Established by the Municipality of Shenzhen, the Southern University of Science and Technology is a publicly funded university in the Guangdong Province.
The SUSTech is a university dominated by science and engineering, combining part of characteristic humanities social sciences and management subjects.
The SUSTech cultivates quality talents with perfect personality, solid foundation, excellent ability, international view, social responsibility, innovative spirits and practical ability through the leading talent cultivation system on the basis of credit system, tutor system and college system and taking personalized, small class and international as features of talent cultivation.
The SUSTech has been determined as the experimental school of national higher education comprehensive reform. In April 2012, the Ministry of Education agreed to establish the school and give the school a great mission to explore the modern university system Chinese characteristics and training mode of innovative talents.
The Global Engagement Office (GEO) is responsible for forming and implementing a coherent strategy to promote the University’s international development and global profile.
SUSTech will adopt management mode of collegiate system for undergraduate students and create a wonderful college life for students by taking platforms such as college, Youth League Committee and communities as carriers.
The undergraduate admission of SUSTech adopts comprehensive evaluation enrollment mode based on national college entrance examination.The graduate admission of SUSTech currently adopts joint training mode.
The SUSTech Education Foundation consists of board of directors, board of supervisors and secretariat. The board of directors is the top of the power structure of the foundation; the board of supervisors is responsible to check finance and accounting information in accordance with law and regulations; secretariat is the standing administrative unit of the foundation, which is responsible to the daily work of the foundation under the leading of leaders in the board of directors.
On July 10, Dr. Sujong Jeong, an associate professor in the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at SUSTech, published a paper entitled “Reduced North American terrestrial primary productivity linked to anomalous Arctic warming” in Nature Geoscience as a corresponding author. The paper provides a comprehensive analysis about the impact of arctic warming on terrestrial productivity in the non-arctic region over the North America.
The researchers find that positive spring temperature anomalies in the Arctic have led to negative anomalies in gross primary productivity over most of North America during last three decades, which amount to a net productivity decline of 0.31 PgCyr-1 across the continent. This decline is mainly explained by two factors: severe cold conditions in northern North America and lower precipitation in the South Central United States. Overall, this study demonstrates for the first time an apparent linkage between Arctic temperature variations and agricultural productivity in mid-latitudes. The results from this study could be used to forecast agricultural productivity and reduce its uncertainty.
After the paper was published, it was immediately reported by numerous media outlets, including Washington Post, Google, and Daily Mail.
Atmospheric teleconnections linked to Arctic warming
Prof. Su-Jong Jeong said, “This paper is very important to me personally. When I first joined SUSTech, I did not have any staff or students. Thus I invited a visiting student from POSTECH in South Korea. The visiting student at that time became the first author in this paper. In the future, I hope to establish a great research program at SUSTech with my students here.”
Prof. Jeong is also a co-author on a recent paper entitled “Weakening temperature control on the interannual variations of spring carbon uptake across northern lands” published by Nature Climate Change. The researchers in this paper show a weakening of relationships between warming and terrestrial carbon uptake enhancement over high latitudes. Reduced chilling during dormancy and emerging light limitation are possible mechanisms that may have contributed to the loss of net primary productivity in response to spring temperature change.
Frequency distributions of the partial correlation coefficient
between spring carbon uptake and temperature
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Edited by: Jeremy Welburn