Dr. Yan Zhu

Dr. rer. nat. Yan Zhu

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In the year 2011, Yan Zhu has been Research Associate of the Working Group for Physical Geography at the Institute of Geography of the Heidelberg University.

Research interests
  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Water History & Water Culture
  • China-related Water, Environment and Energy Issues
  • Groundwater Resource Utilization & Protection
  • Urban Environment and Hydrogeology: Air-Soil-Water, Land Subsidence Caused by Groundwater Over-exploration
  • Environmental & Climate Change Influences to Groundwater
  • Water and Sustainable Development: Water Availability and Quality in Different Scales; Artificial Groundwater Recharge; Water Purification by Natural Attenuation
  • Hydro-ecology and Water Security in Arid and Semi-arid Areas
  • Geothermal Energy Resource Utilization & Conservation
  • Water and Health: Mineral Water, Geo-environmental Monitoring, Assessment & Remediation
Research projects

RECAST Urumqi: Resource efficiency as a key to sustainable mega-city development in dry areas.
Project 1: Development of sustainable mega-city through efficient management of water resources in a semi-arid environment.

Academic career
  • since 05.2011: Research Associate in Institute of Geography, University of Heidelberg.
  • 11.2010 - 04.2011: Scientific coordinator in Institute of Environment geology, Technical University Braunschweig.
  • 01.1999 - 05.2004: Senior Engineer in Hydrogeology and Associate Professor in Environmental Science, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Zhejiang University.
  • 01.1990 - 07.1997: Engineer in Hydrogeology, Research Department Manager, Geological Environmental Centre of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou, China
  • 07.1989 – 12.1989: Assistant Engineer, Institute for Geology and Mineral Resources, Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou, China
  • 2010: Dr. rer. nat. Sustainable groundwater resource management in China, University of Tuebingen, Germany
  • 1998: Certification, International Advanced Studies Course Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology of Tropical and Subtropical Regions, University of Tuebingen, Germany
  • 1997: B.Sc Economy (second major), Land real estate management, College of Economy, Zhejiang University, China
  • 1989: M.Sc.-Ing., Hydro-geochemistry, Chengdu Technical University, China
  • 1986: B.Sc.-Ing., Hydrogeology, Chengdu Technical University, China
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