Associate Professor Huade Guan

Associate Professor

College of Science and Engineering

place Earth Sciences (308)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I joined Flinders University in 2006. I am a Chief Investigator of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training. My research interests are mostly focused on water resource and environmental issues from the interface of land surface and atmosphere, through soil and vegetation, to groundwater table. Most of my research projects are in the areas of ecohydrology and hydrometeorology (EcoH2OMe).

My ecohydrological research ranges from field-based investigation of vegetation water uptake using hydraulic, micrometeorological, physiological and isotopic methods, to numerical modelling of plant transpiration and drought responses, and to remote sensing analysis of large-scale interactions of climate and vegetation cover. My research in hydrometeorology includes climate teleconnection, urban climate and microclimates. I am also interested in hydrological processes in mountains, isotopes in the hydrological cycle, agricultural hydrology, carbon sequestration, and contaminated water and soil remediation.

My research is relevant to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: 15 Life on land, 11 Sustainable cities, 13 Climate actions, 6 Clean water, and 2 Zero hunger.

Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Science (Hydrology), New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, USA, 2005
M. Sci. in Geological Science (Groundwater), University of Texas at El Paso, USA, 2001
B. Sci. in Geochemistry, Peking University, China, 1990
Honours, awards and grants

(Research grants)

  • Drywells and trees: Combating urbanisation induced flood and extreme heat problems, Hort Innovation, 2024-2027
  • Assessment of groundwater dependent terrestrial vegetation surrounding the Solomon Mine, 2023-2024
  • Skrzypek et al., Unsaturated zone functioning in a semi-arid flash flood driven climate, ARC, 2023-2026
  • A pumping-test analogue for characterizing root-zone and plant integrated hydraulic systems, TREE Fund (USA), 2023-2024
  • Environmental and microclimate benefits of WSUD structures in the City of Mitcham, City of Mitcham and Green Adelaide, 2022-2024
  • Solar-powered enhanced evaporation pond system for in-situ salt extraction, Australian Goverment Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, 2022-2023
  • Estimation of flood plain understory evapotranspiration based on the maximum entropy production method, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, 2021-2023
  • Dittmann et al., Blue carbon opportunities through tidal restoration and avoided disturbance, The Green Adelaide Board, 2021-2022
  • Urban water-tree-microclimate relationships at different settings to support WSUD implementation, The Green Adelaide Board and Mitcham Council, 2021-2022
  • Effects of stormwater harvesting on street trees' amelioration of summer microclimate in Adelaide, The AMLR NRMB and Mitcham Council, 2020
  • Effects of enhanced stormwater infiltration on urban trees functioning in dry season, The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRMB and Mitcham Council, 2019
  • Dittmann,S., L. et al., From Salt to Carbon: carbon sequestration through ecological restoration at the Dry Creek Salt Field, Goyder Institute, 2017-2019
  • Optimal balance between cooling energy use and green infrastructure irrigation in dry-summer Adelaide, State Government (DEWNR) and SA Water, 2014-2016
  • Gillanders, B.,S. et al., Stable isotope analysis of environmental and physiological samples, ARC, 2012
  • City of Adelaide urban heat island micro-climate study, SA State Goverment and Adelaide City Council, 2011-2012
  • Simmons, C. T., et al., National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Program 4: Groundwater-vegetation-atmosphere interactions, ARC and National Water Commission, 2009-2014
Key responsibilities

Chief Investigator, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training

Degree Coordinator: Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)

Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching: ENVS2761 Catchment & Urban Hydrology, ENVS3731 & ENVS8771 Ecohydrology Soil & Climate

Research supervision: Honours and PhD students in hydrology, ecohydrology, hydrometeorology, urban climate

Lab Director: Ecohydrology Research Laboratory

Associate Editor: Journal of Hydrology (2015 - )

Associate Editor: Frontiers in Climate, Ecology, and People (2021 - )

Teaching interests

The best way to learn science is to do science. In addition to normal lectures and labs, I encourage students to do small projects in which they can apply the knowledge and skills.

