Prof. Dr. Minghong Tan

Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research,

Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGSNRR, CAS).

A 11, Datun Road. Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P R China

Tel: +86 10 6488 9431


Research Areas

Land use and land cover changes, Urbanization


2004-06--2004-08 Young Scientist Porgramme, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria

2001-09--2004-07 Ph.D., Institute of Geographic Sciences and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences

1998-09--2001-07 China Agricultural University, Master

1990-09--1994-07 bachelor of Nanjing Normal University


2008/06 ~ 2008/11, Visiting scholar, Kingston University, UK

2004-07~ now, associate professor, associate professor, and professor. Institute of Geographic Science and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences

1994-07~1998-08,  teacher of Dadong middle school, Lianshui County, Jiangsu province, China

Honors & Distinctions

(1) key Technologies for Monitoring Agricultural Land Use Change in Major Commodity Grain Bases, Ministry and Commission level, 2017

(2) 10th National Youth Geographic Science and Technology Award, 2009

(3) The Second (2004) Matacena Young Outstanding Thesis Award, special, 2004


  1. Minghong Tan, Xiubin Li, Shiji Li, Liangjie Xin, Xue Wang, Qian Li, Wei Li, Yuanyuan Li, Wenli Xiang. Modeling population density based on nighttime light images and land use data in China. Applied Geography,2018, 90: 239–247.
  2. Minghong Tan, Luqian Zheng. Increase in water use efficiency caused by crop structure adjustment in arid areas. Journal of Environmental Management, 2018 (In press).
  3. Minghong Tan. Uneven growth of urban clusters in megaregions and its policy implications for new urbanization in China. Land Use Policy, 2017, 66: 72-79.
  4. Minghong Tan. An intensity gradient/vegetation fractional coverage approach to mapping urban areas from DMSP/OLS Nighttime Light data. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations And Remote Sensing, 2016, 99, 1-9.
  5. Minghong Tan. Use of an inside buffer method to extract the extent of urban areas from DMSP/OLS night time light data in North China. GIScience & Remote Sensing, 2016, 53, 4: 444–458.
  6. Minghong Tan. Exploring the relationship between vegetation and dust-storm intensity (DSI) in China. J. Geogr. Sci. 2016, 26(4): 387-396.
  7. Minghong Tan, Xiubin Li, Yan Jianzhong et al. Length of stay in urban areas of circular migrants from the mountainous areas in China. J. Mt. Sci. 2016, 13(5):947-956.
  8. Minghong Tan, Xiubin Li. Quantifying the effects of settlement size on urban heat islands in fairly uniform geographic areas.Habitat International, 2015, 49, 100-106.
  9. Minghong Tan, Xiubin Li. Does the Green Great Wall effectively decrease dust storm intensity in China? A study based on NOAA NDVI and weather station data. Land Use Policy, 2015, 43: 42-47.
  10. Minghong Tan. Urban Growth and Rural Transition in China Based on DMSP/OLS Nighttime Light Data. Sustainability. 2015. 7: 8768-8781.
  11. Minghong Tan, Xiubin Li, Liangjie Xin. Intensity of dust storms in China from 1980 to 2007: A new definition. Atmospheric Environment, 2014,85: 215-222.
  12. Minghong Tan. The Transition of farmland production functions in metropolitan areas in China. Sustainability 2014, 6: 4028-4041.
  13. Yuanyuan Li, Xiubin Li, Minghong Tan*, Xue Wang, Liangjie Xin. The impact of cultivated land spatial shift on food crop production in China, 1990–2010. Land Degradation Development. 2018,29:1652–1659.
  14. Wei Li, Minghong Tan*. Influences of vertical differences in population emigration on mountainous vegetation greenness: A case study in the Taihang Mountains,Scientific Report,2018,8:1-12.
  15. Yahui Wang, Xiubin Li, Wei Li, Minghong Tan*. Land titling program and farmland rental market participation in China: Evidence from pilot provinces. Land Use Policy,74,2018, 281-290.
  16. Xingyuan Xiao, Minyue Hu, Minghong Tan*. Changes in the ecological footprint of rural populations in the Taihang Mountains, China, Sustainability 2018 (In press).
  17. Wengli Xiang, Minghong Tan*.Changes in Light Pollution and the Causing Factors in China’s Protected Areas, 1992–2012.Remote Sensing,2017,9:1023.
