General

QIN Cheng-Zhi
Ph.D., Prof.

State Key Laboratory of Resources & Environmental Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences & Natural Resources Research, CAS
email:
qincz@lreis.ac.cn
Phone: 86-10-6488 8959
Fax: 86-10-6488 9630 

Research Areas

   Major in digital terrain analysis, including model-developing, algorithm-designing, and its applications. 
   Recently, my research interests also include watershed modeling and scenario analysis, geographical modeling environment, and parallel geocomputation.

Education

> Sept. 2000 – Jan. 2004, PhD-student in the State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Subject: Geo-visualization analysis
> Sept. 1997 – Aug. 2000, Master student in Lanzhou Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Subject: Computer application, and Mathematical modeling
> Sept. 1993 – July 1997, Bachelor student in Department of Computer Science and Technology, Southeast University. Major: Computer application. Minor: Mathematical modeling.

Experience

> Oct. 2014 till now, Professor in State Key Laboratory of Resources & Environmental Information System, Institute of Geographical Sciences & Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Science
> Sept. 2006 - Oct. 2014, Associate Professor in State Key Laboratory of Resources & Environmental Information System, Institute of Geographical Sciences & Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Science
> Apr. 2004 - Sept. 2006, Post-Doctor in the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Subject: Digital terrain analysis 
> Aug. 2001 –Sept. 2001, Research Assistant, Department of Geography, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Subject: Spatial data mining

Honors & Distinctions

"Best Paper Award" of Geomorphometry'2013
2011 CAS LU Jiaxi Young Talent Award

Publications

   
Papers

   As first author and/or corresponding author, published about 30 peer-reviewed papers (including 10+ SCI/SSCI-indexed papers). As co-author, published about 50 peer-reviewed papers (including 20+ SCI-indexed papers). These papers are published on journals such as IJGIS, Geomorphology, Geoderma, Transactions in GIS, Computers & Geosciences, Soil Science Society of America Journal, Ecological Indicators, Hydrological Processes, PE&RS, and so on. Participate in writing 2 books.
SCI citation: 500+; SCI h-index=14; Google scholar citation: 1000+


Incomplete list of peer-reviewed international journal papers:

> Qin C-Z, Gao H-R, Zhu L-J*, Zhu A-X, Liu J-Z, Wu H. Spatial optimization of watershed best management practices based on slope position units. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 2018, 73(5): 504-517. (SCI)

> Xia Q, Qin C-Z*, Li H, Huang C, Su F-Z. Mapping mangrove forests based on multi-tidal high-resolution satellite imagery. Remote Sensing, 2018, 10(9), 1343. doi:10.3390/rs10081343. (SCI)

> Cheng W, Zhu A-X*, Qin C-Z, Qi F. Updating conventional soil maps by mining soil–environment relationships from individual soil polygons. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 2018, 17: doi: 10.1016/S2095-3119(18)61938-0. (SCI)

> Zhang G, Zhu A-X*, Windels S K, Qin C-Z. Modelling species habitat suitability from presence-only data using kernel density estimation. Ecological Indicators, 2018, 93: 387-396. (SCI)

> Shi J, Yang L*, Zhu A-X, Qin C-Z, Liang P, Zeng C, Pei T. Machine-learning variables at different scales vs. knowledge-based variables for mapping multiple soil properties. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 2018, 82: 645-656. doi:10.2136/sssaj2017.11.0392. (SCI)

> Zhu A-X, Miao Y, Wang R, Zhu T, Deng Y, Liu J, Yang L, Qin C-Z, Hong H. A comparative study of an expert knowledge-based model and two data-driven models for landslide susceptibility mapping. Catena, 2018, 166: 317-327. (SCI)

> Zhu L-J, Zhu A-X, Qin C-Z*, Liu J-Z. Automatic approach to deriving fuzzy slope positions. Geomorphology, 2018, 304: 173-183. doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.12.024. (SCI; program download)

> Ai B-B, Qin C-Z*, Ye Q-H, Zhu A-X, Cogley G. An approach to extracting the surface supply relationships between glaciers and lakes on the Tibetan Plateau. International Journal of Digital Earth, 2018, 11(11): 1151-1165. doi: 10.1080/17538947.2017.1374475. (SCI50 free eprints)

