The 1st Annual Meeting between CEOP-HE and CEOP-AEGIS
June 29-30, 2009, Milan, Italy
The 1st Annual Meeting between CEOP-HE (High Elevations) and CEOP-AEGIS (Coordinated Asia-European long-term Observing system of Qinghai–Tibet Plateau hydro-meteorological processes and the Asian-monsoon systEm with Ground satellite Image data and numerical Simulations; http://www.ceop-aegis.org/) was organized by Dr. Gianni Tartari, Chair of the CEOP-HE Working Group, on behalf of Ev-K2-CNR, and Prof. Massimo Menenti, Coordinator of CEOP-AEGIS, on behalf of Strasbourg University.
Aim of the meeting has been to present research activities and preliminary results carried out by the two programs, in order to evaluate future interactions and collaborations.
Both projects are mainly focused on hydro-meteorological process study that characterized high elevation areas in the world (CEOP-HE) and in the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau (CEOP-AEGIS), strongly affected by climate change in the last decades.
Milan, Italy – Ibis Hotel, via Finocchiaro Aprile 2
Yan Guangjian - Beijing Normal University
Liping Liu - China Meteorological Administration, Beijing
Qinhuo Liu - Institute for Remote Sensing Applications, Beijing
Yaoming Ma - Institute for Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS, Lhasa
Yanjun Shen - Center for Agricultural Resources Research, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS, Beijing
Li Zhe – Cold and Arid Regions Environment and Engineering Research Institute, CAS, Lanzhou
Jerome Colin – University of Strasbourg
Robin Faivre - University of Strasbourg
Tobias Gerken – University of Bayreuth
Carlo De Michele – ARIES Space spin-off University of Naples Federico II
Guglielmina Diolaiuti – University of Milan
Guido D’Urso – ARIES Space spin-off University of Naples Federico II
Maria Teresa Melis – University of Cagliari
Federico Porcù– University of Ferrara
Franco Salerno - Water Research Institute – CNR, Brugherio
Claudio Smiraglia – University of Milan
Gianni Tartari - Water Research Institute – CNR, Brugherio & Ev-K2-CNR Committee, Bergamo
Roberta Toffolon – Ev-K2-CNR Committee, Bergamo
Elisa Vuillermoz – Ev-K2-CNR Committee, Bergamo
Kenichi Ueno – University of Tsukuba
Josè Antonio Sobrino - University of Valencia
Wim Bastiaanssen – WaterWatch, Wageningen
Walter Immrzeel – Future Water, Wageningen
Massimo Menenti – Department of Earth Observation Systems, Delft University of Technology
Zoltan Vekerdy - International Institute for Geo-information science and Earth Observation, Enschede
Li Jia – Alterra, Wageningen
Muhammad Jahanzeb Malik - International Institute for Geo-information science and Earth Observation, Enschede
Note: Rhamakar Jha (NIT Rourkela, India) and Liu Zhingang (Beijing Normal University, China) were not able to attend, but provided their contribution to the meeting.
Look at the presentations:
• CEOP- HE Overview, Gianni Tartari
• CEOP- AEGIS Overview, Massimo Menenti
• Ground based observations of radiative and turbulent fluxes over the Tibetan Plateau, Ma Yaoming
• High Elevations Initiative: status and perspectives, Gianni Tartari
• Satellite observations of vegetation cover, of surface albedo and temperature over the Tibetan Plateau, Yan Guangjian
• Share ground based observations in Khumbu Valley (Himalayas), Elisa Vuillermoz
• The SHARE Information System, objectives and strategies, Maria Teresa Melis
• Satellite based estimates of top soil moisture, SU Zhongbo
• Estimation of precipitation over the Plateau and surrounding zones with optical and microwave observations, Federico Porcù
• Estimation of Glaciers and Snow Meltwater, Zhe Li
• Karakoram-Himalaya and Alps two focal points in understanding the present glacier shrinkage, Claudio Smiraglia and Guglielmina Diolaiuti
• Numerical weather and climate prediction modeling system to link observations with precipitation forecasts over the plateau and surrounding areas, Kenichi Ueno and Xueshun Shen
• Monitoring the water balance and water yield of the Plateau, Guido D’Urso and Walter Immerzeel
• Satellite based drought monitoring system of pilot areas, Li Jia
• Satellite based flood monitoring system of pilot areas of China and India, Massimo Menenti and Jha Rhamakar
• Satellite based flood monitoring system of pilot areas of China and India, Massimo Menenti and Liu Zhingang
• Surface variations of Sagarmatha National Park (Nepal) glaciers and lakes since the end of ’50s till now (50 years) by comparison of historical maps and satellite images: preliminary results, Franco Salerno
• Dissemination and stakeholders’ panel, Zoltán Vekerdy
The meeting started with a brief overview of CEOP-HE and CEOP-AEGIS projects thanks to the speeches of Dr. Tartari and Prof. Menenti, that introduced in details the state of the art of these two activities. After a general overview, contributions of more than 25 scientists coming from different countries of the World, and in particularly from China and Europe, followed by moments of discussion and debate, highlighted the interest and the active participation of the audience. Each speaker presented his studies, including research methodology and results, together the future perspectives in the field of atmosphere, climate, water, glacier and biodiversity in mountain areas.
The meeting was addressed to scientist involved in research and monitoring activities related to the impact of global change on water balance in mountain areas. In particular, the main aims were to identify possible common research interest and joint activities between CEOP- HE and CEOP-AEGIS, in order to guarantee an interdisciplinary approach and complete vision on mountain ecosystems.
In this perspective, SHARE(Stations at High Altitude for Research on the Environment), the Ev-K2-CNR Project dedicated to environmental research and monitoring in mountain region, in which CEOP-HE activities are included, presented main results of the ongoing activities in Nepal and Pakistan in the field of glaciology, limnology, meteorology and atmospheric composition, highlighting the importance of SHARE monitoring network within the international community.
On the other hand CEOP-AEGIS showed research activities carried out in the Tibetan Plateau thanks to the integration of data coming from ground-based observations, satellite and models, thus in order to obtain a general overview of TP dynamics through the analysis of different environmental parameters.
Since CEOP-HE will carry out studies on the most representative high elevation areas, included TP, CEOP-AEGIS results could provide a fundamental contributions and CEOP-HE could become an important tool to guarantee the dissemination of CEOP-AEGIS knowledge within the international community. Moreover, HE ecological results could support the definition of new predictive models in the framework of CEOP-AEGIS.