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Name:Fahu Chen

Title: Academician  Changjiang Scholar Chair Professor  Recipient of NSFC Distinguished Young Scholar Grant  Professor  Researcher 


Graduate College:Department of Geography, University of Liverpool, UK

Education:Graduate student

Academic degree:Doctor

On-the-job information:Incumbency

Unit:Institute of Physical Geography and Environmental Change

Initiation time:1990

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Learning Experience

1990: Ph.D., Physical Geography, Lanzhou University.
1987: M.Sc., Physical Geography, Lanzhou University.
1984: B.Sc., Physical Geography, Lanzhou University.

Research Direction

Loess study, Climate change, Environmental change, Environmental archaeology and prehistoric civilization evolution

Work Experience

2018-present: Professor, Director, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2007-2018: Vice-President, Lanzhou University.
2005-2016: Director, Key Laboratory of West China’s Environmental System, Ministry of Education, China.
2001-2008: Director, Centre for Arid Environment and Paleoclimate Research
2001-2006: Visiting Professor, University of College of London, UK.
1999-2005: Dean, College of Earth and Environment Sciences.
1995-2017: Professor, Department of Geography, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University.
1992-1994: Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Lanzhou University.
1990-1994: Lecturer, Department of Geography, Lanzhou University.

Part-time Academic Job

  Chinese Geography Society (2018-present)
Society/Commission Vice-President
  Environment Evolution Commission, IGU (2012-present)
  Chinese Quaternary Science Associate (2016-present)
  China Society on Tibetan Plateau (2020-present)

Achievement Of Honor

2016, Member, The World Academy of Science (TWAS)
2015, Academician, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)
2005, National Excellent Scientist
1996, China Youth Science and Technology Award

In-progress Projects

2018-2023, Climate change in the Arid Central Asia and its impact on civilization along Silk Road. National Key Research and Development Program. 
2018-2022, Climate Change and Sensitive Ecosystem Responses and Adaption in Arid and Semi-Arid Northern China. Key NSFC Project.
2017-2021, Study on Prehistoric Human Adaptation to High-elevation and Low-oxygen Environment in Northern Tibetan Plateau. Special NSFC Project.


1. 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.
2. 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,
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Chen, F.H., Bloemendal, JFeng, 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.
13. 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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