Dr. Hongsong Chen

Professor of soil hydrology and Eco-hydrology
Telephone: 0731-84615226
Address: No. 644, Yuanda Second Road, Furong District, Changsha, Hunan 
Postcode: 410125

Research Areas

Soil hydrology


Soil and water conservation

Spatial variability of soil properties


Jul. 2003: Ph.D. (Soil Science), Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, CAS, Shaanxi, China

                   Dissertation: Study on soil water movement and its cycling on a hillslope of the Loess Plateau

                   Supervisor: Dr. Mingan Shao

Jul. 2000: M.Sc. (Soil Science), Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, CAS, Shaanxi, China

                    Dissertation: Effects of electrolyte on fine sediment flocculation and settling in the Loess Plateau

                   Supervisor: Dr. Mingan Shao

Jul. 1997: B.Sc. (Soil & Water Conservation), Northwest Agricultural University, Shaanxi, China

                  Dissertation: Rainfall infiltration and runoff on slope farmland in the gully-hilly Loess Plateau

                  Supervisor: Dr. Shaozhong Kang


Work Experience

Jul. 2003- Aug. 2008: Associate professor

             Research Center for Regional Agro-ecology, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, CAS, Hunan, China

             Huanjiang Observation and Research Station for Karst Ecosystem, CAS, Guangxi, China

Sept. 2008- present: Professor

             Research Center for Regional Agro-ecology, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, CAS, Hunan, China

             Huanjiang Observation and Research Station for Karst Ecosystem, CAS, Guangxi, China

             Key Laboratory of Agro-ecological Processes in Subtropical Region, Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, CAS, Changsha, China

            (Oct. 2008-Apr. 2009: Visiting Scholar, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA)

Teaching Experience

Karst eco-hydrology

Soil and water conservation

Honors & Distinctions

l  Science & Technology for Development Award, CAS (2014)

l  Excellent Graduate Supervisor Award of Guangzhou Branch, CAS (2014)

l  Western Scholars Outstanding Contribution Award, the CAS K.C. Wong Education Foundation (2012)

l  The First Youth Science and Technology Award, Chinese Society of Ecology (2009)

l  Excellent staff of the Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, CAS (2006, 2012-2014)

l  Excellent Young Scientific and Technical Worker of Guangzhou Branch, CAS (2005)

l  Excellent PhD Thesis Award of Shaanxi Province (2005)

l  Excellent President Award of CAS for Graduates (2003)

l  Excellent Graduate Award of Shaanxi Province (2003)

l  Excellent Graduate Award of State Key Lab of Soil Erosion & Dryland Farming on Loess Plateau (2003)

l  Excellent Graduate Award of the Institute of Soil & Water Conservation, CAS (2003, 2000)

l Excellent Liuyongling Award of CAS for Graduates (2000)



[1]      Chen Hongsong*, Zhang Wei, Wang Kelin, Fu Wei.Soil moisture dynamics under different land uses on karst hillslope in northwest Guangxi, China. Environmental Earth Sciences, 2010, 61(6):1105-1111.

[2]      Chen Hongsong, Liu Jianwei, Wang Kelin, Zhang Wei. Spatial distribution of rock fragments on steep hillslopes in karst region of northwest Guangxi, China. Catena, 2011, 84(1-2): 21-28 (DOI: 10.1016/j.catena.2010.08.012).

[3]      NieYunpeng, Chen Hongsong*, Wang Kelin, Tan Wei, Deng Pengyan, Yang Jing. Seasonal water use patterns of woody species growing on the continuous dolostone outcrops and nearby thin soils in subtropical China.Plant and Soil, 2011, 341(1-2): 399-412 (DOI: 10.1007/s11104-010-0653-2).

[4]      Zhang Jiguang, Chen Hongsong*, Su Yirong, Shi Yi, Zhang Wei, Kong Xiangli. Spatial variability of surface soil moisture in a depression area of Karst region in Southwest China.Clean-Soil Air Water, 2011, 39(7): 619-625.