>Zhang G, Zhu A-X, Huang Z-P, Ren G, Qin C-Z, Xiao W. Validity of historical volunteered geographic information: Evaluating citizen data for mapping historical geographic phenomena. Transactions in GIS, 2018, 22(1): 149-164.  (SSCI)

> An Y, Yang L*, Zhu A-X, Qin C-Z, Shi J. Identification of representative samples from existing samples for digital soil mapping. Geoderma, 2018, 311: 109-119. doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2017.03.014.  (SCI)

> Qin C-Z, Ai B-B, Zhu A-X, Liu J-Z. An efficient method for applying a differential equation to deriving the spatial distribution of specific catchment area from gridded digital elevation models. Computers & Geosciences, 2017, 100: 94-102. doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2016.12.009. (SCI)

> Xue X, Han H, Wang S, Qin C-Z. Computational experiment-based evaluation on O2O service recommendation strategies. IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, accepted, doi: 10.1109/TSC.2016.2638083. (SCI)

> Qin C-Z, Wu X-W, Jiang J-C, Zhu A-X. Case-based knowledge formalization and reasoning method for digital terrain analysis - application to extracting drainage networksHydrology and Earth System Sciences, 2016, 20: 3379-3392. (SCI)

> Zeng C, Yang L*, Zhu A-X, Rossiter D G, Liu J, Liu J-Z, Qin C-Z, Wang D. Mapping soil organic matter concentration at different scales using a mixed geographically weighted regression method. Geoderma, 2016, 281: 69-82. (SCI)

> Liu J-Z, Zhu A-X*, Qin C-Z*, Wu H, Jiang J-C. A two-level parallelization method for distributed hydrological modelsEnvironmental Modelling & Software, 2016, 80: 175-184. (SCI)

> Zhang S-J, Zhu A-X*, Liu J, Yang L, Qin C-Z, An Y-M. A heuristic uncertainty directed field sampling design for digital soil mappingGeoderma, 2016, 267: 123-136. doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2015.12.009. (SCI)

> Jiang J-C, Zhu A-X*, Qin C-Z, Zhu T, Liu J-Z, Du F, Liu J, Zhang G-M, An Y-M. CyberSoLIM: A cyber platform for digital soil mapping. Geoderma, 2016, 263: 234-243. doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2015.04.018. (SCI)

> Zhu A-X, Zhang G-M, Wang W, Xiao W, Huang Z-P, Ge-Sang D, Ren G-P, Qin C-Z, Yang L, Pei T, Yang S. A citizen data-based approach to predictive mapping of spatial variation of natural phenomena. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 2015, 29(10): 1864-1886.  DOI:10.1080/13658816.2015.1058387.

> Zhu A-X, Liu J*, Du F, Zhang S, Qin C-Z, Burt J, Behrens T, Scholten T. Predictive soil mapping with limited sample data. European Journal of Soil Science, 2015, 66: 535-547. (SCI; citation: 10+)

> Qin C-Z, Zhan L-J, Zhu A-X, Zhou C-H. A strategy for raster-based geocomputation under different parallel computing platforms. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 2014, 28(11): 2127-2144. (SCI; 50 free eprints; citation: 10+)

> Qin C-Z, Zhan L-J, Zhu A-X. How to apply the Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL) properly to parallel geospatial raster I/O? Transactions in GIS, 2014, 18(6): 950-957. (SSCI; citation: 10+)

> Zhu A-X, Wang R, Qiao J, Qin C-Z, Chen Y, Liu J, Du F, Yang L, Zhu T. An expert knowledge-based approach to landslide susceptibility mapping using GIS and fuzzy logic. Geomorphology, 2014, 214: 128-138. (SCI; citation: 30+)

> Liu J-Z, Zhu A-X, Liu Y-B, Zhu T-X, Qin C-Z. A layered approach to parallel computing for spatially distributed hydrologic modeling. Environmental Modelling & Software, 2014, 51: 221-227.  (SCI)

