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Daming He

Professor, Doctoral Tutor, Director of Yunnan Provincial Key Lab of International Rivers and Transboundary Eco-Security

Education Background

o Ph.D, 2001: Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Major: Environmental Science

Minor: Transboundary Water resources

Thesis: Equitable and Reasonable Utilization of Transboundary Sharing Water Resources in International Rivers: A Case Study of Lancang-Mekong River

o M.A., 1988: University of Nanjin, Nanjin, Jianshu Province, China

Major: Physical Geography

Minor: Water Resources and Environment

Thesis: Research on Theories and Methods of Multi-objective Decision Making in Water Resources Systems

o B.S., 1982: Chengdu University of Science and Technology (now, Sichuan University), Chengdu, China

Major: Water Resources Utilization and Engineering

Minor: Hydrology

Professional Experience


Asian International Rivers Center, Yunnan University

May 2002-Dec.2005

School of Life Sciences, Yunnan University

August 2000-April 2002

Asian International Rivers Center, Yunnan University

July 1988-July 2000

Yunnan Institute of Geography, Kunming, Yunnan, China (in 1997, Visiting scholar, Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, USA).


Visiting Professor of Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, USA


Associate Professor, Assistant Director of Yunnan Institute of Geography and Chair of Center for Environmental Evolution &Sustainability, Kunming, Yunnan Province  


Kunming Institute of Hydropower Surveying and Design, Ministry of Water Resources Utilization and Hydropower Industry of China, Kunming.

Research Interests

(1) Transboundary Water Resources utilization and Management;

(2) Hydroecogical Change andDams influence;

(3) Transboudary Eco-security;

(4) International Rivers and Geo-cooperation.


Selected Publication in Journals(2000 - 2015):

[1].Fan, H.; He, D. Temperature and Precipitation Variability and Its Effects on Streamflow in the Upstream Regions of the Lancang–Mekong and Nu–Salween Rivers. Journal of Hydrometeorology 2015, 16, 2248-2263

[2].Fan, H.; He, D.; Wang, H. Environmental consequences of damming the mainstream Lancang-Mekong River: A review. Earth-Science Reviews 2015, 146, 77-91

[3].Feng, Y.; He, D.; Wang, W. Identifying China’s transboundary water risks and vulnerabilities – a multidisciplinary analysis using hydrological data and legal/institutional settings. Water International 2015, 40, 328-341

[4].Duan, X.; Zhang, G.; Rong, L.; Fang, H.; He, D.; Feng, D. Spatial distribution and environmental factors of catchment-scale soil heavy metal contamination in the dry-hot valley of Upper Red River in southwestern China. CATENA 2015, 135, 59-69.

[5].Yungang Li, Daming He*, Jinming Hu, Jie Cao. Variability of extreme precipitation over Yunnan Province, China 1960–2012, International Journal of Climatology, 2015, 35:245-258

[6].Daming He*, Ruidong Wu, Yan Feng, Yungang Li,Chengzhi Ding, Wenling Wang and Douglas W. Yu*. China’s transboundary waters: new paradigms for water and ecological security through applied ecology. Journal of Applied Ecology, 2014, 51(5),1159–1168

[8].Xiaodong WU, Daming He, Guijun Yang, Linlin Ye, Chunling Zhu, Haifeng Jia, Jinming Hu. Seasonal variability of water quality and metazooplankton community structure in Xiaowan reservoir of the upper Mekong river, Journal of Limnology, 2014, 73 (1): 167 – 176

[9].Yungang Li, Daming He*, Jinming Hu, Jie Cao, 2014, Variability of extreme precipitation over Yunnan Province, China 1960–2012, International Journal of Climatology, DOI:10.1002/joc.3977

[10].Zhang Yong, He Daming*, Lu Ying, Feng Yan, Jake Reznick. The influence of large dams building on resettlement in the Upper Mekong River, Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2013, 23(5):947–957

[11].Thomas Hennig, WenlingWang, Yan Feng, Xiaokun Ou, Daming He*. Review of Yunnan's hydropower development-Comparing small and large hydropower projects regarding their environmental implications and socio-economic consequences. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2013(27):585–595

[12].Feng Yan, He Daming. The key indicators of trans-boundary water apportionment based on international laws and cases, Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2013, 23(4):710 – 720

[13].Zhang Yong, He Daming*, LuYing, Feng Yan, Jake REZNICK, 2013. The influence of large dams building on resettlement in the Upper Mekong River, Journal of Geographical Sciences, 23(5): 947-957.

