Qiang ZOU 






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




Disaster-causing mechanism of debris flow; 

Risk assessment of mountain disaster; 

Geographical information system development 



Sep. 2001-Jun. 2005: B.S. West Normal University, Bachelor Degree, Geography   

Sep. 2005-Jun. 2007: M.S. Sun Yat-Sen University, Master Degree, Physical Geography  

Sep. 2010-Jun. 2014: Ph.D. Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PhD Degree, Natural Disaster 


Employment Record (including international working experience )  

July. 2007-May. 2017, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang, Head of Teaching and Research Office of GIS Specialty, Lecture, Associate professor 

Jun. 2017-Now, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu, Researcher, Mountain disaster research  


Running Projects  

1. National Natural Science Foundation of China, major project, Spatial Distribution of Physical and Mechanical Properties of Soil Mass and Occurrence Thresholds for Mountain Hazards in the Steep Slope Gradients, Eastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, 41790432, 2018.01-2022.12. 

2. The Second Tibetan Plateau Scientific Expedition and Research Program (STEP), 2019QZKK0902, Investigation and risk of debris flow disaster in The Himalayan mountains, E0A33403412019.11-2024.10.  

3. National Natural Science Foundation of China, Vulnerability assessment of mountain hazards in large gradient environmental, 41401598, 2015.01-2017.12. 

4. Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dynamic process and multi-scale risk mapping of mountain disasters, XDA23090303, 2019.01-2023.12. 

5. Investigation special project of Ministry of Science and Technology resources, Comprehensive investigation and Assessment of natural disasters in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, 2018FY100500, 2019.01-2021.12. 

6. Basic Research Project of Sichuan Science and Technology Department, Spatial differentiation rule and dynamic risk of debris flow in western Sichuan under the climate change, 2019YJ0006, 2019.01-2022.01. 

7. Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Distribution law of landslide and debris flow disaster in economic corridors of Silk Road, 2018-2022, XDA20030301, 2018.01-2022.12. 

8. Foreign cooperation program of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Natural  disaster risk and integrated mitigation of Silk Road, 131551KYSB20160002, 2016.07-2021.07. 


Academic Society Activities  

1. Committee member of the Professional Committee on Natural Disaster Risk and Integrated Disaster Reduction of the Geographical Society of China 

2. Review experts of "CATENA", "Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk", "Journal of Mountain Science", "Natural Hazards", "Georisk", "Arabian Journal of Geosciences", "International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction", "Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment", "Frontiers of Earth Science" and "Journal of Spatial Science" 



1. First place, Soil and Water Conservation Society of China Sci. & Tech. Advancement Award, 2016   

2. Second place, Pei Xiu Award for Outstanding Map Works of China Society of Surveying and Mapping Geographic Information  



[1] Qiang Zou, Associate editor. The Atlas of Mountain Hazards and Water-Soil Losses in the Upper Yangtze. Science press, 2015. ISBN: 978-7-03-042605-5. 

[2] Qiang Zou, Associate editor. The development case of Geographic information system. Southwest Jiaotong university press, 2014. ISBN: 978-7-5643-1132-2.   

[3] Qiang Zou, Associate editor. Atlas of Silk Road Disaster Risk. Science Press, 2020.   

[4] Qiang Zou*, Peng Cui*, Hu Jiang, Jiao Wang, Cong Li, Bing Zhou. Analysis of regional river blocking by debris flows in response to climate change. Science of the Total Environment, 2020, 741: 1-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140262.   

[5] Qiang Zou, Peng Cui*, Yu Lei, Shengnan Wu, Javed Iqbal. Launch of the Atlas of Silk Road Disaster Risk. Landslides, 2020, 17: 1739-1740. DOI 10.1007/s10346-020-01411-9. 

[6] Qiang Zou*, Peng Cui, Jing He, Lei Yu, Shusong Li. Regional risk assessment of debris flows in China—An HRU-based approach. Geomorphology, 2019, 340: 84-102. 

[7] Qiang Zou*, Peng Cui, Gordon G. D. Zhou, Shusong Li, Jianxi Tang, Shuai Li. A new approach to assessing vulnerability of mountain highways subject to debris flows in China. Progress in Physical Geography. 2018, 42(3): 305-329. DOI: 10.1177/0309133318770985 

[8] Qiang ZOU*, Gongdan ZHOU, Shusong LI, Chaojun OUYANG, Jinbo TANG. Dynamic-process analysis and hazard prediction of debris flow in eastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau area-- a case study at RiDi gully. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. 2017, 49(3): 373-390. DOI: 

[9] Qiang Zou*, Peng Cui, Chao Zeng, Jianxi Tang & Amar Deep Regmi. Dynamic process-based risk assessment of debris flow on a local scale. Physical Geography, 2016, (37)2: 132-152. DOI:10.1080/02723646.2016.1169477.  

