Xiao Cunde

     Dr. Xiao Cunde is now the Vice -director of State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Sciences, Institute of Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute (CAREERI), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Lanzhou. He graduated from Geography Department, Lanzhou University in 1992. He received his Ph.D on Polar Glaciology in 1997, at  Lanzhou Institute of Glaciology and Geocryology (LIGG) , CAS. He has worked in the fields of polar glaciology and meteorology since then.  His major research focus has been ice core studies relating to paleoclimate and paleoenvironment, and present day cold region meteorological and glaciological processes that impact environmental and climatic changes.  He was the Deputy-Director of the Institute of the Climate System, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences. He has undertaken observational scientific programs in the high mountains of the Himalayas; the Tibetan Plateau, at Dome A, the highest point of the Antarctic ice sheet, and other regions of the Antarctic; and at the North Pole.  He has served as team leader on recent field expeditions. Dr Xiao has spent extended periods as a visiting research scholar at Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et l'Environnement, CEA-CNRS, France; at the Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, USA; and at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem-Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart. Dr. Xiao has received World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Young Scientist Research Award. He is the Vice-president of International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS), IUGG, Review editor of IPCC AR5 WG1, Council member of International Glaciology Society (IGS), Member of Expert Committee of Polar Observation, Research and Services (EC-PORS), WMO. He has also acted as Member of the Steering Committee for the international program, Antarctica in the Global Climate System (AGCS) of the Scientific Committee on Antarctica Research (SCAR), Member of the Scientific Steering Committee, of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)– Climate and the Cryosphere initiative (CliC). Dr. Xiao has published 170 scientific papers and more than 10 chapters in various science books.