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The Kick-Off Meeting of NSFC-Funded Sino-British International Cooperation Projects Undertaken by the Institute of Geology Was Held in Beijing

2016/12/30 8:30:10

The kick-off  meeting of Sino-British international cooperative research project “Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards in Earthquake Prone Regions in China” jointly funded by NSFC, NERC and ESRC was held in Beijing Foreign Experts Building on April 14~17, 2016. The three projects involved in this meeting are all in Ordos, the southwestern margin in particular. They are “Shaanxi-Gansu-Ningxia Border Active Structure and Seismic Hazard Assessment (STINGS)” and “Ordos Earthquake Disaster Risk Participatory Assessment and Control (PAGER-O)” undertaken by CEA Institute of Geology, Oxford University and British Overseas Development Institute, and “Chinese Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) Project” undertaken by National Disaster Reduction Center of Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs and British Durham University. The Institute of Geology as Chinese undertaker of two projects organized this project kickoff meeting. More than 50 representatives from British undertakers Oxford University, British Overseas Development Institute. Northumbria University and Newcastle University, British collaborator Geo-hazards International, and Chinese undertakers CEA Institute of Geology, Shaanxi Earthquake Administration, Gansu Earthquake Administration, CEA Earthquake Disaster Prevention Center, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, National Disaster Reduction Center of Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs, Wuhan University, Chang’an University, Baoji University of Arts and Sciences and Beijing Normal University attended this meeting.

The meeting was presided over by Academician Zhang Peizhen of CEA Institute of Geology. Academician Zhang Peizhen and Professor John Richard Yang of British Overseas Development Institute made reports on the scientific research condition and project cooperation of the three projects respectively. Afterwards, the members of Chinese and British project teams of the three projects made detailed discussion on their current respective work conditions and the content concerning project cooperation.

The meeting mainly adopted the forms of discussion and consultation. The project teams discussed and planned their respective research foundations, research interests, data demands, selection of research areas, labor division of participants and subsequent agendas. In the year to come, the cooperation of STINGS project team will focus on satellite remote sensing image data sharing, textual research of historical earthquakes on the southwestern margin of Ordos and field geological work; the two parties will mutually send exchange and visiting scholars and British side will recruit Chinese post-doctors to jointly carry out cooperative research. PAGER-O project set forth concrete time arrangement of “earthquake disaster scenario design”; intends to select Weinan City of Shaanxi Province, or Guyuan City of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, or Zhongwei City of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region as a target city of earthquake disaster scenario simulation; next year, China and Britain will carry out the concrete work of earthquake disaster scenario in a centralized way and meanwhile carry out pertinent exchange, mutual visit and technical cooperation. CBDRRiC project team firstly made clear the project would be carried out at four research points, and reached a basic consensus on the data needed during implementation of this project and labor division. The meeting decided to select Weinan, Zhongwei and Guyuan as candidate cities for large-scale “earthquake disaster scenario design”. It is intended to carry out field study and consult local related departments in June 2016, and make a final decision on the target city in the end. Lastly, the attending experts exchanged opinions on mutual connection and horizontal cooperation and exchange among the three projects, for example: periodically holding cross-project meetings (including network teleconference), sharing documents and reports, establishing websites, and inviting members of different project teams to attend seminars of individual projects.