The earth climate, and consequently our ocean, is changing rapidly in the recent decades partly due to increased human activities. Ocean warming and acidification, declining biodiversity, and alteration of food-web structure of marine ecosystems are among the biggest challenges of our time.
The earth climate, and consequently our
ocean, is changing rapidly in the recent decades partly due to increased human
activities. Ocean warming and acidification, declining biodiversity, and
alteration of food-web structure of
marine ecosystems are among the biggest challenges of our time.
Chinese economy is rapidly expanding, and is second to the US in GDP in
recent years. Most of the Chinese population and industry reside on the coast,
bringing tremendous environmental pressure to the Chinese coastal seas.
Contamination of seafood by industrial waste, eutrophication due to
agriculture, aquaculture and tourisms are
among the most serious environmental problems. The occurrence of red tides
associated with harmful algal blooms, green tides due to green macroalgal blooms,
and jerry fish bloom due to food-web disruption is increasingly frequent.
The world ocean is interconnected, and our
economy is also connected across continents. International collaboration
becomes essential and urgent, to effectively tackle global and regional environment issues we are commonly facing.
Phytoplankton is the primary producers of oceans, supporting the biological
processes of marine ecosystems. Marine primary production accounts for about
50% of the global primary production. Algal biomass has also been used for
biofuel, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical purposes. Therefore, studies on the
physiology, ecology, and diversity of algae, their effects on the food web
structure of marine ecosystems, and integrated utilization of algal biomass
will have a long-term impact on the sustainable marine resource exploration and
Faculty of STU and UNIVPM have diverse and
complementary expertise in algae-related research. Therefore, establishing a
joint research center dedicated to the physiology, ecology and diversity of
algae, their function in marine ecosystems, and their application in renewable
resource exploration, pollution control and ecosystem health by the two
universities will allow us to meet the challenges of environmental changes
under global climate change, and facilitate sustainable development in
We determine the mission of the joint
research center as: To address the global and regional environmental issues,
and find sustainable solutions. Our efforts will be mostly focused on coastal
areas, although interaction with oceanic areas will not be neglected.