Piao Shilong, professor at PKU College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, graduated from Peking University with a bachelor's and a doctorate. His current study focuses on data-model integration in order to increase the ability to forecast the responses of the terrestrial carbon cycle to global change. He has participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s 5th and 6th Assessment Reports and is on the editorial boards of several journals, including Global Change Biology, National Science Review, and Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. On March 9th, 2021, his paper titled "Multifaceted characteristics of dryland aridity changes in a warming world" was published in Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, which synthesizes observational and modeling evidence to demonstrate emerging differences in dryland aridity dependent on the specific metric considered.
Professor Piao has been named a Highly Cited Researcher for 2021 by Clarivate Analytics. This honour recognizes researchers with multiple publications that rank in the top one percent of citations in their field in the Web of Science.