A Study Group from the Departments of Geography and Geology of the Chinese Culture University (Taiwan) Visited IKG
Invited by the Institute of Karst(IKG), a study group with 29 professors and college students from the Departments of Geography and Geology of the Chinese Culture University (Taiwan) led by Prof. Kwong Fai Andrew Lo, visited Guilin to conduct cross-straits academic exchanges on karst and related field excursions from July 15 to 21,2010.
On July 16, Prof. Jiang Zhongcheng, Deputy Director of IKG, Prof. Cao Jianhua and Prof. Zhang Meiliang from the Key Laboratory of Karst Dynamics (KDL) made three academic reports titled “Karst process and carbon cycle”, “Karst of China and the advances in research of karst ecosystem” and “Cave stalagmite records and paleoclimatic reconstruction”respectively. Prof. Jiang Zhongcheng and Prof. Cao Jianhua also gave a brief introduction of IKG and KDL seperately.
For the purposed of academic communication, Prof. Kwong Fai Andrew Lo, Prof. Hung-Fei Lei, Prof. Jr-Chuan Huang, Prof. Ching-Huei Kuo, Prof. Leh-Chyun Wu, Prof. Ruey-Der Hwang from the Departments of Geography and Geology of the Chinese Culture University (Taiwan) also made their reports on July 18, respectively? titled “How to face the risk of water shortage”, “Comparison of the change between the north shore of Netherlands and Taijiang inland water and discussion on the limitation of「geographical imagination」”, “Surface process of the Taroko Gorge”, “Geology of limestone in Taiwan”, “Focal research on Wenchuan earthquake” and “Stream erosion in south Taiwan”. Academician Yuan Daoxian together with research staff and graduate students of IKG attended the lecture and they had a lively discussion with speakers. Experts and scholars of both IKG and the Chinese Culture University (Taiwan) carried out extensive communications and exchanges. Their talk ranged over utilization of water resources, theory of karst dynamics, resources exploitation and environmental protection in karst area with mutual research interests.
During the visit, the Taiwanese professors and students visited the Karst Geology Museum of China in the company of IKG staff and graduate students and acquired detailed knowledge of the geological features , development and distribution of the karst of China; visited the Reed Flute Cave, the Yao Mountain and enjoyed the beautiful midsummer landscape of the Li River; and also made a on-the-spot investigation to the Maocun Karst Experimental Site and learned the karst hydrogeological structure, phenomenon and mechanism of drought and waterlogging in karst area.
To promote and spread karst dynamics, strengthen communication and collaboration, and establish an effective mechanism to further cooperations of scientific research and academic innovation, representatives of both IKG and the Chinese Culture University (Taiwan) had friendly consultations and negotiation to reach consensus on the key issues such as co-organizing workshops, short time exchange visit, joint application for new research fund, and lab resources share. On July 21, 2010, Mr. Jiang Yuchi, Director of IKG signed a MOU with representatives from the Chinese Culture University (Taiwan).
(News Written by Ms. Lu Qian)
Image 1. Visiting the Karst Geology Museum of China
Image 2. Investigating the Maocun Karst Experimental Site
Image 3. Signing cooperation deals
Image 4. Group photo