CAS in Development of West
The 4th International Symposium
on the Tibetan Plateau Solemnly Opened
||From August 4-7, the 4th International
Symposium on Tibetan Plateau was solemnly opened in Lhasa. The Chinese
Academy of Sciences and the government of the Tibetan Autonomous Region
cosponsored this symposium. Over 150 overseas experts from more than
20 countries such as America, Germany, France, Britain, Japan, and
Canada etc. were present at the symposium. CAS member Honglie Sun
presided over the opening ceremony. Participants of this symposium
submitted totally 336 papers. Topics of the symposium include the
following five categories: plateau formation and lithosphere kinetics;
uplift of plateau and its environment effect;
formation process of the earth's surface in plateau
associated with global change; alpine meteorology and climatology; resources,
environment and sustainable development of the plateau.
Sino-German Joint Scientific
Recently, a scientific survey team, jointly organized
by the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research of CAS and the Institute of
Biology, Geography and Chemistry of the Max Planck Society of GermanyŁ¬has
successfully conducted a scientific survey in the Namtso Region of Tibetan
launched by both German and Chinese parties have focused on research
of lake sedimentation of Tibetan Plateau, including the chemical property
of lake water, and depositing speed and change of component of sediment.
To ensure that this survey to be carried out smoothly, the German
partner has provided relevant apparatus for scientific research, such
as: lake drills, inflatable boats, tents, and sampling bottles etc.
Namtso Lake was selected as a pilot site. The lake is one of the three
well-known holy lakes in Tibet and the second largest saltwater lake
in China, which is also the highest in altitude among all saltwater
lakes in the world.