Dr. Dongmei HAN, 

Current position: Associate Professor in Hydrogeology and Water Resources

Affiliation: Key Laboratory of Water Cycle & Related Land Surface Processes, Institute of Geographic Sciences & Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy Sciences

Address:1407 Room, YiDuan, 11A, Datun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100101,China

Phone:   +86-10-64889367(O); +86-13520828696(M)

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Research Areas

Her previous research focuses on groundwater age dating using environmental multi-tracers, the dynamics of fresh and saline groundwater in coastal aquifers of the north China, including seawater/saltwater intrusion in Circum-Bohai-Sea Region. Her current research concerns variable-density groundwater flow and solute transport in heterogeneous porous media and karst aquifers, the effects of subsurface heterogeneity on free convection and the impact of salinization on the evolution of groundwater quality. In North China Plain (NCP), groundwater over-exploitation from deep fresh aquifer (more than 300 m depth) has resulted in that the shallow saltwater bodies have been intruded into deep fresh aquifer. Some deep fresh water has also been salinized in recent years. It will be an obstacle for realizing the groundwater sustainable utilization and management in NCP. On methodology, besides the isotopic and hydrochemical indicators will be used, numerical modeling and geophysical methods will be integrated for understanding saline water transport processes.


Ph.D. Hydrology and Water Resources, China University of Geosciences, 2007

B.S. Hydrology and Engineering of Water Resources,China University of Geosciences, 2002 


Work Experience


  National Natural Science Foundation of China,“Characterization of groundwater flow system and evolution of fresh-saltwater transition research in coastal area of the northChina(No.40801018) (2009-2011). China Postdoctoral Science Foundation Project,Water cycle processes and mechanism of seawater intrusion in the coastal area of the northChina(No.20070420518) (2008-2009). Based on the extensive investigations and data set, this research aims to demonstrate how major ion chemistry, isotopes, hydraulic data and hydrochemical modelling can be combined in a multi-approach study related to saltwater intrusion to identify the different salt sources and their contribution to the present horizontal and vertical salinity distribution, estimate  the groundwater age and mixing behaviour between different end-members,and improve the understanding of reactive transport processes in determining the hydrogeochemical evolution of different types of groundwater in the south coast aquifer of Laizhou Bay, China.


  Zhu Kezhen Outstanding Young Scholars Program of of Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences:Evolution and control of seawater intrusion under complex boundaries between land and ocean (No.2015RC102)


    Programs from the Youth Innovation Promotion Association (No.2012040), focusing on seawater intrusion monitoring and analysis around Circum-Bohai-Sea-Region.


  State Basic Research Development Program (973 Program) of China, “Groundwater evolution mechanism and management of groundwater resources in the North China Plain” (No.2010CB428805) (2009-2014). One subtopic of this project aims to realize and delineate the mechanism of shallow saltwater movement into deep fresh aquifers (more than 300 m depth), due to the extensive groundwater exploitation in the Quaternary deep aquifers of North China Plain.


  Investigation of seawater intrusion status around Circum-Bohai-Sea-Region, north China.


Participated in the project titled “Catchment hydrological cycle models based on environmental isotope and water chemistry techniques” financially supported by the National Sciences Foundation of China (NO.40671034) and “Evaluation and Investigation of Environmental Geology in Circum-Bohai-Sea Region, China” supported by China Geologic Survey. Research is related to Groundwater modeling to the interface between groundwater and seawater in the coast area where seawater intrusion occurs commonly. And it is also including different water samplings in the field and doing some hydrogeochemical experiment and isotopic analysis.


She completed my PhD thesis in 2007, which was titled: "Analysis of Groundwater Flow System and Modeling of Hydrogeochemical Evolution in Xinzhou basin,China". I participated in Groundwater survey project titled “Evaluation and Investigation on Groundwater Resources and Environmental Problems of Six Big Basins in Shanxi Province of NorthChina(No.200310400009)” and financially supported by China Geologic Survey. With responsibility for Regionalization of Karst-water system in the mountain area of Shanxi. Mainly aiming at GIS-based regionalization of a Karst water system in Xishan mountain area of Taiyuan basin, and mapping of Karst-water system around mountainous area and recharge to porous water in Xinzhou basin, and some important environment problems in Xinzhou Basin.

Teaching Experience

Course taught: Modern Hydrology and Water Resources



Publication list (articles):

Han D.M.*, Currell M.J., Cao G.L., 2016. Deep challenges for China’s war on water pollution. Environmental Pollution. 218:1222-1233.

