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DRI Media Advisory: DRI hosts Chinese for workshop on desert environments and desertification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jul. 10, 2005

Reporters and Editors, Please Note

WHO: Desert Research Institute and the Cold and Arid Regions Environmental Science and Engineering Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

WHAT: Holding the second Sino-US Workshop on Desert Environments and Desertification

WHERE: Desert Research Institute, 2215 Raggio Parkway, Reno, NV

WHEN: Monday, July 11 - Wednesday, July 13
Members are available to media for interviews on Monday and Wednesday.

HOW: Six environmental researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences will be visiting the Desert Research Institute to attend the Second Sino-US Workshop on Desert Environments and Desertification. The visitors are all faculty members from China’s Cold and Arid Regions Environmental Science and Engineering Research Institute, located in Lanzhou, China. Lanzhou, the provincial capital of Gansu Province, is a city of some three million people. Located on the Yellow River in north central China, just to the south of arid and desert lands, Lanzhou resembles northern Nevada because it is characterized by terminal lakes and basin watersheds.

Led by the institute’s director, Dr. Wang Tao, the Chinese scientists will work with DRI faculty members to develop joint research projects that center on issues of desertification, arid land degradation and the restoration of degraded lands. They will participate with DRI faculty in a series of scientific presentations and workshops. They will also make field trips to examine the Truckee River watershed from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake and to see first hand the geology of the eastern Mojave Desert and Death Valley. The visitors will tour DRI campuses in Reno, Las Vegas and Boulder City, with a side trip to see Hoover Dam.

The visit of Chinese faculty members to Nevada is the return of a visit of DRI faculty members to Lanzhou last October where the first workshop was held. Since that time, researchers from both institutions, together with colleagues from China’s Lanzhou University’s Center for Arid Environment and Paleoclimate Research, have been working via the Internet to develop research concepts. During the second workshop, the research partners will work to establish a mutual knowledge of each others’ capabilities and interests, and will further develop their research concepts into formal research proposals that can be evaluated for funding by government agencies in the U.S. and China that are concerned with environmental science and the conservation and sustainable development of desert and arid lands.

BACKGROUND ABOUT DRI'S AFFILIATION WITH CHINA: DRI has collaborated with Chinese scientists for more than a decade on environmental issues and studies, which has generated a steady stream of Chinese graduate research students to DRI's Reno and Las Vegas campuses. DRI has signed three memorandums of understanding and is involved in four research agreements with China.