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Historical Climate Change Lab  

Brief description:
Historical Climate Change Lab mainly focuses on climate change and culture evolution during prehistorical and historical time periods. It is directed by Prof. Liangcheng Tan now. The faculty and students of this lab have achieved a batch of academic achievements since 2008. A series of scientific research papers have been published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Quaternary Science Reviews, Climate Dynamics, Scientific Reports and so on. Some studies were selected as the Research Highlights of Nature Asia and Science Foundation in China. The Lab’s works also received broaden media coverage by BBC and New York Times, etc. In the last decade, Historical Climate Change Lab have collaborated with various scientific centers in the world, including Isotope Lab in University of Minnesota; Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University, Water Research Center of University of Texas at San Antonio, Department for Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, etc.

The main mission of Historical Climate Change Lab is to reveal the characteristics, periodicities and mechanisms of regional climate changes during prehistorical and historical periods by using geological and historical achieves, and study the hydrological responses, social impacts of extreme events, predicting future climate change.

 Liangcheng Tan (Professor)
JianghuLan (Associate Professor)
Dong Li (PhD Student)
Peipei Zhao (former Student)
Tianli Wang (Master Student)
Xiqian Wang (Master Student)
Fangyuan Lin (Master Student)
Yanzhen Li (Research Assistant)
JingjieZang (Research Assistant)

Contact Information:
Prof. Liangcheng Tan
Tel: +86 29 62336228
E-mail: tanlch@ieecas.cn

1.        DongLi, Liangcheng Tan*, FeiGuo, YanjunCai, Youbin Sun, Gang Xue, Xing Cheng, Hong Yan, Hai Cheng, R. Lawrence Edwards, Yongli Gao, Jessica Kelley. 2019. Application of Avaatech X-rayfluorescence core-scanning in Sr/Ca analysis of speleothems. Science China Earth Sciences, 62, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11430-018-9344-2
2.        Dong Li, Liangcheng Tan*, YanjunCai, Xiuyang Jiang, Le Ma, Hai Cheng, R. Lawrence Edwards,Haiwei Zhang, Yongli Gao, Zhisheng An.Is Chinese stalagmite δ18O solely controlled by the Indian summer monsoon? Climate Dynamics, 2019, doi.org/10.1007/s00382-019-04671-x.
1.        Liangcheng Tan, YanjunCai, Hai Cheng, Lawrence R. Edwards, JianghuLan, Haiwei Zhang, Dong Li, Le Ma, Peipei Zhao, Yongli Gao. High resolution monsoon precipitation changes on southeastern Tibetan Plateau over the past 2300 years. Quaternary Science Reviews, 2018, 195: 122-132.
2.        Liangcheng Tan,Chuan-Chou Shen, YanjunCai, Hai Cheng, R. Lawrence Edwards. Great Flood in the middle-lower Yellow River reaches at 4000 a BP inferred from accurately-dated stalagmite records. Science Bulletin, 2018, 63(4): 206–208.
3.        Liangcheng Tan, YanjunCai, Hai Cheng, Lawrence R. Edwards, Yongli Gao, Hai Xu, Haiwei Zhang, Zhisheng An. Centennial- to decadal- scale monsoon precipitation variations in the upper Hanjiang River region, China over the past 6650 years. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2018,482: 580-590.
4.        Peipei Zhao, Liangcheng Tan *, Pu Zhang*, Shengjie Wang, Buli Cui,Dong Li, Gang Xue, Xing Cheng. Stable isotopic characteristics and influencing factors inprecipitation in the monsoon marginal region of northern China. Atmosphere. 2018,9(3), 97; doi:10.3390/atmos9030097.
5.        Liang Yi, Zhengguo Shi, Liangcheng Tan, Chenglong Deng. Orbital-scale nonlinear response of East Asian summer monsoon to its potential driving forces in the late Quaternary. Climate Dynamics, 2018, 50: 2183-2197
6.        Ibrahim Ozken, DenizEroglu, Sebastian F. M. Breitenbach, Norbert Marwan, Liangcheng Tan,UgurTirnakli, Jürgen Kurths. Recurrence plot analysis of irregularly sampled data, Physical Review E, 2018, 98: 052215,DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.98.052215.
7.        Haiwei Zhang, Hai Cheng, YanjunCai, ChristophSp?tl, GayatriKathayat, Ashish Sinha, R. Lawrence Edwards, Liangcheng Tan.Hydroclimatic variations in southeastern China during the 4.2?ka event reflected by stalagmite records. Climate of the Past, 2018, 14, 1805-1817.