Han D.M.*, Song X.F., Currell M.J., 2016. Identification of anthropogenic and natural inputs of sulfate into a karstic coastal groundwater system in northeast China: evidence from major ions, δ13CDIC and δ34SSO4. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1-17. doi:10.5194/hess-20-1-2016.

Cao G.L., Han D.M.*, Currell M.J., Zheng C.M., 2016. Revised conceptualization of the North China Basin groundwater flow system: Groundwater age, heat and flow simulations. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences,

Cao G.L.*, Scanlon B.R., Han D.M.*, Zheng C.M., 2016. Impacts of thickening unsaturated zone on groundwater recharge in the North China Plain. Journal of Hydrology. 537:260-270.

Han D.M.*, Post V.E.A., Song X.F., 2015. Groundwater salinization processes and reversibility of seawater intrusion in coastal carbonate aquifers. Journal of Hydrology. 531(3):1067-1080.

Han D.M.*, Cao G.L., McCallum J., Song X.F., 2015. Residence times of groundwater and nitrate transport in coastal aquifer systems: Daweijia area, northeastern China. Science of the Total Environment. 538(15):539-554.

Han D.M.*, Song X.F., Currell M.J., Yang J.L., Xiao G.Q., 2014. Chemical and isotopic constraints on evolution of groundwater salinization in the coastal plain aquifer of Laizhou Bay, ChinaJournal of Hydrology. 508:12-27.

Han D.M.*, Tong X.X., Currell M., Cao G.L., Jin M.G., Tong C.S., 2014. Evaluation of the impact of an uncontrolled landfill on surrounding groundwater quality, Zhoukou, China. Journal of Geochemical Exploration. 136:24-39.

Cao G.L., Han D.M.*, Song X.F., 2014. Evaluating actual evapotranspiration and impacts of groundwater storage change in the North China Plain. Hydrological Processes. 28:1797-1808.

Cao G.L., Han D.M.*, Moser J., 2013. Groundwater exploitation management under land subsidence constraint: Empirical evidence from the Hangzhou-Jiaxing-Huzhou Plain, China. Environmental Management. 51:1109-1125.

Han D.M.*, Song X.F., Currell M.J., Tsujimura M., 2012. Using Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and Tritium to Improve Conceptual Model of Groundwater Flow in the South Coast Aquifers of Laizhou Bay, China. Hydrological Processes, 26(23):3614-3629.

Han D.M., Kohfahl C., Song X.F.*, Xiao G.Q., Yang J.L., 2011. Geochemical and isotopic evidence for palaeo-seawater intrusion into the south coast aquifer of Laizhou Bay, China. Applied Geochemistry, 26(5):863-883.

Han D.M., Song X.F.*, Currell M.J., Cao G.L., Zhang Y.H., Kang Y.H., 2011. A survey of groundwater levels and hydrogeochemistry in irrigated fields in the Karamay Agricultural Development Area, northwest China: Implications for soil and groundwater salinity resulting from surface water transfer for irrigation. Journal of Hydrology, 405(3-4, 5): 217-234.

Han D.M., Liang X.*, Currell M.J., Song X.F., Chen Z.Y., Jin M.G., Liu C.M., Han Y., 2010. Environmental isotopic and hydrochemical characteristics of groundwater systems in Daying and Qicun geothermal fields, Xinzhou Basin, Shanxi, China. Hydrological Processes, 24, 3157-3176.

Han D.M.*, Liang X., Jin M.G., Currell M.J., Song X.F., Liu C.M., 2010. Evaluation of groundwater hydrochemical characteristics and mixing behavior in the Daying and Qicun geothermal systems, Xinzhou Basin, J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 189:92-104.

Han D.M.*, H.L.Xu, X.Liang, GIS-based Regionalization of a Karst Water System in Xishan Mountain Area of Taiyuan Basin, North China, 2006, Journal of Hydrology, 2006. 331(3-4):459-470.

Han D.M., Xing Liang*, Menggui Jin, Currell M.J., Ying Han, Xianfang Song. 2009. Hydrogeochemical Indicators of Groundwater Flow Systems in the Yangwu River Alluvial Fan, Xinzhou Basin, Shanxi, China. Environmental Management. 44:243-255.

