As an expert in Geographical Sciences, Dr Ping Fu’s research has focused on studying the mechanism of how geomorphic process shapes mountain landscape and assessing the impact of climate change on glaciers. Specifically, her team has been conducting fieldwork in Hailuogou Glacial Park in western Sichuan, in order to observe and manage glacier change in the high mountain area.
Hailuogou Glacial Park plays a critical role in the local eco-system. It is not only an important source of water and life, but creates tourism for the local economy. The glacier loss has not only affected socio-economic activities but also caused biodiversity loss and environmental hazards. Using drone photos and high-resolution satellite data, Dr Fu’s team has been able to quantitatively assess the changing glacier system. The result can provide insights on managing mountain geo-hazards and natural resources.