Prof. Dr. Liang Zhang

Department of Environment and Disaster, Innovation Academy for Precision Measurement Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Call: 0086-2786790543

Research Areas

Watershed/Non-point Source Pollution Control; Environmental Monitoring and Assessment



Sep, 2004 - Jun, 2009         Wuhan University, Wuhan, China                                       

                                             Major: Environmental Science

  Visiting Student

  Oct, 2007- Oct, 2008          The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

                                           Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering                              


  Sep, 2000-Jun, 2004          Wuhan University, Wuhan, China                                       

                                              Major: Environmental Science



  Jan, 2018 - present          Innovation Academy for Precision Measurement Science and Technology,   Chinese Academy of Sciences

(Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences)         

                                         Wuhan, China

Associate Professor

  Jan, 2013 - Dec, 2017       Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences                    

                                         Wuhan, China

 Visiting Scholar

   Jul, 2014 - Jul, 2015         Department of Geography, UCSB Santa Barbara, California, USA

Assistant professor

   Sep, 2009 - Dec, 2012       Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences   

                                         Wuhan, China                         



1)          Liang Zhang, Miklas Scholz, Atif Mustafa, et al. Assessment of the nutrient removal performance in integrated constructed wetlands with the self-organizing map. Water Research, 2008, 42(13), 3519-3527.

2)          Liang Zhang, Miklas Scholz, Atif Mustafa, et al. Application of the self-organizing map as a prediction tool for an integrated constructed wetland agroecosystem treating agricultural runoff. Bioresource Technology, 2009, 100(2), 559-565.

3)          Liang Zhang, Song Hong, Cheng Wen, et al. A novel combined system for onsite domestic wastewater treatment in rural areas. Environmental Engineering Science, 2009, 26(4), 775-782.

4)          Liang Zhang, Miklas Scholz. Performance comparison of filters with different aggregates. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, 2009, 28(2), 192-201.

5)          Liang Zhang, Ming-Huang Wang, Jie Hu, et al. A review of published wetland research, 1991-2008: ecological engineering and ecosystem restoration. Ecological Engineering, 2010, 36(8), 973-980.

6)          Liang Zhang, Song Hong, Jing He, et al. Isotherm study of phosphorus uptake from aqueous solution using aluminum oxide. CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water, 2010, 38(9), 831-836.

7)          Liang Zhang, Song Hong, Jing He, et al. Adsorption characteristic studies of phosphorus onto laterite. Desalination and Water Treatment, 2011, 25(1-3), 98-105.

8)          Liang Zhang, Yun Du, Shengjun Wu, et al. Characteristics of nutrients in natural wetland in winter: a case study. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2012, 184(9), 5487-5495.

9)          Liang Zhang, Meng Xu, Yun Du, et al. Start-up performance of a novel constructed riparian wetland for removing phosphorus from agricultural runoff. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, 2014, 11(2), 143-154.

10)      Liang Zhang, Chao Du, Yun Du, et al. Kinetic and isotherms studies of phosphorus adsorption onto natural riparian wetland sediments: linear and non-linear methods. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2015, 187(6): 381.

11)      Liang Zhang*, Sisi Li, et al. Opportunities and challenges of interbasin water transfers: a literature review with bibliometric analysis. Scientometrics, 2015, 105:279-294.

12)      Liang Zhang*, Yanhua Zhuang, Yun Du. Application of the self-organizing map for aqueous phosphorus modeling and monitoring in a natural freshwater wetland: a case study. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 2015, 24(11a):3865-3870.

13)      Liang Zhang *, Hugo A. Loáiciga, Meng Xu, et al. Kinetics and Mechanisms of Phosphorus Adsorption in Soils from Diverse Ecological Zones in the Source Area of a Drinking-Water Reservoir. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 2015, 12:14312-14326.

14)      Liang Zhang*, Yun Du, Chao Du, et al. The adsorption/desorption of phosphorus in freshwater sediments from buffer zones: the effects of sediment concentration and pH. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2016, 188:13.

15)      Sisi Li, Yanhua Zhuang, Liang Zhang*, Yun Du, et al. Worldwide performance and trends in nonpoint source pollution modeling research during 1994 to 2013: a review based on bibliometrics. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 2014, 69(4), 121-126.

16)      Song Hong, Liang Zhang*, An Liu, et al. Study on high efficient pollutant-degrading bacteria for the treatment of wastewater. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 2009, 18(5B), 868-874.

17)      Meng Xu, Liang Zhang*, Yun Du, et al. Adsorption characteristics of phosphorus onto soils from different land use types in Danjiangkou Reservoir area. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 2015, 24(7):2354-2361.

