Gongdan ZHOU






No. 9, Block 4, Renminnanlu Road, Chengdu, 610041, People’s Republic of China 




Dynamics of debris flow and mitigation,

Granular flow and Multiphase flow


09/2005—01/2010, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China. Ph. D in Geotechnical Engineering. Dissertation: “The Mechanisms of Debris Flow”.

09/2001—07/2005, Department of Civil Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. B. E. in Civil Engineering.

Employment Record (including international working experience )

10/2017-present: Professor, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences;

2016: Visiting Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

01/2015-present: Deputy Director of the Key Laboratory of Mountain Hazards and Earth Surface Process, Chinese Academy of Sciences

09/2013-09/2017: Associate Professor, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences;

05/2010-08/2013: Assistant Professor, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Running Projects

2017, National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 11672318): “Research on the mechanisms of solids segregation and their effect on the debris-flow mobility” (0.6M RMB) (Principal Investigator)

2016, Key Research Program of Frontier Sciences, CAS (grant no. QYZDB-SSW-DQC010), “Failure mechanisms of moraine soils in Qinghai Tibet Plateau and the correlated hazards dynamics” (2.5M RMB) (Principal Investigator)

2016, Key construction project of the Dongchuan Debris Flow Observation and Research Station, Chinese Academy of Sciences (10M RMB+6M HK$) (Project Coordinator)

Academic Society Activities

Editorial Board of “Granular Matter”;

Scientific Editor of the “Journal of Mountain Science” (SCI) ;

Association of Geohazard Professionals: Chair of the sub-committee for field monitoring


Awardee of “IAG/AIG GRANTS for Young Geomorphologists”, on the 8th IAG/AIG International Conference on Geomorphology in 2013 (Paris);

Excellent membership of “Youth Innovation Promotion Association, Chinese Academy of Sciences”, in 2015


Gordon G. D. Zhou, Kahlil Fredrick E. Cui*, L. Jing, D. Song, T. Zhao, Yu Huang (2020). Segregation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. DOI: 10.1029/2020JB019536.

Gordon G. D. Zhou, Mingjun Zhou*, Mandira Singh Shrestha, Dongri Song, Clarence E. Choi, Kahlil Fredrick E. Cui, Ming Peng, Zhenming Shi, Xinghua Zhu and Huayong Chen (2019). Experimental investigation on the longitudinal evolution of landslide dam breaching and outburst floods. Geomorphology, 334: 29-43.

Gordon G. D. Zhou, H. S. Hu*, D. Song, T. Zhao, and X. Q. Chen (2019). Experimental Study on the Regulation Function of Slit Dam against Debris Flows. Landslides. 16(1):75-90.

Gordon G. D. Zhou, S. Li*, D. Song, C.E Choi, and X. Q. Chen. (2019). Depositional mechanisms and morphology of debris flow: physical modelling. Landslides. 16(2): 315-332.

Gordon G. D. Zhou, Leilei Chen*, Qingyi Mu, Kahlil Fredrick E. Cui and Dongri Song (2019). Effects of Water Content on the Shear Behavior and Critical State of Glacial Till in Tianmo Gully of Tibet, China. Journal of mountain science.

Gordon G. D. Zhou*, P. Cui, J. B. Tang, H. Y. Chen, Q. Zou, and Q. C. Sun (2015). Experimental Study on the Triggering Mechanisms and Kinematic Properties of the Large Debris Flows Occurred in Wenjia Gully. Engineering Geology, 194, 52-61.