Hu Kaiheng, Professor

Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Address:No.9 of 4th Section of Renminnanlu Street

Chengdu, Sichuan Province

P.R. China. (Post No. 610041)

Research Areas

n   Numerical analysis of mountain hazards including landslide and debris flow


n   Mechanism of Sediment transport and erosion processes in mountain streams


n   Dynamics of Debris flows including formation, movement and deposition


n   2002-2006, Ph.D., Fluid Mechanics, State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Systems, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing,China

Dissertation: Scaling laws and coherent structures in compressible turbulent channel flows

Advisor: Professor Zhen-Su She


n   1999-2002, M.S., Physical Geography, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences,China

Dissertation: Research on wave movement of debris flows

Advisor: Professor Peng Cui


n   1993-1997, B.S., Computational Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Sichuan University, Chengdu,China


Work Experience

n   May 2010 - present   Professor, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences


n   Jan. 2007 – Apr. 2010   Associate Professor, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences


n   Jan. 2002 – Dec. 2006 Assistant Professor, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy  of Sciences


n   Jul. 1997 – Aug. 1999 Research Fellow, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy  of Sciences


1.        Hu Kai-heng, Pu Li, Wang Xie-kang. Experimental study of entrainment behavior of debris flow over channel inflexion points. Journal of mountain science, 2016, 13(6):971-984.

2.        Mi Tian, Kai-heng Hu, Chao Ma,and Fa-hong Lei. Effect of Bed Sediment Entrainment on Debris-Flow Resistance, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering,2014,140(1):115-120.

3.        Mingtao Ding, Kaiheng Hu. Susceptibility mapping of landslides in Beichuan County using cluster and MLC methods. Natural Hazards, 2014, 70(1):755-766.

4.        Chao Ma, Kaiheng Hu, Mi Tian. Comparison of debris-flow volume and activity under different formation conditions. Natural Hazards, 2013, 67(2): 261-273.

5.        Kaiheng Hu, Mi Tian, Yong Li. The Influence of Flow Width on Mean Velocity of Debris Flows in Wide Open Channel. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 2013, 139(1):65-69.

6.        Mi Tian, Kai-heng Hu, Chuan-chang Wang, Ma Chao, Fa-hong Lei. Study of viscous debris-flow surges moving on a residual layer in a flume. Erosion and Sediments Yields in the Changing Environment (Proceedings of a symposium held at the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, CAS-Chengdu, China, 11–15 October 2012) (IAHS Publ. 356, 2012): 311-316.

7.        Kaiheng Hu, Cui P, Zhang J. Characteristics of Building Damage by August 7, 2010 Debris Flows In Zhouqu, Western China. Natural hazards and earth system sciences, 2012, (5):2209-2217.

8.        Peng Cui, Kaiheng Hu, Jianqi Zhuang, Yu Yang and Jianqiang Zhang. Prediction of debris-flow danger area by combining hydrological and inundation simulation methods. Journal of Mountain Science , 2011, 8(1):1-9.

9.        Kaiheng Hu, Fangqiang Wei, Yong Li. Real-time measurement and preliminary analysis of debris-flow impact force at Jiangjia Ravine, China. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 2011, 36(9): 1268-1278.

10.    Hu Kai-Heng, Cui Peng, Wang Chuan-Chang, Li Yong, Lu Xiao-Bing. Characteristic rainfall for warning of debris flows. Journal of Mountain Science, 2010, 7(3):207-214.

11.    Kaiheng Hu, Yong Li, Fangqiang Wei. Annual risk assessment on high-frequency debris-flow fans. Natural Hazards, 2009, 49(3):469-477.

12.    Fangqiang Wei, Kaiheng Hu, Peng Cui and Qun Guan. A decision support system for debris-flow hazard mitigation in towns based on numerical simulation: a case study at Dongchuan, Yunnan Province. Int. J. Risk Assessment and Management, 2008, 8(4):373-383.

13.    Fangqiang Wei, Kechang Gao, Kaiheng Hu, Yong Li and James Smith Gardner. Relationships between debris flows and earth surface factors in Southwest China. Environmental Geology, DOI: 10.1007/s00254-007-1012-3.