> Qin C-Z, Bao L-L, Zhu A-X*, Wang R-X, Hu X-M. Uncertainty due to DEM error in landslide susceptibility mapping. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 2013, 27(7): 1364-1380. doi: 10.1080/13658816.2013.770515. (SCI; 50 free eprints)

> Qin C-Z, Bao L-L, Zhu A-X, Hu X-M, Qin B. Artificial surfaces simulating complex terrain types for evaluating grid-based flow direction algorithms. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 2013, 27(6): 1055-1072.  (SCI; 50 free eprints; detailed derivation process of theoretical SCA

> Liu J-Z, A-X Zhu, C-Z Qin. Estimation of theoretical maximum speedup ratio for parallel computing of grid-based distributed hydrological models. Computers & Geosciences, 2013, 60: 58-62. doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2013.04.030. (SCI) 

> Yang L, A-X Zhu*, F Qi, C-Z Qin, B-L Li, T Pei. An integrative hierarchical stepwise sampling strategy and its application in digital soil mapping. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 2013, 27(1): 1-23. (SCI; citation: 10+

> Zhan L-J, Qin C-Z*, Zhu A-X. Which type of slope gradient should be used to determine flow-partition proportion in multiple-flow-direction algorithms—tangent or sine? Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 2012, 9: 6409-6418.

> Qin C-Z, L-J Zhan. Parallelizing flow-accumulation calculations on Graphics Processing Units—from iterative DEM preprocessing algorithm to recursive multiple-flow-direction algorithm. Computers & Geosciences, 2012, 43: 7-16. (SCI; "Top 25 Hottest Articles" of Computers & Geosciences: 3rd (April to June 2012); 8th (July to September 2012) ; 12th (2012 full year); citation: 30+)

> Qin C-Z, A-X Zhu, W-L Qiu, et al. Mapping soil organic matter in small low-relief catchments using fuzzy slope position information. Geoderma, 2012, 171-172: 64-74. (SCI; citation: 10+)

> Qin C-Z, A-X Zhu, T Pei, et al. An approach to computing topographic wetness index based on maximum downslope gradient. Precision Agriculture, 2011, 12(1): 32-43. (SCI; citation: 30+; integrated in SAGA)

> Zhu A X, Yang L, Li B L, Qin C Z, Pei T, Liu B Y. Construction of membership functions for predictive soil mapping under fuzzy logic. Geoderma, 2010, 155(3-4): 164-174. (SCI; citation: 30+

> Pei T, C-Z Qin, A-X Zhu, et al. Mapping soil organic matter using the topographic wetness index: A comparative study based on different flow-direction algorithms and kriging methods. Ecological Indicators, 2010, 10(3): 610-619. (SCI; citation: 50+)

> Qin C-Z, A-X Zhu, X Shi, et al. Quantification of spatial gradation of slope positions. Geomorphology, 2009, 110: 152-161. (SCI; citation: 20+)

> Yong B, W-C Zhang, G-Y Niu, L-L Ren, C-Z Qin. Spatial statistical properties and scale transform analyses on the topographic index derived from DEMs in China. Computers & Geosciences, 2009, 35: 592-602. (SCI) 

> Qi F, Zhu A-X, Pei T, Qin C-Z, Burt J E. Knowledge discovery from area-class resource maps: capturing prototype effects. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 2008, 35(4): 223-237. (EI)

> Qin C-Z, A-X Zhu, T Pei, et al. An adaptive approach to selecting a flow-partition exponent for a multiple-flow-direction algorithm. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 2007, 21(4): 443-458. (SCI; 50 free eprints; citation: 50+; integrated in ArcGIS; implemented in SAGA with a default of 4-neighboring cells)


