biodiversity; monitoring and research; forests; animals; birds
Biodiversity is key to the foundation and development of human society. Biodiversity monitoring and research provide essential scientific support for the national development of ecological civilization and for building a beautiful China. To monitor the dynamic distribution of important species in typical ecoregions of China, Chinese Biodiversity Observation Network (Sino BON) was founded in 2013 under the supports of 19 institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the sponsorship of the 12th and 13th FiveYear Plans. Covering 30 main sites and 60 affiliated sites all over China, Sino BON includes 10 subnetworks specialized at monitoring different groups of species including animals, plants, and microbes and one network management center. Currently, Sino BON has established a crosscutting research platform for biodiversity science based on forest dynamics plots, combining near-surface remote sensing, satellite tracking, and molecular biology techniques. Considerable advances have been achieved in the construction and research on forest dynamics plots, observation network of big-sized animals, migration of birds using satellite tracking systems, etc. Future work will optimize the spatial distribution of sites as well as monitoring subjects employing man-made ground observations and automatic data logging systems at the main and affiliated sites. More efforts will also be paid to synergize domestic and international research on the interactions between multi-species and multi-nutrient levels in order for Sino BON to play a leading role in biodiversity monitoring and research in China.
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Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Chinese Version): Vol. 34
, Article 6.
Available at: https://bulletinofcas.researchcommons.org/journal/vol34/iss12/6