1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The objectives of this cooperative research project are to:. 1)develop technologies for integrative assessment and monitoring of ecologically important rangeland properties at multiple scales and. 2)to develop approaches for management and restoration of rangelands.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Collaborative experiments will be designed and implemented at jointly identified sites in the Southwestern United States and China rangelands. Experiments will be patterned after existing experiments to (1) design assessment and monitoring technologies that level ground-based and remotely sensed indicators of ecosystem properties, and (2) design methods to identify and restore locales within landscapes where key processes can be manipulated to sustainably promote management for desired conditions.
In the fall 2012 the research leader of the research unit spent 3 weeks in Inner Mongolia working on existing research projects and planning more extensive collaborative research on livestock grazing management practices for the remaining years of this project. Several articles from this collaboration have now been published. Four Chinese colleagues spent 6 months housed with the research unit in furthering our collaborations in 2013.