[14].Fan Hui, Hu Jinming, He Daming。Trends in precipitation over the low latitude highlands of Yunnan, China,Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2013, 23(6): 1107-1122

[15].LI Yungang, HU Jinming, HE Daming, Liu Jiang. 2013. Changes in Frequency and Intensity of Extreme Precipitation Events and Its Impacts in the Red River basin. Geographical Research , 32 (1): 64-72

[16].Liu Xinyou, He Daming*, A new assessment method for comprehensive impact of hydropower development on runoff and sediment changes, Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2012,22(6): 1034–1044.

[17].LI Yungang, HE Daming, HU Jinming, LIU Jiang. 2012. Spatial and Temporal Variations of Extreme Precipitation Events in the Red River basin during 1960-2007. Journal of Natural Resources, 27(11): 1908-1917

[18].Gu Shixiang, He Daming*, Cui Yuanlai, Li Yuanhua.Temporal and spatial changes of agriculturalrequirements in the Lancang River Basin,Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2012,22(3):441–450.

[19].FU Kaidao, SU Bin, HE Daming, LU Xixi, SONG Jingyi, HUANG Jiangcheng, 2012, Pollution assessment of heavy metals along the Mekong River and dam effects, J. Geogr. Sci. 22(5): 874-884

[20].Zhiguo Li, Daming He* and Yan Feng, Regional hydropolitics of the transboundary impacts of the Lancang cascade dams, Water International, 2011 (03): 328–339

[21].He Daming,Liu Jiang and Bobby Cochran.The impacts of trade liberation in Pingbian,China.in Vulnerable Places,Vulnerable People:Trade Liberalization,Rural Poverty and the Environment(Edited by Cook J A,Cylke O,Larson D F.). Edward Elgar Press,2010,41 - 62.

[22].Lu Ying,He Daming* and Buchanan S,et al. Ecological Footprint dynamics of Yunnan,China.Journal of Mountain Science,2009,6(3):286 - 292.

[23].He Daming,Lu Ying,Li Z,et al. Watercourse Environmental Change in Upper Mekong,in The Mekong Biophysical Environment of an International River Basin(Edited by Ian C.Campbell). New York:Elsevier Inc,2009,335 - 362.

[24].Kang B, He Daming, Perrett L, et al. Fish and fisheries in the Upper Mekong: current assessment of the fish community, threats and conservation. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. 2009, 19(4): 465-480

[25].Li Yungang, He Daming, The spatial and temporal variation of NDVI and its relationships to the climatic factors in Red River basin, 2009, 27(3): 333~340. DOI 10.1007/s11629- 009-1002-x.

[26].Lu Ying, He Daming, Sam Buchanan and Liu Jiang, Ecological footprint dynamics of Yunnan, China. Journal of Mountain Science, 2009, 6(3): 286-292. DOI 10.1007/s11629-009-1002-x..

[27].Bin Kang, Daming He, Lisa Perrett, Hongyuan Wang, Wenxian Hu, Weide Deng and Yunfei Wu, Fish and fisheries in the Upper Mekong: current assessment of the fish community, threats and conservation, Rev Fish Biol Fisheries. 2009, 19(4): 465-480. DOI 10.1007/s11160-009-9114-5.

[28].Bryan Tilt, Yvonne Braun, and Daming He. Social impacts of large dam projects: A comparison of international case studies and implications for best practice. Journal of Environmental Management, 2009, 90 (Suppl 3): S249-S257.

[29].Tilt B, Braun Y, He Daming. Social impacts of large dam projects: A comparison of international case studies and implications for best practice. Journal of environmental management. 2009, 90: 249-257.

[30].Li Yungang, He Daming, Fu Kaidao. Annual distribution variation of sediment and its driving factors in the mainstream of Red River. In: Progress in Environment Science and Technology. Science Press USA Inc, 2009, (Ⅱ): 1421-1427.

[31].Li Shaojuan, He Daming. Water level Response to Hydropower Development in the Upper Mekong River, Journal of the Human Environment, 2008, 37(3): 170-177.