Han D.M., Tong X.X.*, Jin M.G., Hepburn E., Tong C.S., Song X.F., 2013. Evaluation of organic contamination in urban groundwater surrounding a municipal landfill, Zhoukou, China. Environmental Monitoring Assessment. 185(4):3413-3444.

Currell M.J.*, Han D.M., Cartwright I., Bradley D.C., 2012. Sustainability of groundwater usage in northern China: dependence on palaeowaters and effects on water quality, quantity and ecosystem health. Hydrological Processes. 26:4050-4066.

Yuan R.Q.*, Song X.F., Han D.M., Zhang L., Wang S.Q., 2013. Upward recharge through groundwater depression cone in piedmont plain of North China Plain. Journal of Hydrology. 500:1-11.

Wang P., Song X.F.*, Han D.M., Zhang Y.H., Zhang B., 2012. Determination of evaporation, transpiration and deep percolation of summer corn and winter wheat after irrigation. Agricultural Water Management, 105:32-37.

Wang P., Song X.F.*, Han D.M., Zhang Y.H., Liu X., 2010. A study of root water uptake of crops indicated by hydrogen and oxygen stable isotopes: A case in Shanxi Province, China .Agricultural Water Management97(3) : 475-482.

Yuan R.Q., Song X.F.*, Han D.M., Zhang Y.H., Zhang L., Zhang B., Long X.T., Yu Y.L., 2012. Rate and Historical Change of Direct Recharge from Precipitation Constrained by Unsaturated Zone Profiles of Chloride and Oxygen-18 in Dry River Bed of North China Plain. Hydrological Processes.  26(9):1291-1301.

Liu F., Song X.F.*, Yang L.H., Han D.M., Zhang Y.H., Ma Y., Bu H.M., 2015. The role of anthropogenic and natural factors in shaping the geochemical evolution of groundwater in the Subei Lake basin, Ordos energy base, Northwestern China. Science of the Total Environment. 538:327-340.

Yang L.H., Song X.F., Zhang Y.H., Han D.M., Zhang B., Long D., 2012. Characterizing interactions between surface water and groundwater in the Jialu River basin using major ion chemistry and stable isotopes. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 4265-4277.

Yuan R.Q., Song X.F., Zhang Y.H., Han D.M., Wang S.Q., Tang C.Y., 2011.Using major ions and stable isotopes to characterize recharge regime of a fault-influenced aquifer in Beiyishui River Watershed, North China Plain. Journal of Hydrology, 405(3-4, 5): 512-521.

Currell M.J., Cartwright I., Bradley D.C., Han D.M., 2010. Recharge history and controls on groundwater quality in the Yuncheng Basin, North China. Journal of Hydrology. 385: 216-229.

Liu F., Song X.F., Yang L.H., Zhang Y.H., Han D.M., Ma Y., Bu H.M., 2015. Identifying the origin and geochemical evolution of groundwater using hydrochemistry and stable isotopes in the Subei Lake basin, Ordos energy base, Northwestern China. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 19,551-565.

Currell M.J., Cartwright I., Raveggi M., Han D.M., 2011. Controls on elevated fluoride and arsenic concentrations in groundwater from the Yuncheng Basin, ChinaApplied Geochemistry, 26(4): 540-552.

Research Interests

Her  research interests are focused on seawater/saltwater intrusion and related coastal water issues along the coastalline of China. 


24th Salt Water Intrusion Meeting and the 4th Asia-Pacific Coastal Aquifer Management Meeting, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 4-8 July 2016

The 42nd IAH Congress, 13rd-18th September. Rome, Italy

Ra & Rn isotopes workshop held in China University of Geosciences, Beijing. 25-26 April, 2015.

IAH-2008 Congress in Toyama, Japan, October 26-31, 2008

International Groundwater Conference on Groundwater Dynamics and Global Change. In Jaipur,India. March 11-14, 2008


Keep good cooperative relationship with Matthew Currell from School of Engeering, RMIT University, Austrlia,Vincent Post from Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Hannover, Germany, and Claus Kohfahl from Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, Plaza de España, 41013 Seville, Spain.


Zhou TianTian 09/2015-06/2018

Cao TianZheng 09/2017-06/2020

Honors & Distinctions


Outstanding Member Award of the Youth Innovation Promotion Association (CAS), 2016

Zhu Kezhen Outstanding Young Scholars Award of IGSNRR, CAS, 2015

Award of Outstanding Young Scholars of IGSNRR, CAS, 2011

Excellent Ph.D Thesis of Huei Province, 2008