Appendix A contains reports from panel members' visits to selected research institutions during the summer of 1991. They outline the basic organization and resources of the institution, identify researchers and briefly describe research relevant to global change. Visits were chosen from a listing of institutions and individuals involved in global change research that the panel compiled in consultation with the Chinese National Committee for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (CNCIGBP) at the outset of this study. Because of time and financial constraints, it was not possible to visit all of the institutions where relevant work is being carried out.
Beijing Normal University operates a laboratory for elemental analysis by the method of proton-induced X-ray emission (PIXE). The laboratory, with a Van de Graaff nuclear particle accelerator, is managed by Zhu Guanghua and Wang Xinfu, and is administered by the Institute of Low Energy Physics, which is under the leadership of Lu Ting and Wu Yuguang. The laboratory is also actively supported by the university's computer center and its director, Pei Chunli.