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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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Population Growth Medicine & Life Sciences
communication Earth & Environmental Sciences
floodplain Earth & Environmental Sciences
China Medicine & Life Sciences
global trade Earth & Environmental Sciences
Population Medicine & Life Sciences
urban planning Earth & Environmental Sciences
Climate Change Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2018 2019

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

global trade
urban planning
climate change

Rapid population growth in Chinese floodplains from 1990 to 2015

Fang, Y., Du, S., Scussolini, P., Wen, J., He, C., Huang, Q. & Gao, J., Aug 2018, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15, 8, p. 1-11 11 p., 1602.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Population Growth
Climate Change
Population Density