8.        JianghuLan,Hai Xu*, Keke Yu, Enguo Sheng, Kangen Zhou, Tianli Wang, Yuanda Ye, Dongna Yan, Huixian Wu, Peng Cheng, WailiAbuliezi, Liangcheng Tan, 2018, Late Holocene hydroclimatic variations and possible forcing mechanisms over the eastern Central Asia. Science China Earth Sciences,61, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11430-018-9240-x
9.        Jingyao Zhao, Hai Cheng*, Yan Yang,Liangcheng Tan, ChristophSp?tl, YoufengNing, Haiwei Zhang, Xing Cheng, Zhe Sun, Xianglei Li, Hanying Li, Wen Liu, R. Lawrence Edwards. Reconstructing the western boundary variability of the Western Pacific Subtropical High over the past 200 years via Chinese cave oxygen isotope records. Climate Dynamics, 2018, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1720404115.
10.        Yu-Min Chou*, Xiuyang Jiang, Qingsong Liu, Hsun-Ming Hu, Chung-Che Wu, Jianxing Liu, Zhaoxia Jiang, Teh-Quei Lee, Chun-Chieh Wang, Yen-Fang Song, Cheng-Cheng Chiang, Liangcheng Tan, Mahjoor A. Lone, Yongxin Pan, Rixiang Zhu, Yaoqi He, Yu-Chen Chou, An-Hung Tan, Andrew P. Roberts, Xiang Zhao, and Chuan-Chou Shen*.Multidecadally resolved polarity oscillations during a geomagnetic excursion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2018, 115 (36) 8913-8918
11.        Haiwei Zhang*, Hai Cheng, ChristophSp?tl, YanjunCai, Ashish Sinha, Liangcheng Tan, Liang Yi, Hong Yan, GayatriKathayat, YoufengNing, Xianglei Li, Fan Zhang, Jingyao Zhao & R. Lawrence Edwards. A 200-year annually laminated stalagmit record of precipitation seasonality in southeastern China and its linkages to ENSO and PDO. Scientific Reports, 2018, 8:12344, DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-30112-6
12.        Hong Yan, Bao Yang, Liangcheng Tan. High resolution climate changes in Asia-Pacific region during the past 2,000 years (Asia-Pacific-2k). Quaternary International, 2018, 487: 1-2.
1. Liangcheng Tan,YanjunCai,Zhisheng An, Hai Cheng, Chuan-Chou Shen,Yongli Gao, R. Lawrence Edwards. Decreasing monsoon precipitation in southwest China during the last 240 years associated with the warming of tropical sea surface temperature. Climate Dynamics, 2017, 48(5), 1769-1778
2. Cai, Y., Chiang, J.C.H., Breitenbach, S.F.M., Tan, L., Cheng, H., Edwards, R.L., An, Z. Holocene moisture changes in western China, Central Asia, inferred from stalagmites. Quaternary Science Reviews, 2017,158: 15-28
3. Xianglei Li, Hai Cheng, Liangcheng Tan, Fengmei Ban, Ashish Sinha, WuhuiDuan, Hanying Li, GayatriKathayat, R. Lawrence Edwards. The East Asian summer monsoon variability over the last 145 years inferred from the Shihua Cave record, North China. Scientific Reports, 2017, 7: 7078, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-07251-3.
4. Keke Yu, Hai Xu, JianghuLan, Enguo Sheng, Bin Liu, Huixian Wu, Liangcheng Tan, Kevin M. Yeager. Climate change and soil erosion in a small alpine lake basin on the Loess Plateau, China. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 2017, 42(8):
5. Zhenfeng Wang, Daojun Zhang, Xinyu Liu, Li You, Wei Luo, Liang Yi, Liangcheng Tan, et al. Magnetostratigraphy and 230Th dating of Pleistocene biogenic reefs in XK-1 borehole from Xisha Islands, South China Sea. Chinese Journal of Geophysics, 2017, 60(3): 1027-1038.
1. TAN Liangcheng, SONG Yougui, CAI Yanjun, ANZhisheng, Rustam OROZBAEV, Yunus MAMADJANOV, Lawrence R. EDWARDS, CHENG Hai, LI Dong, LI Yue. Preliminary studies of speleothem in central Asia. ActaGeologicaSinica (English Edition), 2016, 90(6): 2279-2280.
2. Dong Li,Liangcheng Tan*,Zhisheng An. 5 ka BP event in monsoonal China. Journal of Earth Environment, 2016, 7(5): 468-479.(*corresponding author)
3. Keke Yu, Hai Xu, JianghuLan, Enguo Sheng, Bin Liu, Huixian Wu, Liangcheng Tan, Kevin M. Yeager. Climate change and soil erosion in a small alpine lake basin on the Loess Plateau, China. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 2016, doi: 10.1002/esp.4071.
