Prof. Dr. Liping Zhu, male, Ph. D supervisor, permanent staff in the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, email:, Post Address: No.16 Lincui Road, Beijing, China, Post code: 100101

Research Areas

Physical Geography, Global change and Quaternary environment, Limnology and lake sediment


1993.09-1998.06   Ph.D, Institute of Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences
1988.09-1991.05   Master of Science, Institute of Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences
1984.09-1988.06   Bachelor of Science, Nanjing University


Work Experience

2005.05~, Professor, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2002.01~2005.04, Professor, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

1999.01~2001.12, Associate Professor, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

1995.02~1996.02, Visiting Scholar and Honorary Assistant Professor, Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

1992.05~1998.12, Research Assistant, Research Associate, Institute of Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Teaching Experience

Methodology for historic environmental change researches

Introduction for environmental earth sciences

Physical Geography


  1. Qingfeng Ma, Liping Zhu*, Junbo Wang, Jianting Ju, Yong Wang, Xinmiao Lü, Thomas Kasper, Torsten Haberzettl. 2020. Late Holocene vegetation responses to climate change and human impact on the central Tibetan Plateau. Science of the Total Environment, 708,

  2. Jiao Li*, Liping Zhu*, Minghui Li, Junbo Wang, Qingfeng Ma. 2020. Origin of modern dolomite in surface lake sediments on the central and western Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary International, 544: 65-75.

  3. Chong Liu*, Liping Zhu*, Junsheng Li, Junbo Wang, Jianting Ju, Baojin Qiao, Qingfeng Ma, Shenglei Wang. 2020. The increasing water clarity of Tibetan lakes over last 20 years according to MODIS data. Remote Sensing of Environment,

  4. Liping Zhu, Junbo Wang, Jianting Ju, Ning Ma, Yinsheng Zhang, Chong Liu, Boping Han, Linshan Liu, Mingda Wang, Qingfeng Ma. 2019. Climatic and lake environmental changes in the Serling Co region of Tibet over a variety of timescales. Science Bulletin,  Science Bulletin, 64: 422–424. doi:10.1016/j.scib.2019.02.016

  5. Baojin Qiao*, Liping Zhu*, Ruimin Yang. 2019. Temporal-spatial differences in lake water storage changes and their links to climate change throughout the Tibetan Plateau. Remote Sensing of Environment, 222: 232-243.

  6. Teng Xu*, Liping Zhu*, Xinmiao Lü, Qingfeng Ma, Junbo Wang, Jianting Ju, Lei Huang. 2019. Mid- to late-Holocene paleoenvironmental changes and glacier fluctuations reconstructed from the sediments of proglacial lake Buruo Co, northern Tibetan Plateau. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 517: 74-85.

  7. Qingfeng Ma, Liping Zhu, Xinmiao Lü, Junbo Wang, Jianting Ju, Thomas Kasper, Gerhard Daut, Torsten Haberzettl. 2019. Late glacial and Holocene vegetation and climate variations at Lake Tangra Yumco, central Tibetan Plateau. Global and Planetary Change, 174: 16-25.

  8. Hao Chen*, Liping Zhu*, Jianting Ju, Junbo Wang, Qingfeng Ma. 2019. Temporal variability of 14C reservoir effects and sedimentological chronology analysis in lake sediments from Chibuzhang Co, North Tibet (China). Quaternary Geochronology 52: 88-102. doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2019.02.009

  9. Baojin Qiao*, Liping Zhu*. 2019. Difference and cause analysis of water storage changes for glacier-fed and non-glacier-fed lakes on the Tibetan Plateau. Science of the Total Environment, 693: 133399, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.07.205

  10. Baojin Qiao*, Liping Zhu*, Junbo Wang, Jianting Ju, Qingfeng Ma, Lei Huang, Hao Chen, Chong Liu, Teng X. 2019. Estimation of lake water storage and changes based on bathymetric data and altimetry data and the association with climate change in the central Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Hydrology, 578: 124052

  11. Jian Sun, Tiancai Zhou, Miao Liu, Youchao Chen, Hua Shang, Liping Zhu, Arshad Ali Shedayi, Huan Yu, Genwei Cheng, Guohua Liu, Ming Xu, Wei Deng, Jihui Fan,Xuyang Lu, Yukun Sha. 2018. Linkages of the dynamics of glaciers and lakes with the climate elements over the Tibetan Plateau. Earth-Science Reviews,185: 308–324.

  12. Jianting Ju, Liping Zhu, Junbo Wang, Yingying Cui, Lei Huang, Ruimin Yang, Qingfeng Ma, Lun Luo, Yongjie Wang. 2017. Estimating the contribution of glacial meltwater to Ranwu Lake, a proglacial lake in SE Tibet, using observation data and stable isotopic analyses. Environmental Earth Sciences, 76: 229, DOI 10.1007/s12665-017-6544-6.