Incomplete list of peer-reviewed journal papers in Chinese: 
> Qin C-Z, Chen M. GIScience international journal ranking by Chinese researchers: A questionnaire survey and result. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2014, 69(4): 566-572. (in Chinese with English abstract) (Complete report in Chinese with English abstract)
> Lu Y-J, C-Z Qin*, W-L Qiu, et al. Sensitivity analysis of soil property parameter in typical-sample-based prediction model of digital soil mapping. Scientia Geographica Sinica, 2011, 31(12): 1549-1554. (in Chinese with English abstract)
> Bao L-L, C-Z Qin*, A-X Zhu. Quantitative error assessment of topographic wetness index algorithms. Progress in Geography, 2011, 30(1): 57-64. (in Chinese with English abstract) 
> Qin C-Z, Y-J Lu, W-L Qiu, et al. Application of fuzzy slope positions in predicting spatial distribution of soil property in a small catchment. Geographical Research, 2010, 29(9): 1706-1714. (in Chinese with English abstract) 
> Qin C-Z, Y-J Lu, L-L Bao, et al. Simple Digital Terrain Analysis Software (SimDTA V1.0) and Its Application in Fuzzy Classification of Slope Positions. Journal of Geo-Information Science, 2009, 11(6): 737-743. (in Chinese with English abstract; download SimDTA
> Qin C-Z, A-X Zhu, B-L Li, et al. Taxonomy of slope positions and quantification of their spatial distribution information. Geomatics and Information Science of Wuhan University, 2009, 34(3): 374-377. (in Chinese with English abstract) 
> Qin C-Z, A-X Zhu, X Shi, et al. Fuzzy inference of spatial gradation of slope positions. Geographical Research, 2007, 26(6): 1165-1174. (in Chinese with English abstract) 
> Qin C-Z, L Yang, A-X Zhu, et al. Computation method of topographic wetness index in low-relief area. Progress in Geography, 2006, 25(6): 87-93. (in Chinese with English abstract) 
> Qin C-Z, A-X Zhu, B-L Li, et al. Review of Multiple Flow Direction Algorithms Based on Gridded Digital Elevation Models. Earth Science Frontiers, 2006, 13(3): 91-98. (in Chinese with English abstract) 
> Qin C-Z, B-L Li, A-X Zhu, et al. Multiple Flow Direction Algorithm with Flow Partition Scheme Based on Downslope Gradient. Advances in Water Science, 2006, 17(4): 450-456. (in Chinese with English abstract)


Book chapters:

> Qin C-Z. Cuda/GPU (Entry id: 451957). Encyclopedia of GIS (Second Edition), edited by Shashi Shekhar, Hui Xiong, and Xun Zhou. Springer, 2016. (ISBN: 978-3-319-17884-4) DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-23519-6_1606-1


Academic activities

> Reviewer for 20+ SCI-indexed journals, e.g., IJGIS, Transactions in GIS, Computers & Geosciences, Environmental Modelling and Software, IJDE, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Geoderma, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Journal of Mountain Science, Earth Science Informatics, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, Frontiers of Earth Science, Remote Sensing, Cluster Computing, ......

> Editorial board member: <Geographical Research>(in Chinese; ISSN: 1000-0585)(2015 - )

> Organizing Committee of the AAG 2015 Symposium on CyberGIS for Fostering New Frontiers of Geographic Research and Education, the 17th International Symposium of Spatial Data Handling (SDH'2016)

> Co-Chair of Local Organizing Committee of the Second IEEE International Conference on Spatial Data Mining and Geographical Knowledge Services (ICSDM 2015)

> Program Committee of the Second International Conference on CyberGIS and Geodesign (CyberGIS&rsquo;14)

> Lecturer of "Digital terrain analysis for digital soil mapping" (3 hours, including 45 min exercise), in Training Workshop on the Update of Harmonized World Soil Database (HWSD), 2012-12-5~7, Nanjing, China, organized by Asian Soil Partnership (ASP), the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISSCAS)

Conferences

> Wang Y-W, Qin C-Z*, Cheng W-M, Zhu A-X. Detecting craters by training random forest based on existing crater map and spatial structural information. Geomorphometry'2018, August 13–17, 2018, Boulder CO, USA. (extended abstract; oral presentation)