1. Liangcheng Tan,YanjunCai,Zhisheng An, Hai Cheng, Chuan-Chou Shen, Sebastian F.M. Breitenbach, R. Lawrence Edwards,Haiwei Zhang, Yajuan Du.A Chinese cave links climate change, social impacts, and human adaptation over the last 500 years. Scientific Reports,2015, 5, 12284; doi: 10.1038/srep12284.
2. Liangcheng Tan, YanjunCai, Hai Cheng, R. Lawrence Edwards, Chuan-Chou Shen, Yongli Gao, Zhisheng An. Climate significance of speleothemδ18O from central China on decadal timescale. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 2015, 106: 150-155.
3. Yucheng Wu#, Liangcheng Tan#, WuXing Liu, BaoZhan Wang, YanjunCai, Xiangui Lin. Profiling bacterial diversity in a limestone cave of the western Loess Plateau of China. Frontiers in Microbiology, 6:244. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00244 (#equal contribution).
4. Haiwei Zhang, YanjunCai,Liangcheng Tan, Shijiang Qin,Zhisheng An. Large variations of δ13C in stalagmites from southeastern China during historical times: implications for anthropogenic deforestation. Boreas, 2015, 44(3): 511-525.
5. Cai Y.J., Fung I., Edwards R. L., An Z.S., Cheng H., Lee J.-E., Tan L.C., Shen C-C. Wang X.F., Day J.A., Zhou W.J., Kelly M., Chiang J.C.H., Variability of stalagmite-inferred Indian monsoon precipitation over the past 252,000 y. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2015, 112(10): 2954-2959.
6. An, Z., Wu, G., Li, J., Sun, Y., Liu, Y., Zhou, W., Cai, Y., Duan, A., Li, L., Mao, J., Cheng, H., Shi, Z., Tan, L., Yan, H., Ao, H., Chang, H., Feng, J., 2015. Global Monsoon Dynamics and Climate Change. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 2015, 43(1): 29-77.
7. Lin Deng, Wenke Wang, YanjunCai, Anyan Hu, Liangcheng Tan. Groundwater Diffuse Recharge and its Response to Climate Changes in Semi-Arid Northwestern China. Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences,2015, 26(4): 451-461.
1.        Liangcheng Tan, ZhishengAn, Chih-An Huh, YanjunCai, Chuan-Chou Shen, Liang-Jian Shiau, Libin Yan, Hai Cheng, R. Lawrence Edwards. Cyclic precipitation variation on the western Loess Plateau of China during the past four centuries. Scientific Reports, 2014, 4, 6381; DOI:10.1038/srep06381
2.        Liangcheng Tan, Ian J. Orland, Hai Cheng. Annually laminated speleothems in paleoclimate studies. Past Global Changes Magazine, 2014, 22(1): 22-23.
3.        Liangcheng Tan, Chuan-Chou Shen, YanjunCai, Li Lo, Hai Cheng, Zhisheng An. Trace element variations in an annually layered stalagmite as recorders of climatic changes and anthropogenic pollution in Central China. Quaternary Research,2014,81: 181-188.
4.        LiangchengTan, YanjunCai, ZhishengAn, HaiCheng, LiangYi, R.Lawrence Edwards. High-resolution monsoon precipitation variations in southern Shaanxi, Central China during 4200~2000a B.P. as revealed by speleothem δ18O and Sr/Ca records.Quaternary Sciences, 2014, 34(6): 1238-1245.
5.        LiangchengTan, Le Ma, Ruixue Mao, YanjunCai. Past climate studies in China during the last 2000 years from historical documents. Journal of Earth Environment, 2014, 5(6), 434-440.
6.        Sebastian F M Breitenbach, Yanjun Cai, Ola Kwiecien, Alexander V Osinzev, Liangcheng Tan, Haiwei Zhang. A high-altitude cave as an example of active karstification in the eastern Tibetan Plateau.Cave and Karst Science,2014, 41:132-137.
7.        Haiwei Zhang, Yanjun Cai, Liangcheng Tan, Shijiang Qin, Zhisheng An. Stable isotope composition alteration produced by the aragonite-to-calcite transformation in speleothems and implications for paleoclimate reconstructions. Sedimentary Geology, 2014, 309:1-14.
8.        Heqiao Zhang, YanjunCai, Haiwei Zhang, Liangcheng Tan, Shijiang Qin. Seasonal temperature changes in Shennonggong and Xianglong caves and their Potential impact on oxygen isotope composition of stalagmite carbonate.CarsologicaSinica, 2014, 33(3): 363-372.
1.        Liangcheng Tan, Liang Yi, YanjunCai, Chuan-Chou Shen, Hai Cheng, Zhisheng An. Quantitative temperature reconstruction based on growth rate of annually-layered stalagmite: A case study from central China. Quaternary Science Reviews, 2013,72: 137-145.