[5]       Chen Hongsong, Zhang Wei, Wang Kelin, Hou Ya.Soil organic carbon and total nitrogen as affected by land use types in karst and non-karst areas of northwest Guangxi, China. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 2012, 92(5): 1086-1093 (DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.4591).

[6]       Chen Hongsong, Liu Jianwei, Zhang Wei, Wang Kelin.Soil hydraulic properties on the steep karst hillslopes in northwest Guangxi, China. Environmental Earth Sciences, 2012, 66(1): 371-379.

[7]       NieYunpeng, Chen Hongsong*, Wang Kelin, Yang Jing. Water source utilization by woody plants growing on dolomite outcrops and nearby soils during dry seasons in karst region of Southwest China. Journal of Hydrology, 2012,420-421: 264-274 (doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.12.011).

[8]       Zhang Wei, Wang Kelin, Chen Hongsong*, He Xunyang, Zhang Jiguang. Ancillary information improves kriging on soil organic carbon data for a typical karst peak-cluster depression landscape. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 2012, 92(5): 1094-1102 (DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.5593).

[9]       NieYunpeng, Chen Hongsong*, Wang Kelin, Ding Yali. Rooting characteristics of two widely distributed woody plant species growing in different karst habitats of southwest China. Plant Ecology, 2014, 215(10):1099-1109.

[10]    Feng Teng, Chen Hongsong*, Wang Kelin, Zhang Wei, Qi Xiangkun. Modeling soil erosion using a spatiallydistributed model in a karst catchment ofnorthwest Guangxi, China. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 2014, 39(15): 2121-2130.

[11]    Hu Ke, Chen Hongsong*, NieYunpeng, Wang Kelin. Seasonal recharge and mean residence times of soil and epikarstwater in a small karst catchment of southwest China. Sci. Rep. 2015, 5, 10215; doi: 10.1038/srep10215.

[12]   Fu Tonggang,Chen Hongsong*, Zhang Wei,NieYunpeng, Wang Kelin. Vertical distribution of soil saturated hydraulic conductivityand its influencing factors in a small karst catchmentin Southwest China. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2015, 187:92-104.

[13]   Fu Tonggang,Chen Hongsong*, Zhang Wei,NieYunpeng,Gao Peng, Wang Kelin. Spatial variability of surface soil saturated hydraulic conductivityin a small karst catchment of southwest China. Environmental Earth Sciences, 2015, 74(3): 2381-2391. DOI: 0.1007/s12665-015-4238-5

[14]    Zhang Wei, Zhao Jie, Pan Fujing, Li Dejun, Chen Hongsong, Wang Kelin. Changes in nitrogen and phosphorus limitation during secondary succession in a karst region in southwest China. Plant and Soil, 2015, 391(1-2): 77-91.

[15]    Fu Zhiyong, Hongsong Chen*, Wei Zhang, Qinxue Xu, Sheng Wang, Kelin Wang. Subsurface flow in a soil-mantled subtropical dolomite karst slope: A field rainfall simulation study. Geomorphology, 2015, 250: 1-14.

[16]    Yang Jing, Chen Hongsong*, NieYunpeng, Zhang Wei, Wang Kelin. Spatial variability of shallow soil moisture and its stable isotope values on a karst hillslope. Geoderma, 2016, 264:61-70.

[17]    Feng Teng, Chen Hongsong*, Polyakov V.O., Wang Keli, Zhang Xinbao, Zhang Wei. Soil erosion rates in two karst peak-cluster depression basins of northwest Guangxi, China: Comparison of the RUSLE model with 137Cs measurements. Geomorphology, 2016, 253: 217-224. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.10.013.

[18]    Fu Zhiyong, Hongsong Chen*, Qinxue Xu, JintianJia, Sheng Wang, Kelin Wang. Role of epikarst in near-surface hydrological processes in a soil mantled subtropical dolomite karst slope: implications of field rainfall simulation experiments. Hydrological processes, 2016, 30(5): 795-811. DOI 10.1002/hyp.10650.

[19]    Wang Sheng, Zhiyong Fu*, Hongsong Chen, YunpengNie, Kelin Wang. Modeling daily reference ET in the karst area of northwest Guangxi (China) using gene expression programming (GEP) and artificial neural network (ANN). Theoretical and applied climatology, 2015, DOI 10.1007/s00704-015-1602-z.

