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Name:Dunsheng Xia

Title: Professor  Ph.D. advisor 


Graduate College:The University of Liverpool


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On-the-job information:Incumbency


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Mail box:dsxia@lzu.edu.cn

Learning Experience

1991-1995:  Undergraduate, Geography Department, Lanzhou University
1995-1998:  Master, Geography Department, Lanzhou University.
1998-2003:  PhD, Geography Department, The University of Liverpool

Research Direction

Environmental Magnetism;   Arid Region Climate Change;   Aeolian Dust Pollution

Work Experience

2003-2008:  Professor, Institute of Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2008.- present:  Professor, Key laboratory of west China’s Environmental System (Ministry of Education), College of Earth and Environment Sciences, Lanzhou University.


1.   World Geography
2.   Environmental Magnetism


1.	Xia DS, Wang B, Yu Y, Jia J, Nie Y, Wang X, Xu SJ, 2014. Combination of magnetic parameters and heavy metals to discriminate soil-contamination sources in Yinchuan - A typical oasis city of Northwestern China. Science of the Total Environment, 485: 83-92.
2.	Xia DS, Jia J, Zhao S, Wei HT, Chen FH, 2014. Out-of-phase evolution between summer and winter East Asian monsoons during the Holocene as recorded by Chinese loess deposits. Quaternary Research, 81(3): 500-507.
3.	Xia DS, Jia J, Wei HT, Liu XB, Ma JY, Wang XM, Chen FH, 2012. Magnetic properties of surface soils in the Chinese Loess Plateau and the adjacent Gobi areas, and their implication for climatic studies. Journal of Arid Environments 78: 73-79.
4.	Xia DS, Yu Y, Tian SL, Wang B, Wang L, 2011. Use of environmental magnetic techniques to monitor urban pollution origins in Lanzhou, Northwest China. Environ Earth Sci.,64:1943-1949.
5.	Xia DS, Chen FH, Bloemendal J, Liu XM, Yu Y, Yang LP, 2008, Magnetic properties of urban dustfall in Lanzhou, China, and its environmental implications. Atmospheric Environment, 42(9): 2198-2207.
6.	Xia DS, Chun X, Bloemendal J, Chiverrell RC and Chen FH, 2007. Use of magnetic signatures to correlate tephra layers in Holocene loessial soil profiles from a small region, SE Iceland. Environment Geology, 51(8): 1425-1437.
7.	Xia DS, Yang LP, MA JY, Yu Y, Wang G, Chen FH, 2007. Magnetic property of Lanzhou dustfall and its implication in urban pollution. Science in China(D), 50(11): 1724-1732.
8.	Xia DS, Jin M, Liu XM, Chen FH, Ma JY, Zhao H, Wang XM and WEI HT, 2007. A preliminary study on the magnetic signatures of modern soil in Central Asia. Frontiers of Earth Sciences in China, 1(3): 275-283.
9.	Xia DS, Bloemendal J, Chiverrell RC, Dearing JA, Jin M, 2004. Use of environmental magnetic measurements to characterize and correlate tephra-a case study in Iceland. Chinese Science Bulletin, 49(3): 286-294.
10.	Lu H, Yin QZ, Jia J, Xia DS, et al., Possible link of an exceptionally strong East Asian summer monsoon to a La Nina-like condition during the interglacial MIS-13, Quaternary Science Reviews 227 (2020) 106048.
11.	Li GH, Xia DS, Erwin Appel E, et al., Characteristics of a relative paleointensity record from loess deposits in arid central Asia and chronological implications, Quaternary Geochronology 55 (2020) 101034.
12.	Chen H, Wang B, Xia DS, et al.,2019, The influence of roadside trees on the diffusion of road traffic pollutants and their magnetic characteristics in a typical semi-arid urban area of Northwest China, Environmental Pollution,252:1170-1179.
13.	Chen H, Wang B, Xia DS, et al., 2019, Magnetic characteristics of Juniperus formosana needles along an urban street in Lanzhou, Northwest China: the variation of different season and orientation, Environmental Science and Pollution Research 26:21964–21971.
14.	Gao FY, Jia J, Xia DS, et al., 2019, Assessment of the dominant climatic factor affecting pedogenic development in eolian sequences during the Holocene in arid central Asia, Quaternary International 502: 78–84.
15.	Wang LB, Jia J, Xia DS, et al., 2019, Climate change in arid central Asia since MIS 2 revealed from a loess sequence in Yili Basin, Xinjiang, China, Quaternary International 502: 258-266.
