National Institute for Environmental Studies
Dr. WANG is a Principal Researcher in Regional Environment Conservation Division, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan. His research interests are to detect environmental vulnerabilities by establishing an early warning network and to develop models for assessing how climate change and human activities affect water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles in East Asia. Since 2000, he has clarified the spatial-temporal changes in water and nitrogen budgets in the Yangtze River basin from 1980 to 2010, and also detected that the area of permafrost has been obviously decreasing since the 1980s by using the network. Recently, his research group has also measured the carbon budget in grasslands in Mongolia and found the grasslands in permafrost area is a carbon sink. He also clarified that after the introduction of market-based economy, the grazing pressure has greatly exceeded the pasture carrying capacity in urban and mining areas, which will further accelerate vulnerabilities of Mongolian grasslands. Now he tries to evaluate and propose strategies to adapt those vulnerabilities.