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Zhuotong Nan Professor


Educational Background

BA, Lanzhou University (1994-1998)

PHD, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1998-2003)

Visiting scholar, US Geological Survey (2004)

Postdoctoral Research, University of Pittsburgh (2007-2009)

Scientific Exchange, University of Pittsburgh (2013-2014)

Researcher, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011-2015)

Professor, Nanjing Normal University (2015-Present)



Research Projects

  1. Operation and Service for Scientific data in Cold and Arid Region in 2015. Project of National Science and Technology Basic Condition Platform, 2012-2015, Person in Charge
  2. Using Land Surface Process Model to Simulate Key Characteristics of Hot Water in Permafrost area in Qinghai Tibet Plateau. Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China,2015-2018, Person in Charge
  3. Spatial Decision Making Supporting System in Heihe River Basin. Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2012-2014, Person in Charge
  4. Sustainable Development Decision Support System for Soil and Water Resources in Heihe River Basin Based on Scientific Model and 3D Gaming Experience. 863 project of Ministry of Science and Technology, 2008-2011, Person in Charge
  5. Research on Modeling and Integrating the Environment of Land Surface Process, Innovative Program for Chinese Academy of Sciences 2009-2011, Person in Charge
  6. Development of adaptive water resources management in response to extreme hydrological events in Heihe River Basin, Northwestern China, Project of United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization. 2013, Person in Charge
  7. Research on Integrating water resource environmental model in Northwest arid region (Heihe River Basin) Based on GIS. Project of Young Scholars of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2006-2008, Person in Charge


Journal Articles

1. Zhang L, Nan Z, Xu Y, Li S. Hydrological Impacts of Land Use Change and Climate Variability in the Headwater Region of the Heihe River Basin, Northwest China. PlOS One. 2016, 11(6): e158394. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0158394.

2. Zhang L, Nan Z, Yu W, et al. Hydrological Response to Various Land-Use Change Scenarios under Constant and Changed Climatic Conditions. Environmental Management. 2016, 57(2): DOI: 10.1007/s00267-015-0620-z.

3. Yu W, Nan Z, Wang Z, Chen H, Wu T, Zhao L. An Effective Interpolation Method for MODIS Land Surface Temperature on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. 2015, 8(9): 4539-4550.

4. Zhang L., Nan Z, Yu W. et al., 2015. Modeling Land-Use and Land-Cover change and hydrological responses under consistent climate change scenarios in the Heihe river basin, china. WATER RESOUR MANAG, 29(13): 4701-4717.

5. Chen H, Nan Z, Zhao L, et al. Noah Modelling of the Permafrost Distribution and Characteristics in the West Kunlun Area, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, China. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes. 2015. DOI:10.1002/ppp.1841.

6. Cao Y., Nan Z, Cheng G., 2015. GRACE gravity satellite observations of terrestrial water storage changes for drought characterization in the arid land of northwestern China. Remote Sensing, 7: 1021-1047.

7. Nan Z, Shu L, Zhao Y, et al. Integrated modeling environment and a preliminary application on the Heihe river basin. SCIENCE CHINA E: Technological Sciences. 2011, 54(8): 2145—2156.

8. Nan Z.,Wang S.,Liang X. et al. Analysis of Spatial Similarities between NEXRAD and NLDAS Precipitation Data Products. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing,2010,3(3): 371-385.

9. Nan Z.,Li S.,Cheng G. Prediction of permafrost distribution on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in the next 50 and 100 years. Science in China, Ser. D Earth Sciences,2005,48(6): 797-804.

10. Ge Y., Li X., Huang C., Nan Z.T., 2013. A Decision Support System for irrigation water allocation along the middle reaches of the Heihe River Basin, Northwest China. ENVIRON MODELL SOFTW, 47: 182-192.

11. Wang S, Liang X, Nan Z. How much improvement can precipitation data fusion achieve based on the Multiscale Kalman Filter-Smoother framework? Water Resources Research. 2011, 47(W00H12) DOI: 10.1029/2010WR009953.

12. Li X, Nan Z, Cheng G, et al. Towards an Improved Data Stewardship and Service for Environmental and Ecological Science Data in West China. International Journal of Digital Earth. 2011. 4(4): 347—359.

13. Wu T.,Li S.,Cheng G, Nan ZT. Using Ground-Penetrating Radar To Detect Permafrost Degradation In The Northern Limit Of Permafrost On The Tibetan Plateau. Cold Reg Sci Technol,2005,41(3): 211-219.

14. Nan Z T Surface Frost Number Model and Its Application to the Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Glaciology and Geocryology. 2012, 34(1): 89-95

15. Nan Z T Permafrost Changes in the Northern Limit of Permafrost on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in the Last 30 Years. Acta Geographica Sinica. 2003, 58(6): 817-823

16. Nan Z T, Li S X, Liu Y Z. Mean Annual Ground Temperature Distribution on the Tibetan Plateau: Permafrost Distribution Mapping and Further Application. Journal of Glaciology and Geocryology. 2002, 24(2): 142-148



  1. Zhao L, Sheng Y, Nan Z T, Permafrost Survey Manual. Beijing: Science Press. 2015 (Chapter 8, 9)
  2. Ding Y J Study of Earth Surface Processes. Beijing: Science Press. 2013​



Academic Title

Editorial Board Member of Remote Sensing Technology and Application