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Research Direction: Studies on Physical Geography and Global Change

China's Eco-geographical Region Map

Inheriting the multidisciplinary and comprehensive basis and advantage of physical geography, IGSNRR has been developing integrated and intersected theories and methodologies focused on the pattern and process of air, soil, water and life on land surface systems and their interaction mechanism. It aims at discovering the laws of physical geography and global change, and providing scientific basis for practicing the scientific concept of development so as to achieve harmony between humans and nature.

Research Direction: Studies on Human Geography and Regional Development


Regeneration and sustainable development of Northeast China

By undertaking process and mechanism based analyses, simulation evaluation and experimental demonstration, the division focuses on the driving factors, evaluation mechanism, spatial patterns, dynamic technical and economic parameters and integration theory of regional sustainable development and urbanization. It also analyzes and evaluates the major issues and their situations of China’s regional development, and provides scientific foundation for national or regional development strategies and policy-related decision-making.

Research Direction: Studies on Natural Resources and Environmental Security

Farmland was abandoned for contamination

Efficiencies of as removal up to 8%-16% after P. vittata’s growth for 8 months 

Responding to the demand illustrated in the framework of national strategies at global, national, and regional scales, follow-up studies are conducted on resource-utilization laws and their eco-environmental effects on water, land, energy, minerals, and biological resources. Besides, studies are also carried out to explore the optimal allocation of regional resources and develop models for their efficient use so as to provide decision-support and policy recommendations for regional resource and environmental strategies. 
Research Direction: Studies on Geo-information Mechanism and System Simulation


Application system of ecological remote sensing based on small satellites for environment and disaster monitoring and forecasting

Aiming at solving key problems in the field of geoinformatics and promoting China’s research, the researches in the lab focus on the integrated analysis of mass spatio-temporal data, grid computation, and geographical simulation. Main research activities include spatio-temporal data structure; standards and infrastructure of national resource and environment information; theory and methods of simulation and analysis of geographical parameters, patterns and processes; spatio-temporal data mining; geo-info spectra (Tupu) and virtual geographical environment and so on. Considerable efforts are devoted to build a synthetical geo-simulation platform for earth system by means of the data-model-system-representation integration.

Research Direction: Studies on Land Surface Water Cycle and Water Security

Distributed eco-hydrologic modeling

The Institute aims to investigate the dynamic changes of land surface water cycle and the related geophysical processes and to address the scientific challenges of water scarcity and sustainability at national or regional levels. Its research work focuses mainly on the land hydrologic cycle and the related surface processes.

Research Direction: Studies on Ecosystem Network Observation and Modeling


Synthesized observation of multi-elements, multi-processes

The major mission of the laboratory is defined to investigate the pattern, processes, structure and function of typical ecosystems in China under global change and human activities, with the approaches of network observation, experiment and modeling, based on CERN and 3 regional research bases.

Research Direction: Studies on Agricultural and Rural Development Policy

The Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP) dedicates to high quality strategic and applies research on China's agricultural economy and rural development. CCAP has four core research programs, Agricultural science and technology development policies, Resource management and environmental protection policies, Integrated rural-urban development and poverty alleviation policies, Agricultural commodity policy analysis and decision support systems. CCAP has played important roles not only in agricultural economics but also in China’s agricultural and rural development policies.

Prof. Scott Rozelle, Chairman of CCAP's Board of Academic Advisors visits a primary school in rural China

Br rice in experimental field

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