Cunde Xiao is Director of State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Beijing Normal University and has worked in the fields of polar glaciology and meteorology since 1997. 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 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, Alaska and Greenland.
He was Deputy-Director of the Institute of the Climate System, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, vice-Director of State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He served as Vice President of International Association of Cryospheric Science of International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IACS/IUGG), member of WCRP/CliC Scientific Steering Group, WMO Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW), WMO Expert Committee of Polar and High Mountain Observation, Research and Services (EC-PHORS). He was Review Editor of IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), SROCC, and Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of Chapter 9 (Ocean, cryosphere and sea level), Working Group 1, AR6. He is also the Secretary-General of China Society of Cryospheric Science (CSCS), Vice-Chair of Chinese Association of Scientific Adventure. He has published a total of more than 280 science papers (including more than 100 in English), with ~50 as first-author or as corresponding-author.
Role: Director | State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology
Field of Research: Polar glaciology and meteorology
Areas of Expertise: Paleoclimatology; Paleoenvironment science; Meteorology; Glaciology