International Science Council (ICSU) Executive Board appoints Prof. JIA Gensuo to its regional committee for Asia-Pacific (RCAP), one of its three regional committees globally. The ICSU Regional Committees decides on the overall strategy, policy and programme activities for the ICSU Regional Offices.

China National Climate Change Assessment has just initiated its fourth assessment,  and Prof. JIA Gensuo is appointed as coordinating lead author for the chapter on climate effects of changing land cover. The third national assessment is expected to release in mid 2020.

The Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) initiatives its special report on climate change and land (SRCCL), which is expected to release in late 2019. Professor JIA Gensuo is selected as coordinating lead author for Chapter 2 - land and climate interactions.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has recently started its flagship Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) global assessment, and Professor JIA Gensuo is selected as coordinating lead author (CLA) of GEO-6 Land chapter The upcoming GEO-6 global assessment is expected to be publsihed in early 2019.

Digital Belt & Road Science Program (DBAR) was launched in December 2016 to to promote scientific cooperation along the Belt and Road in the areas of geoscience, data, technology, and applications, and to serve the UN’s 2030 sustainable development goals. Prof. JIA Gensuo was elected as member of DBAR Science Committee and co-chair of DBAR-Envi working group.

IRDR China Committee: Prof. JIA Gensuo was re-elected as a member of ICSU Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)-China Science Committee (2017-2019). The IRDR program addresses the impacts of disasters at regional and global scales and brings together the combined talents of the natural, socio-economic, health and engineering sciences from around the world.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) publsihed its Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) regional assessment reports for six regions. Professor JIA Gensuo serves as coordinating lead author (CLA) to lead the Asia-Pacific outlook. GEO-6 regional assessment creates a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors contributing to human well-being, accompanied by an analysis of policies leading to greater attainment of environmental objectives and goals.

APN-START International Training on Ecosystem-Climate Interactions was held from September 8-20, 2014 at CAS Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) in Beijing. The training was delivered to 16 international young scholars from 14 Asia countries by experts from China, Australia, and USA. Prof. JIA Gensuo, the Director of START TEA, coordinated the training program. Read more ...

China National Climate Change Assessment has just completed its third assessment,  and Prof. JIA Gensuo served as coordinating lead author for the chapter on climate effects of changing terrestrial ecosystems.

APN Scientific Planning Group Meeting was held in Kobe, Japan from April 9-12, 2013. Prof. JIA Gensuo attended the meeting as observer and gave presentation entitled "Perspectives from START on the future of global change" (See agenda).

Our Recent Finding on Lengthening of Arctic Growing Season was Highlighted by NOAA: The studies were based on integration of multi-satellite data time series over high latitude region, and were published in Environmental Research Letters (2012) and NOAA Arctic Report Card 2012. Our findings indicate that most of the high-latitudes are experiencing longer growing seasons now than they did more than two and half decades ago. Those results more reliable with contribution from multiple satellite data sources. (More ...)

START Board Meeting was held in Washington DC, USA in December 2012. Prof. JIA Gensuo attended the meeting and presented the annual report of START Regional Center for East Asia.

CAS-START Training on Regional Climate Change for Asian young scholars is organized by START Regional Center for East Asia (TEA) from October 7-24, 2012 in Beijing. (Download Final agenda and Group photo).

Prof. JIA Gensuo attended G-Science Meeting in Washington DC, USA from February 27-29, 2012 as a national delegate. Hosted by US NAS and with participation of senior officers and scientists from 15 national academies, the G-Science discussed common actions in fields of GHGs observation, resilience to climate extremes and disasters, and energy-water linkage (See Agenda and Participants).

Synthesis Book "Towards a Sustainable Asia: Environment and Climate Change" (2012) is published by the Springer-Verlag. Sponsored by the Association of Academies of Sciences in Asia (AASA) and contributed by scientists from 11 Asia academies, the report reviewed and synthesized ongoing and future environmental changes, with guidelines of best practices of adaptation and mitigation in Asia.Professor JIA Gensuo serves as the coordinator and first author of the book. (Download PDF of summary).

BAMS State of the Climate 2010 report was just released by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) as a special issue of BAMS, Prof. JIA Gensuo co-authored its chapter of Arctic land (Download the report).

The group received new funding from China Natural Science Foundation (NSFC) for a research project entitled "Assessing decadal changes of Arctic vegetation-climate based on integrated field-satellite observations" (2012-2015).

The group joint a CEODE led airborne experiment mission on land-atmosphere interactions on the Tibetan Plateau in August 2011. The mission is designed to test mechanisms and methods for earth observation of climate change sensitive variables across scales and sensors, and to better understand regional climate change impacts and forcing.

International Symposium on Regional Earth System Modeling and Analysis (RESMA), co-sponsored by TEA, Jackson School of Geosciences at UT-Austin, and five other agencies, was held in Beijing from May 19-21, 2011. Over 100 participants came from USA, Australia, Switzerland, and many domestic institutes. Prof. JIA Gensuo served as the Coordinator of the symposium (Download agenda and photo).

Second Graduate Students Science Forum was organized by CAS Key Lab of Regional Climate-Environment for East Asia (TEA) from March 24-25, 2011 in Beijing. HE Yuting won the first prize of excellence, while GAO Hao, LU Wei, HOU Jiangtao, and ZENG Heqing won the second prize.

Prof. Bruce Forbes from University of Lapland Arctic Center visited the lab and discussed comparable research on satellite-based ecosystem-climate interactions over northern Eurasia.

Prof. JIA Gensuo addressed at the United Nations Subregional Millennium Development Goals Forum For East and Southeast Asia held in Shanghai, China from July 13-15, 2010.

Prof. JIA Gensuo taught course “remote sensing methods for climate change studies” at the NASA/UNESCO training workshop held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from September 15-21, 2009.


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