Staff from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) are leading a research delegation to China this week to discuss how UK experts can work with their Chinese counterparts to address scientific issues relating to floods.
The trip, funded by Research Councils UK (RCUK), will focus on identifying synergies between the recently developed UK Floods Research strategy, developed under the LWEC - Living with Environmental Change programme, and similar issues in China. The new UK research strategy places flooding research in the wider context of ecosystem, catchment and marine issues.
CEH staff Neil Runnalls, Dr Thomas Kjeldsen and Nick Reynard will also use the two-day workshop in Beijing to explore further opportunities for collaboration in different hydrology-related areas.
Water resources and hydrological extremes are major issues affecting Chinese economic development and social well-being. The workshop will allow CEH to build on the active links it has already established with a number of Chinese institutes and research projects, for example on issues relating to improvements in understanding the global climate-water cycle, water resources management and associated ecological problems.
The UK government has prioritised international collaboration in science and innovation with China as vital for meeting policy challenges on a global scale. Both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills are supporting an active UK-China research relationship. RCUK has also opened an office in Beijing and is involved with a number of wide-ranging initiatives to develop substantive joint research with China.
UK Floods Research strategy, developed under the LWEC - Living with Environmental Change programme