Forest ecosystem services, climate change, and water security in China and the US

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Two of the major ecosystem services of forests are climate regulation and water supply. This talk will explore how these services can be measured, how they are changing, and how they can be better managed with special emphasis on the biophysical, social, and political situations in China and the US.

Bai-lian Larry Li is Professor of Ecology and Director of the International Center for Ecology and Sustainability, the International Center for Arid Land Ecology, and the US Department of Agriculture-China MOST Joint Research Center for AgroEcology and Sustainability all at University of California-Riverside. Professor Li has a broad interdisciplinary background and experience in mathematical, statistical and computational modeling applications in ecological studies. He has published more than 200 refereed journal articles, 30 book chapters and proceedings papers, and eight books or edited special issues. Among his many honors and awards, he was elected to be Honorary Professor of the Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2005), Fellow of the Institute of Human Ecology (1988), Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (2006), and ‘French University Professor’ (2006), DeTao Master of Ecology (2014), and winner of the Prigogine Medal (2015). He is also Founding Editor-in-Chief of two international journals: Ecological Complexity (Elsevier) and Journal of Arid Land (Springer). He chaired the highly successful Beijing Eco Summit in 2007 and co-chaired the Eco Summit 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. He now serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Eco Summit Foundation.