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Name   Fahu Chen Home Page     
Highest Education      Ph.D Office      Building 3, Courtyard 16, Lin Cui Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101 China
Phone      Zip Code      100101
Fax      010-8409 7079 Email      fhchen@itpcas.ac.cn

Education and Appointments:


Ph.D. in Quaternary Sciences, Lanzhou University (Lanzhou), 1990

M.Sc. in Physical Geography, Lanzhou University (Lanzhou), 1987

B.Sc. in Physical Geography, Lanzhou University (Lanzhou), 1984 


Professor, Director, Institute of Tibet Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Science, 2018-present
Professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou university, 2015-present
Professor, Research School of Arid Environment and Climate Change, Lanzhou University, 2009-2014
Professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou university, 1994-2009
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Lanzhou University, 1992-1994
Lecturer, Department of Geography, Lanzhou University, 1990-1994
Vice-President (responsible for research and journal management), Lanzhou University,2007-present
Director, Key Laboratory of West China’s Environmental System, Ministry of Education, China, 2005-present
Director, Center for Arid Environment and Paleoclimate Research (CAEP), 2001-2008 Visiting Professor, University College of London, UK, 2001-2006
Dean, College of Earth and Environment Sciences, 1999-2005
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Liverpool, 1995-1997

Research Interest:

Quaternary (especially Holocene) Environment, Climatic Changes, Loess-Desert-Aeolian Processes & History, Environmental Archeology and Palaeolimnology. 

Public Services:


  • Environmental Change Commission, Chinese Geography Society (2000-present)
  • Arid Environment Change Commission, CHIQUA Society (2000-2016)
  • Rapid Climatic Changes in the Central-Asia's Dryland (RACHAD INQUA Working Group(1999-2007)
  • E. Asian Holocene Sub-commission of Holocene Commission, INQUA(1999-2004)

Society/Commission Vice-President: 

  • IGU-Environment Evolution Commission (2012-present)
  • Chinese Nature Resource Society (2014-present)
  • Chinese Geography Society (2010-present)
  • Chinese Quaternary Science Associate (2015-present)

Executive Committee Member: 

Chinese Geography Society,Chinese Quaternary Associate, and Chinese Nature Resources Society. 

Society Members: 

CNC-IGBP-PAGES (2000-present), CNC-IHDP (2004-2006), Earth and Environment Sciences in Science and Technology Commission (Ministry of Education), Advisory Board of International Paleolimnology Associate (IPA) (2007-2015); IGU Environment evolution commission (2012-present); IGU Land Degradation and Desertification (COMLAND, 2004-present). 

Editorial Board Members: 

Journal of Quaternary Science (2014-present); Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (2014-present); Chinese Science Bulletin(2003-2012), Journal of Chinese Desert (Only Chinese version, 1999-present), Journal of Quaternary Research (only Chinese version, 2004-present), Advances of Earth Science (only Chinese version, 2003-present), Arid Land Geography (Only Chinese Version, 2004-present). 

Associate Editors: 

Frontier of Earth Science (2012-present),Journal of Arid Land (2015-present), Journal of Arid Land Resources and Environment (in Chinese, 2004-2013), Journal of Glacier and Permafrost (in Chinese, 2006-present), Journal of Scientia Geographica Sinica (2010-present), Frontier of Earth Science (2009-present). 

Executive Editor-In-Chief: 

Science China: Earth Science (2013-present) 


2016, Member, The World Academy of Science (TWAS)

2015, Academician, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)

2005, National Excellent Scientist

2003, NSFC Excellent Younger Scientist grogram

1996, China Youth Science and Technology Award 

Selected Publications:

1.Chen, F.H.*, Xie, T.T., Yang, Y.J., Chen, S.Q., Chen, F., Huang, W., Chen, J.*, 2023. Discussion of the “warming and wetting” trend and its future variation in the drylands of Northwest China under global warming. Science China Earth Sciences, 66, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11430-022-1098-x.

