To reveal and quantify, from the perspectives of earth system sciences, the interactions among atmosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and anthroposphere on the Third Pole and their influences on the globe in order to assess the likely future impacts of global change.


The TPE program is dedicated to the study of the Third Pole Environment. This region is centered on the Tibetan Plateau and concerns the interests of the surrounding countries and regions.


The Third Pole region has gained growing attention due to its significant role in global atmospheric circulation and its sensitivity for providing a first indication in climate changes, and thus is vital for a better understanding of global climate and environment changes and their impacts on and interactions to human activities.
The TPE program intends to pool international efforts and make use of the multi-national resources for the interdisciplinary study of water-ice-air-ecology-human correlations. A more comprehensive study of these processes and interactions will address the influence of environmental changes on humans, and will provide timely adaptation strategies.
TPE also offers an open forum to study the Third Pole, and invites involvement from the general academic community. We welcome your suggestions and proposals for pushing forward regional climate and environmental research in the Third Pole Environment.

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 -May 2014 Newsletter-   -Feb 2014 Newsletter-   -TPE Policy Brief-


Third Pole Environment


Clear sky
  • Clear sky
  • Temperature: 23 °C
  • Wind: Variable from NW (310°) to NE (50°), 7.2 km/h
  • Pressure: 1005 hPa
  • Rel. Humidity: 57 %
  • Visibility: 10 km
  • Sunrise: 03:49 +0700
  • Sunset: 18:48 +0700
Reported on:
Thu, 06/30/2016 - 22:00

Contact Information

TPE Program Office

16-3 Lincui Road

Chaoyang District

Beijing, P. R. China


Tel:+86-10-8409 7123