China launches new scientific expedition upstream of the Yangtze
Xining, July 21 (Xinhua) – Chinese scientists on Wednesday launched a new round of expeditions to the upstream area of the Yangtze River in Xining, northwest China’s Qinghai Province, to study ecological conditions of the region.
The comprehensive science expedition will examine the conditions of water resources, glacial recession, and soil and water loss, among others, according to the Changjiang River Scientific Research Institute (CRSRI) of the Water Resources Commission. from Changjiang, who is leading the expedition.
The region’s carbon sequestration potential will be explored as a new topic. According to CRSRI, the team will systematically study the mechanism of river and marsh succession and quantitatively analyze the carbon sequestration potential of river and wetland systems typical of the region.
Scientists will also study the impact of climate change and the evolution of rivers on the ecological environment of the region, and a survey on the state of biodiversity will be carried out.
The expedition is guided by the Yangtze River Protection Law, China’s first legislation on a specific river basin, which came into effect on March 1, CRSRI said. The Yangtze River is the longest river in China.
CRSRI initiated the Upstream Yangtze River Expedition in 1976. Since 2012, the expedition has been carried out annually, providing first-hand data for ecological preservation projects and systematic environmental management on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.