2.Wang, X.M., Ge, Q.S., Geng, X., Wang, Z.S., Gao, L., Bryan, B.A., Chen, S.Q., Su, Y.N., Cai, D.W., Ye, J.S., Sun, J.M., Lu, H.Y., Che, H.Z., Cheng, H., Liu, H.Y., Liu, B.L., Dong, Z.B., Cao, S.X., Hua, T., Chen, S.Y., Sun, F.B., Luo, G.P., Wang, Z.T., Hu, S., Xu, D.Y., Chen, M.X., Li, D.F., Liu, F., Xu, X.L., Han, D.M., Zheng, Y., Xiao, F.Y., Li, X.B., Wang, P., Chen, F.H.*, 2023. Unintended consequences of combating desertification in China. Nature Communications 14, 1139. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-36835-z

3.Chen, F.H.*, Chen, S.Q., Zhang, X., Chen, J.H., Wang, X., Gowan, E.J., Qiang, M.R., Dong, G.H., Wang, Z.L., Li, Y.C., Xu, Q.H., Xu, Y.Y., Smol, J.P., Liu, J.B.*, 2020. Asian dust-storm activities dominated by Chinese dynasty changes since 2000 BP. Nature Communications, doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-14765-4.

4.Chen, F.H.*, Welker, F., Shen, C.-C., Bailey, S.E., Bergmann, I., Davis, S., Xia, H., Wang, H., Fischer, R., Freidline, S.E., Yu, T.-L., Skinner, M.M., Stelzer, S., Dong, G.R., Fu, Q.M., Dong, G.H., Wang, J., Zhang, D.J.*, Hublin, J.-J.*, 2019. A late Middle Pleistocene Denisovan mandible from the Tibetan Plateau. Nature, 569: 409-412.

5.Chen, F.H., Chen, J.H., Huang, W., Chen, S.Q., Huang, X.Z., Jin, L.Y., Jia, J., Zhang, X.J., An, C.B., Zhang, J.W., Zhao, Y., Yu, Z.C., Zhang, R.H., Liu, J.B., Zhou, A.F., Feng, S., 2019. Westerlies Asia and monsoonal Asia: Spatiotemporal differences in climate change and possible mechanisms on decadal to sub-orbital timescales. Earth-Science Reviews, 192: 337-354.

6.Liu, J.B, Rühland, K.M., Chen, J.H., Xu, Y.Y., Chen, S.Q., Chen, Q.M., Huang, W., Xu, Q.H., Chen, F.H*. Smol, J.P*, 2017. Aerosol-weakened summer monsoons decrease lake fertilization in the Chinese Loess Plateau. Nature Climate Change, 7(3):190–194.

7.Chen, F.H., Dong, G.H., Zhang, D.J., Liu, X.Y., Jia, X., An, C.B., Ma, M.M., Xie, Y.W., Barton, L., Ren, X.Y., Zhao, Z.J., Wu, X.H., and M. K. Jones, 2015, Agriculture facilitated permanent human occupation of the Tibetan Plateau after 3600 BP. Science, 347(6219): 248-250.

8.Chen, F.H., Xu, Q.H., Chen, J.H., Birks, H.J.B., Liu, J.B., Zhang, S.R., Jin, L.Y., An, C.B., Telford, R.J., Cao, X.Y., Wang, Z.L., Zhang, X.J., Selvaraj, K., Lu, H.Y., Li, Y.C., Zheng, Z., Wang, H.P., Zhou, A.F., Dong, G.H., Zhang, J.W., Huang, X.Z., Bloemendal, J., and Rao, Z.G., 2015, East Asian summer monsoon precipitation variability since the last deglaciation. Scientific Reports, DOI: 10.1038/srep11186.

9.Chen, F.H., Li, G.Q., Zhao, H., Jin, M., Chen, X.M., Fan, Y.X., Liu, X.K., Wu, D. and Madsen, D., 2014, Landscape evolution of the Ulan Buh Desert in northern China during the late Quaternary. Quaternary Research, 81(3):476–487.