2.        Liangcheng Tan, Haiwei Zhang, Shijiang Qin, Zhisheng An. Climatic and anthropogenic impacts on δ13C variations in a stalagmite from central China. Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 2013, 24(3):333-343.
3.        Juan Liu, Jin Wang, Yongheng Chen, Liangcheng Tan, Hanzhou Ye, Mengmeng Wang, Longxiao Su, Ying Huang.Study on heavy metals’ distribution in different geochemical species of pyrite mineral and smelting slag and their environmental effect. Journal of Earth Environment, 2013, 4(2): 1243-1248.
1.        YanjunCai, HaiweiZhang, Hai Cheng, Zhisheng An, Lawrence R.Edwards, Xianfeng Wang, Liangcheng Tan, FuyuanLiang, JinWang, MeganKelly. The Holocene Indian monsoon variability over the southernTibetan Plateau and its teleconnections. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2012, 335:135-144.
1.        Liangcheng Tan, YanjunCai, Zhisheng An, Liang Yi, Haiwei, Zhang,Shijiang Qin.Climate patterns in north central China during the last 1800 yr and their possible driving force.Climate of the Past, 2011, 7: 685-692.
2.        Liangcheng Tan, YanjunCai, Zhisheng An, R. Lawrence Edwards; Hai Cheng, Chuan-Chou Shen, Haiwei Zhang. Centennial- to decadal-scale monsoon precipitation variability in the semihumid region, northern China during the last 1860 years: records from stalagmites in Huangye Cave. The Holocene, 2011, 21: 287-296.
1.        Liangcheng Tan, YanjunCai, Zhisheng An. Precipitation variations of Longxi over the last 2000 years and the possible driving forces. Journal of Arid Land Resources and Environment,2010, 24(5): 109-116.
2.        YanjunCai,Liangcheng Tan, Hai Cheng, Zhisheng An, R. Lawrence Edwards, Megan J. Kelly, Xinggong Kong, Xianfeng Wang. The variation of summer monsoon precipitation in central China since the last deglaciation, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2010, 291: 21-31.
3.        YanjunCai, Hai Cheng, Zhisheng An, R. Lawrence Edwards, Xianfeng Wang, Liangcheng Tan, Jin Wang. Large variations of oxygen isotope in precipitation over South-Central Tibet during Marine Isotope Stage 5. Geology, 2010, 38(3): 243-246.
4.         Haiwei Zhang, YanjunCai,Liangcheng Tan. Phase composition and formation of stalagmite minerals: Indications of climate and environment. CarsologicaSinica, 2010, 29(3): 222-228.
1.        Liangcheng Tan,YanjunCai, Hai Cheng, Zhisheng An, R. Lawrence Edwards. Summer monsoon precipitation variations in central China over the past 750 years derived from a high-resolution absolute-dated stalagmite.Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2009, 280: 432-439.
1.        Liangcheng Tan, YanjunCai, Liang Yi, Zhisheng An, Li Ai. Precipitation variations of Longxi, northeast margin of Tibetan Plateau since AD 960 and their relationship with solar activity. Climate of the Past, 2008, 4: 19-28.
2.        Liangcheng Tan, zhisheng An, YanjunCai, Hao Long. The hydrological exhibition of 4200 a BP Event in China and its global linkages. Geological Review, 2008, 54(1):94-104.
Before 2008
1.        Xu, H., Hou, Z. H., Ai, L., Tan, L. C. Precipitation at Lake Qinghai, NE Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and its relation to Asian summer monsoons on decadal/interdecadal scales during the past 500 years. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2007, 254(3-4): 541-549.
2.        Long Hao, Tan Hongbin, Wang Naiang, Tan Liangcheng, Li Yu. Mid-Holocene climate variations recorded by palaeolake in marginal area of East Asian monsoon: a multi-proxy study. Chinese Geographical Science, 2007, 17(4): 325-332.
3.        Hai Xu, Li Ai, Liangcheng Tan, Zhisheng An. Stable isotopes in bulk carbonates and organic matter in recent sediments of Lake Qinghai and their climatic implications. Chemical Geology, 2006, 235(3-4): 262-275.
4.        Xu Hai, Ai Li, Tan Liangcheng, AnZhisheng. Geochronology of a surface core in the north basin of Qinghai Lake: evidence from 210Pb and 137Cs radionuclides. Chinese Journal of Geochemistry, 2006, 25(4): 301-306.
5.        Liangcheng Tan,Zhisheng An, YanjunCai..Speleothem fluorescence characteristics: the status of research and prospect.CarsologicaSinica, 2004, 23(4): 83-89.

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