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, after having seven-year postgraduate study and research in USA. My Masters study was on virus fate and transport in saturated porous media. My PhD study was on mountain block hydrology and mountain front recharge. One year postdoctoral research was on application of remote sensing in hydrology. Currently I am Associate Professor in Hydrology, and a chief investigator of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training in Australia. 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. My expertise lies in the fields of terrestrial ecohydrology, hydrometeorology, mountain block hydrology, and urban heat island. I am particularly interested in applications of mathematical algorithms, environmental tracers and remote sensing in solving environmental problems.

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

(Honours and Awards)
Langmuir Award for Excellence in Research, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, U.S.A., 2006

(Recent grants)

  • Guan, H., Deng, R., Clay, R., Johnson, T., Effects of stormwater harvesting on street trees' amelioration of summer microclimate in Adelaide ($25k), The AMLR NRMB and Mitcham Council, 2020
  • Guan, H., Bestland, E., Hua, Q., and Zawadzki A., Hidden carbon sinks in the dry rangelands of South Australia: A pilot study (equivalent $27k), ANSTO, 2019
  • Guan, H., Effects of enhanced stormwater infiltration on urban trees functioning in dry season ($15k), The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRMB and Mitcham Council, 2019
  • Dittmann,S., L. Mosley, P. Sutton, E. Bestland, H. Guan, S. Crooks, R. Costanza, J. Stangoulis, From Salt to Carbon: carbon sequestration through ecological restoration at the Dry Creek Salt Field ($336k), Goyder Institute, 2017-2019
  • Guan, H., S. Beecham, G. Ingleton, Optimal balance between cooling energy use and green infrastructure irrigation in dry-summer Adelaide ($48k), State Government (DEWNR) and SA Water, 2014-2016
  • Dittmann, S., E. Bestland, M. Whalen, J. Stangoulis, H. Guan, A. McGrath, J. Hacker, Investigation of field methodologies for measuring coastal wetland carbon capture and storage values ($48k), Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, 2012-2013
  • Gillanders, B.,S. Robinson , S. Walker, M. Kennedy,J. Watling, K. Soole, J. Tibby, H. Guan, A. Cooper, A. Ball. Stable isotope analysis of environmental and physiological samples ($420k), ARC, 2012
  • Guan, H., J. Bennett, C. Ewenz, A. McGrath, S. Benger, V.Soebarto, R. Clay, K. Bellette, and Adelaide City Council, City of Adelaide urban heat island micro-climate study ($70k), SA State Goverment and Adelaide City Council, 2011-2012
  • Simmons, C. T., ... H. Guan,... National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training ($30M), Program 4: Groundwater-vegetation-atmosphere interactions, ARC and National Water Commission, 2009-2014
Key responsibilities

Chief Investigator, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training

Undergraduate degree program coordinator: Bachlor of Science (Environmental Science)

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
ENVS2761 Hydrology
ENVS3731 Ecohydrology
ENVS8771 Ecohydrology GE
ENVS3702 Applied Practice in Environment
Topic lecturer
ENVS2761 Hydrology
ENVS3731 Ecohydrology
ENVS8771 Ecohydrology GE
Supervisory interests
Remote sensing
Urban climate and energy consumption
Water resources
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Hydrometeorology (1), Hydrology (2)
Associate supervisor: Ecohydrology (2), Hydrology (2)
Principal supervisor: Ecohydrology (4), Urban climate (1)
Associate supervisor: Hydrology (3), Ecohydrology (3)
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

Zijuan Deng

NGWA best student presentation award - MAY 2012

Saeedeh Gharib

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

Expert for media contact
Urban planning
Adelaide urban heat island:
Groundwater recharge:
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Climate
  • Ecosystems
  • Hydrology
  • Urban planning
  • Adelaide urban heat island:
  • Groundwater recharge:
Further information

Current students

Ajiao Chen (PhD, Hydrometeorology, 2017-)
Yifei Zhou (PhD, Urban Climate, 2018-)
Xanthia Gleeson (PhD, Ecohydrology, 2020-)

Completed Post-doctoral research fellows

Dr. Yuting Yang (2013-2014, → Tsinghua University)
Dr. Hugo A. Gutierrez Jurado (2012-2014, →University of Texas at El Paso)
Dr. Vinodkumar (2009-2012, →The Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, Australia)

Completed PhD students

Zidong Luo (co-supervision, PhD, Ecohydrology, 2020)
Na Liu (co-supervision, PhD, Ecohydrology, 2020)
Lanre Abiodun (co-supervision, PhD, Ecohrology and Remote Sensing, 2019)
Robert Andrew (PhD, Ecohydrology and Remote Sensing, 2017)
Saeedeh Gharib (MS, Urban climate, 2016)
Zijuan Deng (PhD, Ecohydrology, 2015)
Hailong Wang (PhD, Ecohydrology, 2015)
Xiang Xu (PhD, Isotope ecohydrology, 2015)

Completed Visiting PhD students

Na Liu (HDR, Ecohydrology 2020, Hunan Normal University)
Zidong Luo (HDR, Ecohydrology 2019, Hunan Normal University)
Kun Zhang (Ecohydrlogy 2017, Lanzhou University)
Guang Li (Isotope hydrology 2017, Nanjing University)
Lei Jiang (Ecohydrology 2015, Tsinghua University)
Yunquan Wang (Hydrology 2014, Lanzhou Univeristy)
Yuting Yang (Ecohydrology 2011, Tsinghua University)
Zhenyu Ding (Hydrology 2009, Lanzhou University)

International visiting scholars

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

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