The Tibetan Observation and Research Platform (TORP) is an important component of the ITP, engaged in the monitoring of these three aspects, 1) interaction between geological processes and climate, 2) high-resolution records and modern environmental processes, and 3) land surface processes and alpine atmospheric processes. It holds three CAS-authorized stations, which have become fundamental bases for field observation and experiment, as well as for in situ monitoring and sampling. They also draw the attention of international scientists or scientific group for academic cooperation on the Plateau.
Nam Co Monitoring and Research Station for Multisphere Interactions,CAS (NAMORS)
The NAMORS (30°46'N, 90°59'E, 4730 m a.s.l), located in the southeast shore of the Nam Co, northern slope of the Nyainqentanglha Mts, was established by the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS in 2005. Research in the station focuses on multisphere interactions in the geo-system. Since 2005, our research projects include meteorological and hydrological monitoring, atmospheric boundary layer observation, modern lake processes and environmental change, monitoring of glacier, snow and permafrost, atmospheric environment observation, monitoring of vegetation and soils and other geophysical monitoring.
Qomolangma Atmospheric and Environmental Observation and Research Station,CAS (QOMS)
The long term goal of the QOMS (28.21°N, 86.56°E, 4276 m a.s.l) is to act as an observation base for the study of the atmospheric and the environmental processes in the Himalayas. It also aims to serve as a platform to understand weather and climate in East Asia, or even the globe as a whole.
Southeast Tibet Observation and Research Station for the Alpine Environment,CAS (SETORS)
The SETORS (29°46'N, 94°44'E, 3230 m a.s.l) is located on the southeast Tibetan Plateau. The objective of the SETS is to monitor the thermal and water transport and its effect on landscape, to provide first-hand data of mountainous vertical zonality, so as to facilitate the study of land surface processes, and provide scientific bases for the development of regional ecosystem, environment, and society.
Ngari Desert Observation and Research Station(NADORS)
The NADORS has been oriented about 3 km away from Ritu County, Ngari, in May, 2008, thanks to the support of the TAR and local People’s Government in Ngari Region and Ritu County. The station is composed of two areas, i.e., observation field and accommodation area, totaling about 30 acres. Up til now, infrastructure has been accomplished at the station, including a 128-m2-prefabricated house and a set of solar power system. An SUV has also been purchased. In the next stage, monitoring apparatus will be set up at the station after the building of storage hoses nearby and fences around.
Muztagh Ata Westerly Observation and Research Station(MAWORS)
The Muztagh Ata Westerly Observation and Research Station, CAS (MAWORS) is planned by the ITP to study westerly development and its influence on plateau climate. In June, 2008, news came that the Bureau of National Territory at Aktedu County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region promised to grant an area of 23.75 acres to the Station for its establishment. Thus the MAWORS sets foot on the northwestern Tibetan Plateau, conducive to a holistic understanding of the Plateau environment, and its role in global climate changes.