14.    Hu Kaiheng, Chen Kai, She Zhensu. Numerical studies of scaling exponents in compressible wall-bounded turbulence. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Pekinensis, 2007, 43(3):307-311. (Chinese)

15.    Hu Kaiheng, Wei Fangqiang, Hong Yong and Li Xiaoyu. Field measurement of impact force of debris flow. Journal of Rock Mechanics and Engineering, 2006, 25(SUPPL.1):2813-2819. (Chinese)

16.    Guan Qun, Wei Fang-qiang, Hu Kai-heng. Study of risk zoning system of debris-flow based on real-time numerical simulation. Application Research of Computers, 2006, 23(12): 54-55. (Chinese)

17.    Wei Fangqiang, Zhang Yu, Hu Kaiheng, Gao Kechang. Model and method of debris flow risk zoning based on momentum analysis. Wuhan University Journal of Natural Sciences, 2006, 11(4):835-839.

18.    LI Yong, HU Kaiheng, CHEN Xiaoqing and WEI Fangqiang. Characteristic curves and debris flow activity of a valley. Journal of Mountain Science, 2006, 24(3):320-326. (Chinese)

19.    WEI Fangqiang, HU Kaiheng, CHENG Zunlan. Research on numerical simulation of debris flow in Guxiang valley. Journal of Mountain Science, 2006, 24(2):167-171. (Chinese)

20.    Li Yong, Hu Ping-Hua, Hu Kai-Heng. Distribution of thickness of debris flow deposition. World Water Congress 2005, DOI:10.1061/40792(173)113.

21.    HU Kaiheng, CHEN Kai. Relative Scaling Exponents and Intermittency in Compressible Turbulent Channel Flows. Chinese Physics Letters, 2005, 22(12): 3115-3118.

22.    HU Kaiheng, WEI Fangqiang, LI Yong. Relationship between first-order stream number and area threshold for debris flow basin. Scientia Geographica Sinica, 2005, 25(4):473-477. (Chinese)

23.    WEI Fangqiang, HU Kaiheng, CHEN Jie. Determination of effective antecedent rainfall for debris flow forecast. Journal of Mountain Science, 2005, 23(4):453-457. (Chinese)

24.    LI Yong, CHEN Xiaoqing, HU Kaiheng and HE Shufen. Fractality of grain compostion of debris flows. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2005, 60(3):495-502. (Chinese)

25.    Peng Cui, Xiaoqing Chen, Yuyi Waqng, Kaiheng Hu and Yong Li. (2005). Jiangjia Ravine debris flows in south-westernChina. In: Debris-flow Hazards and Related Phenomena, M. Jakob and O. Hungr (eds.), Springer-Praxis, Berlin Heidelberg, 565-594.

26.    HU Kaiheng, WEI Fangqiang. Numerical-simulation-based debris flow risk zoning. Journal of Natural Disasters, 2005, 14(1):10-14. (Chinese)

27.    Li Y., Hu K.H., Yue Z.Q. and Tham L.G.. Termination and deposition of debris-flow surge. In: Landslides: Evaluation and Stability, Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Landslides, Lacerda, Ehrlich, Fontoura & Sayao (eds), 2004, 2: 1451-1456.

28.    LI Fa-bin, Hu Kai-heng, WEI Fang-qiang and CUI Peng. Decision support system of hazard mitigation for sichuan-tibet road. Application Research of Computers, 2004, 21(2):132-134. (Chinese)

29.    HU Kaiheng, WEI Fangqiang, LI Yong, CUI Peng. Characteristics of debris-flow surge. Journal of Mountain Science, 2004, 22(6):707-712. (Chinese)

30.    LI Fabin, TU Jianjun, HU Kaiheng. Optimized design model for sediment-trapped dam by GIS techniques. Science inChinaSer.E, 2003, 46(Supp.):175-187.

31.    LI Yong, HU Kaiheng, HE Yiping. Parameter evaluation of deposition in terms of debris-flow surges. Journal of Natural Disasters, 2003, 12(2), 71-78. (Chinese)      

32.    WEI Fangqiang, HU Kaiheng, J. L. Lopez, CUI Peng. Method and its application of the momentum model for debris flow risk zoning. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2003, 48(6):594-598.

33.    HU Kaiheng, WEI Fangqiang, HE Yiping, LI Yong, CUI Peng. Application of particle model in risk zoning of debris flow. Journal of Mountain Science, 2003, 21(6): 726-730. (Chinese)