Kaiheng HU 






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




Risk analysis of geohazards, monitoring and early-warning of geohazards  


2002-2006, Ph.D., Fluid Mechanics, State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Systems, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China; Dissertation: Scaling laws and coherent structures in compressible turbulent channel flows; Advisor: Professor Zhen-Su She   

1999-2002, M.S., Physical Geography, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; Dissertation: Research on wave movement of debris flows; Advisor: Professor Peng Cui  

1993-1997, B.S., Computational Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China 

Employment Record (including international working experience )  

May 2010 - present, Professor, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Jan. 2007 - Apr. 2010, Associate Professor, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Jan. 2002 - Dec. 2006, Assistant Professor, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Jul. 1997 - Aug. 1999, Research Fellow, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Running Projects  

1. Experimental study on form resistance of movable channel to debris flow ( funded by National Science Foundation of China, No. 41371039 )  

2. Mechanism and Risk Analysis of Extremely Large Mountain Torrents and Debris Flows in the Western China ( funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, No. 2011CB409902)  

3. Dynamic process and mitigation simulation of debris flows (funded by Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. KZZD-EW-05-01)  

Academic Society Activities  

1. Kaiheng Hu. Measurement and calculation of debris-flow impact force. The Sixth National Academic Conference of Geological Hazard, April 11, 2013, Beijing, China. (Oral presentation ) 

2. Kaiheng Hu. Empirical relationships for post-quake debris flows in Wenchuan earthquake zone. 2012 International Debris-Flow Workshop, August 11, 2012, Chengdu, China. (Oral presentation ) 

3. Kaiheng Hu, Mi Tian. Study of viscous debris-flow surges moving on a residual layer in a flume. International Symposium of IAHS-ICCE in 2012 - Erosion and Sediment Yields in the Changing Environment, October 12, 2012, Chengdu, China. ( Oral presentation ) 

4. Hu Kaiheng, Hu Chaolang. Characteristics and mechanism of debris-flow surges at Jiangjia ravine. 5th International Conference on Debris-Flow Hazards Mitigation: Mechanics, Prediction and Assessment, June 15, 2011, Padua, Italy. ( Oral presentation )  



2009: Second Class of National Award for Science and Technology Progress for research achievement on the theory and key technology of debris flow mitigation along highways and railways in Western China 

2006: awarded First Class (China) Sichuan Province Sci-tech Progress Prize with the research on “the Theory and Techniques of Debris Flow Prevention in Mountain Roads"   



[1] Hu Kai-heng, Pu Li, Wang Xie-kang. Experimental study of entrainment behavior of debris flow over channel inflexion points. Journal of mountain science, 2016, 13(6):971-984.  

[2] Mi Tian, Kai-heng Hu, Chao Ma,and Fa-hong Lei. Effect of Bed Sediment Entrainment on Debris-Flow Resistance, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering,2014,140(1):115-120.   

[3] Mingtao Ding, Kaiheng Hu. Susceptibility mapping of landslides in Beichuan County using cluster and MLC methods. Natural Hazards, 2014, 70(1):755-766.   

[4] Chao Ma, Kaiheng Hu, Mi Tian. Comparison of debris-flow volume and activity under different formation conditions. Natural Hazards, 2013, 67(2): 261-273.   

[5]Kaiheng Hu, Mi Tian, Yong Li. The Influence of Flow Width on Mean Velocity of Debris Flows in Wide Open Channel. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 2013, 139(1):65-69. 

[6] Mi Tian, Kai-heng Hu, Chuan-chang Wang, Ma Chao, Fa-hong Lei. Study of viscous debris-flow surges moving on a residual layer in a flume. Erosion and Sediments Yields in the Changing Environment (Proceedings of a symposium held at the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, CAS-Chengdu, China, 11–15 October 2012) (IAHS Publ. 356, 2012): 311-316. 

[7] Kaiheng Hu, Cui P, Zhang J. Characteristics of Building Damage by August 7, 2010 Debris Flows In Zhouqu, Western China. Natural hazards and earth system sciences, 2012, (5):2209-2217. 

[8] Peng Cui, Kaiheng Hu, Jianqi Zhuang, Yu Yang and Jianqiang Zhang. Prediction of debris-flow danger area by combining hydrological and inundation simulation methods. Journal of Mountain Science , 2011, 8(1):1-9. 

[9] Kaiheng Hu, Fangqiang Wei, Yong Li. Real-time measurement and preliminary analysis of debris-flow impact force at Jiangjia Ravine, China. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 2011, 36(9): 1268-1278. 

[10] Hu Kai-Heng, Cui Peng, Wang Chuan-Chang, Li Yong, Lu Xiao-Bing. Characteristic rainfall for warning of debris flows. Journal of Mountain Science, 2010, 7(3):207-214. 

[11] Kaiheng Hu, Yong Li, Fangqiang Wei. Annual risk assessment on high-frequency debris-flow fans. Natural Hazards, 2009, 49(3):469-477. 

