Regional activities

One of the aims of iLEAPS is to help strengthen national and regional scientific communities in order to facilitate the transfer of information, knowledge and experience on a country level. National iLEAPS committees/groups bring local scientists together to plan and coordinate research based on the specific needs of a country or a region. Each national/regional node is represented in iLEAPS annual SSC meeting. 


iLEAPS encourages national committees/groups to highlight their national iLEAPS scientific achievements and activities in the iLEAPS Newsletter. 

iLEAPS China

The iLEAPS China group includes 23 members, led by co-chairs Drs Aijun Ding and Xiaodong Zeng. The iLEAPS China group represents a comprehensive view on land-atmosphere interactions with expertise ranging from measurements and modelling of trace gases, aerosols, and hydrology to emissions, land-use and land-cover changes, urbanisation, and remote sensing. The two main foci of iLEAPS China research are 1) trace gases and aerosols and the key interactions/feedbacks in the atmosphere and 2) land-use and land-cover changes and urbanisation. An important part of the research focusses around the SORPES (Station for Observing Regional Processes of the Earth System) station in Nanjing, developed in collaboration between Nanjing University and University of Helsinki. 

iLEAPS-China is supported by Nanjing University, the China Association for Science and Technology, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

For more information, please contact

Dr Aijun Ding
dingaj (a)
Institute for Climate and Global Change Research, Nanjing University, China

iLEAPS China website is in preparation.


iLEAPS Japan

iLEAPS Japan, a sub-committee of the Science Council of Japan, started its activities in 2007 and was restructured in 2012. Dr Nobuko Saigusa was appointed the new chair of iLEAPS Japan. The iLEAPS Japan committee consists of 18 members from diverse scientific fields. Some of the main foci of iLEAPS-Japan are the expansion of ASIAFLUX in Japan and the nearby regions, large-scale manipulation experiments in managed ecosystems such as the Free-Air CO2 Enrichment Experiment (FACE), also with nitrogen (FACE-N), and land-atmosphere-society interactions in East Siberia.    

More information about iLEAPS Japan from

Dr. Nobuko Saigusa
n.saigusa (a)
Center for Global Environmental Research
National Institute for Environmental Studies
Tsukuba, Japan  


iLEAPS Eurasia

iLEAPS Eurasia starts its activities in 2013. The Executive Officer of iLEAPS Eurasia is Dr Hanna Lappalainen at the University of Helsinki. iLEAPS Eurasia focusses on the boreal and Arctic regions in Eurasia and coordinates the multidisciplinary research programmes Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX) and the Joint Programme Initiative on Climate (JPI Climate). 

More information about iLEAPS Eurasia from

Dr. Hanna Lappalainen
hanna.k.lappalainen (a)
Division of Atmospheric Sciences
Department of Physics
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland 


iLEAPS Americas

iLEAPS Americas will be formed in 2013. It will work in the North and South America in connection with the IGAC South America working group. Contact Drs Alex Guenther and Paulo Artaxo for more information.

Other regional nodes being planned in 2013 include iLEAPS Africa, iLEAPS South-East Asia, and iLEAPS Mediterranean. Contact iLEAPS IPO  for more information.