ZHANG Xuezhen

Professor; Deputy Director of Section of Climate and Environmental Change Research

Education and Career

2020-, Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resources Research, Professor, doctoral supervisor

2009-2019, Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resources Research, Associate Professor (2013-2019)

Ph.D., 2003/09-2009/07 Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Jointly educated student, 2007/10-2009/04, State University of New York, Albany, US

B.A., 1999/09-2003/07 Shandong Normal University, Jinan, China

Areas of Specialization

Research Area: Physical Geography - Climate Change

Research Interest: 

1) Data analysis and modelling for the interaction between climate change and human activities (energy consumption, land use, mega project, etc.);

2) Data mining and assimilation, spatiotemporal process analysis and dynamic mechanism studies of climate change


❋ Students majoring in geography, meteorology, Mathmatics, agriculture science and other related majors are welcome to apply.

Honorary Titles and Awards

1. Natural Science Prize (Level II) of Heilongjiang Province (2020, Ranking 3/5)

2. "Kezhen Outstanding Youth" of Institute of Geographic Resources Research (2016)

3. Member of youth Promotion Association of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2015)

4. Excellent author of Acta Geographica Sinica (JGS), 2016

Society Appointments

1. Secretary of Climatology committee, the Geographical Society of China (2017-) 

2. Member of Beijing Meteorological council(2020-) 

3. Review Editor on the Editorial Board of Interdisciplinary Climate Studies (specialty section of Frontiers in Environmental Science, Frontiers in Earth Science and Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution) 

4. Academic journal review experts for JGR-Atmos., Int. J. Clim., Atmos. Res., Acta Geographica Sinica, Acta Ecologica Sinica, etc.

Major Research Projects

1. NSFC program, Simulation, attribution and trend analysis of sensitive ecosystem changes in arid and semi-arid regions of northern China(41790424, 2018-2022, member)

2. Sub-project of "Pan-Third Pole Environmental Change and Green Silk Road Construction": Impact of Major Extreme Weather and Climate Events on the Great Lakes Region of Central Asia and Countermeasures(XDA20020202, 2018-2023, member)

3. Key research and development project of Ministry of Science and Technology: Development and reliability of millennial-scale climate dataset in the northern hemisphere(2017YFA0603301, 2017-2022, member)

4. NSFC program: Modelling study for the impacts of forest changes of China during past 300 years on climate changes (41471171, 2015-2018, host)

5. NSFC program: Regional climatic effects modelling of agricultural development of China since the 1661 (41001122 , 2011-2013, host)

6. Kezhen Distinguished Young Scholar Program, Institute of Geographic Resources Research(2015RC101, 2016-2018, host)

7. Key research and development project of Ministry of Science and Technology: Attribution and prediction of multiscale climate change and inter-decadal major events(2016YFA0600401, 2016-2021, member) 

8. Key Research Program of Frontier Science of Chinese Academy of Sciences: Land Surface Pattern Change and Its Ecological Effects Supported by Big Data(QYZDB-SSW-DQC005, 2016-2020, member)

More than 130 peer-review papers, including more than 60 SCI-index papers.

Representative Publications

More than 130 peer-review papers, including more than 60 SCI-index papers.

Zhang, X., X. Liu, J. Chen, Q. Tang, Y. Wang. (2022) Responses and feedbacks of vegetation dynamics to precipitation anomaly over the semiarid area of North China: evidences from simulations of the WRF-Noah model. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/JOC.7830

Zhang, X., F. Wang, W. Lu, S. Li, J Zheng*. (2022) Gridded reconstruction of the population in the traditional cultivated region of China from 1776 to 1953. Science in China. 65(2): 365-378

Luo, H, L Zhang, X Zhang*. (2022). Shifts in land-greening hotspots in the Yellow River Eco-Economic Belt during the last four decades and their connections to human activities. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, 27, 100783,

Zhang, X., Z. Zhang, S. Song. (2021) Modulation of vegetation restoration on outdoor thermal comfort over the Loess Plateau, China from 1982 to 2015. Environmental Research Communication, 3, 015002.

