On July the 10-11th, Shizhen, Jun and Gan joined a joint workshop between SYS-U, Institute of Tropical Forestry (ITF，热林所) and GIG. We also investigated potential air sampling sites on the small Dong’ao island（东澳岛）. It takes about 40 minutes to ferry from Zhuhai to the island. The trip was organized by Professor Chen Jianyao（陈建耀） of SYS-U and his team. Professors Zou Shichun （邹世春）of SYS-U, Zhou Guangyi （周光益）and Wang Xu （王旭）of ITF participated the event. Gan gave a talk on radiocarbon applications in delineating carbon dynamics on the Earth’s surface. It was extremely hot with strong sunshine. However, we quite a lot enjoyed the beautiful island scenery as guided by local government officers， especially being looked after by Dr Zhao Xinfeng（赵新锋）of Zhuhai Environmental Monitoring Centre. Per embankment Zhuhai, we had chance to enjoy a big feast prepared by Haoyu, with all group members of Professor Zou Shichun’s group in SYS-U. A nice trip!
On June 25th-July 2nd, the team of four, Shizhen, Jun, Guangcai and Gan, restarted international travels after the long-lasting COVID-19. We first visited Sri Lanka to promote our ANSO MOROTOXA program. We left via Shanghai therefore we were able to pay a short visit to Lin Tian (林田、赵祯）et al. at Shanghai Ocean University where we also met Yingjun (陈颖军） and Prof Guo Zhigang （郭志刚）of Fudan University who joined thegathering. We arrived at Colombo in the evening of June the 26th, returned to Kunming on July 2 morning. In Kandy, We met Professor Karu and his colleagues with great pleasure; and visited the Postgraduate Institute of Sciences (PGIS) and the Sino-Sri Lankan Joint Centre for Research and Education at Peradeniya University. Shizhen and Jun demonstrated setting up the active sampler. Gan delivered presentations on the CKDu water tank sediment core study results, which attracted great attention, and the background of our ANSO MORATOXA program, of which Peradeniya University has been a partner. We had chance of cause to visit at the weekend several historic and natural attractions of Sri Lanka; and celebrated cheerfully at Trincomalee Shizhen’s birthday. A wonderful trip!
Formal meeting at China-Sri Lankan Joint Centre @Peradeniya University. shown here are Dr Suragong (left 2), Professor Shameen (left 3), and Professor Karu (right 4).
Demonstrating the operation of the hi-vol sampler dedicated to MORATOXA Program.
Formal visit to PGIS. Shown here are Professors Pitawala (left 4), Karu (left 5), and Dr Suragong (right 2).
An ad-hoc visit to Shanghai Ocean University before departure for Sri Lanka.
See the elephants @Pinnawara.
The @Dambulla rock temple is a world cultural heritage site.
Cheerful Shizhen @Sigiria (Lion Rock).
Weekend visit to @Trincomalee.
Birthday greetings at the Blue Sand Beach @Trincomalee.
Visiting a tea factory and buying gift tea. @Kandy
We enjoyed a lot the King coconut.
In April 21 to 23, 2023, the 2022 annual meeting of NSFC major program ‘Geochemical Behaviours and Environmental Effect of Black Carbon (BC) Substances (GeoBBC)’ took place in Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry (GIG), Chinese Academy of Sciences. The annual meeting was organized by GIG, in a hybrid form of online and on-site. Wei Li (李薇), Director of the Second Division of Earth Science Department of the NSFC, attended the meeting. Specially invited guests included were Profs Shu Tao (陶澍) of Peking University/Southern University of Science and Technology, Ping’an Peng (彭平安) of GIG, Yanxin Wang (王焰新) of China University of Geosciences, Tong Zhu (朱彤) of Peking University, Fengchang Wu (吴丰昌) of Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, and Profs Junyu Zheng (郑君瑜) of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Bo Pan (潘波) of Kunming University of Science and Technology, Dongqiang Zhu (朱东强) of Peking University, Mei Zheng (郑玫) of Peking University and Yingjun Chen (陈颖军) of Fudan University. Hongping He (何宏平), Director of GIG, Hui Tian (田辉), Director of Science and Technology Department of GIG, Gan Zhang (张干), chief scientist of the major project, as well as the key members of the project attended the conference.
Hui Tian presided over the opening ceremony of the conference. Hongping He delivered a welcome speech and issued appointment letters to the members of the Scientific Steering Committee of the project. Wei Li introduced that the GeoBBC major program meets both the major national needs and scientific frontier; and has been recognized by the entire expert team during the bidding processes. Gan Zhang made an overall introduction to the project covering the background, key scientific problems, research objectives, expected achievements and main research progress in the year of 2022. Subsequently, Jianzhong Song, Yanlin Zhang, Junjian Wang and Guangcai Zhong introduced the annual progress report of the four sub-projects, respectively. The steering committee members gave full affirmation to the project; and put forward professional and constructive suggestions on the research regions, research contents, key tools, project outcome and the integrity of the GeoBBC. The meeting is timely for further development of the GeoBBC.
Snapshots of the meeting