Prof. Mingrui Qiang

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MOE Key Laboratory of Western China’s Environmental Systems

Assistant to the Dean of Research School of Arid Environment and Climate Change

Lanzhou University

222 South Tianshui Road, Lanzhou

730000, Gansu Province,CHINA

Phone:  +86 931 891 4529

Fax:       +86 931 891 2330

Email:     mrqiang@lzu.edu.cn



Dec. 2002, Ph.D. in Physical Geography, Lanzhou University,

Lanzhou, Gansu

Dissertation with a title of “Holocene Climate Variations Documented by Sediments from Lake Sugan in the Qaidam Basin, Northern Tibetan Plateau, China”

Sep. 1999, M.S. in Physical Geography, Institute of Desert Research,Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou, Gansu

Sep. 1996, B.S.  in Geography Education, Shanxi Normal University, Linfen, Shanxi



May 2008 to present, Professor in Research School of Arid Environment and Climate Change

Sep. 2008 to Sep. 2009, Visiting scholar at GFZ German Research Center for Geoscience, Potsdam, Germany

Oct. 2005 to May 2008, Associate professor in College of Earth and Environment Sciences, Lanzhou University

Jul. 2003 to Sep. 2005, Post-doctoral researcher in College of Resources Science & Technology, Beijing Normal University

Dec. 2002 to July 2003, Research Assistant in Sino-German Center of Arid Environments & Palaeoclimate Research, Lanzhou University



l  Geochemistry and lake sediments;

l  Dust storm and lake sediments;

l  Holocene climate changes in the arid regions



Physical Geography for freshman

4 graduates (Wang Liqiang, Li Mingzhi, Liu Xingxing & Wang Qin)

1 Ph.D. student (Song Lei)



Member of Chinese Geography Society

Member of Chinese Association for Quaternary Research (CHIQUA)



[1]     Mingrui Qiang, Fahu Chen, Zhenting Wang, Guangming Niu, Lei Song, 2010. Aeolian deposits at the southeastern margin of the Tengger Desert (China): Implications for surface wind strength in the Asian dust source area over the past 20,000 years. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 286, 66-80.

[2]     Qiang, M., Lang, L., Wang, Z., 2010. Do fine-grained components of loess indicate westerlies: Insights from observations of dust storm deposits at Lenghu (Qaidam Basin, China). Journal of Arid Environments 74, 1232-1239.

[3]     Mingrui Qiang, Fahu Chen, Jiawu Zhang, Ruiping Zu, Ming Jin, Aifeng Zhou, Shun Xiao, 2007. Grain size in sediments from Lake Sugan: a possible linkage to dust storm events at the northern margin of the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau. Environmental Geology 51(7), 1229-1238.

[4]     Mingrui Qiang, Fahu Chen, Aifeng Zhou, Shun Xiao, Jiawu Zhang, Zhenting Wang, 2007. Impacts of wind velocity on sand and dust deposition during dust storm as inferred from a series of observations in the northeastern Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau, China. Powder Technology 175, 82-89.

[5]     Qiang Mingrui, Chen Fahu, Zhang Jiawu, Gao Shangyu, Zhou Aifeng, 2005. Climatic changes documented by stable isotopes of sedimentary carbonate in Lake Sugan, northeastern Tibetan Plateau of China, since 2 ka BP. Chinese Science Bulletin, 50(17), 1930-1939.

[6]     Qiang Ming-rui, Li Sen, Gao Shang-yu, 2004. Evidence for abrupt climatic changes on the northwestern margin of the East Asian monsoon during the last Deglaciation. Chinese Geographical Science 14(2), 117-121.

[7]     F. H. Chen, M. R. Qiang, Z. D. Feng et al., 2003. Stable East Asian monsoon climate during the last interglacial (Eemian) indicated by paleosol S1 in the western part of the Chinese Loess Plateau. Global and Planetary Change 36(3), 171-179.

[8]     Gao Shangyu, Lu Ruijie, Qiang Mingrui, et al. Reconstruction of precipitation in the last 140 years from tree ring at south margin of the Tengger Desert, China. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2005, 50(21): 2487-2492

[9]     Zhou AiFeng, Chen FaHu,  Qiang MingRui, Yang MeiLin, Zhang JiaWu, 2007. The discovery of annually laminated sediments (varves) from shallow Sugan Lake in inland arid China and their paleoclimatic significance. Science in China (D Series) 50(8), 1218-1224.

[10]  Ruiping Zu, Xian Xue, Mingrui Qiang, Bao Yang, Jianjun Qu, Kecun Zhang, 2008. Characteristics of near-surface wind regimes in the Taklimakan Desert, China. Geomorphology 96, 39–47.

[11]  Georg Schettler, Rolf L. Romer, Mingrui Qiang, Birgit Plessen, Peter Dulski, 2009. Size-dependent geochemical signatures of Holocene loess deposits from the Hexi Corridor (China). Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 35, 103-136.

[12]  Ruiping Zu, Qaingzhao Gao, Jianjun Qu, Mingrui Qiang, 2003. Environmental Changes of oases at south margin of Tarim Basin, China. Environmental Geology 44, 639-644.

[13]  Jonathan A. Holmes, Jiawu Zhang, Fahu Chen, Mingrui Qiang, 2007. Paleoclimatic implications of an 850-year oxygen-isotope record from the northern Tibetan Plateau. Geophysical Research Letters 34, L23403, doi:10.1029/2007GL032228.

[14]  Zhenting Wang, Jiawu Zhang, Qianhua Zhang, Mingrui Qiang, Fahu Chen, Yuquan Ling, 2008. Barchans of Minqin: Sediment transport. Geomorphology 96, 233–238.

[15]  Jiawu Zhang, Jonathan A. Holmes, Fahu Chen, Mingrui Qiang, Aifeng Zhoua, Shuo Chen, 2009. An 850-year ostracod-shell trace-element record from Sugan Lake, northern Tibetan Plateau, China: Implications for interpreting the shell chemistry in high-Mg/Ca waters. Quaternary International1 94, 119–133.