16.	Li GH, Xia DS, Erwin Appel E, et al., 2018, paleomagnetic record in loess– paleosol sequences since late Pleistocene in the arid Central Asia. Earth Planets and Space, 70(44): 1-13. 
17.	Jia J, Gao FY, Xia DS, Huang W, Chen FH, 2018. Moisture variations in arid central Asia and its out-of-phase relationship with Asian Monsoon during MIS 5: evidence from loess record. Journal of Quaternary Science, 33: 435-443.
18.	Jia J, Lu H, Wang, YJ, Xia DS, 2018. Variations in the iron mineralogy of a loess section in Tajikistan during the mid- and late Pleistocene: implications for the climatic evolution in central Asia. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 19: 1244-1258.
19.	Lu, H., Jia, J., Wang, Y.J., Yin, Q.Z., Xia, D.S., 2018. The cause of extremely high magnetic susceptibility of the S5S1 paleosol in the central Chinese Loess Plateau. Quat. Int. 493, 252-257.
20.	Chen FH, Jia J, Chen JH, Li GQ, Zhang XJ, Xie HC, Xia DS, Huang W, An CB, 2016. A persistent Holocene wetting trend in arid central Asia, with wettest conditions in the late Holocene, revealed by multi-proxy analyses of loess-paleosol sequences in Xinjiang, China, Quaternary Science Reviews, 146: 134-146.
21.	Jia J, Xia DS, Wang YJ, Wang B, Lu H, Zhao S, 2016. East Asian monsoon evolution during the Eemian, as recorded in the western Chinese Loess Plateau. Quaternary International, 399: 156-164.
22.	Li GH, Xia DS, Jin M, Jia J, Liu JB, Zhao S & Wen YL, 2015. Magnetic characteristics of loess-paleosol sequences in Tacheng, northwestern China and their paleoenvironmental implications. Quaternary International, 372: 87-96.
23.	Li GQ, Wen LJ, Xia DS, Duan YW, Rao ZG, Madsen DB, Wei HT, Li FL, Jia J and Chen FH, 2015, Quartz OSL and K-feldspar pIRIR dating of a loess/paleosol sequence from arid central Asia, Tianshan Mountains, NW China. Quaternary Geochronology, 28: 40-53.
24.	Wang B, Xia DS, Yu Y, Jia J, Xu SJ, 2014. Magnetic properties of urban soils from typical oasis cities and their environmental implications. Chinese Journal of Geophysics-Chinese Edition, 57(3): 891-905.
25.	Wang B, Xia DS, Yu Y, Jia J, Xu SJ, 2014. Detection and differentiation of pollution in urban surface soils using magnetic properties in arid and semi-arid regions of northwestern China. Environmental Pollution, 184(SI): 335-346.
26.	Wang B, Xia DS, Yu Y, Jia J, Xu SJ, 2013. Magnetic properties of river sediments and their relationship with heavy metals and organic matter in the urban area in Lanzhou, China. Environmental Earth Sciences, 70: 605-614.
27.	Wang B, Xia DS, Yu Y, Jia J, Xu SJ, 2013. Magnetic records of heavy metal pollution in urban topsoil in Lanzhou, China. Chin. Sci. Bull., 2012, 57, doi: 10.1007/s11434-012-5404-8.
28.	Jia J, Xia DS, Wang B, et al., 2013. The investigation of magnetic susceptibility variation mechanism of Tien Mountain modern loess: pedogenic or wind intensity model? Quaternary International. 296: 141-148.
29.	Rao ZG, Xu Yb, Xia DS, Xie Lh, Chen FH, 2013. Variation and paleoclimatic significance of organic carbon isotopes of Ili loess in arid Central Asia. Organic Geochemistry, 63: 56-63.
30.	Jia J, Xia DS, Wang B, Wei HT and Liu XB, 2012, Magnetic investigation of Late Quaternary loess deposition, Ili area, China. Quaternary International, 250: 84-92.
31.	Wang XM, Xia DS, Zhang CX, Lang LL, Hua T, Zhao S, 2012. Geochemical and magnetic characteristics of fine-grained surface sediments in potential dust source areas: Implications for tracing the provenance of aeolian deposits and associated palaeoclimatic change in East Asia. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 323: 123-132.
32.	Wang G, Oldfield F, Xia DS, Chen FH, Liu XM, Zhang WG, 2012. Magnetic properties and correlation with heavy metals in urban street dust: A case study from the city of Lanzhou, China. Atmospheric Environment, 46: 289-298.
33.	Jia J, Liu XB, Xia DS, et al. 2011. Magnetic property of loess strata recorded by Kansu profile in Tianshan Mountains. Journal of Arid Land, 3(3): 191-198. 
