Cryospheric Chemistry: Fingerprint to Decipher climatic/environmental Changes and Anthropogenic Activities

KANG Shichang1,2,3 HUANG Jie2,4 MU Cuicui5 ZHANG Yulan1,2 XU Jianzhong1 DONG Zhiwen1,2 DU Wentao1

(1.Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou, China 730000)
(2.CAS Center for Excellence in Tibetan Plateau Earth Sciences, Beijing, China 100101)
(3.College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China 100049)
(4.Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China 100101)
(5.College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China 730000)

【Abstract】Cryospheric chemistry is a new discipline and an important branch of cryospheric science. Pollutant emissions from anthropogenic activities have greatly altered the status of chemical components in the cryospheric environment since the Industrial Revolution. When this scenario is coupled with the rapid shrinkage of cryosphere under global warming, both anthropogenic activities and global warming have cooperatively influenced the biogeochemical cycling in the cryosphere and even on a global scale, which results in significant effects on climate and environment. In this paper, firstly, the role of cryospheric chemistry in the cryospheric science is introduced, and the discipline framework and research focuses of cryospheric chemistry are summarized. Secondly, the coupling relationship of cryospheric chemistry with climatic/environmental changes and anthropogenic activities, with emphasis on this relationship in the research field of global change, is exemplified. Lastly, we summarize a review and prospect of hot topics in the current research of cryospheric chemistry. The rapid development of cryospheric chemistry will provide important scientific and technological support for tackling the climate and environmental issues that challenge human survival and development.

【Keywords】 cryospheric chemistry; climate change; environmental pollution; anthropogenic activities; biogeochemical cycling;


【Funds】 National Natural Science Foundation of China (41721091) The Second Tibetan Plateau Scientific Expedition and Research Program (2019QZKK0605) Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDA20040500)

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CN: 11-1806/N

Vol 35, No. 04, Pages 456-465

April 2020


Article Outline


  • 1 Cryospheric science and cryospheric chemistry
  • 2 Discipline framework of cryospheric chemistry
  • 3 Cryospheric chemistry, climatic/environmental changes and anthropogenic activities
  • 4 Hot topics in cryospheric chemistry
  • 5 Conclusions
  • References