  13. Baojin Qiao, Liping Zhu*, Junbo Wang, Jianting Ju, Qingfeng Ma, Chong Liu. 2017. Estimation of lakes water storage and their changes on the northwestern Tibetan Plateau based on bathymetric and Landsat data and driving force analyses. Quaternary International, 454: 56-67.

  14. Baojin Qiao, Liping Zhu*. 2017. Differences and cause analysis of changes in lakes of different supply types in the north‐western Tibetan Plateau. Hydrological Processes, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.11215

  15. Ruimin Yang, Liping Zhu*, Junbo Wang, Jianting Ju, Qingfeng Ma, Falko Turner, Yun Guo. 2017. Spatiotemporal variations in volume of closed lakes on the Tibetan Plateau and their climatic responses from 1976 to 2013. Climatic Change, 140: 621-633. DOI 10.1007/s10584-016-1877-9

  16. Qingfeng Ma, Liping Zhu, JunboWang, Jianting Ju, Xinmiao Lü, YongWang, Yun Guo, Ruimin Yang, Thomas Kasper, Torsten Haberzett, Lingyu Tang. 2017. Artemisia/Chenopodiaceae ratio from surface lake sediments on the central and western Tibetan Plateau and its application. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 479: 138-145, DOI:10.1016/j.palaeo.2017.05.002

  17. ​Qingfeng Ma, Liping Zhu, Xinmiao Lu, Yong Wang, Yun Guo, Junbo Wang, Jianting Ju, Ping Peng and Lingyu Tang. 2017. Modern pollen assemblages from surface lake sediments and their environmental implications on the southwestern Tibetan Plateau.Boreas, 46: 242-253. doi:10.1111/bor.12201.

  18. Junbo Wang, Liping Zhu, Yong Wang, Ping Peng, Qingfeng Ma, Torsten Haberzettl, Thomas Kasper, Testsuya Matsunaka, Toshio Nakamura. 2017. Variability of the 14C reservoir effects in Lake Tangra Yumco, Central Tibet (China), determined from recent sedimentation rates and dating of plant fossils. Quaternary International, 430: 3-11, doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2015.10.084

  19. Eryuan Lianga, Yafeng Wang, Shilong Piao, Xiaoming Lu, Jesús Julio Camarero, Haifeng Zhu, Liping Zhu, Aaron M. Ellison, Philippe Ciais, Josep Peñuelasg. 2016. Species interactions slow warming-induced upward shifts of treelines on the Tibetan Plateau. PNAS, 113(16): 4380-4385, doi/10.1073/pnas.1520582113

  20. Yong Wang, Liping Zhu*, Junbo Wang, Jianting Ju, Ping Peng, Xiao Lin, Jianfang Hu, Mitsugu Nishimura. 2016. Paleohydrological processes revealed by n-alkane dD in lacustrine sediments of Lake Pumoyum Co, southernTibetan Plateau, and their response to climate changesduring the past 18.5 cal ka. Journal of Paleolimnology, 56(2-3): 223-238. DOI 10.1007/s10933-016-9909-z.

  21. Falko Turner, Liping Zhu, Xinmiao Lü, Ping Peng, Qingfeng Ma, Junbo Wang, Juzhi Hou, Qiuqi Lin, Ruimin Yang, Peter Frenzel. 2016. Pediastrum sensu lato (Chlorophyceae) assemblages from surface sediments of lakes and ponds on the Tibetan Plateau. Hydrobiologia, 771(1): 101-118, DOI: 10.1007/s10750-015-2620-7

  22. Lei Huang, Liping Zhu*, JunboWang, Jianting Ju, YongWang, Jifeng Zhang, Ruimin Yang. 2016. Glacial activity reflected in a continuous lacustrine record since the early Holocene from the proglacial Laigu Lake on the southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 456: 37-45.

  23. Yun Guo, Liping Zhu*, Peter Frenzel, Qingfeng Ma, Jianting Ju, Ping Peng, Junbo Wang and Gerhard Daut. 2016. Holocene lake level fluctuations and environmental changes at Taro Co, southwestern Tibet, based on ostracod inferred water depth reconstruction. The Holocene, 26(1): 29-43. DOI: 10.1177/0959683615596829

  24. Junbo Wang, Liping Zhu, Yong Wang, Jianting Ju, Gerhard Daut, Minghui Li. 2015. Spatial variability and the controlling mechanisms of surface sediments from Nam Co, central Tibetan Plateau, China. Sedimentary Geology, 319: 69-77.