  18. LI Yuanyuan, TAN Minghong*, HAO Haiguang. The impact of global cropland changes on terrestrial ecosystem services value,Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2018 (In press).
  19. Wei Li, Xiubin Li, Minghong Tan* et al. Influences of population pressure change on vegetation greenness in China’s mountainous areas,Ecology and Evolution,2017,7(21):1-13.
  20. LI Shiji, SUN Zhigang, TAN Minghong*, LI Xiubin. Effects of rural–urban migration on vegetation greenness in fragile areas: A case study of Inner Mongolia in China. J. Geogr. Sci. 2016, 26(3): 313-324.
  21. Shiji Li, Zhigang Sun, Minghong Tan, et al. Changing patterns in farming–pastoral ecotones in China between 1990 and 2010.Ecological Indicators, 2018, 89: 110–117.
  22. Yahui Wang, Xiubin Li, Liangjie Xin, Minghong Tan. Spatiotemporal changes in Chinese land circulation between 2003 and 2013. Journal of Geographic Sciences, 2018,6, 707-724.
  23. Xue Wang, Xiubin Li, Mingong Tan, et al. Hierarchical determinants of winter wheat abandonment in the North China Plain: A case study of Xingzhuangzi village in Hebei ProvinceXue. NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, 2017,80: 49-56.
  24. Jiayue Wang, Liangjie Xin, Minghong Tan, et al. Spatial heterogeneity in Chinese forest area Change in the Early 21st Century.Forests, 2016, 7, 232; doi:10.3390/f7100232.
  25. Xue Wang, Xiubin Li, Liangjie Xin, Minghong Tan et al. Ecological compensation for winter wheat abandonment in groundwater over-exploited areas in the North China Plain. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2016, 26(10):1463-1476.
  26. Xue Wang, Xiubin Li, Günther Fischer, Laixiang Sun, Minghong Tan, et al. Impact of the changing area sown to winter wheat on crop water footprint in the North China Plain. Ecological Indicators 2015,57, 100–109.
  27. Haiguang Hao, Xiubin Li, Minghong Tan. Agricultural land use intensity and its determinants: A case study in Taibus Banner, Inner Mongolia, China. Front. Earth Sci. 2015, 9(2): 308–318.
  28. Minghong Tan, Xiubin Li. The changing settlements in rural areas under urban pressure in China: Patterns, driving forces and policy implications. Landscape and Urban Planning, 2013, 120, 170-177.
  29. Minghong Tan, Xiubin Li. Integrated assessment of the cool island intensity of green spaces in the mega city of Beijing,International Journal of Remote Sensing. 2013,34(8):3028–3043.
  30. Tan Minghong, Guy M ROBINSON, Xiubin Li, Liangjie Xin. Spatial and Temporal Variability of Farm Size in China in Context of Rapid Urbanization. Chin. Geogra. Sci. 2013:607–619. doi: 10.1007/s11769-013-0610-0.
  31. TAN Minghong, GUY M. Robinson, LI Xiubin. Urban spatial development and land use in Beijing: Implications from London’s experiences. J. Geogr. Sci. 2011, 21(1): 49-64.DOI: 10.1007/s11442-011-0828-7.
  32. Minghong Tan. Urbanization in China: Critical Issues in an Era of Rapid Growth, Yan Song, Chengri Ding (Eds.). Webcom Limited, Toronto and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA (2007).Land Use Policy, 2009.
  33. Minghong Tan, Xiubin Li, Changhe Lu, Wei Luo, Xiangbin Kong, Suhua Ma. Urban population densities and their policy implications in China. Habitat International, 2008, 32(4), 471-484.
  34. Minghong Tan, Xiubin Li, Hui Xie, Changhe Lu. Urban land expansion and arable land loss in China—a case studyof Beijing–Tianjin–Hebei region. Land Use Policy, 2005, 22(3),187-196.
  35. Minghong Tan, Xiubin Li, Changhe Lu. U Urban land expansion and arable land loss of the major cities in China in the 1990s.Science in China Ser. D Earth Sciences. 2005, 48(9 ):1492—1500.
  36. XIN Liangjie, LI Xiubin, TAN Minghong. Temporal and regional variations of China’s fertilizer consumption by crops during 1998–2008. J. Geogr. Sci. 2012, 22(4): 643-652.
  37. Xin Liangjie, LI Xiubin, ZHU Huiyi, TAN Minghong.. China’s Potential of Grain Production Due to Changes in Agricultural Land Utilization in Recent Years. Chin. Geogra. Sci. 2009 19(2) 097–103.
  38. Liangjie XIN, Yuzhi Fan, Minghong TAN, Luguang Jiang. Review of Arable Land-use Problems in Present-day China, Ambio, 2009.
  39. CHEN Yuqi, LI Xiubin, TIAN Yujun, TAN Minghong. Structural change of agricultural land use intensity and its regional disparity in China. J. Geogr. Sci. 2009,19: 545-556. DOI: 10.1007/s11442-009-0545-7.



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