China-U.S. Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change
Through an initiative launched in July of 2006, scientists from the University of Tennessee (UT) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have joined researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) to establish the China-US Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change.
The JRCEEC, which occupies research facilities at UT/ORNL and CAS, addresses the combined effects of climate change and human activities on regional and global ecosystems and explores technologies for restoration of degraded environments.
News & Publications
Phil Jardine, Ming-An Shao, and Randall Gentry, Eds. 2013. Impacts of Land Use and Climate Change on Hydrological Processes in China, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering Special Issue 18(4). This special issue is the outcome of a series of China-US collaborative research projects in hydrology and land use within the framework of the China-US Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change.
Yan-Fen Yang, Quan-Jiu Wang, and Jie Zhuang. 2013. Estimating hydraulic parameters of stony soils on the basis of one-dimensional water absorption properties. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica Section B - Soil and Plant Science (doi:10.1080/09064710.2012.762424)
Tai-Long Guo, Quan-Jiu Wang, Wen-Juan Bai, and Jie Zhuang. 2013. Effect of land use on scouring flow hydraulics and transport of soil solute in erosion. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 18(4): 465-473 (doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000611)
March 2013—Terry Hazen (UT/ORNL) has published an Opinion Paper, The SuperChip for microbial community structure, and function from all environments.
January 2013—Read Neal Stewart's excellent book, Research Ethics for Scientists: A Companion for Students. It is available online.
September 2012—The 2012 China-US Annual Symposium on "Land Use, Ecosystem Services, and Sustainable Development" was held in Shenyang, China, on September 17-19, 2012. More than 200 scientists, students, US consulate officers, and industry and government leaders attended the conference. Eleven keynote speeches and 44 oral presentations were made through four concurrent workshops on biomass and bioenergy, ecosystem management, environmental pollution and remediation, and eco-city and clean development, respectively. More than ten UT/ORNL faculty members made presentations and participated in the pre- and post-conference field trips.
In 2011 US-China EcoPartnership for Environmental Sustainability (USCEES) was established by the U.S. State Department with the primary focus of addressing environmental challenges that are common to both the United States and China.
2011 Workshop Proceedings
Read the proceedings from the 2011 Annual Workshop
The U.S. State Department selected the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Purdue University as participants in one of six new US-China EcoPartnerships. The partnerships will spur collaboration among US and Chinese researchers and focus on sustainability issues in the two nations, including the environmental challenges posed by alternative energy development and climate change. Read more about this exciting new opportunity.