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2019 SSE, TERN and TaiwanFlux Joint Meeting

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The Organizers

Society of Subtropical Ecology (SSE)


Dr. Chau-Chin Lin
Director of the Society of Subtropical Ecology

The Society of Subtropical Ecology (SSE) is a nonprofit organization of ecologists of subtropical region founded in 2003 at Taiwan to:


  • promote research by gathering and communication among scientists related to subtropical ecology;

  • host as the home of Taiwan Ecological Research Network (TERN) in EAP-ILTER and ILTER community;

  • increase the resources available for helping and conducting activities in domestic and international communities of subtropical ecology; 

  • raise the public’s awareness of the importance of ecological impact of environment in subtropical areas.

SSE is dedicated to the research of subtropical ecology. The society welcomes and encourages all scientists to participate by all individuals regardless of cultural and national origin. We believe that subtropical ecology is an interdisciplinary study and needs participants from any discipline related. SSE promotes collaboration in all areas of research activities, including fostering conference, workshop, outreach, and data sharing.

The science of subtropical ecology is transforming new perspectives under the development of new technology and the social connection. These perspectives are bringing into the field around the subtropical area in the world to form a new paradigm of social-ecological-technological (SET) approach. The approach takes advantage of technological advancements that provide opportunities access to data and new analytical techniques and engage in interdisciplinary collaborations.

We believe this year’s meeting together with TERN and TaiwanFlux will not only bring the communities together but also will build bridges between research and practice, connect social-ecological-technological domains, incorporate diverse perspectives. We wish the success of the meeting by your participation.

Taiwan Ecological Research Network (TERN)


Dr. Chi-Ling Chen

Researcher of Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, Coordinator of TERN

I am pleased to announce an upcoming 2019 SSE-TERN-TaiwanFlux Joint Meeting that will be held in Hualien from 23rd to 25th October, 2019. It is organized by National Dong Hwa University, Society of Subtropical Ecology (SSE), Taiwan Agricultural Long-term Ecological Sites (TERN), Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) and Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI). It is my honor to invite all of the scientists and students who are interested in long-term ecological research (LTER) to attend the meeting.

The long-term monitoring and research is essential to understand processes that govern ecosystem dynamics and biodiversity. The long-term ecological data are especially important when we are facing an uncertain and fast changing environment under climate change. The TERN was founded in 1993 to convene the scientists for the communication and idea exchange. There are several LTER Sites in different ecosystems in TERN. The annual meetings have been the platform of communications for TERN. It is a great opportunity to exchange and share research findings and ideas, and to discuss the way forward in the changing environments in the meeting. Theme of this year will focus on GHGs flux in various ecosystems in Taiwan. The goal of the meeting are 1) to discuss the recent advances in measurement and modeling of greenhouse gases (GHGs) fluxes, 2) to compare the fluxes among ecosystems, 3) to discuss the strategies to mitigate the GHGs emission, 4) to share and exchange other achievements from LTER sites, (5) to strengthen and foster global collaboration within TERN communities. The meeting includes lectures, field trips, and discussions. Drs. Hideaki Shibata (chair of International Long Term Ecological Research Network (ILTER), professor of Hokkaido University, Japan) and Hsing-Juh Lin (professor of National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan) are invited to have the keynote speeches. We are looking forward to novel scientific findings, stimulating discussion, new collaboration and exciting idea exchanges during this conference. Let us wish the conference successful and fruitful.



Dr. Shih-Chieh Chang

National Dong Hwa University, Coordinator of TaiwanFlux

The understanding of ecosystem carbon, water, and energy fluxes and their controlling mechanisms provide us a means of understanding the Earth system and its possible changes under anthropogenic disturbances. Through the global flux research network, the FLUXNET, and the regional networks like the AsiaFlux, the comparison and synthesis of information from individual flux tower sites could be made possible. Flux research in Taiwan has a short history (< 20 years) and has a small community of investigators working on few flux tower sites including forests, croplands, and wetlands. This community - the TaiwanFlux has been established for the purpose of sharing results and establishing joint research questions. TaiwanFlux had its first workshop held in 2017 and is going to have the second one this year together with SSE and TERN. Welcome to join our flux community!

The Supporting Institutions

College of Environmental Studies, National Dong Hwa University


Dr. Wen-Yen Chang
Dean, College of Environmental Studies, National Dong Hwa University

The College of Environmental Studies (CES) of National Dong Hwa University was founded in 2009. We are planning to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of CES. Meanwhile, on behalf of CES, it’s my pleasure to support “2019 SSE, TERN, TaiwanFlux Joint Meeting” with such an academic gathering as the series activities of the event.

Ecosystems are controlled by external and internal factors. In response to regional and global threats we face, such as global warming, climate changes, and natural disasters that are largely caused by anthropogenic disturbances, we encourage the trans-disciplinary research and exchange to understanding the changes of the Earth system.

Finally, I wish you all enjoy the big success in exchanging intellectual stimulus as well as your stay in Hualien.

Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute


Dr. Hsueh-Shih Lin
Director General of Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute

It is our honor to hold the 2019 SSE-TERN-Taiwan flux meeting with National Dong Hwa University, Society of Subtropical Ecology (SSE) and Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI). On behalf of the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute and Taiwan Ecological Research Network (TERN), I would like to welcome you to participate this joint event in Hualien.


To ensure sustainable food supplies is one of the essential missions of the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute. With the objective, the Agricultural Long-Term Ecological Sites were established in our experiment farms in 2006 and joined the TERN. The impacts of various agricultural practices on ecosystem functions and biodiversity have been evaluated. Long-term changes in site productivity and biodiversity were monitored. Twelve years later, we have fruitful research findings. We are confident that we would be assisting local farmers to develop new farming routes with our findings that are more environmental friendly and sustainable in the future.


It was recognized that long-term monitoring is essential to understand processes that govern ecosystem dynamics and biodiversity. In the 21st century, we are facing an uncertain and fast changing environment. Our natural environments seem to change for worse by the day. The services and functions of ecosystems might be changed or degraded. It is expected to provide a possible solution to adapt the environment or mitigate its impact by the efforts of TERN which started a quarter of a century. We are paving the path of answers with an extensive national network of scientists and research sites. It is grateful that the annual meeting provide a platform where researchers and government officials are able to interact with one another and exchange latest research findings. We look forward to discussing long-term ecological studies with you during the conference.


Finally, I would like to appreciate the organizing committee members of National Dong Hwa University, Society of Subtropical Ecology (SSE) Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI), and Taiwan Ecological Research Network (TERN) and Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), who have dedicated their energy to organize this joint meeting. Let us wish the conference successful and fruitful.

© 2019 by Local Organizing Committee of SSE, TERN and TaiwanFlux Joint Meeting

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