facilitate communication and understanding between academics and the non-academic groups in these CZ research area in the context of Chinese culture, especially in Chinese rural areas. “With two-years research, better understanding has been developed of the Knowledge Exchange dynamic and science-policy-practice interface in China rural areas. Now this gained understanding can allow us to consider the existing pathway to impacts of each Critical Zone project and make suggestions of amendments which may make these…

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Recent SPECTRA – Karst publications

The programme is in its third year (final year of the UK side of Phase 1) and as such publications are being published. Below is a list of recent publications made by researchers within the SPECTRA – Karst team (Project 3) within the UK- China CZO Programme. Publications: Dandan, L., Zhang, X., Green, S.M., Dungait, J.A.J, Wen, X., Tang, Y., Guo, Zhiming, Yang, Y., sun, Xiaomin, Quine, T.A. 2018. Natural vegetation recovery of abandoned sloping farmland influences nitrogen functional genes within soil profiles at the Puding Karst Critical Zone observatory, SW China. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 125, 93-102. PDF   Ma, M.,…

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Recent SPECTRA-Karst conference presentations

The programme is in its third year and as such the teams are busy presenting results and work at conferences. Below is a list of recent conference presentation made by researchers within the SPECTRA-Karst team (Project 3) within the UK- China Programme.     Conferences: Li, D.D., Zhang, X.Y., Green, S.M., Dungait, J.A.J., Quine, T.A., Wen, X.F., Wang, Q.B. 2018. The Linking of denitrification rates and environmental variables and microbial abundance across natural vegetation recovery after abandonment of agriculture in karst region. The 11th International Symposium on Agriculture and the Environment, Nanjing, China. Guo, Z., Zhang, X., Green, S.M., Dungait, J.A.J, Wen,…

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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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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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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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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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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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