Tongxin Zhu

Tongxin Zhu
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Tongxin Zhu is a professor in Geography and Environment. His research interests focus on the geomorphic and hydrologic processes at plot, hillslope and watershed scales by integrating field and experimental studies with simulation modeling. His recent research includes assessing the susceptibility and erosion risk of mass movement, investigating the spatial variability of soil shear strength within the gully systems, and examining the interactions of water erosion, mass movement, tunnel formation and gully development at watershed scale. He teaches classes in physical geography, environment, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Research Keywords: Surface water erosion; Tunnel erosion; Gully development; Mass movement; GIS-based modeling.

Courses Taught:

GEOG 1414 - Physical Geography

GEOG 3411 - Human Environment Interactions

GEOG 4446 - Water Processes and Managements

GEOG 3422 - Natural Hazards

GIS 5572 - Environmental Applications of GIS

Recent Publications:


Zhu T.X. and Xu X.Z., 2021. Watershed Erosion Processes. Springer.

Xu X.Z., Zhu T.X., Zhang H.W., Gao L., 2020. Experimental Erosion-Theory and Practice of Soil Conservation Experiments. Science Press & Springer.

Journal articles:

Yu, H., Xu, S., Tian, W., Zhu, T. and Chen, X., 2021. Flood impact on the transport, transition, and accumulation of phosphorus in a reservoir: A case study of the Biliuhe Reservoir of Northeast China. Environmental Pollution268, p.115725.

Liu, Y., Xu, S., Zhu, T. and Wang, T., 2020. Application of Multi-Source Data Fusion Method in Updating Topography and Estimating Sedimentation of the Reservoir. Water12 (11), p.3057.

Zhu, T., Xu, X., Zhu, A.X. and Wang, X., 2020. Assessment of soil shear strength in gully systems: A casestudy in the Wangjiagou (WJG) watershed on the Loess Plateau of China. Land Degradation & Development31 (17), pp.2648-2661.

Guo, W., Xu, X., Zhu, T., Zhang, H., Wang, W., Liu, Y. and Zhu, M., 2020. Changes in particle size distribution of suspended sediment affected by gravity erosion: a field study on steep loess slopes. Journal of Soils and Sediments20 (3), pp.1730-1741.

Wu, L., Sun, X., Sun, W., Zhu, C., Zhu, T., Lu, S., Zhou, H., Guo, Q., Guan, H., Xie, W. and Ke, R., 2020. Evolution of Neolithic site distribution (9.0–4.0 ka BP) in Anhui, East China. Journal of Geographical Sciences30 (9), pp.1451-1466.

Guo, W., Xu, X., Wang, W., Zhu, T. and Liu, Y., 2020. Experimental study of shallow mass movements on gully slopes and associated sediment under rainfall on the Chinese loess plateau. Geomorphology350, p.106919.

Liang, P., Qin, C.Z., Zhu, A.X., Zhu, T., Fan, N.Q. and Hou, Z.W., 2020. Using the most similar case method to automatically select environmental covariates for predictive mapping. Earth Science Informatics13 (3), pp.719-728.

Huang,X., N.Fang, Z.Shi, T.Zhu, L.Wang, 2019. Decoupling the effects of vegetation dynamics and climate variability on watershed hydrological characteristics on a monthly scale from subtropical China. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 279:14-24.

Zhu,T., X.Xu, A.Zhu, 2019. Spatial variation in the frequency and magnitude of mass movement in a semi-arid, complex-terrain agricultural watershed on the Loess Plateau of China. Land Degradation and Development 30(9):1095-1106.

Wu,L., H.Zhou, J.Li, K.Li, X.Sun, S.Lu, T.Zhu, Q, Guo. 2019. Thiessen polygon analysis and spatial pattern evolution of Neolithic cultural sites (8.0-4.0 ka BP) in Huaibei Plain of Anhui, east China. Quaternary International 521:75-84.

Zhu,A., Y.Miao, R.Wang, T.Zhu,Y. Deng, J.Liu, L.Yang, C.Qin, H.Hong, 2018. A comparative study of an expert knowledge-based model and two data-driven models for landslide susceptibility mapping. Catena 166: 317-327.

Huang,X., N.Fang, T.Zhu, L.Wang,Z.Shi, L.Wang, 2018. Hydrological response of a large-scale mountainous watershed to rainstorm spatial patterns and reforestation in subtropical China. Science of the Total Environment 645:1083-1093.