Lhasa Plateau Ecological Research Station


29° 0' 39.9996" N, 91° 10' 36.9984" E
Brief Site Description: 
The Lhasa Plateau Ecological Research Station is a scientific institution belonging to The Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Detailed Site Description: 

The Lhasa Plateau Ecological Research Station is a scientific institution belonging to The Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Station′s mission is: 1) to monitor long-term ecological and environmental factors of agricultural ecosystems in the Yarlungzangbo Watershed; 2) to conduct research on alpine ecosystems on the Tibetan Plateau; 3) to support agro-pastoral sustainable development based on appropriate science and technology; and 4) to provide scientists with the opportunity of conducting scientific research based on the particular conditions of the alpine environment around the Tibetan Plateau and also to conduct such research with its own personnel.

Lhasa Ecological Research Station, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dagze County, Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region 850100, China
Tel and fax: +86 891 6142216 (Lhasa)

History and Major Research Topic
The Lhasa Ecological Research Station was established in 1993 by Commission for Integrated Survey of Natural Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, for fulfillment of fixed experiment of scientific questions met in the past scientific investigations and providing technological support for local agro-pastoral development. Since 2003 it was authorized as one member of Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (CERN) under the auspices of Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2005, It was ratified as China national field research station. Major research topics include:

A. Structure and function of main ecosystems and its response to environmental change 
Ecosystems mainly agricultural croplands were chosen to monitor long-term dynamics of ecological and environmental factors. Emphasis was placed on energy (radiation and energy) and mass (main greenhouse gases and vapor) flow and cycling in the special environment of Tibet Plateau and their mechanisms with focus on: 

  • monitor ecological and environmental factors and their dynamics; 
  • clarify structure and function of ecosystems and their geographical patterns; 
  • elucidate energy and mass flow and mechanisms of NPP formation; 
  • identify characteristics of biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nitrogen, sink/source relation, and their response to global change.

B. Optimal modes of sustainable agro-pastoral development 
Under the guidance of ecological principles, a series of key techniques for plantation, animal husbandry in agricultural area and agriculture-livestock combination will be research and demonstrate in the Lhasa River Valley. Suggestion of sustainable agro-pastoral development will be proposed for local government. The main objectives are to provide scientific baseline for agro-pastoral integration and industrialization in Tibet Autonomous Region. The main research fields are to: 

  • *propose key techniques for plantation, animal husbandry in agricultural area and agriculture and pasture combination 
  • *establish sustainable modes of agricultural and pastoral development 
  • *explore sustainable approach to ecosystem management

Current Researches
Researches including many areas of biogeochemical cycling and agro-pastoral R & D are carried out at the station. The emphasis of staff research is on Carbon and nitrogen cycling and agro-ecology. The main objectives of the Carbon and nitrogen cycling projects are to study the ecological process of nitrogen and carbon cycle controllers and their coupling with hydrology. The ecophysiology of alpine plants and their adaptation traits at their altitudinal and environmental limits is specially emphasized. The agro-pastoral R & D projects appropriate species screening, integrated technologies for agriculture and livestock development on the Tibetan Plateau.

The station consists of base station in Dagze county, Lhasa and a carbon Fluxnet station in Damxung county, north Tibetan grassland. The 11 workrooms, 20 apartments and laboratories cover a total area of 1500 m? Our workrooms and laboratories include sample processing, chemical analysis, computer room, greenhouse and a sample storeroom. A meteorological observatory was established since 1993. We provide research platform for international and domestic scientists related to the fields of alpine ecology and agro-ecology. 
The laboratories contain general equipment, such as balance and ovens, basic chemicals and instruments, as well as more specialized equipment, for example, for eco-physiological researches on water relation and photosynthesis. The station also has a lecture hall. Small workshop or seminar can be held.

Accommodation is available in 10 rooms for 10~20 guest researchers. A fully equipped kitchens and dining rooms are available. The station can provide meals. International telephone and fax are are available. Internet resources including references browsing is available in each guest room. Field investigation cars are available upon application.

Cooperation and Application
International and domestic cooperation is welcome in the main research topics of the station. We also welcome scientists who bring their projects to be implemented in the station or our Damxung fluxnet station. 
For correspondence, please contact:

Prof. Dr. Zhang Xianzhou
Lhasa Plateau Ecological Research Station
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academe of Sciences
A 11 Datun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, China
e-mail: zhangxz@igsnrr.ac.cn
Tel: +86 10 64889802
Fax: +86 10 64854230

Find out more at http://english.igsnrr.cas.cn/fs/ss/200704/t20070423_8868.html.

Field Site Type: 
International affiliate
Study Start Date: 
Mean Annual Precipitation: 
425 millimeters / year
Average Annual Temperature: 
Average Summer Temperature: 
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Land Cover: 
Agriculture- Crops
Hydrology: Surface water - Stream Flow Performance: 
Hydrology: Groundwater: 
Group visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users