  25. Liping Zhu, Xinmiao Lü, Junbo Wang, Ping Peng, Thomas Kasper, Gerhard Daut, Torsten Haberzettl, Peter Frenzel, Quan Li, Ruimin Yang, Antje Schwalb & Roland Mäusbacher. 2015. Climate change on the Tibetan Plateau in response to shifting atmospheric circulation since the LGM. Scientific Reports, 5: 13318, DOI: 10.1038/srep13318

  26. Qingfeng Ma, Liping Zhu*, Xinmiao Lü, Yun Guo, Jianting Ju, Junbo Wang, Yong Wang, Lingyu Tang. 2014. Pollen-inferred Holocene vegetation and climate histories in Taro Co, southwestern Tibetan Plateau. Chinese Science Bulletin, 59: 4101–4114, doi: 10.1007/s11434-014-0505-1

  27. Xing Hu, Liping Zhu*, Yong Wang, Junbo Wang, Ping Peng, Qingfeng Ma, Jianfang Hu, Xiao Lin. 2014. Climatic significance ofn-alkanes and their compound-specific dD values from lake surface sediments on the Southwestern Tibetan Plateau. Chinese Science Bulletin, 59(24): 3022–3033, DOI 10.1007/s11434-014-0227-4

  28. Ping Peng, Liping Zhu, Peter Frenzel, Claudia Wrozyna, Jianting Ju. 2013. Water depth related ostracod distribution in Lake Pumoyum Co, southern Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary International, 313-314: 47-55

  29. Minghui Li, Junbo Wang, Liping Zhu, Liqiang Wang, Chaolu Yi. 2012. Distribution and formation of monohydrocalcite from surface sediments in Nam Co Lake, Tibet. Quaternary International, 263: 85-92, doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2012.01.035

  30. WANG Yong, ZHU LiPing*, WANG JunBo, JU JianTing & LIN Xiao. 2012. The spatial distribution and sedimentary processes of organic matter in surface sediments of Nam Co, Central Tibetan Plateau. Chinese Science Bulletin, 57(36): 4753-4764, doi: 10.1007/s11434-012-5500-9

  31. Ju JianTing, Zhu LiPing, Feng JinLiang, Wang JunBo, Wang Yong, Xie ManPing, Peng Ping, Zhen XiaoLin, Lu XinMiao. 2012. Hydrodynamic process of Tibetan Plateau lake revealed by grain size: Case study of Pumayum Co. Chinese Science Bulletin, 57(19): 2433-2441, DOI: 10.1007/s11434-012-5083-5

  32. Junbo Wang, Liping Zhu, Yong Wang, Shaopeng Gao, Gerhard Daut. 2012. A comparison of different methods for determining the organic and inorganic carbon content of lake sediment from two lakes on the Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary International, 250: 49-54, doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2011.06.030

  33. Quan Li, Houyuan Lu, Liping Zhu, Naiqin Wu, Junbo Wang, and Xinmiao Lu. 2011. Pollen-inferred climate changes and vertical shifts of alpine vegetation belts on the northern slope of the Nyainqentanglha Mountains (central Tibetan Plateau) since 8.4 kyr BP. The Holocene, 21: 939-950.

  34. Bing Zhang, Yanhong Wu, Liping Zhu, Junbo Wang, Junsheng Li, Dongmei Chen. 2011. Estimation and trend detection of water storage at Nam Co Lake, central Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Hydrology, 405: 161-170.

  35. Eryuan Lianga, Bo Liu, Liping Zhu, Zhi-Yong Yin. 2011. A short note on linkage of climatic records between a river valley and the upper timber line in the Sygera Mountains, southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Global and Planetary Change, 77: 97-102.

  36. Bo Liu, Eryuan Liang, and Liping Zhu. 2011. Microclimatic Conditions for Juniperus saltuaria Treeline in the Sygera Mountains, Southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Mountain Research and Development, 31(1):45-53.

  37. Minghui Li, Liping Zhu, Junbo Wang, Liqiang Wang, Chaolu Yi and Albert Galy. 2011. Multiple implications of rare earth elements for Holocene environmental changes in Nam Co, Tibet. Quaternary International, 236(1-2): 96-106.

  38. LÜ XinMiao, ZHU LiPing*, NISHIMURA Mitsugu, MORITA Yoshimune, WATANABE Takahiro, NAKAMURA Toshio & WANG Yong. 2011. A high-resolution environmental change record since 19 cal ka BP in Pumoyum Co, southern Tibet. Chinese Science Bulletin, 56(27): 2931-2940.

Research Interests

Global change and Quaternary environment, Lake sediment and environmental changes, Limnology


From 2000 to 2016, coperated with Tokai Uiversity in Japan, Nagoya University in Japan, Uppsala University in Sweden, Jena University in Germany, Technology University of Braunschweig in Germany, Bremen University in Germany, National Institute of Biology in Slovenia, Minnesoda University in US

Honors & Distinctions

(1)2018, First Prize of Science and Technology Award of Tibet Autonomous Region, China

(2)2017, Science and Technology Promotion Prize of Chinses Academy of Sciences

(3)2012, National Outstanding Workers for Science and Technology of China

(4)2009, State Special Awards

(5)2009, Second Prize of National Science Progress Award of China

(6)2006, Excellent Staff of China Association for Science and Technology

(7)1999, Second Prize of Natural Science Award of Chinese Academy of Sciences

(8)1997, Youth Science and Technology Award of China Tibet Plateau Research