[32].Kaidao Fu, Daming He, Xixi Lu, Sedimentation in the Manwan Reservoir in the Upper Mekong and its downstream impacts, Quaternary International, 2008, 186: 91-99

[33].Gu Shixiang, He Daming, Li Yuanhua, et al, Analysis of change trend of agriculture irrigation ration of the Dry Valley in Nujiang River (Salween River). Journal of Agriculture Engineering, 2008, 24(7): 54-59.

[34].Gu Shixiang, He Daming, Li Yuanhua, et al. Water demand trend analysis of agriculture irrigation in Jingsha River (the Middle of Yangtze River) Valley. Advances of Water Science, 2008, 19(84): 352-360.

[35].Yungang Li,Daming He* and Changqing Ye.Spatial and temporal variation of runoff of Red River Basin in Yunnan.Journal of Geographical Sciences,2008,18(3):308 - 318.

[36].He Daming,Ren Jin,Fu Kaidao,et al. Sediment change under climate changes and human activities in the Yuanjiang-Red River Basin.Chinese Science Bulletin,2007, 52(Supp.II):164 - 171.

[37].Fu Kaidao,He Daming*.Analysis and prediction of sediment trapping efficiencies of the reservoirs in the mainstream of the Lancang River.Chinese Science Bulletin,2007,52(Supp.II):134 - 140.

[38].He Daming,Li Shaojiand & Zhang Yiping.The Variation and Regional Differences of Precipitation in the Longitudinal Range-Gorge the Region. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2007, 52(Supp.II): 59 - 73.

[39].Gu Shixiang,He Daming*,Cui Yuanlai,et al. Spatial variability of irrigation factors and their relationships with“corridor-barrier”functions in the Longitudinal Range-Gorge Region.Chinese Science Bulletin,2007, 52(Supp.II):33 - 41.

[40].He Daming,Liu Jiang and Hu Jinming,et al. Transboundary Eco-security and Its Regulation System in the Longitudinal Range-Gorge Region.Chinese Science Bulletin,2007, 52(Supp.II):1 - 9.

[41].Fu Kaidao,He Daming* and Li Shaojuan. Response of downstream sediment to water resource development in mainstream of the Lancang River.Chinese Science Bulletin,2006,51(Supp.):119 - 126.

[42].Li Shaojuan,He Daming*,Fu Kaidao.The correlations of multi-timescale characteristics of water level processes in Lancang-Mekong River.Chinese Science Bulletin,2006,51(Supp.):50 - 58.

[43].He Daming,Feng Yan,Gan Shu,Darrin Magee and You Weihong.Trans-boundary hydrological effects of hydropower dam construction on the Lancang River.Chinese Science Bulletin,2006,51(Supp.):16 - 24.

[44].Liu Jiang,He Daming*.Research Agenda for Understanding Transboundary Ecosystem Changes and Eco-security in Southwestern China.Journal of Mountain Science,2006,3(1):81 - 90.

[45].He Daming,Feng Yan and Liu Xiujuan.Water Resources Management in Yunnan and Resulting Conflicts:the Manwan Dam Case.in The Awakening dragon,Problems and issues of development in China in the 21st century.Presses Universitaires du Québec,Canada.2006,97 - 118.

[46].He Daming,Zhao Wenjuan and Feng Yan.Research progress of international rivers in China.Journal of Geographical Sciences,2004,14(Supp.):21 - 28.

[47].Daming He,Lihui Chen.The impact of hydropower cascade development in the Lancang-Mekong Basin,Yunnan.Mekong Update and Dialogue,2002(53):2 - 4.

[48].He Daming,Liu Xiujuan.Equitable utilization and effective protection of sharing transboundary water resources:international rivers of western China.Journal of Geographical Science, 2001, 11(4):490 - 500.

Books (since 2000):

[1].He Daming, Liu Jiang, Hu Jingming, the Transboundary Eco-security Maintaining and Multiple-level Controlling in Longitudinal Range-Gorge Region of Southwest China, under pressing, Sciences Press, Beijing, 2009

[2].He Daming, Feng Yan, Fu Jingming, the Utilization of Transboundary water resources and Emvironmental Conservation of International Rivers in Southwest China, Sciences Press, Beijing, 2007.

[3].He Daming, Feng Yan, the Reasonable Utilization and management of Transboundary Water Resources, Sciences Press, Beijing, 2006.

