Regional Engagement Partners

East Asia

East Asia

The East Asia Regional Engagement Partner (EAREP) was set up in the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISSAS) in May, 2020, aiming to promote FEC(formerly LOICZ)communication  and cooperation for the scientists and governors in China and in the East Asia region (including China, Russia, Japan and Korea).

ISSAS was founded in 1953, as a successor to the former Soil Division of the National Geological Survey of China, which was established in 1930. ISSAS aims to solve the vital problems on agricultural development, ecological conservation and environmental protection, and to promote the development of soil sciences. During these years, to build itself into a world-class research center of soil science and make major contributions to the academic progress and national growth of China, the ISSAS strives to push the strategic planning of “One Three Five” and “Four First” action plan. In 2018, the ISSAS accomplished the overall goal of “Feature Institutes” with outstanding achievements.

ISSAS is home to the State Key Laboratory of Soil and Sustainable Agriculture, the CAS Key Laboratory of Soil Environment and Pollution Remediation, the National Engineering Laboratory of Soil Nutrients Management and the National Engineering Laboratory of Soil Pollution Control and Remediation Technologies. It also runs several field stations, including the Key Laboratory of Arable Land Conservation, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, National Agro-Ecosystem Observation and Research Station in Fengqiu, National Agro-Ecosystem Observation and Research Station in Yingtan, National Agro-Ecosystem Observation and Research Station in Changshu, and Ecological Experimental Station of the Three Gorges Project in Zigui, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Recently, ISSAS engaged in research on coastal soil classification system, coastal economic and social development, coastal delta soil biogeochemistry and risk assessment, coastal blue carbon, coastal soil pollution and remediation, the key soil belts, emerging pollutants (such as microplastics, antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes), the occurrence and evolution of soil salinization, soil salinization prevention and control, saline-alkali barrier reduction, saline soil resource utilization, soil greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, etc.

Key Activities

Planned activities:

  1. To promote “Future Earth Coasts in China (China FEC)”.
  2. To promote next 5-year coastal R & D Plan in China.
  3. To promote regional, inter-node and international academic exchange and cooperation in coastal research and management.
  4. To organize academic meetings.

Other Information

FEC-related publications:

  1. Chen Tu; Tao Chen; Qian Zhou; Ying Liu; Jing Wei; Joanna J. Waniek; Yongming Luo. Biofilm formation and its influences on the properties of microplastics as affected by exposure time and depth in the seawater. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 2020
  2. Li, Yuan; Fu, Chuancheng; Zeng, Lin; Zhou, Qian; Zhang, Haibo; Tu, Chen; Wei, Jing; Li, Lianzhen; Luo, Yongming. Carbon accumulation in the red clay layer of the subsoil in a major river delta: Contribution of secondary carbonate.    CATENA, 2020, 186: 104391
  3. Zhou, Qian; Tu, Chen; Fu, Chuancheng; Li, Yuan; Zhang, Haibo; Xiong, Kuanxu; Zhao, Xinyue; Li, Lianzhen; Waniek, Joanna J.; Luo, Yongming. Characteristics and distribution of microplastics in the coastal mangrove sediments of China. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 2020,703: 134807
  4. Zeng, Lin; Yi, Shuangwen; Zhang, Wenfang; Feng, Han; Lv, Anqi; Zhao, Wancang; Luo, Yongming; Wang, Qing; Lu, Huayu. Provenance of loess deposits and stepwise expansion of the desert environment in NE China since similar to 1.2 Ma: Evidence from Nd-Sr isotopic composition and grain-size record. GLOBAL AND PLANETARY CHANGE, 2020, 185: 103087
  5. Li, Lianzhen; Luo, Yongming; Peijnenburg, Willie J G M; Li, Ruijie; Yang, Jie; Zhou, Qian. Confocal measurement of microplastics uptake by plants. MethodsX, 2020, 7:100750
  6. Li, Yuan; Zhang, Haibo; Fu, Chuancheng; Tu, Chen; Luo, Yongming; Christie, Peter. A red clay layer in soils of the Yellow River Delta: Occurrence, properties and implications for elemental budgets and biogeochemical cycles. CATENA, 2019,172:469-479
  7. Zhou, Qian; Zhang, Haibo; Fu, Chuancheng; Zhou, Yang; Dai, Zhenfei; Li, Yuan; Tu, Chen; Luo, Yongming. The distribution and morphology of microplastics in coastal soils adjacent to the Bohai Sea and the Yellow Sea. GEODERMA, 2018,322:201-208
  8. Li, Yuan; Zhang, Haibo; Tu, Chen; Luo, Yongming. Magnetic characterization of distinct soil layers and its implications for environmental changes in the coastal soils from the Yellow River Delta. CATENA, 162: 245-254
  9. Luo, Yongming. 《Pollution and Management of Microplastics in Marine and Coastal Environments》,Science Press,2019
  10. Luo, Yongming.《Soil and Environment of the Yellow River Delta》, Science Press,2017
  11. Luo, Yongming.《Soil and Environment in the Yangtze River and Pearl River Delta》,Science Press,2012
  12. Luo, Yongming.《Hong Kong Soils and Environment》,Science Press.2007

Host Institution

Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, ISSAS
71 East Beijing Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, P.R.China


Yongming Luo (Director)