Associate Professor Huade Guan

Associate Professor

College of Science and Engineering

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

I am originally from China. After having seven-year postgraduate studies in USA, I joined Flinders University in 2006. 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)

Adjunct Professor, Hunan Normal University, China, 2011-2015
Langmuir Award for Excellence in Research, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, U.S.A., 2006

(Recent grants)

  • 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., Selected environmental issues and solutions in two coastal cities in Australia and China ($10k), New Colombo Plan, 2017
  • 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), Department of the Premier and Cabinet University Sector Agreement Fund on Climate Change, 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
  • Guan, H., C. T. Simmons, J. Bennett, C. Ewenz, R. Clay, G. Hopkins, The effects of parkland on mitigating urban heat island intensity ($93K), SA Goverment, 2009-2010
Key responsibilities

Chief Investigator, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training

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

Research expertise
Mountain block recharge
Soil-plant-atmosphere continuum
Spatial characterisation of climate variables
Urban heat island
Water contaminant remediation
Research interests

My research interests are mostly focused on water resource and environmental issues that are related to the hydrometeorological and hydrological processes occurring from the interface of land surface and atmosphere, through soil and vegetation, to groundwater table.

  • Terrestrial ecohydrology, particularly on plant water use, environmental stress, drought tolerance, and water use efficiency.
  • Spatial and temporal analysis of climate variables, in the context of climate variability and changes, and topographic influence
  • Evapotranspiration measurement, modelling and remote sensing
  • Environmental tracers, including chloride, water and carbon isotopes in the soil (groundwater)-vegetation-atmosphere continuum.
  • Groundwater recharge estimation, particularly in mountainous areas, and with land cover changes
  • Urban climate, Adelaide urban heat island, summer heat mitigation, and energy consumption
  • Permeable reactive barriers: surfactant modified zeolite, microbial pathoghens, and heavy metals

I am working with other colleagues developing the following research projects. We welcome contribution from research students and visiting scholars.

  • Monitoring and modelling ecohydrological states and processes: towards a better understanding of ecosystems responses to climate variability and changes
  • Investigation of urban hydrology from aquifers to the atmosphere: toward integrated management of water, energy, and carbon in urban environments
  • Advancing environmental and water research with emerging remote sensing opportunities
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.

I am interested in developing collaboration in teaching and research student supervision with overseas universities.

Topic coordinator
ENVS2761 Hydrology
ENVS3731 Ecohydrology
ENVS8771 Ecohydrology GE
Topic lecturer
EASC8713 Field and Laboratory Techniques in Hydrology
ENVS2761 Hydrology
EASC2702 Global Climate Change
ENVS3731 Ecohydrology
ENVS8771 Ecohydrology GE
Supervisory interests
Carbon sequestration
Groundwater rechange
Land surface modelling
Remote sensing
Urban climate and energy consumption
Water resources
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Hydrometeorology (1), Hydrology (2)
Associate supervisor: Hydrology (2)
Principal supervisor: 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
Remote sensing
Urban planning
Adelaide urban heat island:
Groundwater recharge:
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0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Climate
  • Ecosystems
  • Hydrology
  • Remote sensing
  • Urban planning
  • Adelaide urban heat island:
  • Groundwater recharge:
Further information

Current PhD students

Pragya Pradhan Shrestha (Hydrology, 2016-)
Ajiao Chen (Hydrometeorology, 2017-)
Yifei Zhou (Hydrometeorology, 2018-)
Na Liu (Ecohydrology, visiting 2018-2020)
Zidong Luo (Ecohydrology, visiting 2018-2019)

Completed Post-doctoral research fellows

Dr. Yuting Yang (2013-2014, → Flinders University/CSIRO)
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

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

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

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