10.Chen, F.H., Chen, X.M., Chen, J.H., Zhou, A.F., Wu, D., Tang, L.Y., Zhang, X.J., Huang, X.Z., and Yu, J.Q., 2014, Holocene vegetation history, precipitation changes and Indian summer monsoon evolution documented from sediments of Xingyun Lake, southwest China. Journal of Quaternary Research, 29(7):661–674.

11.Chen, F.H., Qiang, M.R., Zhou, A.F., Xiao, S., Chen, J.H. and Sun, D.H., 2013, A 2000-year dust storm record from Lake Sugan in the dust source area of arid China. Journal of Geophysical Research, 118(5): 2149-2160.

12.Chen, F.H., Chen, J.H., Holmes, J.A., Boomer, I., Austin, P., Gates, J.B., Wang, N.L., Brooks, S.J. and J.W. Zhang, 2010, Moisture changes over the last millennium in the Arid Central Asia: a review, synthesis and comparison with monsoon region. Quaternary Science Review, 29(7-8): 1055-1068.

13.Chen, F.H., Yu, Z.C., Yang, M.L., Ito, E., Wang, S.M., Madsen, D.B., Huang, X.Z., Zhao, Y., Sato, T., Birks, H.J.B., Boomer, I., Chen, J.H., An, C.B., Wünnemann, B., 2008, Holocene moisture evolution in arid central Asia and its out-of-phase relationship with Asian monsoon history. Quaternary Science Reviews, 27: 351–364.

14.Chen, F.H., Bloemendal, J., Feng, Z.D., Wang, J.M., Parker, E. and Z.T. Guo, 1999, East Asian monsoon variations during Oxygen Isotope Stage 5: evidence from the northwestern margin of the Chinese loess plateau. Quaternary Science Reviews, 18(8-9):1127-1135.

15.Chen, F.H., Bloemendal, J., Wang, J.M., Li, J.J. and Oldfield, F., 1997. High-resolution multi-proxy climate records from Chinese loess: evidence for rapid climatic changes over the last 75 kyr. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 130(1-4): 323-335.


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Supported Projects:
2017-2021, Study on Prehistoric Human Adaptation to High-elevation and Low-oxygen Environment in Northern Tibetan Plateau. Special NSFC grant, PI.
2014-2017, Asian Summer Monsoon Changes and Arid Events during Holocene recorded by Lake and Wetland Sediment in the Alashan Plateau, Summer Monsoon. NSFC grant, PI
2012-2016 Climatic and environmental changes in the arid NW China during last glacial/interglacial: model and mechanism. NSFC special project, PI
2006-2015 Environmental Changes in Arid Central Asia. the Program of Introducing Talents of Discipline to Universities (B06026), Ministry of Education, PI

Overseas Research Collaborators 

Including: Martin Jones (Oxford University, UK), Jan Bloemendal (Liverpool University, UK), Frank Oldfield (Liverpool University, UK), John Shaw (Liverpool University, UK), Rick Battarbee (University College of London, UK), Jonathan Holmes (University College of London, UK), John Dodson (Brunel University, UK); W.M.Edmunds (Oxford University, UK); Martin Claussen (Potsdam University, Germany), Bernd Wuemanne (Free University of Berlin, Germany), Brigitta Schütt (Free University of Berlin, Germany), Andrey Ganoposki (Potsdam University, Germany); Edward R. Cook (Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, US) , Gordon Jacoby (Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, US), Emi Ito (University of Minnesota, US), Zicheng Yu (Lehigh University, US), Jeffrey Brantingham (University of California-Los Angeles, US), David Rhode (Desert Research Institute, US), David Madsen (Desert Research Institute, US), Robert Bettinger (University of California-Davis), Lukas Bardon (University of California-Davis); Chuan-Chou Shen (National Taiwan University, China); Shenghua Li, David Zhang (Hongkang University, China), Farhad Khormali (Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Iran), and so on.