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The“International Workshop on Soil Erosion and Riverine Sediment in Mountainous Regions”has been held successfully


The “International Workshop on Soil Erosion and Riverine Sediment in Mountainous Regions” has been held, during November 17-18, 2022 successfully. This workshop is organized by three institutions and related labs, including Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Research Center of Water and Soil Conservation and Ecological Environment, CAS &Ministry of Education (MOE), Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Northwest A&F University (NWAFU), International Research and Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation, State Key Laboratory of Tibetan Plateau Earth System, Environment and Resources (TPESER), State Key Laboratory of Soil Erosion and Dryland Farming on the Loess Plateau. This workshop is one of the activities for the “International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development” (IYBSSD2022, organized by UNESCO) supported by Chinese Academy of Sciences. The workshop is held in a combination of online and offline, and offline venues were set up in Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS, and Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, NWAFU. There were 24 international experts shared presentations at the workshop. The presentations mainly focus on the scientific popularization of the present situation and the tendency of soil erosion and riverine sediment in mountainous regions, frontier research on soil erosion mechanism and simulation, and the benefit of soil conservation and ecosystem rehabilitation. The workshop attracted more than 200 participants including the public, college students, researchers, government personnel, and company personnel.


Profs. CHEN Fahu, FENG Hao, and PAN Qingbin gave the welcome speeches at the opening ceremony as representatives from the three organizing institutions. Profs. ZHANG Fan and AN Shaoshan chaired the keynote speech part, and Profs. ZHAO Guangju and SHI Xiaonan chaired the sessions on the Tibetan Plateau and Loess Plateau, respectively. The international participants have in-depth exchanges and discussions on soil erosion simulation and assessment, water and soil conservation and ecosystem rehabilitation, and climate change and riverine sediment transport. Prof. ZHU Liping summarized the impacts of the Asian water tower change and countermeasures. Prof. ZHANG Fan introduced the research progress on the soil erosion types, variations of sediment, and water quality over the Tibetan Plateau. Prof. LIU Baoyuan shared the progress on soil erosion assessment in Pan-Third Pole. Prof. LIU Guobin presented the benefit and prospects of soil conservation and ecosystem rehabilitation on the Loess Plateau. Profs. Panagos Panos, Pasquale Borrelli, and Yakov Kuzyakov brought recent advances in soil erosion research from Europe. Moreover, the international experts also presented the impact of climate change on riverine sediment transport in mountainous regions, soil erosion simulation and assessment under different spatial and temporal scales, and the impact of freezing and thawing cycles on surface processes.


During the workshop, international participants fully exchanged the latest research findings, summarized, and proposed the key scientific issues of future soil erosion and riverine sediment research, and jointly discussed coping strategies for climate change.


The meeting site at Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS

The online zoom meeting

Zhao Yang: zhaoyang@itpcas.ac.cn