Faculty by Department
LI Tianhong
Dr. and Research Professor Department: Environmental Engineering Research interests: Water and sediment environment and ecological rehabilitation of Basins, LUCC and its eco-environmental effects; Environmental informatics Tel/fax: 86-10-62753351 E-mail: lth@pku.edu.cn

His research focuses are on water-sediment environment and ecological rehabilitation of basins, and Land Use and Cover Change (LUCC) and its eco-environmental effects. In the field of water-sediment environment and ecological rehabilitation, with the Yellow River basin as the major study area, he systematically studied the spatial-temporal variation of water and soil loss, the effects of water and soil conservation on ecological water demand, revealed the characteristics of water demand in high sediment laden rivers, and analyzed the efficiency of sediment transportation. He further developed an assessment method based on land use structure by fully considering the spatial distribution patterns of land use types. In the field of LUCC and its eco-environmental effects, with Shenzhen, a typical fast urbanization area as the study area, and by means of remote sensing and GIS, he systematically analyzed the effects of LUCC, such as spatial-temporal variations of water and soil loss, non-point pollutant load, ecological service value and water resources variation. Recently, he established evaluation methodologies of ecological waterway of the Yangtze River, revealed the local envi-ecological impacts from large water engineering such as the Three Gorges Dam and the East Line of South to North Water Diversion. He has published more than 130 papers in peer reviewed journals and coauthored 5 books. He was also awarded several prestigious awards from ministry level to national level.


Ph.D., Institute of Remote Sensing and GIS, Peking University, 1998

M.S., Institute of Remote Sensing and GIS, Peking University, 1995

B.S., Department of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, 1992


lEditor of Journal of Basic Sciences and Engineering (2008-);

lEditor of Journal of South-to-North Water Transfers and Water Science & Technology (2016-);

lEditor of Advances in Geographical Science (2004-2007);

lMember of administration board of Society of natural resources2009-;

lMember of committee of water resources under Society of Sustainable development of China

lMember of Special Committee for Science and Technology Cooperation, Soil and Water Conservation Society


Undergraduate course: Fundamentals for environmental remote sensing; Economic analysis of environmental engineering

Graduate course: Environmental remote sensing


2020–Present, Research Professor, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University

2002–2020, Association Professor, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University

1998–2002, Lecturer, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University


lThe Second Prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award, 2010, “Formation mechanism of water and sediment disasters and key technologies for disaster prevention”; Ranked the fourth out of ten.

lThe first Prize of Science and Technology Progress Award, Ministry of Education, 2008. “Key technologies for rapid assessment and forecasting of water and sediment disasters”; Ranked the fourth out of fifteen.

lThe Second Prize of Science and Technology Progress Award, Beijing Municipal Government, 2001. “Consulting and technological system of high production and efficient fertilization for arable land in Beijing Suburb”; Ranked the seventh out of seven.

lThe Second Prize of Science and Technology Progress Award, Beijing Municipal Government, 2001. “Research on Several Key Issues of Shenzhen Water Environment Improvement and Its Technical Countermeasures”; Ranked the fourth out of eight.

lThe First Prize of Science and Technology Progress of the Chinese Society of Navigation in 2019. "Key technologies and applications for the construction of the Yangtze River ecological waterway"; Ranked the fifth out of fifteen.

lTop Ten Scientific and Technological Progress of Ecological Environment in 2020,” The Theory and Methodology System of the Coordination of the Development of Golden Waterway and River Ecological Protection”; Ranked the third out of eight.

lExcellence Teaching Award (undergraduate) of Peking University, 2015;

lThe Second Prize of Excellent Class Teacher of Peking University, 2010;

lAdvanced Worker of Natural Resources Society, 2004;


lLiu B, Xi HJ, Hu YT, Liu Z, Li TH*, Wen ZQ. Impact of local environmental standards on water environmental carrying capacity in large water diversion project: A system dynamics analysis in Shandong, China. Journal of Cleaner Production 362 (2022) 132423.

lLi TH*, Xie WC. A New Method for Computing the Sediment Delivery Ratio for the Hyper-Concentrated Flow Areas of the Loess Plateau, China. Journal of Environmental Informatics,2022,39(1):1-10. DOI10.3808/jei.202100456.

lLi PJ, Xue J, Xia W, Li TH*. Health Assessment of the Waterway from Chongqing to Yibin in the Upper Yangtze River, China. Water 2022, 14, 3007. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14193007

lWen ZQ, Li X, Liu B, Li TH*. A comprehensive evaluation method for plateau freshwater lakes: A case in the Erhai Lake. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, 2021: doi.org/10.1080/20964129.2021. 1993753.  

lLi TH*Yang SN, Tan MX. Simulation and Optimization of water supply and demand balance in Shenzhen, A system approach. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2019, 207:882-893. Doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.10.052

lLi TH*, Huang XL, Jiang XH, Wang XG. Assessment of Ecosystem Health of the Yellow River with Fish-Index of Biotic Integrity. Hydrobiologia. 2018814(1)31-43. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-015-2541-5

lLi TH*, Wen XL. Local ecological footprint dynamics during the Three Gorges Dam construction. Resources, Conservation & Recycling2018, 132:314-323. 

lLi TH*, Ding Y. An integrated method for waterway health assessment: a case in the Jingjiang reach of the Yangtze River, China. Physical Geography, 2018,39(1):67-83. Doi: 10.1080/02723646.2017.1345537

lZheng MS, Ma LK, Li TH*, Huang R. Rapid Assessment Method for Eco-water Deficit in Catchments. Journal of Environmental Informatics. 2017, 32(2):149-160. doi:10.3808 /jei.201500301

lLi TH*, Bai FJ, Han P, Zhang YY. Non-Point source pollutant load variation in rapid urbanization areas by remote sensing, GIS, and L-THIA model: a case in Baoan district Shenzhen, China. Environmental Management, 2016, 58:873-888. DOI 10.1007/s00267-016-0743-x

lLi TH*, Li WK, Qian ZH. Variations in ecosystem service value in response to land use changes in Shenzhen. Ecological Economics, 2010, 69(7):1427~1435.

lLi TH, Ni JR, Ju WX. Land-use adjustment with a modified soil loss evaluation method supported by GIS. Future Generation of Computer System, 2004207):11851195.

lLi TH*, Sun YX, Xue A. Integration of large-scale fertilizing models with GIS using minimum units. Environmental modeling and Software, 2003, 183):221-229.