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The special geological structure and geographic environment of the Tibetan Plateau have always been the focus of attention of international scientific realm. It ranks among the most active platform for international scientific research as it offers a collection of lots of foreland issues in modern natural sciences.  

In the past decades, scientists from all over the world have proposed all kinds of scientific hypotheses centering around the forming mechanism, evolution processes of the Tibetan Plateau and its impact on climate and environment, and have conducted large-scale expeditions and researches, including: Sino-France Study on the Evolution and Dynamics of the Crust and the Upper Mantle of Hymalayas, Sino-France Study on the Deformed Structure and Orogenetic Process of the Songpan-Ganzi Orogenic Belt, Sino-France Study on the Tectonic Evolution and Subduction of the Lithosphere of Aerjin-Qilian Mountians, the Sino-Japan Expedition to West Kunlun Mountain Glacier, Sino-Japan Land-Atmospheric Process Study in the Tibetan Plateau, Sino-Germany Tibet Glacier Expedition, Sino-British Comprehensive Geological Investigation from Lhasa to Golmud, Joint Study on Natural Environment in the North part of Yulong Mountain, Sino-Canadian Study on “Diamond in Ultramafic Rocks of Ophiolite Zone in Tibet”, Sino-US Study on Thermo-balance in Tibet, and Sino-Norway Study on Atmosphere Environment in Qomolangma, etc. With the rapid process of internationalization of Tibetan Plateau research, major scientists involved in this field from some developed countries and areas like Europe, US and Japan have initiated a non-governmental scientific organization which holds Himalaya-Karakorum-Tibet Workshop annually.

Aware of the importance for international academic communication, the ITP takes a lead in cooperation with German, American, Japanese, and French colleagues to promote mutually-benefiting collaborations. By upholding the spirit of the Sino-German Memorandum of Understanding promoted by the Fifth Sino-German Workshop on Tibetan Plateau research, the ITP becomes the only collaborator in China to their German colleagues for implementing the project of Evolution of the Tibetan Plateau and its Environmental Processes and Ecosystems (TiP) generously funded by the DFG. In addition, involvement within the EU’s seventh framework, the ITP successfully presented the initiation conference of the program titled ‘study of hydro-meteorological processes on the Tibetan plateau and Asian monsoon systems through the combination of long-term observation with remote sensing and numerical simulation’. The international ties and scope of established ITP research projects will continue the distinguished achievements of the Institute and form the basis of leading scientific research into the 21st Century.

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