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INTERNATIONAL LOW CARBON AGRICULTURE RESEARCH——Research Professor Changsheng Li,Director of the Low Carbon Agriculture Research Center at Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Source:original    Writer:admin    Released on:2013-12-10    

 

Director of the Low Carbon Agriculture Research Center at Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Research Professor Changsheng Li

 

 

 

Abstract:


Firstly, why did you move to the US?

I moved to the US to work at the headquarters of theEnvironment Protection Agency in the late 1980s. I was involved in the greenhouse gas emissions inventory from agricultural land in the US. I led a group that developed a model called DeNitrification- DeComposition (DNDC) to quantify greenhouse gas emissions from soils. However, I was not entirely satisfied in conducting government research so when the University of New Hampshire offered me a faculty position, I happily accepted it.

 

 

 

Could you offer a brief overview of the DNDC model?
DNDC is a computer simulation model of carbon and nitrogen cycling in agricultural systems. As all three greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane – consist of two major elements, carbon and nitrogen, we can predict the behaviour, or cycling, of carbon and nitrogen and thus gain the ability to predict greenhouse gas emissions.
We spent five years developing the model framework and a further 15 years testing the model
in other countries, including the UK. Actually, the UK has adopted this model already. The Rothamsted
Research group uses our model and links it to a UK database, and they have named it the UK-DNDC. The EU, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and China have developed their own versions of the DNDC model as well. I recommend people use this model as a top priority for greenhouse gas mitigation.

 

 

 

Could you give insight into your role as Director of the Low Carbon Agriculture Research Center atShanghai Jiao Tong University? What is your major focus at present?

As Director, I tend to advise my colleagues on how to deliver services from their research to sustain agriculture. In China, it is happening a little slowly, but food remains a top priority. Some significant environmental issues arise from Chinese agriculture, such as air and water pollution. This position is an opportunity for me to transfer my experience from my time in the US to help people to start thinking not only about agricultural production but also global environmental issues, like greenhouse gas emissions; emitted locally but with global consequences. These are the types of issues I want to address. The name of the Center emphasises low carbon solutions, with a new orientation of agricultural studies paying more attention to greenhouse gas emissions. I hope I can support and enhance this direction.

 

 

 

 


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(Sources from: Research Media, < PUJIANG INNOVATION FORUM,Development and the Role of Enterprises >)