[12] Fangqiang Wei, Kaiheng Hu, Peng Cui and Qun Guan. A decision support system for debris-flow hazard mitigation in towns based on numerical simulation: a case study at Dongchuan, Yunnan Province. Int. J. Risk Assessment and Management, 2008, 8(4):373-383. 

[13] Fangqiang Wei, Kechang Gao, Kaiheng Hu, Yong Li and James Smith Gardner. Relationships between debris flows and earth surface factors in Southwest China. Environmental Geology, DOI: 10.1007/s00254-007-1012-3. 

[14] Hu Kaiheng, Chen Kai, She Zhensu. Numerical studies of scaling exponents in compressible wall-bounded turbulence. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Pekinensis, 2007, 43(3):307-311. (Chinese). 

[15] Hu Kaiheng, Wei Fangqiang, Hong Yong and Li Xiaoyu. Field measurement of impact force of debris flow. Journal of Rock Mechanics and Engineering, 2006, 25(SUPPL.1):2813-2819. (Chinese). 

[16] Guan Qun, Wei Fang-qiang, Hu Kai-heng. Study of risk zoning system of debris-flow based on real-time numerical simulation. Application Research of Computers, 2006, 23(12): 54-55. (Chinese). 

[17] Wei Fangqiang, Zhang Yu, Hu Kaiheng, Gao Kechang. Model and method of debris flow risk zoning based on momentum analysis. Wuhan University Journal of Natural Sciences, 2006, 11(4):835-839. 

[18] LI Yong, HU Kaiheng, CHEN Xiaoqing and WEI Fangqiang. Characteristic curves and debris flow activity of a valley. Journal of Mountain Science, 2006, 24(3):320-326. (Chinese). 

[19] WEI Fangqiang, HU Kaiheng, CHENG Zunlan. Research on numerical simulation of debris flow in Guxiang valley. Journal of Mountain Science, 2006, 24(2):167-171. (Chinese). 

[20] Li Yong, Hu Ping-Hua, Hu Kai-Heng. Distribution of thickness of debris flow deposition. World Water Congress 2005, DOI:10.1061/40792(173)113. 

[21] HU Kaiheng, CHEN Kai. Relative Scaling Exponents and Intermittency in Compressible Turbulent Channel Flows. Chinese Physics Letters, 2005, 22(12): 3115-3118. 

[22] HU Kaiheng, WEI Fangqiang, LI Yong. Relationship between first-order stream number and area threshold for debris flow basin. Scientia Geographica Sinica, 2005, 25(4):473-477. (Chinese). 

[23] WEI Fangqiang, HU Kaiheng, CHEN Jie. Determination of effective antecedent rainfall for debris flow forecast. Journal of Mountain Science, 2005, 23(4):453-457. (Chinese). 

[24] LI Yong, CHEN Xiaoqing, HU Kaiheng and HE Shufen. Fractality of grain compostion of debris flows. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2005, 60(3):495-502. (Chinese). 

[25] Peng Cui, Xiaoqing Chen, Yuyi Waqng, Kaiheng Hu and Yong Li. (2005). Jiangjia Ravine debris flows in south-western China. In: Debris-flow Hazards and Related Phenomena, M. Jakob and O. Hungr (eds.), Springer-Praxis, Berlin Heidelberg, 565-594. 

[26] HU Kaiheng, WEI Fangqiang. Numerical-simulation-based debris flow risk zoning. Journal of Natural Disasters, 2005, 14(1):10-14. (Chinese). 

[27] Li Y., Hu K.H., Yue Z.Q. and Tham L.G.. Termination and deposition of debris-flow surge. In: Landslides: Evaluation and Stability, Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Landslides, Lacerda, Ehrlich, Fontoura & Sayao (eds), 2004, 2: 1451-1456. 

[28] LI Fa-bin, Hu Kai-heng, WEI Fang-qiang and CUI Peng. Decision support system of hazard mitigation for sichuan-tibet road. Application Research of Computers, 2004, 21(2):132-134. (Chinese). 

[29] HU Kaiheng, WEI Fangqiang, LI Yong, CUI Peng. Characteristics of debris-flow surge. Journal of Mountain Science, 2004, 22(6):707-712. (Chinese). 

[30] LI Fabin, TU Jianjun, HU Kaiheng. Optimized design model for sediment-trapped dam by GIS techniques. Science in China Ser.E, 2003, 46(Supp.):175-187. 

[31] LI Yong, HU Kaiheng, HE Yiping. Parameter evaluation of deposition in terms of debris-flow surges. Journal of Natural Disasters, 2003, 12(2), 71-78. (Chinese). 

[32] WEI Fangqiang, HU Kaiheng, J. L. Lopez, CUI Peng. Method and its application of the momentum model for debris flow risk zoning. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2003, 48(6):594-598. 

[33] HU Kaiheng, WEI Fangqiang, HE Yiping, LI Yong, CUI Peng. Application of particle model in risk zoning of debris flow. Journal of Mountain Science, 2003, 21(6): 726-730. (Chinese).