Overview of the structure and cooperations of the cluster

TiP AEG Cluster overview

Module Project
 1 2005CB 422003
 2 DFG Fo 226/18-1.2 (SPP 1372)
 3 DFG SCH 680/3-1 (SPP 1372)
 4 DFG MI (SPP 1372)

DFG MI (SPP 1372)

 6 DFG KU 1184/14
SPP 1372 TIP
9 DFG FL 141/28-1 , HO 1840/8-1 (SPP 1372)

Cooperation of the Cluster with other Projects:

CEOP-AEGIS  (EU  Seventh  Framework  Programme,  FP7):  Hydrology  and  Climatology  of  the Tibetan Plateau

Partners: Yaoming Ma (Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research), Thomas Foken (Univ. Bayreuth)

Ground based observations of radiative and convective fluxes and soil moisture over the Plateau at a limited but representative set of permanent sites (related to Modules 1-3). Link CEOP AEGIS logo

WET – Variability and trends in main components of water budgets in benchmark regions of the  Tibet-Plateau  (BMBF CAME)

Partners:  TU  Berlin,  Univ.  Jena,  Univ.  Tübingen,  TU  Dresden,  RWTH  Aachen, Univ. Marburg.

System (iMoMoS-WET), to investigate the coupling of climate and water cycles, explicitly considering the  topographical  and  land  cover  dominated  processes,  for  selected  benchmark  catchments  of  the Tibetan Plateau and adjacent mountain ranges. The system includes numerical models and high-tech satellite-based  monitoring  technologies  of  all  relevant  atmospheric,  hydrological  and  glaciological parameters. The system will be fully integrated into a web-based GIS-platform.  (related to Module 3 and 9).The  WET  research  project  focuses  on  the  development  of  an  integrative  Model  and  Monitoring


Homepage Berlin    Homepage Jena    Homepage Aachen    Hompage BMBF CAME

PaDeMoS,  Pasture  Degradation  Monitoring  System  (BMBF CAME)

Partners:  Georg  Miehe  /  Jörg  Bendix  / Christoph  Reudenbach  (Univ.  Marburg);  Karsten  Wesche  /  Bernhard  Seifert  /  Hermann  Ansorge (Senckenberg  Gesellschaft  Görlitz);  Volker  Mosbrugger  /  Dieter  Uhl  (Senckenberg  Gesellschaft Frankfurt); Yongping Yang (Kunming / Lhasa); Ruijun Long (Lanzhou), replaces and amends former Module 7 - Satellite Supported Mapping of Grazing Gradients).

Development of a comprehensive indicator system for rangeland health in Tibetan Kobresia pastures; based on a broad array of biotic indicators and tested for all major regions of the Tibetan highlands. Indicators  will  be  combined  with  analysis  of  reflective  properties  of  rangeland  degradation  stages  allowing upscaling and large-scale monitoring with remote sensing methods (related to Modules 1, 2, 4/5, 6). Data will be accessible through an online platform including Web-GIS functions, tools for data queries  and  classification  algorithms  for  degradation  assessment. (related to Module 4).

Homepage PaDeMos   Hompage BMBF CAME

WaBaDiS, Water balance under different surface conditions in Kobresia meadow

Partners: Keith Richards, Siyuan He (Cambridge Overseas Trust, Univ. of Cambridge)

Observation and assessment of water balance and water movement along the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum under various surface conditions by lysimetry and water stable isotopes. On the premise of soil degradation and the special topographic units of mountain basins, the degradation-induced land cover   change   alters   the   moisture   fluxes   including   a   suppression   of   the   dewfall,   so   that  evapotranspiration and the energy balance are changed,  which then influences cloud formation and precipitation, and therefore may have effects over a wider region. Implementation of the results with meso-scale  model  to  identify  moisture  induced  convection  and  upscaling  with  eddy-covariance measurements (related to Module 2, 4). Link

NERC   IMPCAM   (Natural   Environment   Research   Council,   IMPerial   College   -   CAMbridge University)

Partners/applicants:  Hans-F.  Graf  /  Michael  Herzog  (Univ.  Cambridge),  Chris  Pain (Imperial College London)

Integration of the FLUIDITY algorithm, developed at Imperial College London into ATHAM in order to achieve a better representation of topography through an unstructured grid. Additionally an adaptive mesh will allow the adjustment according to local flow conditions, improving model performance. The project will start in Feb. 2010 (related to Module 2). 

ICTPEM - International Centre for Tibetan Plateau Ecosystem Management, partners Ruijun Long (Lanzhou University)

Partners: K. Wesche, together with G. Miehe, G. Guggenberger and others. 

PaDeMoS serves as a further step towards a joint Sino-German research centre on Tibetan Plateau Management. The aim of establishing this centre was developed during a workshop organised by R. Long  and  K.  Wesche  and  funded  by  the  Sino-German  Centre  for  Research  Cooperation  (NSFC  / DFG). This was followed by a memorandum on further cooperation between partners and by a visit of  R. Long to Germany. The centre further developed using different funding schemes including DAAD, BMBF and DFG (related to Module 4, 6).

FORKAST,  TP5  (Bavarian  climate  research  programme),  Investigation  of  carbon  turnover  in grassland sites in Northern Bavarian low mountain ranges under extreme climate conditions

Partners: Thomas Foken (Univ. Bayreuth), Yakov Kuzyakov (Univ. Göttingen)

Changes  in  photosynthetic  activity  and  modified  assimilate  translocation  characteristics  from  the leaves  into  roots  and  soil.  Detailed  information  about  the  reaction  of different  plant  species  allows predicting the stability and resilience of plant species composition in grasslands (relates to Modules 2 and 6). Link

University  partnership  Lhasa  –  Kunming  -  Marburg  (DAAD  /  German  Academic  Exchange Service,  TiP  Young  Scientist  Program), 

Partners:  Georg  Miehe  (Univ.  Marburg),  La  Duo  (Univ. Lhasa), Ou Xiaokun, Yang Yongping (Yunnan University, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS/Kunming Branch ITP). 

International Field Courses Mountain Ecology / summer schools are conducted regularly (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) with focus on land use and land cover changes in alpine pastures and forests of the southeastern  Tibetan  plateau  with  students  from  China  and  Germany  and  project  members  of  the “Kobresia cluster (TiP)”. Demonstration sites are the grazing exclosure plots in Qinghai, at Kema and around Lhasa.

last modified 2013-07-03