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Thanks!

This project greatly benefited from the unique institutional environment of IIASA. Without its excellent archive of global data bases, GIS systems and models, and without its extensive international network of scientists, it would have been impossible to compile this broad range of data and research results on China's food prospects. I am particularly grateful to Gordon J. MacDonald, IIASA's director, for encouraging this project.

I would also like to express special thanks to my colleagues at the IIASA Land-use Change Project. They not only contributed data files and statistical material, but also helped me to better understand issues in fields, where I am certainly not an expert.

In particular, I thank GŁnther Fischer for data and numerous valuable information related to cultivated land and water. He also provided preliminary results from his AEZ-model on China's potentially cultivated land. Without my colleagues Mingcha Zhao, Yufeng Chen, Xiubin Li, Xiao Ping, and - in particular - Laixiang Sun, most Chinese statistics would have remained to me pages of mysterious signs. Moreover, during our extended lunch conversation they provided me with valuable insight into China's everyday-life. I also benefited from discussions with Ken Strezpek, David Wiberg and Anna Brismar on the hydrological problems of China. Gui-Ying Cao from IIASA's population project helped me to better understand China's migration and urbanization problems. Nina Drinkovic edited and organized the bibliography, Rok Perger improved some of the Java scripts.
Special thanks to Sylvia Prieler, the GIS expert of the IIASA LUC project, who greatly helped with maps and grid-based images. She also contributed valuable suggestions and comments to the section on soil erosion.

Many thanks also to the Production Estimates and Crop Assessment Division in the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) / Foreign Agricultural Service for giving us permission to use some of the (GIF and JPG representations of) AVHRR and SPOT images on their web page.

More than anyone else I want to thank my wife Claudia Heilig-Staindl for her patience, competent support, and encouragement.