Lan Cuo, Professor, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Tel: 010-84097091

Address: Building 3, Courtyard 16, Lincui Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100101

Research Areas

Surface hydrology, Climate change, land cover change, hydrometeorology


Aug. 1999 - Sep. 2005, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, PhD

Sep. 1993 - Sep. 1996, Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, Jiangsu, China, Ms.

Sep. 1988 - Jul. 1993, Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, Jiangsu, China, Bachelor


Associate editor of Scientific Reports for 2018-2020

Work Experience

Sep. 2010 - present, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor

Feb. 2010 - Aug. 2010, Australia CSIRO, Research Scientist

May 2009 - Dec. 2009, University of Victoria, Canada, post-doc

Oct. 2005 - Apr. 2009, Unversity of Washington at Seattle, USA, post-doc

Jul. 1996 - Aug. 1999, Qinghai Meteorological Bureau, engineer

Teaching Experience

Currently teaching Global Change, Chapter 5 Hydrological Cycle under Global Change for international students


31. Jin Ding, Lan Cuo, Yongxin Zhang, Fuxin Zhu, Monthly and annual temperature extremes and their changes on the Tibetan Plateau and its surroundings during 1963-2015, Scientific Reports, 2018, accepted.

 30. Liqiao Liang, Lan Cuo, Qiang Liu, The energy and mass balance of a continental glacier: Dongkemadi Glacier in central Tibetan Plateau, 2018, Scientific Reports, 2018, accepted.

 29. Fuxin Zhu, Lan Cuo, Yongxin Zhang, Jing-Jia Luo, Dennis P. Lettenmaier, Yumei Lin, Zhe Liu, Spatiotemporal variations of annual shallow soil temperature on the Tibetan Plateau during 1983–2013, 2017, Climate Dynamics,

 28. Lan Cuo, Yongxin Zhang, Spatial patterns of wet season precipitation vertical gradients on the Tibetan Plateau and the surroundings, Scientific Reports, 2017, 7, 5057.

 27. Gang Li, Hui Lin, Lan Cuo, Andrew Hooper, Qinghua Ye, A decreasing gradient of mass balance from Tarim edge to Karakoram during 2010-2014 by means of bistatic InSAR observation, Scientific Reports, 2017, 7, 6712.

26. Gang Zhao, Huilin Gao, Lan Cuo,  Effects of Urbanization and Climate Change on Peak Flows over the San  Antonio River Basin, Texas. 2016, Journal of Hydrometeorology,  10.1175/JHM-D-15-0216

25. Guoshuai Zhang, Shichang Kang, Lan Cuo,  Bin Qu, 2016. Modeling hydrological process in a glacier basin on the  central Tibetan Plateau with a Distributed Hydrology Soil Vegetation  Model, Journal of Geophysical  Research Atmospheres 08/2016; DOI:10.1002/2016JD025434.

24. Lan Cuo,  Yongxin Zhang, Shilong Piao, and Yanhong Gao, 2016, Simulated annual  changes in plant functional types and their responses to climate change  on the northern Tibetan Plateau, Biogeosciences, 13, 3533-3548.

23. Renhe Zhang, Fengge Su, Zhihong Jiang, Xuejie Gao, Donglin Guo, Jian Ni, Qinglong You, Lan Cuo,  Botao Zhou. 2015. An overview of projected climate and environmental  changes across the Tibetan Plateau in the 21st century (in Chinese).  Chinese Science Bulletin, 60: 3036–3047, doi: 10.1360/N972014-01296

22. Lan Cuo,  Yongxin Zhang, Theodore J. Bohn, Lin Zhao, Jialuo Li, Qiming Liu,  Bingrong Zhou, 2015. Frozen soil degradation and its effects on surface  hydrology in the northern Tibetan Plateau, Journal of Geophysical  Research-Atmosphere, 120(6), 8276-8298,doi:10.1002/2015JD023193

21. Lan Cuo,  2015. Land use/cover change impacts on hydrology in large river basins:  a review, in Terrestrial Water Cycle and Climate Change: Natural and  Human-Induced Impacts. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Geophysical  Monograph Series, (eds Q. Tang and T. Oki).  (accepted).

20.Tangguang Gao, Shichang Kang, Lan Cuo,  Tingjun Zhang, Guoshuai Zhang, Yulan Zhang, Mika Sillanpaa, 2015.  Simulation and analysis of glacier runoff and mass balance in the Nam Co  basin, southern Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Glaciology, 61 (227),  doi:10.3189/2015JoG14J170.

19.Yanhong Gao, Ruby L. Leung, Yongxin Zhang, Lan Cuo,  2015. Changes in moisture flux over the Tibetan Plateau during  1979-2011: insights from a high-resolution simulation. Journal of  Climate, 28(10), 4185-4197. Doi:http/

18. Lan Cuo,  Yongxin Zhang, Fuxin Zhu, Liqiao Liang, 2014. Characteristics and  changes of streamflow on the Tibetan Plateau: A review. Journal of  Hydrology: Regional Studies, 2, 49-68.

17. Yanhong Gao, Lan Cuo,  Yongxin Zhang, 2014, Changes in Moisture Flux over the Tibetan Plateau  during 1979-2011 and Possible Mechanisms, Journal of Climate, 27,  1876-1893, doi:

16. Lan Cuo,  Yongxin Zhang, Yanhong Gao, Zhenchun Hao, Luosang Cairang, 2013, The  impacts of climate change and land cover transition on the hydrology in  the Upper Yellow River basin, China. Journal of Hydrology, 502, 37-52.

