Research Management

Research Topic Management

Evaluation indicator:
Specificity and excellence of the operation plan of the research support program

Basic research areas for ecosystem material cycles in ecosystems in response to climate/environmental crises

Key Research Area Management   Purpose
Basic mechanism and theory of ecosystem
  • Understanding of the cycle mechanism of elements such as carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur, which are at the heart of the environmental and climate crisis.
  • Understanding of the roles, mechanisms, and interactions of living systems in ecosystem material cycles
  • Understanding of the behavior and exchange of matter in physical and chemical ecosystems
  • Promotion of research into basic theories for the understanding of material cycles in ecosystems
Observation-oriented Field research
  • Ecosystem material cycle monitoring and database development
  • Basic research and development of technologies for observation of material cycles in ecosystems
  • Understanding changes in the dynamics of biological populations and communities in response to changes in the environment
  • Promote ecosystem observing research to test basic mechanisms and theories.
Ecosystem assessment and modelling
  • Comprehensive and macroscopic understanding of complex and diverse material cycles in ecosystems
  • Understanding of mechanisms, theories, observations and integrated ecosystem phenomena
  • Promotion of integrated basic research for the analysis, assessment, prediction and response to environmental and climate crises
  • Promotion of integrated model research for the prediction of and response to environmental and climate crises

Strategic Goals by Research Task Phase

  • The step-by-step development plan for basic research topics consists of three phases: (1) focused promotion of basic research on ecosystem material cycles, (2) promotion of basic research advancement on ecosystem material cycles, and (3) maximizing the value of basic research on ecosystem material cycles.
  • Strategically, three key research areas are intensively promoted: basic mechanisms/theories of ecosystems, observation-oriented field research, and integrated ecosystem evaluation/model. The research topic is the core value of Korea University: SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely).
  • Achieving the goal of the Institute of Basic Science for Ecosystem Material Cycle by gradually achieving the goal of the basic research area.
  • In the last year of the 3rd phase, the discovery of research topics becomes "Best" and the research core value becomes "Excellent".