dr. Shiqiang Du


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  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1087

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Shiqiang Du is a visiting researcher at the department of ‘Water and Climate Risk’. His research interests focus on flood risk analysis, floodplain sustainability, and spatial statistics and modeling. Shiqiang holds a permanent position as an associate professor at Shanghai Normal University, China. He has also worked closely with research groups from Beijing Normal University and East China Normal University.


Flood risk, Urbanization, Floodplain sustainability, Vulnerability, Spatial analysis.


Shiqiang’s research interests focus on flood risk analysis, floodplain sustainability, and spatial statistics and models. At large scale, he has accomplished a flood risk map of China based on historical flood records and biophysical/socioeconomic indicators, which was compiled in the Atlas of Natural Disaster Risk in China. Using the nighttime light data of the DMSP-OLS and the NPP-VIIRS, he has revealed a disproportional distribution of urban land in floodplains (ULF) and a rapid growth of ULF (more than 5 times from 1992–2015) in China. He has also revealed a fast population growth in China’s floodplain while this growth was influenced by flood experience of a large-scale flood in 1998 in the Yangtze River basin. At city scale, he has established a historical flood database using newspapers, survey data, and other ancillary data. He has also investigated the influence of environmental factors on pluvial flood occurrence. Additionally, he has assessed non-structural measures of urban-land pattern optimization and low impact development for reducing flood risk.


2013: PhD, State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology (ESPRE), Beijing Normal University , China, Supervisor: Prof. Peijun Shi.

2008: Bachelor, College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University, China, Supervisor: Prof. Jianming Zhang.

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Research Output 2014 2020

Hard or soft flood adaptation? Advantages of a hybrid strategy for Shanghai

Du, S., Scussolini, P., Ward, P., Zhang, M., Wen, J., Wang, L., Koks, E., Diaz Loaiza, M. A., Gao, J., Ke, Q. & Aerts, J. C. J. H., 2020, In : Global Environmental Change. 61, 102037.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

The growth mode of built-up land in floodplains and its impacts on flood vulnerability

Han, Y., Huang, Q., He, C., Fang, Y., Wen, J., Gao, J. & Du, S., 15 Jan 2020, In : Science of the Total Environment. 700, p. 1-11 11 p., 134462.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
patch size

A simple GIS-based model for urban rainstorm inundation simulation

Meng, X., Zhang, M., Wen, J., Du, S., Xu, H., Wang, L. & Yang, Y., 1 May 2019, In : Sustainability (Switzerland). 11, 10, 2830.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Geographic information systems
information system

Brief communication: Rethinking the 1998 China floods to prepare for a nonstationary future

Du, S., Cheng, X., Huang, Q., Chen, R., Ward, P. & Aerts, J. C. J. H., 2 Apr 2019, In : Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. 19, 3, p. 715-719 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
global trade
urban planning
climate change

Effect of dust deposition on spectrum-based estimation of leaf water content in urban plant

Lin, W., Li, Y., Du, S., Zheng, Y., Gao, J. & Sun, T., 1 Sep 2019, In : Ecological Indicators. 104, p. 41-47 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

water content