Professor Peng CUI (CAS Academician)

Professor in the Institute of Moutain Hazards and Environment (Geotechnical Engineering), CAS; the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (Physical Geography), CAS

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Address: P.O. Box 417, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan, China


Prof. Peng CUI is now the vice director of Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment (IMHE), CAS and chair of the IMHE academic council. He worked in IMHE since 1985 and got his doctoral degree from Beijing Forest University in 1990. He studied in the Geography Department of Illinois University in 1994-1995 and in the King's College London in 1995-1997, and then he returned IHME with the support of the CAS “Hundred Talents Project”. He was granted by the NSFC for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2000 and elected as the CAS Academician in 2013.

Prof. Peng CUI has been engaged geo-hazards for decades and obtained acknowledged achievements in debris-flow mechanism and risk management technology. He has published more than 300 papers and got 19 patents of disaster mitigation technology and authored 4 monographs plus one atlas. He won the second-class award of the national science and technology progress (2009) and 5 first class awards at the provincial level (2003, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013). He also founded the Journal of Mountain Science in 2004 and made it an influential international journal in the field as the chief editor. For his systemic achievements, he won “The Distinguished Researcher Award” of WASWAC in 2010.

Academic Profile

1995.10-1997.02, PostDoctor, King's College London, UK

1994.10-1995.10, Visiting Scholar, University of Illinois, USA

1987.03-1990.05, Ph.D, Water and Soil Conservation, Beijing Forestry University, China

1982.09-1985.07, M.S., Physical Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

1978.09-1982.07, B.S., Physical Geography, Northwest University, China

Research Interests

Geo-hazards (debris flow and landslide), erosion and sediment yield, fluvial geomorphology

Selected Publications

Published more than 300 papers with 62 indexed by SCI, 91 indexed by EI and 15 indexed by ISTP and published five monographs and edited seven monographs.