18)      Yanhua Zhuang, Chao Du, Liang Zhang*, Yun Du, Sisi Li. Research trends and hotspots in soil erosion from 1932 to 2013: a literature review. Scientometrics, 2015, 105(2):743-758.

19)      Xianyou Ren, Chao Du, Liang Zhang*, Yanhua Zhuang, Meng Xu. Removal of phosphate in aqueous solutions by the aluminum salt slag derived from the scrap aluminum melting process. Desalination and Water Treatment, 2016, 57(24):11291-11299.

20)      Sisi Li, Liang Zhang*, Yun Du, Hongbin Liu*, Yanhua Zhuang, Shuzhi Liu. Evaluating Phosphorus Loss for Watershed Management: Integrating a Weighting Scheme of Watershed Heterogeneity into Export Coefficient Model. Environmental Modeling & Assessment, 2016, 21(5), 657-668.

21)      Chao Du, Xianyou Ren, Liang Zhang*, et al. Adsorption Characteristics of Phosphorus onto Soils from Water Level Fluctuation Zones of the Danjiangkou Reservoir. CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water, 2016, 44(8), 975-983.

22)      Yanhua Zhuang, Liang Zhang*, Yun Du, et al. Identification of critical source areas for nonpoint source pollution in the Danjiangkou Reservoir Basin, China. Lake and Reservoir Management , 2016, 32(4), 341-352.

23)      Sisi Li, Liang Zhang*, Hongbin Liu*, et al. Evaluating the risk of phosphorus loss with a distributed watershed model featuring zero-order mobilization and first-order delivery. Science of the Total Environment, 2017, 609, 563-576.

24)      Sisi Li, Margaret Gitau, Bernard A. Engel, Liang Zhang*, et al. Development of a distributed hydrological model to facilitate watershed management. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 2017, 62(11), 1755-1771.

25)      Sisi Li, Margaret Gitau, David Bosch, Bernard A. Engel, Liang Zhang*, Yun Du. Development of a soil moisture-based distributed hydrologic model for determining hydrologically based critical source areas. Hydrological Processes, 2017, 31(20), 3543-3557.

26)      Yanhua Zhuang, Liang Zhang*, Sisi Li, Hongbin Liu, Limei Zhai, Feng Zhou, Yushi Ye, Shuhe Ruan, Weijia Wen. Effects and potential of water-saving irrigation for rice production in China. Agricultural Water Management, 2019, 217, 374-382.

27)      Sisi Li, Liang Zhang*, Yun Du, Yanhua Zhuang, Chaochao Yan. Anthropogenic Impacts on Streamflow-Compensated Climate Change Effect in the Hanjiang River Basin, China. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 2020, 25(1): 04019058.

28)      S. Li, H. Liu, L. Zhang*, X. Li, H. Wang, Y. Zhuang, F. Zhang, L. Zhai, X. Fan, W. Hu, J. Pan. Potential nutrient removal function of naturally existed ditches and ponds in paddy regions: Prospect of enhancing water quality by irrigation and drainage management. Science of the Total Environment, 2020, 718: 137418.

29)      Shen, W., Zhang, L.*, Li, S., et al. A framework for evaluating county-level non-point source pollution: Joint use of monitoring and model assessment. Science of the Total Environment, 2020, 722: 137956.

30)      Yanhua Zhuang , Hongbin Liu , Liang Zhang* & Sisi Li (2020): Research perspectives on paddy field systems: ecological functions and environmental impacts. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, DOI: 10.1080/14735903.2020.1793652.

31)      Shuhe Ruan, Yanhua Zhuang, Song Hong, Liang Zhang, Zhen Wang, Xianqiang Tang, Weijia Wen. Cooperative identification for critical periods and critical source areas of nonpoint source pollution in a typical watershed in China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2020, 27, 10472–10483.

32)      Yanhua Zhuang, Liang Zhang, Yun Du, et al. Current patterns and future perspectives of best management practices research: A bibliometric analysis. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 2016, 71(4):98A-104A.

33)      Åsa Hedmark, Liang Zhang, Miklas Scholz, et al. Self-organizing map analysis of planted soil infiltration systems for treatment of log yard runoff. Forest Science, 2009, 55(2), 183-188.

34)      Xingjian Liu, Liang Zhang, Hong Song. Global biodiversity research during 1900-2009: a bibliometric analysis. Biodiversity and Conservation, 2011, 20(4), 807-826.

35)      Jie Hu, Yuwei Ma, Liang Zhang, et al. A historical review and bibliometric analysis of research on lead in drinking water field from 1991 to 2007. Science of the Total Environment, 2010, 408(7), 1738-1744.

36)      Jing He, Song Hong, Liang Zhang, et al. Equilibrium and thermodynamic parameters of adsorption of Methylene blue onto rectorite. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 2010, 19(11a), 2651-2656.

