New International projects in 2012

The ESA-MOST Dragon 3 Programme: Variations of Estuarine Turbid Plumes and Mudfl ats in Response to Human Activities and Climate Change (2012.06-2016.05)

Contacts: ZhouYunXuan, Shen Fang

The project is co-funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China and European Space Agency (ESA). The Chinese partner is East China Normal University. The foreign partners are University of Twente, the Netherlands and Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV) of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). The project focus on: 1) calibrating and examining ocean color products in turbid coastal water by earth observation, and analyzing the dynamic change of plumes in the Yangtze River Estuary with high suspended sediment concentration and Gironde Estuary, and their response to human activites and global climate change; 2) improving practical satellite remote sensing algorithms, promoting interdisciplinary study and the application of earth observation data in international coastal observation programme (such as IMBER, LOICZ,and MAB); 3) management of ecosystem, assessment of coastal water quality, and the response of estuarine ecosystem to human activity using earth observation data.


The ESA-MOST Dragon 3 Programme: Investigating Coastal Zone and Open Ocean Dynamics and Bio-Optical Conditions by Satellite Sensor Synergy in Combination with In-Situ Data and Simulation Models (2012.06-2016.05)

Contacts: ZhouYunXuan, Shen Fang

The project is co-funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China and European Space Agency (ESA). It is jointly undertaken by SKLEC and Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC). The main tasks are: (1) estimating and monitoring the Yangtze River freshwater runoff (surface speed and speed variability) from the SAR based range Doppler shift anomaly observations; (2)monitoring of changes in shallow water bathymetry in the coastal zone region around Shanghai based on SAR observations in combination with dredging data and a simple 3D barotropic ocean simulation model; (3) developing and validating a regional-tolocal phytoplankton retrieval algorithm that accounts for the local bio-optical conditions; (4) establishing regional relationship between CDOM and salinity in vicinity of the Yangtze River mouth.


International Foundation for Science (IFS): A Study on Dissolved Organic Nitrogen in the Yangtze Estuary: Begin with Amino Acids Enantiomers (2012.02-2014.02)

Contact: Zhu Zhuoyi

This project is supported by International Foundation for Science (IFS). Taking amino acids enantiomers as an example, it focus on the following aspects: 1) early diagenesis of dissolved organic matter in the Yangtze River Estuary; 2) transportation and distribution of dissolved organic nitrogen in the Yangtze River Estuary in the context of strong anthropogenic activities in the drainage basin, 3) role of estuarine microbial activities in terms of transforming organic matter by the Yangtze River.


Consortium Project of Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Programme: Assessing Health, Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation in Populous Deltas (2012-2016)

Contact: Chen Zhongyuan

The consortium project is co-supported by UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID). It focuses on ecosystem service and sustainable development of the Ganges River Delta. The research team is consisted of famous research institutions in UK, including University of Southampton and University of Oxford. SKLEC is the only oversea partner except the research institutions located in the research area, i.e., Bangladesh and India.