U.S.-China Exchange on Loess Landforms (UCELL) Yangling city, Shaanxi province June 18-21, 2019
Meeting Site: Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Northwest Agricultural & Forestry University, No.26 Xinong Road
Off-Site Research Station Locations: Chang Wu (northwest) and Ansai (northeast)
Purposes of Meeting
Share background information about the nature and value of the rare deep loess landforms in China and the U.S., including their scope, history, and cultural and economic importance, but especially their geological formation and evolution, soil content and properties, water features and control, erosion, degradation, pollution, biodiversity (fauna and flora—including invasive species), and large and small-scale restoration and protection efforts and techniques.
Identify the key ecological challenges of those landforms, including the current state of knowledge, results of past and planned research, and ongoing research needs, with a special emphasis on past and possible solutions (including the ecological, social and economic consequences where known).
Identify opportunities for: (1) new research on loess and the two deep loess landforms, and (2) further U.S.-China collaboration or other exchanges on research and other actions related to the protection of the two landforms.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Overview of Loess Landforms
Scope, geological and cultural history and current status; overview of the current condition of the landforms and the threats to them
Why the preservation/protection of the Loess Landforms (U.S. and China) is important (environmentally/biologically, socially, and economically)