[20]    Fu Tonggang, Chen Hongsong*, Wang Kelin. Structure and water storage capacity of a small karst aquifer based on stream discharge in southwest China. Journal of Hydrology, 2016, 534: 50-62.

[21]    Yang Jing, NieYunpeng, Chen Hongsong*, Wang Sheng, Wang Kelin. Hydraulic properties of karst fractures filled with soils and regolith materials: Implication for their ecohydrological functions. Geoderma, 2016, 276: 93-101.

Research Interests

I am interested to study soil hydrology, eco-hydrology, and soil and water conservation. My goal is to understand hydrological process and plant adaptation to water stress on rocky mountain areas based on the use of stable isotope techniques as measures of water use efficiency and tracers of water. I also pay attention to investigate the effects of land use change to soil properties, and understand the interactions between vegetation and hydrological processes, mostly in karst regions of southwest China.


Chen Hongsong.Rainfall infiltration and runoff generation on karst hillslopes in southwest China. Nanjing (China): Sino-German CZ Symposium “Coupled Hydrological and   Nutrients Transport across Scales in Earth’s Critical Zone: Monitoring and Modeling”. September 10-14, 2015

Chen Hongsong. Rainfall infiltration and runoff generation and soil erosion in karst peak-cluster areas of southwest China. Guilin (China): Conference on Soil Physics advances and Ecological Safe (Soil Physics Commission, Soil Science Society of China). August 9-10, 2014.

Chen Hongsong. Rainfall infiltration and runoff generation on karst hillslope with dual structures in northwest Guangxi, China. Fuzhou (China): 12th Chinese Water Forum (Water Resources Commission, Chinese Society of Natural Resources). November 1-2, 2014.

Chen Hongsong. Water-recharge characteristics and water-holding functions of soil and epikarst in a small watershed of southwest China. Nanchang (China): 9th National Membership Conference, the Ecological Society of China. October 18-19, 2013.

Chen Hongsong. Water-holding functions and water balance characteristics in small karst watershed in southwest China. Chengdu (China): 12th National Membership Conference, Soil Science Society of China. August 20-22, 2012.

Chen Hongsong. Spatial distribution of soil water and nutrients and plant adaptation mechanisms in karst peak-cluster area of southwest China. National Membership Conference, Soil Physics Commission, Soil Science Society of China. July 15-17, 2011.

Chen Hongsong. The characteristics of soil and water loss from karst hillslope with different land-use types in northwest Guangxi of China. Niagara Falls (Canada): 39th IAH Congress, September 16-21, 2012.

Chen Hongsong. Spatial variation of surface soil hydraulic properties and its relation to rock fragment content on karst hillslopes. Changsha (China): 2nd International Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture for Subtropical Regions, September 15-18, 2010.

Chen Hongsong, Liu Jianwei, Zhang Wei. Soil water infiltration on a stony hillslope in karst regions of northwest Guangxi,China. Trieste (Italy): College on Soil Physics, 22 October to 9 November, 2007.

Chen Hongsong, Wang Kelin, Zhang Wei, Zhang Jiguang, Fu Wei. Soil water dynamics as influenced by land use changes in karst mountainous region in northwest Guangxi. Beijing: International Conference on Long-term Ecological Research. 20-21 August, 2007.

Chen Hongsong, Shao Mingan. On the desiccation of deep soil layer and its countermeasures on the Loess Plateau of China. Yangling (Shaanxi): 2nd International Symposium on Soil Erosion and Dryland Farming. 2-4 October, 2006.

Chen Hongsong, Shao Mingan. Hillslope simulated rainfall infiltration and soil moisture redistribution. Yangling (Shaanxi): Sino-Japan Workshop on Combating Desertification and Exploitation. November, 2002.

Chen Hongsong, Shao Mingan. Effects of NaCl on fine sediment flocculation and settling in still water. Beijing: International Conference on Agricultural Engineering. 14-17 December, 1999.



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