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Name   Zhang, Fan Home Page      http://zhangfan.itpcas.ac.cn/en/
Highest Education      Ph.D. Office      Building 3,Courtyard 16, Lin Cui Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101P.R. China
Phone      010-8409 7030 Zip Code      100101
Fax      010-8409 7079 Email      zhangfan@itpcas.ac.cn

Education and Appointments:


  • Aug. 2001-May 2005 University of Central Florida, Civil Engineering, Ph.D.
  • Aug. 1998-Jun. 2000 Tsinghua University, Civil Engineering, M.S.
  • Aug. 1994-Jun. 1998 Tsinghua University, Environmental Engineering, B.S.


  • May 2016- present Director of International Cooperation Department, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Apr. 2015-present Professor, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Dec. 2009-present Professor, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Mar. 2008-Sep. 2009 Research Staff Scientist, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • May 2005-Mar. 2008 Research Associate, Environmental Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • Aug. 2000-May 2005 Research Assistant, University of Central Florida, USA

Research Interest:

Water Resources and Numerical Modeling

Public Services:


  • Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, July 2009-present
  • Science Editor, Journal of Mountain Science, September 2011-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Water Security, October 2016-present
  • Editorial Board Member, International Soil and Water Conservation, October 2016-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Water Resource and Protection, January 2011-present


  • Geological Society of America
  • American Geophysical Union
  • European Geosciences Union
  • Environmental & Water Resources Institute of ASCE

  • Hundred Talent Award, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2010
  • Best Paper Award, GeoShanghai 2010, 2010
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union, 2003
Selected Publications:

Book Editors

  1. Zhang, F., G. T. Yeh, and J. C. ParkerEditors. Ground Water Reactive Transport Models. Bentham Science Publishers. ISBN 978-1-60805-306-3, 2012.