15. LiQiao Liang, LiJuan Li, ChangMing Liu, Lan Cuo, 2013Climate  Change in the Tibetan Plateau Three Rivers Source 1 Region: 1960–2009.  International Journal of Climatology, 33(13), 2900-2916

14. Fengge Su, Xiaolan Duan, Deliang Chen, Zhenchun Hao and Lan Cuo, 2013, Evaluation of the Global Climate Models in the CMIP5 over the Tibetan Plateau, Journal of Climate, 26(10),3187-3208.

13. Lan Cuo,  Yongxin Zhang, Qingchun Wang, Leilei Zhang, Bingrong Zhou, Zhenchun  Hao, Fengge Su, 2013. Climate change on the northern Tibetan Plateau  during 1957-2009: spatial patterns and possible mechanisms. Journal of  Climate, 26(1), 85-109. doi: http:/

12. Tangguang Gao, Shichang Kang, Peter Krause, Lan Cuo,  Santoch Nepal, 2012. A test of J2000 model in a glacierized catchment  in the central Tibetan Plateau, Environmental Earth Sciences, 65,  1651-1659.

11. Lan Cuo,  Thomas C. Pagano, Q.J. Wang, 2011. A Review of Quantitative  Precipitation Forecasts and Their Use In Short- to Medium-Range  Streamflow Forecasting, Journal of Hydrometeorology 12, 713-728.

10. Lan Cuo,  Thomas W. Giambelluca, Alan D. Ziegler, 2011. Lumped parameter  sensitivity analysis of a distributed hydrological model within tropical  and temperate catchments. Hydrological Processes , 25, 2405-2421.

9. Lan Cuo,  Tazebe K. Beyene, Nathalie Voisin, Fengge Su, Dennis P. Lettenmaier,  Marina Alberti, Jeffrey E. Richey, 2011. Mid-21st century climate and  land cover change effects on the hydrology of the Puget Sound basin,  Washington, Hydrological Processes,25(11),1729-1753.DOI:10.1002/hyp7932.

8. Marketa M Elsner, Lan Cuo,  Nathalie Voisin, Jeffrey S Deems, Alan F Hamlet, Dennis P Lettenmaier,  Julie A Vano, Kristian EB Mickelson, Se Yeun Lee, 2010. Implications of  21st Century climate change for the hydrology of Washington State,  Climatic Change, 102: 225-260. DOI 10.1007/s10584-010-9855-0.

7. Julie A. Vano, Nathalie Voisin , Lan Cuo,  Alan F. Hamlet, Marketa McGuire Elsner, Richard N. Palmer, Austin  Polebitski, and Dennis P. Lettenmaier, 2010, Climate change impacts on  water management in the Puget Sound region, Washington, USA, Climatic  Change, 102: 261-286. DOI 10.1007/s10584-010-9846-1.

6. Lan Cuo,  John Vogler and Jefferson M. Fox, 2010.Topographic normalization for  improving vegetation classification in a mountainous watershed in  Northern Thailand. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 31(11):  3037-3050. DOI:10.1080/01431160903154333

5. Lan Cuo,  Dennis P. Lettenmaier, Marina Alberti, and Jeffrey Richey, 2009.  Effects of a century of land cover and climate change on hydrology in  Puget Sound, Washington. Hydrological Processes, 23; 907-933. DOI:  10.1002/hyp.7228.

4. Joeseph H. Casola, Lan Cuo,  Ben Livneh, Dennis P. Lettenmaier, Philip W. Mote, and John, M.  Wallace, 2009. Assessing the Impacts of Global warming on snowpack of  the Washington Cascades. Journal of Climate, 22: 2758-2772. DOI:  10.1175/2008JCLI2612.1.

3. Lan Cuo,  Dennis P. Lettenmaier, Pascal Storck, and Matthew Wiley, 2008.  Hydrological Prediction for urban watersheds with the distributed  hydrology-soil-vegetation model. Hydrological Processes, 22:4205-4213.  DOI:10.1002/hyp.7023.

2. Lan Cuo  and Thomas W. Giambelluca, Alan D. Ziegler, Michael Nullet, 2008. The  roles of roads and agricultural land use in altering hydrological  processes in Nam Mae Rim watershed, northern Thailand. Hydrological  Processes, 22:4339-4354. DOI:10.1002/hyp.7039.

1. Lan Cuo,  Thomas. W. Giambelluca, Alan D. Ziegler, and Michael A. Nullet, 2006.  Use of the distributed hydrology soil vegetation model to study road  effects on hydrological processes in Pang Khum experimental watershed in  northern Thailand, Forest Ecology and Management, 224:81-94.  DOI:10.1016/j.foreco.2005.12.009.

Research Interests

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Department of Geography, UCLA, USA


BOM, Australia



朱陵晶  博士研究生  070602-大气物理学与大气环境  


朱付欣  博士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

李宁  硕士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

刘哲  博士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

丁劲  博士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

Honors & Distinctions

  (1)   The CAS excellent Hundred Talent nominee, 2016

  (2) Excellent Youth award by the China Society on Tibetan Plateau,  2015

(3) US National Center for Atmospheric Research visitor travel fund, 2014