Girl doing field work testing outdoors

ESS, Environmental Science Studies in China

Boost your ESS programs to the next level

ESS field work is highly diverse, often requiring every student to carry out their own individual & unique data collection. We have some great locations that can help facilitate these complex study programs. Coming to Yangshuo for example gives students the opportunity to focus on a wide range of human impacts. From foot path erosion, to water contamination, from air & noise pollution to tourism impacts, farming impacts, soil quality, fish farming and many others.
3 students working on kick sampeling data collection from the river

River investigation

Kick sampling data collection for an ESS field study project in Yangshuo, the students collected data at 4 sites on the same river looking for a range of indicator species. Each site on the river had a different level and type of human impact, with the first site being up stream of most human impacts, the second site being on farmland, the third site being below a village and the fourth site below a zinc mine.
ESS field work, water testing, PH sensor and computer in the field

PH water testing

An ESS student is testing the PH level in the water at a fish pond in Moganshan, Houwu. She will compare the PH from many different fish ponds and rivers, streams and other bodies of water in the area. Besides PH students can run many other tests: dissolved oxygen, MPK, lead, zinc, nitrogen, and others; students can also collect labeled samples to bring back to the lab at school for further analyses.
Experiential Learning, Yangshuo, science project, girl in field

Soil compaction testing

This ESS student is testing drainage speed and soil compaction on and around a footpath in Yangshuo. She is hammering in a tube to fill with water and then time how long it takes to drain away.



ESS student snail hunting in a river at night
Snail dispersion
The students here are collecting water snails in a set area and marking them and releasing them back to the same area. They are working in the evening time when the snails are most active, after they will count the number of snails in each area and then release them back into the river. The following day the students will return and hunt for snails again in the same area, they will count the number of snails they collect and, the number that have there marking on still or not and record their findings.
A student holding a species identification card and wearing waders

Species identification

An ESS student using a species identification card to identify indicator species on a river in Xingping, Guangxi province. This data will then be used to draw conclusions about water quality on the river at different sites above and below different levels of human activity like: fruit farms, construction projects, mining & human habitation.