Journal Articles 

  1. Pant, R. R., F. Zhang*, F.-R. Qaiser, G. Wang, M. Ye, Z. Chen, H. Tang. Spatiotemporal variations of hydrogeochemistry and its controlling factors in the Gandaki River Basin, Central Himalayas, Nepal. Science of Total Environment. 622-623: 770-782 (2018)
  2. Guo B., Y. Liu, F. Zhang, J. Hou, H. Zhang, C. Li. Heavy metals in the surface sediments of lakes in the Tibetan Plateau, China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-017-0680-0
  3. Wang, L., F. Zhang*, H. Zhang, C. A. Scott, C. Zeng, X. Shi. Intensive precipitation observation greatly improves hydrological modelling of the poorly gauged high mountain Mabengnong catchment in the Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Hydrology. 556: 500–509 (2018)
  4. Shi X., F. Zhang*, X. Lu, Z. Wang, T. Gong, G. Wang, H. Zhang. In press. Spatiotemporal variations of suspended sediment transport in the upstream and midstream of the Yarlung Tsangpo River (the upper Brahmaputra), China. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. DOI: 10.1002/esp.4258
  5. Zeng C., F. Zhang*, X. Lu, G. Wang, T. Gong. Improving sediment load estimations: The case of the Yarlung Zangbo River (the upper Brahmaputra, Tibet Plateau). Catena. 160: 201-211 (2018)
  6. G, Wang, C. Zeng. F. Zhang*, Y. Zhang, C. Scott, X. Yan. Traffic-Related Heavy Metals in Soils along Six Highway Segments on the Tibetan Plateau: Influence Factors and Spatial Variation. Science of the Total Environment. 581-582: 811-821 (2017)
  7. Zhang, H., Zhang, F., Zhang, G., He, X., and Tian, L.: Evaluation of cloud effects on air temperature estimation using MODIS LST based on ground measurements over the Tibetan Plateau, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16, 13681-13696 (2016).
  8. Zhang, H., F. Zhang*, M. Ye, T. Che, and G. Zhang (2016), Estimating daily air temperatures over the Tibetan Plateau by dynamically integrating MODIS LST data, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 121, 11,425–11,441 (2016).
  9. Zhang, F.*, H. Zhang, S. C. Hagen, M. Ye, D. Wang, D. Gui, C. Zeng, L. Tian, J. Liu. Snow cover and runoff modeling in a high mountain catchment with scarce data: effects of temperature and precipitation parameters. Hydrological Processes. 29, 52-65 (2015)
  10. Shi, X.*, T. Lei, F. Zhang, and Y. Yan. Velocity measurement of water flow within gravel layer with electrolyte tracer method under virtual boundary condition. Journal of Hydrology. 527, 387-393 (2015)
  11. Kim, Y. J., S. C. Brooks*, F. Zhang, J. C. Parker, J. W. Moon, Y. Roh. Fate and transport of uranium (vi) in weathered saprolite. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 139, 154-162 (2015)
  12. Shi X., F. Zhang*, L. Tian, D. R. Joswiak, C. Zeng and D. Qu. Tracing contributions to hydro-isotopic differences between two adjacent lakes in the southern Tibetan Plateau. Hydrological Processes. 28, 5503-5512 (2014)
  13. Zhang, H., F. Zhang*, X. Shi, C. Zeng, D.-S. Shih, G.-T. Yeh, D.R. Joswiak . Influence of River Channel Geometry in Stream Flow Modeling and Guidelines for Field Investigation. Hydrological Processes. 28, 2630-2638 (2014)
  14. Wang, G., X. Yan*, F. Zhang, C. Zeng, D. Gao. Traffic-Related Trace Element Accumulation in Roadside Soils and Wild Grasses in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2014, 11, 456-472 (2014)
  15. Yan, X., F. Zhang*, D. Gao, C. Zeng, W. Xiang and M. Zhang. Accumulations of Heavy Metals in Roadside Soils Close to Zhaling, Eling and Nam Co Lakes in the Tibetan Plateau. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 10(6), 2384-2400 (2013)
  16. Zeng, C.*, F. Zhang, Y. Chen, D. R. Joswiak. Impact of alpine meadow degradation on soil hydraulic properties over the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Hydrology. 478, 148-156 (2013)
  17. Zeng, C., Q. Wang*, F. Zhang, J. Zhang. Temporal changes in soil hydraulic conductivity with different soil types and irrigation methods. Geoderma, 193-194, 290-299 (2013)
  18. Yan, X.*, D. Gao, F. Zhang, C. Zeng, W. Xiang and M. Zhang. Relationships between Heavy Metal Concentrations in Roadside Topsoil and Distance to Road Edge Based on Field Observations in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 10(3), 762-775 (2013)
  19. Yeh, G.T.*, J.-P. Gwo, M. D. Siegel, M.-H. Li, Y. Fang, F. Zhang, W. Luo, S. B. Yabusaki. Innovative mathematical modeling in environmental remediation. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. 119, 26-38 (2013)
  20. Zhang, F.*, G. T. Yeh, J.C. Parker, H. Zhang, X. Shi1, C. Wang, R.Gu. A reaction-based river/stream water quality model, reaction network decomposition and model application. Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. 23(5), 605-620 (2012)
  21. Zhang, F., X. Yan*, C. Zeng, M. Zhang, S. Shrestha, L. P. Devkota, and T. Yao. Influence of Traffic Activity on Heavy Metal Concentration of Roadside Farmland Soil in Mountainous Areas. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 9(5), 1715-1731 (2012)
  22. Yan, X., F. Zhang*, C. Zeng, M. Zhang, L.P. Devkota, T. Yao. Relationship between Heavy-Metal Content of Soil and Corresponding Grass in Roadside Farmland. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 9(9), 3209-3226 (2012)
  23. Shi, X., F. Zhang, T. Lei*, R. Chuo, S. Zhou, Y. Yan. Measuring Shallow Water Flow Velocity with Virtual Boundary Condition Signal in the Electrolyte Tracer Method. Journal of Hydrology. 452-453, 172-179 (2012)
  24. Shi, X.* and F. Zhang. A preliminary study on measurement of sediment concentration in hill-slope runoff with electrolyte tracer. Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. 23(5), 597-604 (2012)
  25. Zeng, C., Q. Wang*, F. Zhang. Evaluation of hydraulic parameters obtained by different measurement methods for heterogeneous gravel soil. Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. 23(5), 585-596 (2012)
  26. Shi, X., W. Chen, F. Zhang, and L. Wu*. Simulating Bromide transport from soil to overland flow, application and evaluation of interfacial diffusion-controlled model. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. 17(5), 628-634, (2012)
  27. Zhang, F.*, W. Luo, J.C. Parker, S.C. Brooks, D. B. Watson, P. M. Jardine and B. Gu. Modeling uranium transport in acidic contaminated groundwater with base addition. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 190, 863-868 (2011)  
  28. Zhang, F.*, Wu, W.-M., Jack C. Parker, Tonia Mehlhorn, Shelly D. Kelly, Kenneth M. Kemner, Gengxin Zhang, Christopher Schadt, Scott C. Brooks, Craig S. Criddle, David B. Watson, Philip M. Jardine.. Kinetic analysis and modeling of oleate and ethanol stimulated uranium (VI) bio-reduction in contaminated sediments under sulfate reduction conditions. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 183, 482-489 (2010)
  29. Zhang, F.*, J. C. Parker, S. C. Brooks, D. B. Watson, P. M. Jardine and B. Gu. Prediction of uranium and technetium sorption during titration of contaminated acidic groundwater. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 178, 42-48 (2010)
  30. Zhang, F.* and J. C. Parker. An Efficient Modeling Approach to Simulate Heat Transfer rate between Fracture and Matrix Regions for Oil Shale Retorting. Transport in porous media. 84, 229-240 (2010)
  31. Tang, G.*, E. F. D’Azevedo, F. Zhang, J. C. Parker, D. B. Watson and P. M. Jardine. Application of A Hybrid MPI/OpenMP Approach for Parallel Groundwater Model Calibration on Multi-Core Computers. Computers and geosciences. 36, 1451-1460 (2010)
  32. Yeh, G. T.*, Y. Fang, F. Zhang, J. Sun, Y. Li, M. H. Li, and M. D. Siegel. “Numerical Modeling of Coupled Fluid Flow and Thermal and Reactive Biogeochemical Transport in Porous and Fractured Media”. Computational Geosciences. 14(1), 149-170 (2010).
  33. Zhang, F.*, J. C. Parker, S. C. Brooks, Y.-J. Kim, P. M. Jardine and D. B. Watson. Comparison of Approaches to Calibrate a Surface Complexation Model for U(VI) Sorption to Weathered Saprolite. Transport in Porous Media Journal. 78 (2), 185-197 (2009)
  34. Mayes, M. A.*, G. Tang, P. M. Jardine, L. D. McKay, X. L. Yin, M. N. Pace, J. C. Parker, F. Zhang, T. L. Melhorn and R. Dansby-Sparks. Influence of Sedimentary Bedding on Reactive Transport Parameters under Unsaturated Conditions. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 73, 1938-1946 (2009)
  35. Zhang, F.*, W. Luo, J. C. Parker, B. P. Spalding, S. C. Brooks, D. B. Watson, P. M. Jardine, and B. Gu Geochemical Modeling of Reactions and Partitioning of Trace Metals and Radionuclides during Titration of Contaminated Acidic Sediments. Environmental Science and Technology. 42 (21), 8007-8013 (2008)
  36. Zhang, F.*, G. T. Yeh, J. C. Parker, and P. M. Jardine. “A reaction-based river/stream water quality model, Model development and numerical schemes”. Journal of Hydrology. 348, 496-509 (2008)
  37. Zhang, F.*, L. Jiang, G. T. Yeh, and J. C. Parker. “An Adaptive Local Grid Refinement and Peak/Valley Capture Algorithm to Solve Nonlinear Transport Problems with Moving Sharp-Fronts”. Transport in Porous Media Journal. 72, 53-69 (2008)
  38. Zhang, F.*, W. Luo, D. B. Watson, J. C. Parker, B. Gu, B. P. Spalding and P. M. Jardine. A reactive transport model to simulate uranium immobilization through pH manipulation. Geochimica et cosmochimica acta. 72(12), Meeting abstract A1080- A1080 (2008)
  39. Zhang, F.*, J. C. Parker, W. Luo, B. Gu, B. P. Spalding, S. C. Brooks, D. B. Watson, and P. M. Jardine. Subsurface transport and biogeochemistry modeling at IFC site, Oak Ridge, TN. Abstract of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 236, GEOC 48 (2008)
  40. Yan, X.*, E. Radwan, F. Zhang, and J. C. Parker. Evaluation of Dynamic Passing Sight Distance Problem Using a Finite Element Model. Journal of Transportation Engineering. 134, 225-235 (2008)
  41. Jardine, P. M.*, D. B. Watson, G. Baker, C.C. Brandt, S.C. Brooks, C.S. Criddle, C.T. Gaten, B. Gu, J. Horita, S.S. Hubbard, S. Kelly, K. Kemner, P. K. Kitanidis, J. Kostka, J. Luo, A.V. Palumbo, J.C. Parker, T.J. Phelps, C.W. Schadt, B.P. Spalding, W.N. Wu, F. Zhang, and J. Zhou. Research Highlights and Future Directions of the Oak Ridge Integrated Field Research Challenge Project: Implications to Future EM Remedial Decisions and Strategies. Abstract of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 236, NUCL 84 (2008)
  42. Zhang, F.*, G. T. Yeh, J. C. Parker, S. C. Brooks, M. N. Pace, Y.-J. Kim, P. M. Jardine, and D. B. Watson. “A reaction-based paradigm to model reactive chemical transport in groundwater with general kinetic and equilibrium reactions”. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology. 92, 10-32 (2007).