Topic coordinator
ENVS8771 Ecohydrology Soil and Climate
ENVS2761 Catchment and Urban Hydrology
ENVS3731 Ecohydrology Soil and Climate
Topic lecturer
ENVS2761 Catchment and Urban Hydrology
ENVS8771 Echydrology Soil and Climate (GE)
ENVS3731 Ecohydrology Soil and Climate
Supervisory interests
Remote sensing
Higher degree by research student achievements
Xiang Xu

AINSE grant to attend the 9th IsoEcol Conference - AUG 2014

Zijuan Deng

AOGS Best Student Poster Award - JUN 2013

Robert Andrew

Goyder Institute PhD Supplement - JAN 2013

Saeedeh Gharib

Goyder Institute PhD Supplement - MAR 2013

Saeedeh Gharib

The best poster award the 1st Annual RHD Conference, School of the Environment, Flinders University - OCT 2014

Ajiao Chen

Research reported on OzEWEX Newsletter - JUN 2021

Zijuan Deng

Best Student Presentation Farvolden Award (National Ground Water Association, USA) - OCT 2012

Further information

The EcoH2OMe Research Group

Current PhD students

Xanthia Gleeson (Urban ecohydrology, 2020-)
Wenjie Liu (Ecohydrology and geospatial modelling, 2021-)
Zhechen Zhang (Ecohydrology, 2022-)
Zhongli Liu (Isotope hydrology and hydrometeorology, 2022-)
Rasyid Ranomahera (Agricultural hydrology, 2023-)
Liping Pan (Urban hydrology, 2024-)
Pu Wang (Visiting, Agricultural hydrology, 2023-2024)
Jie Liu (Visiting, Agricultural ecohydrology, 2023-2024)

Post-doctoral research fellows

Dr. Karina Y. Gutierrez-Jurado (2021)
Dr. Yuting Yang (2013-2014)
Dr. Hugo A. Gutierrez-Jurado (2012-2014)
Dr. Vinodkumar (2009-2012)

Completion PhD students

Jianfeng Gou (co-supervision, Isotope hydrology, 2024)
Xia Li (co-supervision, Ecohydrology, 2024)
Wenjing Yang (co-supervision, Ecohydrology, 2024)
Yifei Zhou (Urban climate, 2022)
Ajiao Chen (Hydrometeorology, 2022)
Zidong Luo (co-supervision, PhD, Ecohydrology, 2020)
Na Liu (co-supervision, Ecohydrology, 2020)
Lanre Abiodun (co-supervision, Ecohrology and Remote sensing, 2019)
Robert Andrew (Ecohydrology and Remote sensing, 2017)
Saeedeh Gharib (MS, Urban climate, 2016)
Zijuan Deng (Ecohydrology, 2015)
Hailong Wang (Ecohydrology, 2015)
Xiang Xu (Isotope ecohydrology, 2015)
Lei Jiang (co-supervision, Ecohydrology 2015)
Yunquan Wang (co-supervision, Hydrology 2014)
Yuting Yang (co-supervision, Ecohydrology 2011)
Zhenyu Ding (co-supervision, Hydrology 2009)

International visiting scholars

Yongli Gao, Univeristy of Texas at San Antonio, 2023
Hailong Wang, Sun Yat-sen University, 2023
Jiawen Zhu, Hunan University of Science & Technology, 2020-2021
David Williams, Univeristy of Wyoming, 2019
Kamini Singha, Colorado School of Mines, 2019
Lingli Fan, Guangdong Ocean University, 2018-2019
Xinping Zhang, Hunan Normal University, China, 2009, 2013, 2018
Hongjie Xie, Univeristy of Texas at San Antonio, USA, 2017
Jingfeng Wang, Georgia Tech, USA, 2016
Xunjian Long, Southwest University, China, 2016
Bing Liu, Chinese Academy of Science, 2014-2015
Xun Zhou, China University of Geoscience, 2013
Grzegorz Skrzypek, University of Western Australia, July 2012
Xinguang He, Hunan Normal University, China, 2012-2013
Shanyou Zhu, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, China, 2011-2012
Rajib Maity, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 2008

EcoH2OMe_Research (pdf)