The Metro-Agro-Plex as a Geographical Unit of Analysis for Regional and Global Environmental Change

Aug 20th, 1995 - Sep 2nd, 1995

This workshop explored the interplay of large urban areas and surrounding agricultural lands. Consideration was given to air pollution and water pollution flowing between agricultural and urban sources. Attention was also given to air pollutants and their photochemical evolution in the atmosphere and downwind deposition onto crop lands. Considering regions in Europe, North America, China, and Japan, participants discussed the impacts of economic development–ranging from carbon emissions to population growth and strained infrastructures. Emphasis was placed on the role technological development might have in relieving associated pressures to the environment. Case studies from China were presented.

Keywords: human interactions; economics; land use change, urban ecology, agriculture

Public Lecture

Global Warming: The China Trap

Presented By Thomas Heller
Date August 22, 1995

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Day 1August 21, 1995

9:45 am Chair Introductions


William L. Chameides

Duke University
starEvent Co-Chair

Rosamond Lee Naylor

Stanford University
William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science & Sr. Fellow and Founding Director, Center on Food Security and Environment
starEvent Co-Chair

David S. Schimel

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Section Head
starEvent Co-Chair

Douglas Way

Ohio State University
starEvent Co-Chair


University of Iowa
Professor & Chair
Vanderbilt University
Professor of Physics (Emeritus)
Ohio State University
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Chinese Academy of Sciences
University of Virginia
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Research Chemist
Stanford University
Prof. of Law
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Senior Scientist
State Family Planning Commission of China
Professor and Deputy Minister
Georgia Institute of Technology
Institute Professor
University of New Hampshire
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Associate Professor
Stanford University
The GLOBE Program
Beijing Normal University
University of Manitoba
Professor, Faculty of Environment
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Ministry of Agriculture, China
Director General
Peking University
University of Colorado, Boulder
Hangzhou University
Beijing Agricultural University
Vice Director & Assoc. Professor
Clark University
Chinese Meteorlogical Administration

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