Chapter 1 Introduction Linghao Li Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science Xingguo Han Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science This chapter discusses various definitions concerning grasslands, discusses extent of the world grasslands, put forwards the classification of the Chinese grasslands, and elaborates the history of grassland ecosystem research in China as well as current advances in grassland ecosystem studies.
Chapter 2 Overview of the Chinese grassland ecosystems Linghao Li Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science Xingguo Han Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science This
Chapter briefly introduces the distribution and diverse grassland types, the floras, major steppe plants, soils, degradation, shrinkage of within-grassland water bodies, biodiversity of the wildlife, pests of rodents and insects, etc.
Chapter 3 Natural conditions Linghao Li Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science Wenhao Zhang Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science This
Chapter gives important background information on the physical features, climate, and soils in China.
Chapter 4 Major regional grasslands in China Linghao Li Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science Wenhao Zhang Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science This
Chapter summarizes the basic characteristics of regional grasslands, notably Tibetan, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Qinghai, and Gansu grasslands, also discusses the thirteen nationally important regional grasslands at prefecture's level.
Chapter 5 Type and distribution of the Chinese grassland ecosystems Linghao Li Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science Jiquan Chen Michigan State University This
Chapter involves methodology and approaches for classification: classification of Chinese grasslands, the distribution of Chinese grassland ecosystems, as well as the areal extent, regional distribution, horizontal and vertical distribution Patterns.
Chapter 6 Meadow steppe ecosystem Linghao Li Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science This
Chapter deals with various aspects of the meadow grassland ecosystem, with respect to the distribution and geographic features, soils, floristic and ecological characteristics, vegetation, canopy and root biomass, succession, fauna such mammals, avifauna, amphibians and reptiles, Rodentia, Insecta, soil fauna, micro-organisms, and land use and management.
Chapter 7-16 have the same content structure as
Chapter 6 Linghao Li Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science
Chapter 7 Typical steppe ecosystem
Chapter 8 Desert steppe ecosystem
Chapter 9 Alpine steppe ecosystem
Chapter 10 Montane steppe ecosystem
Chapter 11 Shrub Steppe Ecosystem
Chapter 12 Sandy grassland ecosystem
Chapter 13 Desert Rangeland Ecosystem
Chapter 14 Meadows
Chapter 15 Marsh Grassland Ecosystem
Chapter 16 Tussock Grassland Ecosystem
Dr. Linghao Li is a Professor of Ecology at the Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on vegetation ecology, grassland ecosystem ecology, and restoration ecology, and covers ecological topics such as carbon and nitrogen cycling of terrestrial ecosystems, nutrient use efficiency of grassland plants, and plant root ecology. He received his B. S. from Inner Mongolia Agricultural University in 1986 and Ph. D. from Xiamen University in 1994. He established the Duolun Restoration Ecology Research Station in 2000 and served as the director until 2016. The station is among the most outstanding field research bases of grassland ecology in the world, from which more than 600 research papers have been published in high-profile journals, such as Ecology, Ecology Letters, Global Change Biology, and Journal of Ecology, and others. He has made significant efforts in bringing the achievements of Chinese scholars to the world through English copy-writing and editing of important national monographs such as Vegetation of China, Soils of China, and Tibetan Grasslands. Dr. Jiquan Chen received his Ph. D. in Ecosystem Analysis from University of Washington in 1991 and is currently a professor at Michigan State University. He was a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University and on the faculty of University of Washington, Michigan Technological University, and University of Toledo. His research and education on grassland ecosystems were rooted in his undergraduate training at Inner Mongolia University (1979-1983) and long term research on the Mongolian Plateau. He has also conducted research on edge effects in fragmented landscapes, 3-D canopy of forests, ecosystem carbon/water/energy fluxes using tower and chambers, riparian zone management, agricultural and bioenergy crops, grassland (rangeland) ecology, dynamics of urban systems, and the role of institution in shaping landscape-regions under the changing globe. He is a fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has served as the Editor-in-Chief for Ecological Processes since 2016, part of the editorial board of over a dozen professional journals, and co-editor for the book series of Landscape Studies for Springer. He has authored and co-authored over 400 journal papers and 11 books. Dr. Wenhao Zhang is a Professor of Eco-physiology at the Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph. D from the Department of Biology at the University of Newcastle in 1993. His research concerns principally plant nutrition physiology, plant ecology, and grassland management, on which over 100 journal papers have been published, with several of these having been selected as the highly cited papers of ESI. He is the Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Plant Ecology, being the editors for New Phytologist, Journal of Experimental Botany, BMC Plant Biology, and Environmental and Experimental Botany. Dr. Xingguo Han is a Professor of Ecology at the Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he had served as the director of the institute for eight years. He received his Ph.D. in Fundamental Ecology from the University of Georgia, and thus his research covers a rather wide range of ecological subjects, including soil ecology, biogeochemical cycles of terrestrial ecosystems, ecosystem functions of grasslands, restoration ecology, biodiversity conservation, and global change ecology, and so forth. He had been the chairman of the Chinese Botanical Society, vice-chairman of the Ecological Society of China, and the regional councilor of IUCN. He has authored or co-authored over 500 journal papers and 6 books, quite a few of which got published in Nature, Science, and top journals of ecology. Dr. Changliang Shao is a Professor of Ecology at Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He got his Ph.D from Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Linghao Li. He conducted his post-doctoral research work at Michigan State University, with Dr. Jiquan Chen being his mentor. His research lies in the coupled effects of global climate change and human activities on bioenergy and carbon/water fluxes of terrestrial ecosystems.