34.	Yu Y, Zhao SP, Xia DS, He JJ, Liu N, Chen JB, 2011. Characteristics of aerosol particle size distributions in urban Lanzhou, north-western China. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, 147:307-318.
35.	Liu JB, Chen FH, Chen JH, Xia DS et al., 2011. Humid Medieval Warm Period recorded by magnetic characteristics of sediments from Gonghai Lake, Shanxi, North China. Chinese Science Bulletin, 56(23): 2464-2474.
36.	Jia J, Xia DS, Wei H T, Wang B, Liu X B, 2010. A magnetic investigation of a loess/paleosol sequences record in Ili area. Frontiers of Earth Sciences in China, 4(3): 259-268.
37.	Wang XM, Chen FH, Zhang JW, Yang L, Li JJ, Hasi E, Zhang CX, Xia DS, 2010. Climate, Desertification, and the Rise and Collapse of China’s Historical Dynasties. Hum Ecol., 38: 157-172.
38.	Wei HT, Xia DS, Chen FH, Jin M, Wang HB, Jia J, 2009. Magnetic characteristics of topsoil from Xinjiang, Northwestern China and its significance. Frontiers of Earth Science in China, 3(3): 259-265.
39.	Ma JY, Sun W, Zhang HW, Xia DS, An CB, Chen FH, 2009. Stable carbon isotope characteristics of different plant species and surface soil in arid regions. Frontiers of Earth Science in China, 3:107-111.
40.	Wu GJ, Yao TD, Tian LD, Zhang CL, Gao SP, Xia DS, 2009. Element composition of dust from a shallow Dunde ice core, Northern China. Global and Planetary Change, 67: 186-192.
41.	Wang XM, Xia DS, Wang T, Xue X, Li JC, 2008. Dust sources in arid and semiarid China and southern Mongolia: impacts of geomorphological setting and surface materials. Geomorphology, 97: 583-600.
42.	Wang G, Xia DS, Liu XM, Chen FH, Yu Y, Yang LP, Chen JH, Zhou AF, 2008. Spatial and temporal variation in magnetic properties of street dust in an industrial city of Northwest China, Chinese Science Bulletin, 53(12): 1913-1923.
43.	Wang XM, Li JJ, Dong GR, Xia DS, 2008. Responses of desertification to wind activity variations over the past five decades in arid and semiarid China. Chinese Science Bulletin, 53(3): 426-433.
44.	Liu XM, Liu TS, Chlachula J, Xia DS, Hesse P, Wang G, 2008. Two pedogenic models for paleoclimatic records of magnetic susceptibility from Chinese and Siberian loess. Science in China(D), 50(12): 284-293.
45.	Chun X, Chen FH, Fan YX, Xia DS, Zhao H, 2008. Formation f Ulan Buh desert and its environmental changes during the Holocene. Frontiers of Earth Science in China, 2(3):327-332.
46.	Ma JY, Chen K, Xia DS, Wang G, Chen FH, 2007. Variation in foliar stable carbon isotope among populations of a desert plant, Reaumuria soongorica (Pall.) Maxim. in different environments. Journal of Arid Environments, 69(3): 365-374.
47.	Ma JY, Chen FH, Zhang HW, Xia DS, 2007. Spatial distribution characteristics of stable carbon isotope compositions in desert plant Reaumuria soongorica (Pall.) Maxim. Frontiers of Earth Sciences in China. 1(2): 150-156.
48.	Zhao H, Chen FH, Li SH, Wintle AG, Fan YX, Xia DS, 2007. A record of Holocene climate change in the Guanzhong Basin, China, based on optical dating of a loess-palaeosol sequence. The Holocene, 17(7): 1015-1022.
49.	Wu GJ, Pan BT, Guan QY, Gao HS, Xia DS, 2006. Climatic signals in the Chinese loess record for the Last Glacial: The influence of northern high latitudes and the tropical Pacific. Quaternary International, 154-155: 128-135.
50.	Wu GJ, Pan BT, Guan QY, Xia DS, 2005. Terminations and their correlation with solar insolation in the Northern Hemisphere: a record from a loess section in Northwest China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 216: 267-277.
51.	Wang XM, Chen FH, Dong ZB, Xia DS, 2005. Evolution of the southern Mu Us desert in north China over the past 50 years: an analysis using proxies of human activity and climate parameters. Land Degradation & Development 16: 351–366.
52.	Wang T, Yang B, Braeuning A, Xia DS, 2004. Decadal-scale precipitation variations in arid and semiarid zones of northern China during the last 500 years. Chinese Science Bulletin, 49(8): 842-848.
53.	Wang JM, Shi Q, Chen FH, Xia DS, 1999. Rapid oscillations of Chinese monsoon climate since the last deglaciation and its comparison with GISP2 record. Chinese Science Bulletin, 44(3): 284-286.