Key Laboratory of Semi-Arid Climate Change, Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University

By LZU | 05/09/2012 15:08:19 | Views ()

The Key Laboratory of Semi-Arid Climate Change, Ministry of Education (MOE), is an international observatory, which focused on the climate change in the arid and semi-arid regions. This laboratory is ready to set up in 2008, and the construction is approved in 2009. It is formally accepted in 2011 by the Ministry of Education, and Dr. Huang Jianpingis the director and chief scientist of this laboratory.

The Loess Plateau over Northwest China is a special semi-arid land surface type and part of dust storm sources. Based on the advantages of multi-disciplinary and the geographical environment, the researches of this laboratory will focus on: (1) Experiment for the environment, climatology and their long-term tendencies; (2) Remote sensing and data assimilation; (3) Mechanism of climate change; (4) Adaptation strategy to solve the climate change. This lab will form a research platform for its multi-disciplinary studies and aninnovative research observation in the semi-arid region. This platform will provide aninternational cooperate with the foreign country to work together on the climate change, and push our country to be the top rank in this research.

The laboratory has a faculty of 56 members. Among them, one is CAS academicians,and one was sponsored by the “One-Thousand Talents Program”. One of its members has won the National Outstanding Young Scholar awards (by National Natural Science Foundation of China), one is ChangJiang Scholars and one is ChangJiang professional lecturer. One of its members is Member of the Evaluation Group of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council. One is the Deputy Director of the Teaching Guiding sub-committee for the atmospheric science under the Ministry of Education. One is the Winner of Outstanding Young Teacher Award for Higher Education Institutions Given by the Ministry of Education. One of the members was sponsored by the New Century Excellent Talents Support Program. Two are the leading Talents of Gansu Province. Two are the New Century academic leaders of Gansu Province. One has won the distinguished teachers of Gansu Province.

The research directions of the Key Lab include: Semi-Arid climate and environment observation, Semi-Arid remote sensing & data assimilation research, research of climate change mechanism, simulation and prediction at Semi-Arid region, response and Adaptive strategy of climate change at Semi-Arid region. The Key Lab contains ten research centers, observational and application platforms, including: Yuzhong Observation Station, Urban Observation Station at Lanzhou, Field Mobile Observation Station, Research Center of Earth-Atmosphere Interaction, Research Center of Remote Sensing & Data Assimilation,Research Center of Climate Change and Prediction, Research Center for MeteorologicalDisasters and Response, Research Center on Environmental Assessment, Research Center on Climatic Change Assessment, Open Lab of Atmospheric Sounding.

In recent years, more than 180 projects were undertaken, which include National Major Scientific Research Program, National 973 Project, National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, Natural Science Fund of Key Program and National Science and Technology Support Program and etc; the total amount of funding reaches 85.54 billion Yuan. About 330 papers and 10 books were published; 22 awards have been earned including the first Scientific Development Award of Gansu province. During March to June in 2008, the China-US first joint Experiment was conducted which cause a widespread concern. The SACOL was the main site and two mobile observation sites were deployed. A bunch of valuable data was obtained in this experiment. A latest research result of dust storm and arid climate from Professor Huang Jianping was reported by Nature on its website of climate change and earth science columns, respectively.

It is very meaningful to accelerating the development of scientific research over semi-arid region and high-level talents training, with respect to science and national strategy. Lanzhou University is bestowed with unique advantages in the field of semi-arid region research; it has the location vantage as situating in the semi-arid area, as well a multidisciplinary support from atmospheric, physical, mathematical, chemistry and computational sciences, and as such becomes a perfect place for the research. The Key Laboratory of Semi-Arid Climate Change, funded by the Ministry of Education, has done high levels of scientific research in climate change over semi-arid region, which shows it has great potential in development and gaining a good international reputation. The Key Laboratory of Semi-Arid Climate Change would significantly promote the development of scientific research and high-level talents training in semi-arid region research.

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