[4].He Daming, Guiren Zhou, and Heng Liu, GIS of Water Resources in Lancang (the Upper Mekong) River Basin, Kunming, China: the Science Press ofYunnan, 2001.

[5].HeDaming, ZHANG Guoyou,and Hsiang-te Kung. TOWARDS COOPERATIVEUTILIZATION AND CO-ORDINATED MANAGEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RIVERS. United Nations University and Science Press of China, 2001.

[6].He Daming. Equitable Allocation, Completive Utilization, and Conflict Solution of Transboundary Sharing Water Resources, Beijing, China: Science Press, 2002.

[7].He Daming and Qichen Tan. International Rivers in China, Beijing, China: Science Press, 2000.

Awards and Recognition

[1]. Summer 2009, the Science and Technology Department of Yunnan Government:the development for the provincial key laboratory of international rivers and transboundary eco-security(2009-2012).

[2]. Spring 2009, the Science and Technology Department of Yunnan Government:the research group development for international rivers and transboundaryeco-security(2009-2011).

[3]. Autumn 2008, the Ministry of Education of China:Plateau Environmental Changes and Transboundary Eco-security in Southwest China(the national Major Key Program for the Advances of Environment Science and Engineering), (2008-2011).

[4]. Autumn 2006, The Education Department of Yunnan Government:Advances of Environmental Scienceand technology(2007.01-2011.12).

[5]. Autumn 2005, The Hydropower Energy Company of Lancang River:Comprehensive Influence and Transboundary Eco-security Maintaining of Cascade Dam building in Lancang River(the upper Mekong), (2005.6-2007.6).

[6]. Autumn 2005, the World Bank and United Nations University,Expanding Cooperation for Water and Environment in Asia’s International Rivers(No.7135977), (2005-2006).

[7]. Winter 2004, Yunnan Government of China:Study on the Transboundary ecological Security(No.2004GP01), (2003.12~2008.8).

[8]. Spring 2004, WWF and The World Bank with support from the European Commission and Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs:Linkage of Trade Liberalization, Rural Poverty and the Environment, southwest China(No.SB-25, No.SB-39), (2004.1-2005.12).

[9]. Winter 2003, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China:Ecosystem Changes and Transboundary Ecological Security in Longitudinal Range-Gorge Region of Southwest China (the National Major Key Program for Basic Science Research Development in China, No.2003CB41500), (December 2003 to August 2008).

[10]. Summer 2002, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China:the Integrated Allocation of Transbaoundary Water Resources in Lancang Jiang(the Upper Mekong) Basin (the National Key Project of the State 15thFive Years’ Plan of Science and Technology Development in China), (October 2002 to December 2005).

[11]. Summer 2002, the Ministry of Education of China:the Study of Ecosystem Changes and Its Effects of International Watercourses in Yunnan Plateau(the National Key Project of the State 10thFive Years’ Plan of Education Development in China), (2003 to December 2004).

[12]. Autumn 2002: National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC):Assessment of Water Resources System Changes in Red Rive(2003-2005).

[13]. Summer 2002, Lancangjing Hydropower Company of Yunnan:the Study on Transboundary Impacts of Cascade Development in Lancang Jiang Mainstream(August of 2002 to March of 2003).

[14]. Summer 2001: the Commission of Science and Technology of Yunnan Government:the Integrated Study of Water Resource Reasonable Utilization and Ecological Environment Conservation of International Rivers in Yunnan Province, China (the Provincial Key Project of the 10th Five Years’ Plan of the Natural Science Foundation of Yunnan) (October 2001 to December 2005).

[15]. Summer 2000, the Government of Simao City:The Planning and Strategies for Sustainable Development in Simao Area(June of 2000 to May of 2001).

[16]. Autumn 2000, The Oxfam Hong Kong:The Impacts of Construction and operation of Manwan Dam to the local society, economy, and environment in Lancang River(the UpperMekong), (August of 2000 to May of 2001).

[17]. Autumn 2000, The State Department of Science and Technology of China:Reasonable and equitable Utilization of Water Resources and Water Environment Conservation in International Rivers in Southwest China(the key project of the 9thNational Five Years' Plan of Science and Technology in China), (August of 2000 to August of 2001).

[18]. Spring 2000, The Joint Office of TNC of USA and Yunnan Government:Digital Maps' Making of 1:250,000 inNorthwest Yunnan(2--3, 2000).

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