The Construction Progress of Domestic and Foreign Ecosystem Observation Station

Zhirui Wang; Ji Wang; Xiongfei Cai
December 2013
Advances in Environmental Protection;Dec2013, Vol. 3 Issue 5, p129
Academic Journal
After the second industrial revolution, environmental issues have become increasingly serious along with the rapid growth of the global economy. In order to solve the worse and worse environmental problems, the international community has implemented a number of long-term ecological research programs. The US Long Term Ecological Research Network, the United Kingdom Environmental Change Network and the Chinese Ecological Research Network are the three most important national networks. Chinese Ecological Research Network (CERN) was established by Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1988. It consists of forty-two field research stations, five disciplinary centers and a synthesis center at present. CERN has become a major base for ecological research and personnel training and an important component of global ecological observation and research networks. This article outlines the constructional circumstance of the three important networks. By learning from foreign experience in building ecological networks, the article sums up the achievements and problems to be solved in the process of construction of Chinese Ecological Research Network (CERN) and puts up some suggestions. Finally, on the one hand, the author hopes to increase the public's understanding of ecological research network. On the other hand, the author wishes to promote the development of ecological protection.


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