[10] Qiang Zou*, Peng Cui, Shusong Li, et al. Multi-scale hazard assessment of debris flows in eastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau area. 7th International Conference on Debris-Flow Hazards Mitigation, Golden, Colorado, USA. 2019, 903-910. 

[11] Qiang Zou*, Zhiman Su, and Xinghua Zhu. Mechanism of Landslide-Debris Flow-Barrier Lake Disaster Chain after the Wenchuan Earthquake. Earthquake-Induced Landslides, 2013, 917-924. 

[12] Qiang Zou*, Peng Cui, Hu Jiang, Yanguo Liu, Cong Li, Sheng Hu, Bin Zhou. Characteristics and causes of the debris flow in Shelong Gully, China. World Landslide Forum, Springer, Kyoto. 2020. 

[13] Peng Cui*, Qiang Zou, Ling-zhi Xiang,Chao Zeng. Risk assessment of simultaneous debris flows in mountain townships. Progress in Physical Geography. 2013, 37(4): 516-542. 

[14] Jiao Wang, Qiang Zou*, Wen Jin, Yanju Fu. Analyzing the characteristics of glacial debris flow activity in Parlung Tsangpo basin, Tibet. World Landslide Forum, Springer, Kyoto. 2020. 

[15] Qiang Zou*. Hazard Assessment of Highways Affected by Debris Flows. Applied Mechanics and Materials, 2014, 501-504, 2455-2462. 

[16] Zou Qiang*, Su Zhiman, and Zhu Xinghua. Mechanism of Landslide-Debris Flow-Barrier Lake Disaster Chain after the Wenchuan Earthquake. Earthquake-Induced Landslides, 2013, 917-924. 

[17] ZOU Qiang*, WANG Qing, WANG Chengzhong. Integrated Cartography Technique Based on GIS. Energy Procedia, 2012, 17, 663–670. 

[18] Qiang Zou, Jianxi Tang, Shusong Li, Jianrong Fan. Susceptibility assessment method of debris flows based on hydrological response unit. Journal of Mountain Science, 2016, (32)6: 747-753. (Chinese). 

[19] Qiang Zou*, Xiaojun Guo, Xinghua Zhu, Yingde Kong.Hazard Characteristics and Causes of “7·10 ”Debris Flow along Highways in the Upper Reaches of Minjiang River. Journal of Mountain Science, 2014, (32)6: 747-753. (Chinese). 

[20] Qiang Zou*, Qing Wang, Yanguo Liu. Evaluation Method of Debris-flow Susceptibility Using GIS and Logistic Model. Bulletin of Soil and Water Conservation, 2014, (34)3: 185-189. (Chinese). 

[21] Qiang Zou*, Peng Cui, Wei Yang. Hazard Assessment of Debris Flows along G318 Sichuan-Tibet Highway. Journal of Mountain Science, 2013, (31)3: 342-348. (Chinese). 

[22] Qiang Zou*, Peng Cui, Lingzhi Xiang. Quantitative Evaluation for Susceptibility of Debris Flow in UpperYangtze River Basin. Environmental Science & Technology, 2012, 35(3): 159-163. (Chinese). 

[23] Qiang Zou*, Qing Wang, Yanguo Liu. Quantiative Analysis of Debris Flow Gully Based on Geomorphic Excess Entropy in Catchment. Science & Technology Review, 2012, 30(18): 50-55. (Chinese). 

[24] Qiang Zou*, Wenjun Zhang, Fengqiang Wu. Environmental Pollution Source Analysis and Assessment System Based on Arc Objects. Environmental Science & Technology, 2011, 34(10): 186-190. (Chinese). 

[25] Qiang Zou*, Wenjun Zhang, Wei Shui, Weihong Wang. Data Acquisition and Analysis System for Country Region Geological Hazards Based on Arc Engine. Science & Technology Review, 2011, 29(34): 54-58. (Chinese). 

[26] Qiang Zou*, Yangbo Chen. Application of Doppler Weather Radar Data Quality Control and Quantitative Estimation for Basin Rainfall. ACTA SCIENTIARUM NATURALIUM UNIVERSITATISSUNYATSENI. 2009, 48(3): 122-128. (Chinese). 

[27] Qiang Zou*. Discussion of Doppler Weather Rada r Data Quality Control. Journal of Southwest University of Science and Technology, 2009, 24(1): 56:61. (Chinese). 

[28] Qiang Zou*. Rainfall spatial interpolation method. water-saving irrigation, 2009, (7): 12-14. (Chinese). 

[29] Y.B. Chen, Q. Zou, J. Han, I. Cluckie. CINRAD data quality control and precipitation estimation. Water Management, 2009, 162(2): 95-105. 

