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Northern Rivers Institute
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2015.06 - present Research Fellow (Project PLATO)

          Northern Rivers Institute, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom

2010.10 – 2015.04 PhD (Ecohydrology)

          School of the Environment, Flinders University of South Australia, Australia

2007.09 – 2010.06 Master (Hydrology)

          College of Water Sciences, Beijing Normal University, China

2003.09 – 2007.06 Bachelor (Environmental Science)

          College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, China



Research Interests

I have interests in the Soil- Vegetation- Atmosphere interactions in terms of wate and energy transport under changing climate conditions.

Subjects in mind for current and future pursuit include:

[1] Water use by vegetation at ecosystem level and the influence of environmental variables under different/extreme climate conditions

[2] Impact of land cover and climate change on surface hydrological processes (especially evapotranspiration)

[3] Understanding and interpretation of vegetation mortality in terms of water, carbon and nutrients condition

[4] Application of remote sensing for ecohydrological studies

Current Research

Experimental studies on tree and shrub water uptake in northern high-latitude headwater catchments.

To understand impacts of environmental variables (inclduing temperature, vapor pressure deficit, solar radiation, soil water content) on vegetation water useunder different rainfall regimes.

To investigate how land use change in terms of afforestation/deforestation will affect catchment water fluxes (streamflow).

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Membership of 

American Geophysical Union

British Hydrological Society



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Contributions to Journals


  • Wang, H., Tetzlaff, D. & Soulsby, C. 'Modelling the effects of land cover and climate change on soil water partitioning in a boreal headwater catchment'. Journal of Hydrology, vol 558, pp. 520-531.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.02.002
  • Wang, H., Tetzlaff, D. & Soulsby, C. (2017). 'Testing the maximum entropy production approach for estimating evapotranspiration from closed canopy shrubland in a low-energy humid environment'. Hydrological Processes, vol 31, no. 25, pp. 4613-4621.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/hyp.11363
  • Wang, H., Tetzlaff, D., Dick, JJ. & Soulsby, C. (2017). 'Assessing the environmental controls on Scots pine transpiration and the implications for water partitioning in a boreal headwater catchment'. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, vol 240-241, pp. 58-66.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.04.002
  • Ala-aho, P., Soulsby, C., Wang, H. & Tetzlaff, D. (2017). 'Integrated surface-subsurface model to investigate the role of groundwater in headwater catchment runoff generation: a minimalist approach to parameterisation'. Journal of Hydrology, vol 547, pp. 664-677.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.02.023
    [Online] AURA: Integrated_surface_subsurface_model_to_investigate_the_role_...
  • Yin, J., Wang, H., Zhan, C. & Lu, Y. (2017). 'Evapotranspiration estimation using Landsat-8 data with a two-layer framework'. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, vol 11, no. 1, 016034.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1117/1.JRS.11.016034
    [Online] AURA: JARS_16848_AUTHOR_2.pdf
  • Liu, N., Guan, H., Luo, Z., Zhang, C., Wang, H. & Zhang, X. (2017). 'Examination of a coupled supply- and demand-induced stress function for root water uptake modeling'. Hydrology Research, vol 48, no. 1, pp. 66-76.
    [Online] DOI: 10.2166/nh.2016.173
  • Wang, H., Guan, H. & Simmons, CT. (2016). 'Modeling the environmental controls on tree water use at different temporal scales'. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, vol 225, pp. 24-35.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2016.04.016
    [Online] AURA: Accepted.pdf
  • Wang, H., Guan, H., Guyot, A., Simmons, CT. & Lockington, DA. (2016). 'Quantifying sapwood width for three Australian native species using electrical resistivity tomography'. Ecohydrology, vol 9, no. 1, pp. 83-92.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/eco.1612
  • Wang, H., Guan, H., Deng, Z. & Simmons, CT. (2014). 'Optimization of canopy conductance models from concurrent measurements of sap flow and stem water potential on Drooping Sheoak in South Australia'. Water Resources Research, vol 50, no. 7, pp. 6154-6167.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014818
    [Online] AURA: wrcr21042.pdf
    [Link] http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/2013WR014818
  • Wang, H., Guan, H., Gutierrez-Jurado, HA. & Simmons, CT. (2014). 'Examination of water budget using satellite products over Australia'. Journal of Hydrology, vol 511, pp. 546-554.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.01.076
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