Global Summer/Winter School
S029 China’s Urban Forest and Ecosystem Monitoring


Session A


Course Title: S029 China’s Urban Forest and Ecosystem Monitoring

Duration: 2019.7.11-2019.7.26 (2 weeks) 

Campus: Minhang  

Course Description

This course focuses on urban forest and urban ecosystem monitoring with an interdisciplinary approach to examining China. Through seminars, field trips, and other activities, students have the opportunity to experience the important role of urban forest development and in-situ monitoring for a mega-city. The course covers the following areas: Lectures on Urban Forest and the Urban Ecosystem, Shanghai urban forest case studies, including field trips to visit Shanghai Urban Forest Research Station(Zhongshan Park Site, Jinhai Wetland Park Site, Chongming Island Park), country parks, and botanical gardens. Research practices, indcluding recognizing different species of plants and monitoring environmental factors such as air pollutants, meteorological indicators, air-ecosystem exchange factors, and traditional cultural activities including Chinese paper cutting, Chinese knotting, farm plucking, and calligraphy. Students can then come to understand not only Shanghai’s, but also China’s urban forest and urban ecosystem, through the theoretical courses, field trips, and practical research.



  • 5-7 lectures from distinguished experts to share their latest research results on urban forest.
  • 2-3 days field trips to the Shanghai Urban Forest Research Station, country parks, and botanical gardens.  
  • Group research experience with Ph.D. students.
  • Cultural trips during weekend to experience the local culture.
  • By the end of this 2-week study, students should have basic knowledge and understanding of urban forest.



Professor Chunjiang LIU


Professor Chunjiang Liu is a member of the academic committee in SJTU and Director of Shanghai Urban Forest Ecosystem Research Station. He is the Vice Director of SJTU Research Centre for Low-Carbon Agriculture, a member of the science board of Shanghai Administration Department of Afforestation and City Appearance, a member of Ecological Society of Shanghai, a finalist of the Shanghai Pujiang Talents Scheme, and a part-time professor at the University of Helsinki.




Associate Prof. Shan YIN

Shan YIN is an associate professor at School of Agriculture and Biology, SJTU. He received his PhD at Shanghai JiaoTong University, and is now Vice Director of Shanghai Urban Forest Research Station. He was a visiting scholar at the California State University at Berkeley. His research interests include the ecology of urban forests,  the biogeochemical cycle, and model application.


Professor Markku Kulmalai


Professor Markku Kulmala is a foreign academic in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a member of the Academia Europaea, and is also apart of the Finland Academy of Sciences. He is a world leader in atmospheric aerosol science and a founder of “terrestrial ecosystem meteorology,” a new wide perspective interdisciplinary field addressing theoretical and experimental physics, atmospheric chemistry, observational meteorology, and biophysics. Professor Kulmala’s research focus is on atmospheric aerosol science, and biosphere-aerosol-cloud-climate interactions.


Professor Bing WANG

Bing WANG is a professor at Chinese Academy of Forestry, Wang is the chief expert in the long-term observation and simulation of key processes in ecosystems, Director of Chinese Forest Ecosystem Research Network, and Director of Dagangshan Forest Ecosystem National Science Observation Research Station. His research interests include long-term observation and simulation of key processes in ecosystems and Forest ecosystem services.


Prof. Gaofeng WANG

Gaofeng Wang is a tenured professor at Clemson university, School of Agriculture, Forestry and Environmental Sciences. He is a member of the Chinese Ecological Society, the American Ecological Society, the American Forest Society, and the Chinese Forest Society. He has received the distinguished leadership and personal achievement award from the White House conference on cooperative conservation of resources. His research interests include forest ecology and forest cultivation.


Prof. Francesco N. Tubiello


Professor Francesco N. Tubiello is an international expert in agriculture,  agriculture data analysis, and capacity development, with a focus on climate change, food security, adaptation, and mitigation solutions. As an IPCC lead author, he has over twenty years experience in formulating, managing and implementing policy relevant research, in academia, international agencies and the private sector.


Prof.Martin Romantschuk


Professor Martin Romantschuk received his PhD at the University of Helsinki. His post-doctoral period at Oregon State University was on molecular biology and electron microscopy. Professor Martin’s research interests include molecular biology of plant microbe interaction and bioremediation and microbiology of soil contaminated with organic contaminants. In addition to the above, he is currently involved in developing microalgal production of high value products for use in food as well as in cosmetics, and possibly for pharmaceutical purposes.




Attendance: 30%

Participation in discussion: 20%

Group presentation: 40% (15 minutes each group)

Final program summary: 10% (more than 500 words)



Program Director: Dr. Shan YIN (

Program Coordinator: Mr. Ningxiao SUN (

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