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An academic from the University of Ballarat is leading a research project that aims to improve water management throughout China.
Giri Kattel, a Collaborative Research Network Fellow, is in collaboration with Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGLAS) with his research.
“This initiative in research collaborations has succeeded to secure Australia-China Science Research Fund to run a Group Mission on Australia-China Wetland Research Symposium,” Dr Kattel said.
“This has opened significant avenues for potential research projects on water and food security across the large river systems in China and elsewhere in the Himalayas.
“This area has half of the world’s population and is dependent on its waters, including the Rivers Yangtze, Yellow, Ganges, Indus, Brahamputra and Mekong.”
Giri Kattel is an ecologist and palaeoecologist with more than 15 years of experience working in Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. His research focuses on climate change and human disturbances in lake and river systems.
“I have pioneered new investigative techniques, mainly the use of subfossil cladoceran zooplankton preserved in sediments of lakes and large river floodplain wetlands of both hemispheres,” Dr Kattel said.
“I use this approach for achieving healthy water ways and ecosystems nationally and globally. I also lead a project on the use of palaeoecolgoical approaches on ecosystem services in the Yangtze River Basin.”
Dr Kattel has begun collaborations with the French National Research Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) to understand the ecosystem processes and food webs of the lacustrine and river systems with the use of stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen.
He also has been involved with the Sino-German ProTip Program, a large collaborative research project between China and Germany.
“As a guest scientist, I have the opportunity to assist running international courses and supervising PhD students from China and Germany,” Dr Kattel said.
“My ultimate goal is to set up a platform for both national and international research collaborations in climate and water at the University of Ballarat,” he said.
“Connecting with strong global scientific community, I believe, will help our efforts to understand the impacts of rapidly changing environments including climate change and human disturbances and resolving issues of water security worldwide.”
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