Dr Gordon Gongdan Zhou graduated with a bachelor degree at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou in 2005, and then came to HKUST. During his doctoral studies, he pioneered debris flow research within Prof. Ng’s group, finishing his PhD in 2010.

He has since become Professor at the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also the deputy director of the Key Laboratory of Mountain Hazards and Earth Surface Process, Chinese Academy of Sciences, as well as the  director of the National Dongchuan Debris Flow Observation and Research Station.

Key publications:

  • Gordon G. D. Zhou and Charles W. W. Ng, (2010). Dimensional analysis of natural debris flows. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 47(7): 719-729.
  • Gordon G. D. Zhou and Charles W. W. Ng, (2010). Numerical investigation of reverse segregation in debris flows by DEM. Granular Matter, 12(5): 507-516.
  • Gordon G. D. Zhou, K. H. Hu, and P. Cui (2013). Study of Sediment Transport in Granular Avalanches. Journal of flood risk management, 6(2):156–165
  • Gordon G. D. Zhou, P. Cui, H. Y. Chen, X. H. Zhu, J. B. Tang, and Q. C. Sun (2013). Experimental Study on Cascading Landslide Dam Failures by Upstream Flows. 10(5), 633-643.
  • Cui, Gordon G. D. Zhou, X. H. Zhu, and J. Q. Zhang (2013). Scale Amplification of Natural Debris Flows Caused by Cascading Landslide Dam Failures. Geomorphology. 182, 173-189.
  • Gordon G. D. Zhou, and Q. C. Sun (2013). Three-dimensional Numerical Study on Flow Regimes of Dry Granular Flows by DEM. Powder Technology, 239: 115-127.
  • Gordon G. D. Zhou, Charles W. W. Ng, and Q. C. Sun (2014). A new theoretical method for analyzing confined dry granular flows. Landslides, 11(3), 369-384.
  • Gordon G. D. Zhou, P. Cui, J. B. Tang, H. Y. Chen, Q. Zou, and Q. C. Sun (2015). Experimental Study on the Triggering Mechanisms and Kinematic Properties of the Large Debris Flows Occurred in Wenjia Gully. Engineering Geology, 194, 52-61.
  • Gordon G. D. Zhou, Nigel G. Wright, Q. C. Sun, and Q. P. Cai (2016). Experimental Study on the Mobility of Channelized Granular Mass Flow. Acta Geologica Sinica. 90(3):988-998.
  • Gordon G. D. Zhou, D. Song, C. E. Choi, and A. Pasuto (2017). Surge Impact of Granular Flows: Effects of Water Content. Landslides.