> Qin C-Z, Wu X-W, Lu Y-J, Jiang J-C, Zhu A-X. Case-based formalization of knowledge of digital terrain analysis. In: Jasiewicz J, Zwoliński Zb, Mitasova H, Hengl T (eds). Geomorphometry for Geosciences (Proceedings of Geomorphometry'2015). Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, 2015, pp. 209-212. (extended abstract)
> Qin C-Z, Jiang J-C, Zhan L-J, Lu Y-J, Zhu A-X.A Browser/Server-based Prototype of Heuristic Modelling Environment for Digital Terrain Analysis. Geomorphometry'2013, Nanjing Normal University, October 15~20, 2013. (extended abstract; "Best Paper Award" of Geomorphometry'2013)
> Qin C-Z, Jiang J-C, Zhan L-J, Lu Y-J, Zhu A-X. A Browser/Server-based Prototype of Heuristic Modelling Environment for Digital Terrain Analysis. Geomorphometry'2013, Nanjing Normal University, 16-20 October, 2013. (extended abstract)
> Zhan L-J, Qin C-Z*. Parallel geospatial raster processing by geospatial data abstraction library (GDAL) &ndash; applicability and defects. GeoComputation&rsquo;2013, Wuhan University, 23-25 May, 2013. (extended abstract)
> Qin C-Z, et al. Software prototyping of a heuristic and visualized modeling environment for digital terrain analysis. 11th International Conference on GeoComputation, 20-22 July, 2011, University College London, UK. (Extended abstract)
> Zhan L-J, Qin C-Z*. A graph-theory-based method for parallelizing the multiple-flow-direction algorithm on CUDA compatible Graphics Processing Units. IEEE ICSDM 2011 & BJ-IWGIS 2011, Fuzhou, China, June 29-July 1, 2011. (EI indexed)
> Qin C-Z, et al. Application of fuzzy slope positions in predicting spatial distribution of soil organic matter in small catchments. Pedometrics&rsquo;09, Beijing, China, Aug. 31~Sept. 2, 2009. (abstract)
> Qin C Z, et al. Primary discussion on the relationship between distributions of fuzzy slope positions and soil types. 16th International Conference on Geoinformatics & Joint Conference on GIS and Built Environment, Guangzhou, China, June 28-29, 2008. In: Liu L, X Li, K Liu, X Zhang, eds. Proceedings of SPIE, vol. 7146, 2008, doi: 10.1117/12.813126. (EI indexed)
> Qin C, et al. An approach to computing topographic wetness index based on maximum downslope gradient. Pedometrics 2007 (Biannual Conference of Commission 1.5 Pedometrics, Division 1 of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS)), University of Tuebingen, Germany, Aug. 27-30, 2007. (poster)
> Qin C, et al. Topographic wetness index computed using multiple flow direction algorithm and local maximum downslope gradient. 7th International Workshop of Geographical Information System (IWGIS), Beijing, Sept. 12-14, 2007.
> Qin C, et al. Fuzzy representation of spatial gradation of slope position. International Symposium on Terrain Analysis and Digital Terrain Modeling, Nanjing, China, Nov. 23-25, 2006.
> Qin C-Z, Zhou C-H, Pei T. Taxonomy of Visualization Techniques and Systems &ndash; Concerns between Users and Developers are Different. AsiaGIS&rsquo;2003, 15-18 Oct. 2003, Wuhan, China.

Projects

Projects charged as PI mainly include: 
> "Slope Position as Spatial Unit for Optimizing Scenarios of Beneficial Watershed Management Practices in a Unit-Boundary Adaptive Manner" (No. 41871362; 2019~2022) funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China; 

> "Excellent Young Scholars" project funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41422109; 2015~2017);
> "Quantification of spatial gradation of slope positions based on prototype theory" (No. 40971235; 2010~2012) funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China;
> "Quantification of Geo-feature for Synthesized Modeling of Earth-Surface Processes" (No. KZCX2-YW-Q10-1-5; 2009~2011) funded by Chinese Academy of Sciences;
> "Research on Self-adaptive Multiple Flow Direction Algorithm" (No. 40501056; 2006~2008) funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China

Mainly participating in following projects: 
> "Design and development of database and integrated application system of soil pollution investigation of China (Stage I, II)" (2007-2008) funded by Ministry of Environmental Protection of China