Research Assistant Professor School of Environmental Science and Engineering

Linfeng FAN, PhD in Environmental Science at ETH Zurich (Switzerland), MSc in Engineering Geology at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Acedamy of Sciences. His research interests include: (1) Surface water-groundwater-climate interactions; (2) Water-Food-Energy nexus; (3) Rainfall-induced landslide triggering. He aims to improve the understanding of the water-energy cycles in the Earth system and its relevance to human society. His resaerch tools include mainly numerical models supplemented by field observations and laboratory experiments.

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Research interests

(1) Surface water-groundwater-climate interactions

(2) Water-Food-Energy nexus

(3) Rainfall-induced landslide triggering

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  1. Fan Linfeng*, Lehmann P., Zheng C., Or D. (2021). The lasting signatures of past landslides on soil stripping from landscapes. Water Resources Research, 57, e2021WR030375,
  2. Ji F., Fan Linfeng*, Andrews C. B., Yao Y., Zheng C*. (2020). Dynamics of seasonally frozen ground in the Yarlung Zangbo River Basin on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau: historical trend and future projection. Environmental Research Letters, 15, 104081
  3. Fan Linfeng*, Lehmann P., Zheng C., Or D. (2019). Rainfall intensity temporal patterns affect shallow landslide triggering and hazard evolution, Geophysical Research Letters
  4. Fan Linfeng, Lehmann P. *, Or D. (2017). Load redistribution rules for progressive failure in shallow landslides – threshold mechanical models, Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 228-235
  5. Fan Linfeng*, Lehmann P., McArdell B., Or D. (2017). Linking rainfall-induced landslides with debris flows patterns towards catchment scale hazard assessment, Geomorphology, 280, 1-1
  6. Fan Linfeng*, Lehmann P., Or D. (2016). Effects of soil spatial variability at the hillslope and catchment scales on characteristics of rainfall‐induced landslides, Water Resources Research, 52, 1781-179
  7. Fan Linfeng*, Lehmann P., Or D. (2015). Effects of hydromechanical loading history and antecedent soil mechanical damage on shallow landslide triggering, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 120(10), 1990-2015

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