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China and Global Change: Opportunities for Collaboration
materially to it. For example, this report describes work on ecosystem dynamics, land process modeling, marine modeling, and climate modeling. As GAIM evolves internationally, it is likely that Chinese participation will increase, and involvement of Chinese scientists should be encouraged to allow them to build upon activities already under way.
System for Analysis, Research, and Training
The CNCIGBP is developing a proposal to the System for Analysis, Research, and Training Standing Committee for the establishment of a regional research network for East Asia and Western Pacific that would have a regional research center in China. The draft proposal demonstrates the large and multidisciplinary research enterprise that CAS offers the study of global change.
Data and Information Systems for the IGBP
Since its inception, the IGBP Data and Information Systems supporting project has been open to China's active involvement, for example, in the development of an advanced very high resolution radiometer (AVHRR) 1 km global data set. Researchers at the CAS Institute of Atmospheric Physics, in collaboration with the State Meteorological Satellite Center, will produce 1 km AVHRR data sets for the first time in China.
Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Program
According to NSFC, China plans to participate in the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (HD/GEC) Program. The goals of the HD/GEC program are consistent with China's research priorities; in fact, the study of the impact of human activities is evident to one degree or another in many current research agendas. However, this area of the global change research agenda often requires interdisciplinary research, for which China will have to make certain changes in the way research currently is organized.
Chinese Ecological Research Network
Over the next five years, CAS will implement the Chinese Ecological Research Network (CERN) by upgrading 30 of its 52 ecological research and monitoring stations. CERN is an ambitious and important commitment by CAS to improve the way it conducts ecological research. The imposing information and data management