[30] Peng Cui*, Qiang Zou. Theory and method of risk assessment and risk management of debris flows and flash floods. Progress in Geography, 2016, 35(2): 137-147. (Chinese). 

[31] Yonggang Ge, Qiang Zou, Jianqiang Zhang, Xiaojun Guo. Hazards on Dujiangyan-Wenchuan Highways Induced by Catastrophic Debris Flows on July 10 2013 and Prevention[C]. Trans Tech Publications, 2014, 501: 2463-2472. 

[32] Li S S, Zou Q*, Chen R, et al. Hazard assessment of debris flow in Bailong River Basin. Science of Soil and Water Conservation, 2018, 16(4): 83-88. (Chinese). 

[33] Cui P, Zou Q, Chen X, Wang D X, et al. Natural disaster risk and comprehensive disaster reduction along ‘One Belt, One Road’. Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Sciences. 2018, 33: 38-43. (Chinese). 

[34] Zhang J Q, Zou Q, Su F H, et al. Altitude difference calculation based on neighborhood statistics with dynamic windows. Science of Surveying and Mapping, 2017, 42(06): 36-40(Chinese). 

[35] Cui, P., Regmi, A. D., Zou, Q., Lei, Y., Chen, X., & Cheng, D. Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk in One Belt One Road Corridors. Advancing Culture of Living with Landslides. 2017. 

[36] Ge Yonggang, Cui Peng, Zou Qiang, Zhang Jianqiang, Guo Xiaojun. Causes, Hazards and Risk of the Large-Scale Debris Flows on June 23 2012 at Haitong Basin, Tibet, China. World Landslide Forum, 2016. 

[37] Cui Peng*, Xiang Lingzhi, Zou Qiang. Risk assessment of highways affected by debris flows in Wenchuan earthquake area. Journal of Mountain Science, 2013, 10(2): 173-189. 

[38] MA Chao, HU Kai-heng, ZOU Qiang, TIAN Mi. Characteristics of clustering debris flows in Wenchuan earthquake zone. Journal of Mountain Science, 2013, 10(6): 953. 

[39] Chen L, Chen T F, Zou Q*. Hazard assessment of geological disaster after "4·20" earthquake in Lushan County. Science & Technology Review. 2016, 34(2): 255-259. (Chinese). 

[40] Cui P, Su F H, Zou Q, et al. Risk assessment and disaster reduction strategies for mountainous and meteorological hazards in Tibetan Plateau. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2015, 60: 3067-3077. 

[41] Yang W, Cui P, Zou Q. Engineering Geological Assessment and Zonation for the Lengqu River Section in Sichuan-Tibet Highway. Journal of Mountain Science, 2017, 35(1): 57-67. (Chinese). 

[42] Kong Y D, Guo X J, Zou Q, et al. Giant Debris Flow Hazards in Guxi Gully, Wenchuan County of China on July 10, 2013. Journal of Mountain Science, 2013. (Chinese). 

[43] Xiaojun Guo, Peng Cui, Yong Li, Qiang Zou, Yingde Kong. The formation and development of debris flows in large watersheds after the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake. Landslides, 2016, 13(1): 25-37. 

[44] Amar Deep Regmi, Peng Cui, Megh Raj Dhital, Qiang Zou. Rock fall hazard and risk assessment along Araniko Highway, Central Nepal Himalaya. Environmental Earth Sciences, 2016, 75(14): 1112. 

[45] Guo X J, Su F H, Hong Y, Zou Q.Characteristics of Hydrogen and Oxygen Isotopes in Rainy Season Precipitation in Jiang jiagou Watershed. Soil and water conservation research 2012, 19(2): 82-85. 

[46] Wen L K, Cui P, Yang H J, Zou Q, et al. The Relationship between ENSO and the the Precipitation Extremes along the Middle Reaches of Yangtze River during the Monsoon Season. Journal of Mountain Science, 2011, 29(3): 299-305. (Chinese). 

[47] Yan Y Q, Qiu H J, Hu S, Zou Q , et al. Susceptibility analysis of geo-hazards in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.Quaternary Sciences, 2018, 38(6): 1369-1383. (Chinese ). 

[48] Liu Y G, Liao Y S, Wang Q, Zou Q, et al. The Relationship of Spatial Distribution between Mountain Settlement Niche and Soil Erosion in the Upper Reaches of Minjiang River. Soil and Water Conservation in China, 2018, (5): 45-50. (Chinese). 

[49] Liu Y G, Liao Y S, Wang Q, Zou Q. Eco-Security Assessment of Minority poor Areas in Upper Reaches of Min River from Eco-Tourism Standpoint view. Chinese Journal of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, 2018, 39(2): 189-195. (Chinese).