Mason Signs MOU for Environmental Research with Chinese Scientists

Posted: November 4, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

At a meeting held in Beijing earlier this month, Mason signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Tsinghua University and China’s Ministry of Water Resources to launch the U.S.-China Joint Environmental Science and Technology Center (ESTC).

Since 2005, scientists at Mason and the Ministry of Water Resources have been working together closely on environmental and climate research. The increased demand for global environmental and climate monitoring led to establishing the ESTC to promote educational, scientific and technological cooperation in environmental and climate research.

The ESTC is a joint interdisciplinary center focusing on the fields of global environmental and climate monitoring, flood forecasting and defense, water resources management, ecological protection and restoration and Earth observations.

Research projects will include land, water and atmosphere environmental remote sensing and will involve collaborations with international partners. The first ESTC working group meeting is scheduled for spring 2009 at Mason, and the first ESTC workshop will be hosted by Mason in the summer of 2009.

“The center offers the opportunity to mix researchers from various cultural backgrounds and give them a high-level approach with an international vision, provide in-depth knowledge in the interdisciplinary field of environmental and climate research, and teach them the skills, tools and methodologies to support a global approach for solving complex problems,” Mason Provost Peter Stearns remarked at the signing.

Vikas Chandhoke, dean of Mason’s College of Science, also spoke at the ceremony.

“Environmental issues are of global concern,” he said. “We can use the ESTC as a bridge to extend our future collaborations on environmental and climate research and education. On behalf of George Mason University’s College of Science, we will provide strong support to the ESTC.”

This article was adapted from the College of Science web site. For more information, contact John Qu.

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