Xiaoping YANG


of the IAG/AIG Executive Committee


In charge of Working Groups. Asia and Pacific


xyXiaoping YANG, born in Ningxia of northwestern China, studied physical geography in the 1980s in Xian, Nanjing and Lanzhou of China and received his doctoral degree in physical geography, environmental geology and bio-climatology from Goettingen University, Germany in 1992. His main research interests include dryland environments and their geological and historical changes, specifically geomorphology and paleoclimatology during the Late Quaternary, and desertification. While focusing his research on deserts, his research methods are interdisciplinary and cover a large range of geomorphological, geochemical and geophyscical approaches.
He has published one book (Yang, 1991), edited one scientific collection (Yang, Ed., 2002) and authored/coauthored over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and conference proceedings, and has served as a guest editor for six dryland special issues of internationally reputable magazines.
He has been awarded by the Hundred Talent Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1998, the Outstanding Young Scientists Research Grant by the National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2004, the Prize for Young Scientists in 2002 by Chinese Quaternary Association and Huang Jiqing (formerly written as T. K. Huang, one of the most important initiators of geological studies in China) Prize by Huang Jiqing Foundation in 2008, the Farouk El Baz Award for Desert Research by the Geological Society of America in 2010.

He is member of editorial boards of highly recognized research and review journals (e.g., Editor, Quaternary Science Reviews), and was Chairman of the IAG Working Group on Arid Lands 2001 – 2009, and member of the IAG Executive Committee 2009 – 2013.


Professor Xiaoping YANG

School of Earth Sciences

Zhejiang University

Zheda Road 38

Hangzhou 310027