SUN Wenchao      Doctoral supervisor


Research area:


Hydrological modelling and uncertainty analysis

Integrated water resource management

Earth observation of terrestrial water

Personal resume



Ph.D.  Integrated River Basin Management, University of Yamanashi, Japan, 2010

M.E.  Environmental Science, Beijing Normal University, China, 2007

B.E.  Environmental Engineering, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), China, 2004


Working Experiences:

Jul 2021 to now  Professor, College of Water Sciences, Beijing Normal University, China

Sep 2012 to Jun 2021  Associate Professor, College of Water Sciences, Beijing Normal University, China

Oct 2011 to Aug 2012  Lecturer, College of Water Sciences, Beijing Normal University, China

Oct 2010 to Sep 2011  Research fellow, International Research Center for River Basin Environment, University of Yamanashi, Japan

Scientific research


Selected Publications:

Sun W, Jin Y, Yu J, Wang G, Xue B, Zhao Y, Fu Y, Shrestha S. 2020. Integrating satellite observations and human water use data to estimate changes in key components of terrestrial water storage in a semi-arid region of North China. Science of the Total Environment, 698: 134171.SCIIF: 6.551

Han Q, Tong R,Sun W (Corresponding author), Zhao Y, Jin Y, Wang G; Shrestha S, Yu J. 2020. Anthropogenic Influences on the Water Quality of the Baiyangdian Lake in North China over the Last Decade. Science of the Total Environment, 701:134929.SCIIF: 6.551

Chen H, Li Y,Sun W, Song L, Teng Y. 2020. Characterization and source identification of antibiotic resistance genes in the sediments of an interconnected river-lake system. Environment International, 137, 105538.SCIIF: 7.577

Sun W, Wang Y, Fu Y, Xue B, Wang G, Yu J, Zuo D, Xu Z. 2019. Spatial heterogeneity of changes in vegetation growth and their driving forces based on satellite observations of the Yarlung Zangbo River Basin in the Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Hydrology, 574, 324-332. (SCI, IF: 4.500)

Wang G, Li J, Sun W (Corresponding author), Xue B, A Y, Liu T. 2019. Non-point source pollution risks in a drinking water protection zone based on remote sensing data embedded within a nutrient budget model. Water Research, 157, 238-246. (SCI, IF: 9.130)

Sun W, Fan, J, Wang G, Ishidaira H, Bastola S, Yu J, Fu Y, Kiem A, Zuo D, Xu Z. 2018. Calibrating a Hydrological Model in a Regional River of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Using River Water Width Determined from High Spatial Resolution Satellite Images. Remote Sensing of Environment, 214, 100-114. (SCI, IF: 9.085)

Fu Y, Piao S, Delpierre N, Hao F, Hanninen H , Liu Y, Sun W, Janssens I, Campioli M. 2018. Larger temperature response of autumn leaf senescence than spring leaf-out phenology. Global Change Biology, 24(5), 2159-2168. (SCI, IF: 8.555)

Sun W, Wang Y, Wang G, Cui X, Yu J, Zuo D, Xu Z.2017. Physically based distributed hydrological model calibration based on a short period of streamflow data: case studies in four Chinese basins, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21, 251-265. (SCI, IF: 5.153)

Sun W, Yao X, Cao N, Xu Z, Yu J.2016. Integration of soil hydraulic characteristics derived from pedotransfer functions into hydrological models: evaluation of its effects on simulation uncertainty, Hydrology Research, 5: 964-978. (SCI, IF: 2.012)

Yao X, Yu J, Jiang H, Sun W, Li Z.2016. Roles of soil erodibility, rainfall erosivity and land use in affecting soil erosion at the basin scale, Agricultural Water Management, 174: 82-92. (SCI, IF: 4.021)

Sun W, Ishidaira H, Bastola S and Yu J. 2015. Estimating daily time series of streamflow using hydrological model calibrated based on satellite observations of river water surface width: Toward real world applications, Environmental Research,139:36-45. (SCI, IF: 5.715)

Sun W, Ishidaira H and Bastola S. 2012. Calibration of hydrological models in ungauged basins based on satellite radar altimetry observations of river water level, Hydrological Processes, 26(23): 3524–3537. (SCI, IF: 3.256)

Sun W, Ishidaira H and Bastola S. 2012. Prospects for calibrating rainfall-runoff models using satellite observations of river hydraulic variables as surrogates for in situ river discharge measurements, Hydrological Processes, 26(6): 872–882. (SCI, IF: 3.256)

Sun W, Ishidaira H and Bastola S. 2010. Towards improving river discharge estimation in ungauged basins: calibration of rainfall-runoff models based on satellite observations of river flow width at basin outlet, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 14: 2011-2022. (SCI, IF: 5.153)


Research Funds

Integrated Quantity and Quality Management of Environmental Water Allocation to the Bayangdian Lake from its Upstream Rivers, RMB 3,310,000, from National Key R&D Program of China.

Calibration of Hydrological Models by Using Multi-source Remote Sensing Information in Data-sparse Basins, RMB 796,000, from National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Distributed Watershed Hydrological Models Based on Coupling Between Veneration and Water Cycle, RMB 260,000, from National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Strategic Environmental Assessment for Water Resources in Central Plains Economic Zone, RMB 820,000, from Ministry of Environment, China.

Simulating Responses of Terrestrial Ecosystem to Changes in Water Cycle at Basin Scale, RMB 500,000, from National Key Technology R&D Program of China.

Teaching experience


Information Techniques for Water Sciences

Remote Sensing Application in Hydrology

Principles for Ecology

Social service


Reviewer for Journal of Hydrology, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Science of the Total Environment, International Journal of Climatology, Environmental Research, Plos One, Water, Journal of Mountain Sciences, Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Desalination and Water Treatment

Honorary award


2019, 2012     Science and Technology Progress Award, Ministry of Education, China

2011       Annual Best Paper Award, Committee on Hydroscience and Hydraulic Engineering,

Japan Society of Civil Engineering

2010     Best Paper Award for International Session, the 54th Annual Meeting of Hydraulic

Engineering, Japan Society of Civil Engineering

2004       Award for Excellent Graduation Thesis, China University of Geosciences (Beijing)