37)      Yanhua Zhuang, Song Hong, F. Benjamin Zhan, Liang Zhang. Influencing factor analysis of phosphorus loads from non-point source: a case study in central China. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2015, 187:718.

38)       Yangjie Guo, Song Hong, Nan Feng, Yanhua Zhuang, Liang Zhang. Spatial distributions and temporal variations of atmospheric aerosols and the affecting factors: a case study for a region in central China. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 2012, 33(12), 3672-3692.

39)      Xuan Ban, Cheng Yu, Baozhu Pan, Xianyou Ren, Yun Du, Liang Zhang. Application of the CWQII method and a 2D water quality model to assess diversion schemes for East Lake (Donghu), Wuhan, China. Lake and Reservoir Management, 2014, 30(4):358-370.

40)      Zhi Wang, Jungian Zhang, Enhua Li, Liang Zhang, Xuelei Wang, Lirong Song. Combined toxic effects and mechanisms of microsystin-lr and copper on vallisneria natans (lour.) hara seedlings. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2017, 328, 108-116.

41)      Xiaorong Lu, Xuelei Wang, Liang Zhang, Ting Zhang, Chao Yang, Xinxin Song, Qing Yang. Improving forecasting accuracy of river flow using gene expression programming based on wavelet decomposition and de-noising. Hydrology Research, 2018, 49(3), 711-723.

42)      Wenchao Li, Qiuliang Lei, HawYen, Wilfred M.Wollheim, Limei Zhai, Wanli Hu, Liang Zhang, Weiwen Qiu, Jiafa Luo, Hongyuan Wang, Tianzhi Ren, Hongbin Liu. The overlooked role of diffuse household livestock production in nitrogen pollution at the watershed scale. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2020, 272, 1, 122758.

Research Projects

1)        Principal Investigator. Project of Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDA2304040303): Non-point source pollution simulation and assessment of the middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River, 2019-2023.

2)        Principal Investigator. National Key Research and Development Program of China (No. 2016YFD0800504): Water quantity and water quality management utilizing field-ditch-pond system in paddy regions, 2016-2020.

3)        Principal Investigator. Hubei Technological Innovation Special Fund of China (No. 2018ACA148): Research on agricultural nonpoint source pollution monitoring techniques and methods, 2018-2021.

4)        Principal Investigator. National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (No. 41471433): Transport and transformation of phosphorus in water level fluctuating zones of reservoirs under erosion conditions. 2015-2018.

5)        Principal Investigator. National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (No. 41001333): Quantitative analysis for the phosphorus removal and retention of the wetland in riparian zone, 2011-2013.

6)        Principal Investigator. Hubei Province Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 2016CFA058): The accumulated impacts of hydroelectric cascade exploitation on the transport and transformation of phosphorus in rivers. 2016-2019.

7)        Principal Investigator. Hubei Province Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 2011CDB404): Adsorption characteristic studies of phosphorus onto wetlands substrates in Hubei Province, 2011-2012.

8)        Principal Investigator. Youth Chenguang Project of Science and Technology of Wuhan City (No. 201150431072): Phosphorus removal and retention for suburban runoff, 2011-2013.

9)        Principal Investigator. Knowledge Innovation Program of the Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences: Experiment study of phosphorus uptake from aqueous solution using red soil, 2009-2012.

10)    Principal Investigator. Knowledge Innovation Program of the Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences: Experiment study of phosphorus uptake from aqueous solution using red soil, 2009-2012.

11)    Principal Investigator. CRSRI Open Research Program (No. CKWV2013213/KY) Adsorption and release characteristic of phosphorus onto sediments in water level fluctuating zones, 2013-2015.

12)    Principal Investigator. Open Research Program of Key Laboratory of Nonpoint Source Pollution Control, Ministry of Agriculture (No. 20130102): Estimating and management of agricultural Non-point Source Pollution, 2013-2014.

13)    Principal Investigator. Environmental Protection Agency, Huanggang City, Hubei Province: Research on planning environmental impact assessment, 2010, 2011, 2013.



李思思  博士研究生  070501-自然地理学  


汪婳  硕士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

沈王政  硕士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

夏必青  博士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

段赫  博士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

Honors & Distinctions

2018            Hubei Province Science and Technology Progress Award, Second Prize;

2016           Hubei Outstanding Youth Fund winner;

2016           The Youth Innovation Promotion Association CAS;

2015           Dayu Water Science and Technology Award;

2013           Hubei Province Science and Technology Progress Award, First Prize;

2010          Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award in Hubei Province;

2010          Provincial Natural Science Excellent Academic Thesis, First Prize;

2009           Outstanding Doctoral Graduates of Wuhan University