  • Lei, Y., Cui, P.*, Zeng, C., Guo, Y.Y. 2017. An empirical mode decomposition-based signal process method for two-phase debris flow impact. Landslides.
  • Jiang, X.G., Cui, P.*, Chen, H.Y. Guo, Y.Y. 2017. Formation conditions of outburst debris flow triggered by overtopped natural dam failure. Landslides. 14(3): 821-831. DOI: 10.1007/s10346-016-0751-1
  • Chen, X., Cui, P.*, You, Y., Cheng, Z.L., Khan, A., Ye, C.Y., Zhang, S. 2017. Dam-break risk analysis of the Attabad landslide dam in Pakistan and emergency countermeasures. Landslides. 14(2), 675-683. DOI:10.1007/s10346-016-0721-7
  • Lyu, L.Q., Wang, Z.Y., Cui, P., Xu, M.Z*. 2017. The role of bank erosion on the initiation and motion of gully debris flows. Geomorphology, 2017, 285: 137-151. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.02.008
  • Cui, P., Zhou, J. W., Yang, X.G. 2016. Effects of material composition and water content on the mechanical properties of landslide deposits triggered by the Wenchuan earthquake. Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition), 90(1): 242-257.
  • Cui, P., Lei, Y., Hu, K.H., Gordon, G.D., Zhu, X.H., & Chen, H.Y. (2016). Amplification Mechanism and Hazard Analysis for Zhouqu Giant Debris Flow. International Journal of Erosion Control Engineering, 9(3), 71-79.
  • Cui, P., Jia, Y. 2015. Mountain hazards in the Tibetan Plateau: research status and prospects. National Science Review, 2(4): 397-402.
  • Cui, P., Zeng, C., Lei, Y. 2015. Experimental analysis on the impact force of viscous debris flow. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 40(12):1644-1655.
  • Cui, P., Guo, C.X., Zhou, J.W., Hao, M.H., Xu, F.G. 2014. The mechanisms behind shallow failures in slopes comprised of landslide deposits. Engineering Geology. 180:34-44.
  • Cui, P., Zhang, J.Q., Yang, Z.j., Chen X.Q. 2014. Activity and distribution of geohazards induced by the Lushan earthquake, April 20, 2013. Nat Hazards. 73:711-726.
  • Cui, P., Zou, Q, Xiang, L.Z., Zeng, C. 2013. Risk assessment of simultaneous debris flows in mountain townships. Progress in Physical Geography. 37(4): 516-542.
  • Cui, P., Zhou, G.D., Zhu, X.H., Zhang, J.Q. 2013. Scale amplification of natural debris flows caused by cascading landslide dam failures . Geomorphology. 182: 173-189.
  • Cui, P., Xiang, L.Z., Zou, Q. 2013. Risk assessment of highways affected by debris flows in Wenchuan Earthquake area. Journal of Mountain Sciences. 10(2): 173-189.
  • Cui, P., Lin, Y.M. 2013. Debris-flow Treatment: The Integration of Botanical and Geotechnical Methods. Journal of Resources and Ecology. 4(2): 97-104.
  • Cui, P., Su, Z.M., Chen, X.Q. 2013. Formation and risk reduction of landslide-dammed lakes resulted by the Ms8.0 Wenchuan Earthquake: a brief review and a proposal. Earthquake-Induced Landslides. 3-10.
  • Cui, P., Lin Y.M., Chen, C. 2012. Destruction of vegetation due to geo-hazards and its environmental impacts in the Wenchuan earthquake areas. Ecological Engineering. 44: 61-69.
  • Cui, P., Dang, C, Zhuang, J.Q., et al. 2012. Landslide-dammed lake at Tangjiashan, Sichuan province, China (triggered by the Wenchuan Earthquake, May 12, 2008): risk assessment, mitigation strategy, and lessons learned. Environ Earth Sci. 65: 1055-1065.
  • Cui, P. 2012. Foreword: special issue on Wenchuan earthquake geohazards. Environmental Earth Sciences. 65(4): 963.
  • Cui, P., Han, Y.S., Dang, C., et al. 2011. Formation and Treatment of Landslide Dams Emplaced During the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, Sichuan, China. Natural and Artificial Rockslide Dams, Lecture Notes in Earth. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 295-321.
  • Cui, P., Chen, X.Q., Zhu, Y.Y., et al. 2011.The Wenchuan Earthquake (May 12, 2008), Sichuan Province, China, and resulting geohazards. Nat Hazards. 56(1):19-36.
  • Cui, P., Ge, Y.G., Liu, Y.M. 2011. Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Effects in the Three Gorges Reservoir Region, China. Journal of Resources and Ecology. 2(4):289-297. 

Selected Awards

•2016: Atlas of Mountain Hazards and Soil Erosion in the Upper Yangtze  (Chef Editor) , Second Class of Excellent Maps Award, by Chinese Society for Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation 

•2015: Atlas of Mountain Hazards and Soil Erosion in the Upper Yangtze  (Chef Editor) , First Class of Science and Technology Award, by Chinese Society of Soil and Water Conversation

2013: Mechanism and Risk Control of Sedentary Mountain Hazards  After Wenchuan Earthquake, First Class of Science and Technology Progress Award of Sichuan Province

2013: Research on the Key Technology of Environment Conservation and Geo-hazards along Karakoram Highway, Second Class of Science and Technology Award, by China Highway and Transportation Society

2013: Award for Outstanding Innovation Expert of Sichuan Province

2012: First Class of Science and Technology Award, by China Highway and Transportation Society

2010: The Distinguished Researcher Award of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC) for 2010

2010: First Class of Science and Technology Award, by Chinese Society of Soil and Water Conversation

2010: The National Outstanding Scientist Award, by China Science and Technology Association  

•2009: Second Class of National Science and Technology Progress Award of China
•2008: Award for Outstanding Contribution in Earthquake Relief, by China Science and Technology Association
•2006: First Class of Science and Technology Progress Award of Sichuan Province
•2003: First Class of Science and Technology Progress Award of Sichuan Province
•2000: National Science Fund for Distinguish Scholars of China
•1995: The Royal Society Fellowship, UK
•1994: Kuan-Cheng Wong Education Fellowship, Hong Kong
•1992: Foreign Scientist Fellowship, Japan
•1991: Outstanding PhD in China (medal), awarded by Chinese State Council and National Education Council


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