Data for download
Data from our research projects are available below for downloading. Please contact Dr. Jiquan Chen if you decide to use our data.
Mongolian Plateau Project
The Mongolian Plateau includes two governments with similar ecological systems but contrasting socioeconomic systems–Inner Mongolia (IM) of China and Mongolia (MG). The variation of biophysical conditions (e.g., climate, biomes) is also significant from east to west, resulting in distinct lifestyles and cultures, particularly in IM.
The majority of the pastoral households in both MG and IM began settling around permanent towns or immigrated to large urban centers in recent decades. These changes play critical roles in current and future land use and change, which, in turn, determine the level of ecosystem service and societal functions.
Socioecological Carbon Production in Managed Agricultural-Forest Landscapes
Land use, land cover changes, and ecosystem-specific management practices are increasingly recognized for their roles in mediating the climatic effects on ecosystem structure and function. As demonstrated by some scholars, human activities can influence C fluxes and storage far more than climatic changes.
Our overall objective is to quantify the landscape-scale C fluxes at annual scale of both managed agricultural-forest landscapes and people, using the Kalamazoo watershed in southwestern Michigan as our testbed.
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, WI, and Baraga Plains, MI, USA
Collected from the northern part of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, our data sets include land cover change (Landsat ETM+), soil respiration, vegetation, and overall carbon flux from the years 2002-2005.
Data were processed with the 2005 version of the EC-Processor.
Sustainability Assessment of the New Technology and Products of PV Systems
Solar photovoltaic electricity technology is considered one of the top choices to meet the future's need for CO2-free sources. It must be made sustainable from economic, environmental, and societal perspectives. Our objective is to develop the concepts, materials, and processes necessary to economically produce environmentally friendly thin-film solar cells from earth-abundant, environmentally benign (EAEB) materials. We have assembled a multi-disciplinary team representing physics, materials science, engineering, chemistry, socioeconomics, environmental science, and education to address these complex issues.