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iLEAPS (Integrated Land Ecosystem - Atmosphere Processes Study)-Korea

     As a national committee of iLEAPS, the iLEAPS-Korea shares the vision and goals, and pursues the scientific foci of iLEAPS:
(1) Vision
iLEAPS is an international crossdisciplinary research program aimed at improved understanding of processes, linkages and feedbacks in the land-atmosphere interface affecting the Earth System. iLEAPS facilitates scientific collaboration,  synthesis, and distribution of results to scientific, political and public audiences.
(2) Goals
The goals can be summarized by the following key questions:

  • How do interacting physical, chemical, and biological processes transport and transform energy, momentum and materials through the land-atmosphere system?
  • What are the implications for the dynamics of the Earth System?
  • How did the terrestrial-ecosystem/atmosphere system function under pre-industrial conditions, and how are human activities influencing it?
  • To what extent does the vegetation determine its physical and chemical environment on various temporal and spatial scales?

     The research scope of iLEAPS-Korea encompasses the integrated land ecosystem - atmosphere processes and their interactions and feedbacks in hydrologic cycle, climate change, and air quality with national and regional emphasis. It will bring the two communities from ecological and atmospheric sciences together and join expertise in atmospheric chemistry, agricultural and forest meteorology, and ecology. The target species are biologically and chemically active trace constituents including O3, VOCs, nitrogen oxides, and aerosols as well as long-lived gases such as CO2, CH4, and N2O. The scientific focus of the former is transformation processes of ozone and aerosol in the mixed plumes of biogenic and anthropogenic emissions and their effect on regional air quality and climate change. In addition, iLEAPS-Korea will focus on the successional change of ecosystem and its effect on the resilience and sustainability of ecosystem and atmospheric processes, particularly under urbanization and extreme events such as heat waves, dry spells, summer monsoon, and typhoon.
On 23 August 2013, iLEAPS-Korea will be strategically launched with a full support of KoFlux which is networked with regional AsiaFlux and global FLUXNET.  We expect to work together with iLEAPS-China and iLEAPS-Japan to bring out the synergy toward an establishment of a regional platform, i.e., iLEAPS-Asia.

Links to related sites
iLEAPS: http://www.ileaps.org/
iLEAPS-Japan: http://ileaps-japan.org/

To join iLEAPS-Korea, please contact Dr. Hyun Seok Kim (cameroncrazies@snu.ac.kr) or Dr.Meehye Lee (meehye@korea.ac.kr)

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