Wanyin LUO,professor in aeolian geomorphology. He gained his BSc in Agronomy from the College of Forest, Gansu Agriculture University in 2002 and a PhD in Geography from the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) in 2007. In 2005 he joined the department of Desert and Desertification of CAS as a Project Assistant working on the wind tunnel simulation in the laboratory of DD with his PhD supervisor Zhibao Dong. In 2008, Wanyin was appointed Assistant Researcher in Physical Geography, promoted to Associate Research Professor (2011), Research Professor in Aeolian Geomorphology (2019).

Research Areas

Dryland processes and environmenal change


Ph.D.      Physical Geography        2008       Chinese Academy of Sciences  

M.S.       Physical Geography        2004       Chinese Academy of Sciences  

B.S.       Desertification Control      2002       Gansu Agricultural University


Work Experience

2019 - present: Research Professor, PhD supervisor, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2017.09-2018.08: Academic visitor, Department of Geography, the University of Sheffield. UK.

2016 to present: Associate Research Professor, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2011 - 2016: Associate Research Professor, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

2008 - 2010:  Research Assistant, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

2005 - 2008: Research Intern, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences.



Refereed Journals:

Thomas R. Baird, Charles S. Bristow, Wanyin      Luo, Erji Du,Robert G. Bryant, Thomas M. Mitchell, Pieter      Vermeesch. Blowout Morphometrics and Mass Balances. Frontiers in Earth Science.      2021, 9: 1-15. doi:10.3389/feart.2021.669440
​Wanyin Luo*, Mei Shao, Xuehua Che, Patrick A. Hesp,      Robert G. Bryant, Changzhen Yan, Zanpin Xing (2020). Optimisation of      UAVs-SfM data collection in aeolian landform morphodynamics: A Case study      from the Gonghe Basin, China. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 45(13):      3293-3312

Wanyin LuoZhongyuan Wang, Junfeng Lu, Linghai Yang, Guangqiang Qian, Zhibao Dong, Mark D. Bateman (2019). Mega-blowouts in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau: morphology, distribution and initiation. Earth Surface Process and Landforms. 44(2): 449-458

Wanyin LuoZhongyuan Wang, Junfeng Lu, Guangqiang Qian, Zhibao Dong, Patrick A. Hesp, Mark D. Bateman (2019). Historical Evolution and Controls on Mega-blowouts in Northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, China. Geomorphology, 329: 17-31.

Zhengcai Zhang, Zhibao Dong, Guangqiang Qian, Wanyin Luo (2018),Formation and development of dunes in the northern Qarhan Desert, central Qaidan Basin, China.Geological Journal, 53:1123–1134.

Zhibao Dong, Guangyin Hu, Guangqiang Qian, Junfeng Lu, Wanyin Luo (2017), Ping Lv. High-altitude aeolian research on the Tibetan Plateau. Reviewers of Geophysics, 55(4):864-901.

Wanyin Luo, Junfeng Lu, Guangqiang Qian, Zhibao Dong (2016). Influence of the Gap Ratio on Variations in the Surface Shear Stress and on Sand Accumulation in the Lee of Two Side-by-Side Obstacles, Environmental Earth Sciences,75:766-777. DOI: 10.1007/s12665-016-5588-3

Guangqiang Qian, Zhibao Dong, Zhengcai Zhang, Wanyin Luo, Junfeng Lu, Zhuanling Yang(2015). Morphological and sedimentary features of oblique zibars in the Kumtagh desert of Northwestern China. Geomorphology, 228: 714-722.

Wanyin Luo, Zhibao Dong, Guangqiang Qian, Junfeng Lu (2014). Near-wake Flow Patterns in the Lee of Adjacent Obstacles and Their Implications for the Formation of Sand Drifts: A Wind Tunnel Simulation of the Effects of Gap Spacing, Geomorpholgoy, 213: 190-200.

Wanyin Luo, Zhibao Dong, Guangqiang Qian, Junfeng Lu (2012). Wind tunnel simulation of the three-dimensional airow patterns behind cuboid obstacles at different angles of wind incidence, and their signicance for the formation of sand shadows. Geomorphology, 139: 258-270.

Zhibao Dong, Wanyin Luo, Guangqiang Qian, Ping Lu. 2008 Wind-tunnel simulation of the three-dimensional airflow patterns around shrubs. Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, VOL. 113, F02016, doi:10.1029/2007JF000880.

Zhibao Dong, Wanyin Luo, Guangqiang Qian, Hongtao Wang. (2007). A wind tunnel simulation of the mean velocity fields behind upright porous fences. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 146:82-93.

Research Interests

My research aims to understand the interactions between geomorphology, vegetation, and climate in arid and semiarid regions. I conduct wind tunnel simulation and field research to understand fine-scale flow structure, roughness elements and aeolian processes interactions. I have 15 years aeolian geomorphology research experience especially on the feedback mechanisms between changes in land surfaces and dune dynamic processes. Currently my research focuses on the formation and dynamic evolutionary processes of mega-blowouts on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and relations to the trigger mechanisms of desertification in alpine regions. Mega-blowouts are typical wind eroded landforms on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which have close contact with the permafrost degradation and climatic change in the past hundreds of years. This research utilizes ultrasonic anemometers, RTK-GPS, drone and luminescence dating to investigate the mechanisms of blowout evolution in high altitude regions, aeolian sand activity under low temperature and landform responses to climatic change and human activities in the past centuries.


2018.09.12-14UK Luminescence Conference 2018. The University of Sheffield, U.K. Poster: Determining the timing of Mega-blowout initiation in QTP.

2017.11.1: 23rd Windy Day Meeting 2017. The University of Manchester, U.K. Oral presentation: Mega-blowout in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau: initiation, geomorphology and dynamics.

2016.4.17-4.21The European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016. ViennaAustria, Poste title: Secondary Airflow Structure around Clustered Shrubs and Its Significance for Vegetated Dune Evolution.

2016.7.3-7.8The 9th International Conference on Aeolian Research. Mildura, Australia, Poste title: Blowout on Tibetan Plateau: morphology and sediments.

2014.7.21-7.25The 8th International Conference on Aeolian Research. Lanzhou, China


One-year collaborative research in China (February to December 2018), Thesiger-Oman Scholarship from the Royal Geographical Society: A mass balance for mega-blowouts on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Co-PI with Pieter Vermeesch, University College London, UK.

One-month collaborative research in China (July 2017), CAS President’s International Fellowship for Visiting Scientists : Mega-blowouts morphology and dynamics on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Co-PI with Patrick Hesp, Flinders University, Australia.



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