Research Areas

Atmospheric Environment and Cryospheric Change over the Tibetan Plateau.

Glacial records and mountainous environmental changes


  • September, 2004 – June, 2009.Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ITPCAS), Doctor's degree, Physical Geography
  • September, 2000 – June, 2004. Northeastern University,Bachelor's degree, Exploration Technology & Engineering


Work Experience

July, 2009 – June, 2012 ITPCAS. Title: Assistant Research Professor      
July, 2012 – now   ITPCAS.         Title: Associate Research Professor


  1. Zhang, Q.G.,Huang, J., Wang, F.Y., Loewen, M., Xu, J.Z., Armstrong, D., Li, C.L., Zhang, Y.L., & Kang, S.C. (2012). Mercury distribution and deposition in glacier snow over western China.Environmental Science & Technology,46(10), 5404 - 5413.
  2. Zhang, Q.G., Kang, S.C., Li, C.L., Chen, F., Boukalova, Z., Černý, I. (2010).Assessment of elemental distribution andheavy metal contamination in surficial wetland sediments, Southern Tibetan Plateau,Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, DOI: 10.1007/s10661-010-1635-9.
  3. Zhang, Q.G.,Kang, S.C., Kaspari, S., Li, C.L., Qin, D.H., Mayewski, P.A. & Hou, S.G. (2009). Rare earth elements in an ice core from Mt. Everest: Seasonal variations and potential sources.Atmospheric Research,94, 300-312.
  4. Zhang, Q.G.,Kang, S., Cong, Z., Hou, S. & Liu, Y. (2008). Elemental composition in surface snow from the ultra-high elevation area of mt. Qomolangma (everest).Chinese Science Bulletin,53, 289-294.
  5. Zhang, Q.G.,Kang, S.C., Wang, F.Y., Li, C.L. & Xu, Y.W. (2008). Major ion geochemistry of Nam Co Lake and its sources, Tibetan Plateau.Aquatic Geochemistry,14, 321-336.
  6. Zhang, Q.G.,Kang, S.C. & Yan, Y.P. (2006). Characteristics of spatial and temporal variations of monthly mean surface air temperature over Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.Chinese Geographical Science,16, 351-358.
  7. Zhang, Q.G.,Kang, S.C., Li, C.L., Zheng, W., Huang, J., & Gao, T.G., (2011)Environmental chemistry in the Nam Co Basin, Modern environmental processes and changes in the Nam Co Basin, Tibetan Plateau. Science Press, Beijing.
  8. Kang, S.C., &Zhang, Q.G., (2010) Review of air pollution monitoring and research over the Tibetan Plateau (In Chinese).Chinese Journal of Nature, 32 (1): 13-18.
  9. Kang, S.C.,Zhang, Q.G., Kaspari, S., Qin, D.H., Cong, Z.Y., Ren, J.W. & Mayewski, P.A. (2007). Spatial and seasonal variations of elemental composition in mt. Everest (qomolangma) snow/firn.Atmospheric Environment,41, 7208-7218.
  10. Huang, J., Kang, S.C.,Zhang, Q.G.,Jenkins, M.G., Guo, J.M., Zhang, G.S., Wang, K. (2012) Spatial distribution and magnification processes of mercury in snow from high-elevation glaciers in the Tibetan Plateau.Atmospheric Environment, 46, 140-146.
  11. Wang, X.P., Gong, P.,Zhang, Q.G.& Yao, T.D. (2010). Impact of climate fluctuations on deposition of DDT and hexachlorocyclohexane in mountain glaciers: Evidence from ice core records.Environmental Pollution,158, 375-380.
  12. Xiao, H., Kang, S.C.,Zhang, Q.G.,Han, W.W., Loewen, M., Wong, F., Hung, H., Lei, Y.D. & Wania, F. (2010). Transport ofsemivolatile organic compoundsto the Tibetan Plateau: Monthly resolved air concentrations at Nam Co.Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres,115.
  13. Li, C.L., Kang, S.C.,Zhang, Q.G.,Gao, S.P., Sharma, C. M. (2011) Heavy metals in sediments of the Yarlung Tsangbo and its connection with the arsenic problem in the Ganges-Brahmaputra Basin.Environmental Geochemistry and Health2011,33(1), 23-32.
  14. Li, C.L., Kang, S.C. &Zhang, Q.G.(2009). Elemental composition of Tibetan Plateau top soils and its effect on evaluating atmospheric pollution transport.Environmental Pollution,157, 2261-2265.
  15. Li, C.L., Kang, S.C.,Zhang, Q.G.& Wang, F.Y. (2009). Rare earth elements in the surface sediments of the Yarlung Tsangbo (upper Brahmaputra River) sediments, southern Tibetan Plateau.Quaternary International,208, 151-157.
  16. Li, C.L., Kang, S.C.,Zhang, Q.G.& Kaspari, S. (2007). Major ionic composition of precipitation in the Nam Co region, central Tibetan Plateau.Atmospheric Research,85, 351-360.
  17. Zhang, Y.L., Kang, S.C.,Zhang, Q.G., Cong, Z.Y., Zhang, Y.J. & Gao, T.G. (2010). Seasonal and spatial variability of microparticles in snowpits on the Tibetan Plateau, China.Journal of Mountain Science,7, 15-25.
  18. Zheng, W., Kang, S.C., Feng, X.B.,Zhang, Q.G.& Li, C.L. (2010). Mercury speciation and spatial distribution in surface waters of the Yarlung Zangbo River, Tibet.Chinese Science Bulletin,55, 2697-2703.
  19. Loewen, M., Kang, S.C., Armstrong, D.,Zhang, Q.G., Tomy, G. & Wang, F.Y. (2007). Atmospheric transport of mercury to the Tibetan Plateau.Environmental Science & Technology,41, 7632-7638.
  20. Kang, S.C., Zhang, Y.J., Qin, D.H., Ren, J.W.,Zhang, Q.G., Grigholm, B. & Mayewski, P.A. (2007). Recent temperature increase recorded in an ice core in the source region of yangtze river.Chinese Science Bulletin,52, 825-831.
  21. Kang, S.C., Li, C.L., Wang, F.Y.,Zhang, Q.G. & Cong, Z.Y. (2009). Total suspended particulate matter and toxic elements indoors during cooking with yak dung.Atmospheric Environment,43, 4243-4246.