Prof. Jinzhu Ma

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MOE Key Laboratory of Western China’s Environmental Systems

Vice 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 2436

Fax:       +86 931 891 2330

Email:     jzma@lzu.edu.cn


1991 BSc. Lanzhou University (Hydrogeology & Engineering Geology)

1994 MSc. Lanzhou University (Hydrogeology)

1999 PhD Institute of Desert Research, Academia Sinica(Hydrology)



2000-2001 Post-Doc Fellowship. Lanzhou University (Natural Geograghy)

2000-2003, associate professor, College of Earth and Environment Sciences, Lanzhou University

2007-2008, Visiting Scholarship, OUCE, University of Oxford

2004-present, Professer in the Centre of Hydrology and Water Resources, Key Laboratory of West China's Environmental Systems (MoE), Lanzhou University

2009-present, assistantdean of Research School of Arid Environment and Climate Change, Lanzhou University.




His main research involves the study of groundwater and climatic recorder in the Northwest China. Most recently I am involved in a 3-year project Supported by Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University and a 3-year project funded by NSFC (01/2007-12/2009). Both the projects are concerning the use of geochemical and isotopes in the groundwater combined with multiple tracers in the unsaturated zone profiles in the different deserts, to obtain a better understanding of recharge and evolution of groundwater and to develop a new high resolution archive for reconstructing palaeo-hydrology during the later Holocene and later Pleistocene in the arid area of China. These investigations include the investigation of rainfall and total chloride deposition to decide their flux to groundwater. In addition to chloride profiles, stable isotope and other inert tracers are being investigated to interpret recharge processes and reduce uncertainties in recharge assessments.



Eleven MSc. or PhD students in Hydrology and/ or Water Resources are being supervised at present.



Member of International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), International quaternary research federation(INQUA) , Director of China Society of Natural Resources(CSNR) and vice director of working committeearid and semi-arid Resources research professional committee



1.Ma, J., Pan, F., Chen, L., Edmunds, W.M., Ding, Z., He, J., Zhou, K., Huang, T., 2010. Isotopic and geochemical evidence of recharge sources and water quality in the Quaternary aquifer beneath Jinchang city, NW China. Applied Geochemistry, 25, 996-1007.

2.Ma J., Ding Z., Edmunds W.M., Gates, J.B., Huang, T. 2009. Limits to recharge of groundwater from Tibetan Plateau to the Gobi desert, implication for management in the Mountain front. Journal of Hydrology, 364: 128-141.

3.Ma J., Edmunds W.M, He J., Jia B. 2009. A 2000 year geochemical record of palaeoclimate and hydrology derived from dune sand moisture. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 276: 38-46.

4.Ma J., Ding Z., Wei G., Zhao H., Huang T. 2009. Sources of water pollution and evolution of water quality in the Wuwei basin of Shiyang river, Northwest China. Journal of Environmental Management, 90: 1168-1177.

5.Ma J., Ding Z., Gate J.B., Su Y. 2008. Chloride and the Environmental Isotopes as the Indicators of the Groundwater Recharge in the Gobi Desert, Nothwest China. Environmental Geology, 55: 1407-1419.

6.Gates, J.B., Edmunds, W.M., Ma, J., Paul, R.-S., 2008, A 700-year history of groundwater recharge in the drylands of NM china. The Holocene, 18: 1045-1054.

7.Gates, J.B., Edmunds, W.M., Ma, J., Scanlon, B.R., 2008. Estimating groundwater recharge in a cold desert environment in northern China using chloride. Hydrogeology Journal, 16: 893-910.

8.Gates, J.B., Edmunds, W.M., Darling, W.G., Ma, J., Pang Z., Young A.A., 2008. Conceptual model of recharge to southeastern Badain Jaran Desert groundwater and lakes from environmental tracers. Applied Geochemistry 23: 3519-3534.

9.Ma J., WM Edmunds. 2006. Groundwater and lake evolution in the Badain Jaran desert ecosystem, Inner Mongolia. Hydrogeology Journal, 14: 1231-1243.

10.Edmunds W.M, Ma J., Aeschbach-Hertig, W., Kipfer, R., Darbyshire, D.P.F., 2006. Groundwater recharge history and hydrogeochemical evolution in the Minqin Basin, North West China. Applied Geochemistry, 21: 2148-2170.

11.Ma J., Wang X.S., Edmunds WM. 2005. The characteristics of groundwater resources and their changes under the impacts of Human activity in the arid northwest China-a case study of Shiyang river basin. Journal of Arid Environments, 61(2): 277-295.

12.Ma J., Wang G., Huang T., Ding Z., Edmunds WM. Groundwater Recharge Rate and Recharge history during the Last 1200 Years in the Badain Jaran Desert. In: Cheng G., Lei Z., and Lars B. et al (Eds) Proceedings of International Symposium on Sustainable Water Resources Management and oasis-hydrosphere-desert Interaction in Arid Regions 27-29, October 2005, Beijing : China Tsinghua University Press, 359-369 (ISTP

13.Ma J., Li D, Xie Y, Chen FH. Impact of Water saving on the desertification and pauperrization in the Minqin basin, Gansu province. In: Cheng G., Lei Z., and Lars B. et al (Eds) Proceedings of International Symposium on Sustainable Water Resources Management and oasis-hydrosphere-desert Interaction in Arid Regions 27-29, October 2005, Beijing : China Tsinghua University Press, 349-358 (ISTP).

14.Ma J., Li D., Zhang J., Edmunds WM, Prudhomme C. 2003. Groundwater recharge and climatic change during the last 1000 years from unsaturated zone of SE Badain Jaran desert. Chinese Science Bulletin, 48: 1469-1474.

15.Ma J., Edmunds W.M. Geochemistry evolution of groundwater beneath Minqin Basin. In: Proceedings of the international symposium on Water Resources and the Urban Environment (edited by Yanxin Wang). Beijing: China Environmental Science Press, 2003: 98-102. (Ei, ISTP)

16.Ma Jinzhu, Li Jijun, 2001. The Groundwater resources and its sustainable development in the south edge of Tarim Basin. Chinese Geographical Science, 11(1).5763

17.Ma Jinzhu, Gao Qianzhao. The Groundwater Evolution and its Influence on the Fragile Ecology in the South Edge of Tarim Basin. 中国沙漠, 200020(2):145-149

18.Ma Jinzhu. Sustainable Exploitation and Utilization of Water Resources in the Inland River Basin of Arid Northwest China. Chinese Geographical Science, 1997: 7(4):