In the last few decades, the annual mean temperature has risen remarkably in the arid and semi-arid areas of northeast Asia, such as Mongolia and the northern part of China. During the last 60 years, the global surface temperature has increased by 0.6ºC, but the annual mean air temperature in East Asia has increased by a much larger amount: the mean air temperature of Mongolia, for example has increased by 1.8ºC. Global warming may exert large effects on various ecosystems, such as forest, grassland, as well as agro-ecosystems. A method to detect these effects has become a very urgent and important issue.
This project aims to establish an integrated monitoring network that includes both MODIS satellite receiving and analyzing systems and a ground observation system to measure the parameters of ecosystems, permafrost dynamics, meteorological factors, and carbon fluxes in order to detect the impact of global warming on permafrost degradation and deterioration of environmental resources and food production.




Minstry of Enviroment
National Institute for Environmental Studies
Keio University

International Participating Institutions

Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resource Research (IGSNRR), CAS, China
Institute of Geography (IG), Mongolia Academy of Sciences (MAS), Mongolia
Chinese Ecological Research Network (CERN), China
Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, CAS, China
Institute of Subtropical Agriculture (ISA), CAS, China
Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology (NIPB), CAS, China

Contact Address

Center for Regional Environmental Research
National Institute for Environmental Studies
Onogawa 16-2, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8506, Japan
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