Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute (NHRI), Taihu Basin Authority (TBA), and Wuxi City People’s Government signed an agreement on September 22 to pool resources to establish a state key laboratory of the Ministry of Water Resources about the basin’s water-management.
Taihu Lake plays a key role in flood control and water resources dispatch in the basin. Its health also indicates the status of ecosystem and water quality in the greater Yangtze River Delta region.
With a focus on Taihu Lake and related rivers and lakes, the new laboratory will serve as a leading platform equipped with advanced facilities and competitive research forces to tackle the outstanding challenges of water disasters, resources, ecology and environment faced by the basin.
More than a research center, it will also promote the water science in the public, showcase the latest progress in water management, and facilitate the academic exchange at home and abroad.
The laboratory will expand the application of water security technologies and facilitate collaborative innovation among industries, research institutes and other stakeholders in an integrated fashion.
Research priorities will include flood prevention, control of blue-green algae bloom, efficient use of water resources, water environment management, ecological restoration and water security. It aims to become the most prestigious laboratory of water governance in China and also a world-known research hub.