Zhang, X., Z. Zhang, S. Song. (2021) Modulation of vegetation restoration on outdoor thermal comfort over the Loess Plateau, China from 1982 to 2015. Environmental Research Communication, 3, 015002.

Zhang, X., J. Chen, S. Song. (2021) The divergent impacts of land use/cover change on summer precipitation over eastern China from 1980 to 2000. International Journal of Climatology, 41(4): 2360–2374. DOI: 10.1002/JOC.6963

Zhang, X., N. Ding, S. Han, Q. Tang. (2020) Irrigation-induced potential evapotranspiration decrease in the Heihe River Basin, Northwest China, as simulated by the WRF model. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, doi:

Zhang, X., X Li, D Chen, H Cui, Q Ge*. (2019) Overestimated climate warming and climate variability due to spatially homogeneous CO2 in climate modeling over the Northern Hemisphere since the mid-19th century. Scientific Reports, doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-53513-7

Bai, M, J Zheng, Z Hao, X. Zhang*, G. Zeng. (2019) Hydroclimate patterns over the Northern Hemisphere when megadroughts occurred in North China during the last millennium. Climatic Change, doi: 10.1007/s10584-019-02580-w

Sun, D, J. Zheng, X. Zhang, Z. Hao*. (2019) The relationship between large volcanic eruptions in different latitudinal zones and spatial patterns of winter temperature anomalies over China. Climate Dynamics

Zhang, X., Z. Xiong*, X. Yan. (2019) Modelling Precipitation changes in the Heihe River Basin, Northwest China, from 1980 to 2014 with the regional integrated environmental modeling system (RIEMS) nested with ERA-interim reanalysis data. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 137(1–2): 493–503, doi: 10.1007/s00704-018-2603-5.

Zhang, X., M. Wu, Y. Liu, Z. Hao, J. Zheng*. (2018) The relationship between the East Asian Summer Monsoon and El Niño-Southern Oscillation revealed by reconstructions and a control simulation for millennium. Quaternary International493, 106-113, doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2018.06.024

Zhang, X., Z. Xiong, J. Zheng, Q. Ge. (2018) High-resolution precipitation data derived from dynamical downscaling using the WRF model for the Heihe River Basin, Northwest China. Theoretical and Applied Climatology131: 1249–1259, doi: 10.1007/s00704-017-2052-6.

Zhang, X., Z. Xiong, Q. Tang. (2017) Modeled effects of irrigation on surface climate in the Heihe River Basin, Northwest China. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 2017, 122, doi:10.1002/2017JD026732.

Zhang, X., Q. Tang, J. Zheng, Q. Ge R. Mao. (2015) Suppression of spring rain by surface greening over the North China Plain. International Journal of Climatology. 35: 2752–2758. doi: 10.1002/joc.4169

Hu, Y, X. Zhang, R. Mao, et al. (2015) Modeled responses of summer climate to realistic land use/cover changes from the 1980s to the 2000s over eastern China. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres120, 167-179, doi: 10.1002/2014JD022288

Ge, Q., X. Zhang*, and J. Zheng. (2014) Simulated effects of vegetation increase/decrease on temperature changes from 1982 to 2000 across the Eastern China. International Journal of Climatology34: 187-196, doi: 10.1002/joc.3677

Zhang, X., Q. Tang, J. Zheng, and Q. Ge. (2013) Warming/cooling effects of cropland greenness changes during 1982-2006 in the North China Plain. Environmental Research Letters8, 024038, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/024038



于志博  硕士研究生  070601-气象学  

吴茂炜  博士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

陈嘉哲  硕士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

张泽凡  硕士研究生  070601-气象学  

李侠祥  博士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

何淼  博士研究生  070501-自然地理学  


贺清雯  硕士研究生  070601-气象学  

刘欣睿  博士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

闫小月  博士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

Office Address & Telephone & Email

Office Address:

Room _B3611 , IGSNRR

11A Da Tun Road

An Wai, Beijing 100101

People’s Republic of China