Supported Projects:


  • “Hydrological Modeling Study on the Water Volume Changing Processes of the Yamzhog Yunco Lake in Tibet”, NSFC, 2018-2021
  • “The Water Quality Dynamics and the Environmental Implications in the Koshi River Basin”, NSFC, 2018-2020
  • “Tibetan Plateau Hydrological and Water Environment Simulation”, NSFC, 2015-2017.
  • “Study on observation and simulation of hydrological and sediment processes under thawing erosion in Qugaqie catchment of Namco, Tibet”, NSFC, 2014-2017.
  • “Development of stable isotope and water cycle coupling model and its application to a basin in the Himalaya Mountains”, NSFC, 2011-2013.
  • “Hydrology and the biogeochemistry process simulation platform for basins in high and cold region and its application to southeast Tibet”, CAS, 2011-2013.


  • Mobility of Particulate and Dissolved Munitions Constituents in the Vadose Zone at Operational Ranges. (Co-PI) U.S. Dept. of Defense, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, 2009-2012
  • Multiscale Investigations on the Rates and Mechanisms of Targeted Immobilization and Natural Attenuation of Metal, Radionuclide and Co-Contaminants in the Subsurface. (Co-PI) U.S. Dept. of Energy, Environmental Remediation Science Program, Oak Ridge Integrated Field Challenge, 2007-2012