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Academic Interests

My main research interest lies in the impact of climate change and human activities on the aquatic environment and ecology. I received my MSc from Chinese Academy of Sciences where I studied the eutrophication and carbon cycling in the lakes and reservoirs along middle and lower reach of the Yangtze River, China. I received my PhD from University College London, UK. For my PhD I studied the spatio-temporal change of diatoms and the history of organic carbon in upland Scottish lakes through a Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Scholarship (DHPA), Research Councils UK. Before joining CEES, I was working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Southampton, UK for a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project Aquatest. I researched the microbial water quality in developing countries, particularly in South Africa and China.

Here at CEES, University of Oslo I am working on the project BiWA with Professor Dag Hessen, Professor Tom Andersen and other colleagues. I am researching the impact of climate change on the Scandinavian lakes with collaborations of NINA (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research) NIVA (Norwegian Institute for Water Research) and University of Umeå, Sweden.


See the list of my publications, go to Google Scholar or Web of Sciences ResearcherID or ResearchGate 

I can be contacted by email at hongyanghy@gmail.com or hong.yang@ibv.uio.no


  • Song, Kaishan; Wen, Zhidan; Shang, Yingxing; Yang, Hong; Lyu, Lili; Liu, Ge; Fang, Chong; Du, Jia & Zhao, Ying (2018). Quantification of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) storage in lakes and reservoirs of mainland China. Journal of Environmental Management.  ISSN 0301-4797.  217, s 391- 402 . doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.03.121 Show summary
  • Song, Kaishan; Wen, Zhidan; Xu, Yijun; Yang, Hong; Lyu, Lili; Zhao, Ying; Fang, Chong; Shang, Yingxin & Du, Jia (2018). Dissolved carbon in a large variety of lakes across five limnetic regions in China. Journal of Hydrology.  ISSN 0022-1694.  563, s 143- 154 . doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.05.072 Show summary
  • Hu, Maochuan; Sayama, Takahiro; Zhang, Xingqi; Tanaka, Kenji; Takara, Kaoru & Yang, Hong (2017). Evaluation of low impact development approach for mitigating flood inundation at a watershed scale in China. Journal of Environmental Management.  ISSN 0301-4797.  193, s 430- 438 . doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.02.020 Show summary
  • Li, Jianbao; Huang, Xianjin; Yang, Hong; Chuai, Xiaowei & Wu, Changyan (2017). Convergence of carbon intensity in the Yangtze River Delta, China. Habitat International.  ISSN 0197-3975.  60, s 58- 68 . doi: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2016.12.012 Show summary
  • Li, Xian; Zhao, Shuhe; Yang, Hong; Cong, Dianmin & Zhang, Zhaohua (2017). A bi-band binary mask based land-use change detection using landsat 8 OLI imagery. Sustainability.  ISSN 2071-1050.  9(3), s 1- 17 . doi: 10.3390/su9030479 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Yang, Hong; Xia, Junqiang; Thompson, Julian R. & Flower, Roger J. (2017). Urban construction and demolition waste and landfill failure in Shenzhen, China. Waste Management.  ISSN 0956-053X.  63, s 393- 396 . doi: 10.1016/j.wasman.2017.01.026 Show summary
  • Zhao, Shuhe; Cong, Dianmin; He, Kexun; Yang, Hong & Qin, Zhihao (2017). Spatial-Temporal Variation of Drought in China from 1982 to 2010 Based on a modified Temperature Vegetation Drought Index (mTVDI). Scientific Reports.  ISSN 2045-2322.  7, s 1- 12 . doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-17810-3 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Zhu, Xiaobo; Ma, Mingguo; Yang, Hong & Ge, Wei (2017). Modeling the spatiotemporal dynamics of gross domestic product in China using extended temporal coverage nighttime light data. Remote Sensing.  ISSN 2072-4292.  9(6), s 1- 19 . doi: 10.3390/rs9060626 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Lai, Li; Huang, Xianjin; Yang, Hong; Chuai, Xiaowei; Zhang, Mei; Zhong, Taiyang; Chen, Zhigang; Chen, Yi; Wang, Xiao & Thompson, Julian R. (2016). Carbon emissions from land-use change and management in China between 1990 and 2010. Science Advances.  ISSN 2375-2548.  2(11) . doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1601063 Show summary
  • Li, Jianbao; Huang, Xianjin; Yang, Hong; Chuai, Xiaowei; Li, Yi; Qu, Jiansheng & Zhang, Zhiqiang (2016). Situation and determinants of household carbon emissions in Northwest China. Habitat International.  ISSN 0197-3975.  51, s 178- 187 . doi: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.10.024
  • Liu, Junguo; Kattel, Giri R.; Arp, Hans Petter Heinrich & Yang, Hong (2015). Towards threshold-based management of freshwater ecosystems in the context of climate change. Ecological Modelling.  ISSN 0304-3800.  318, s 265- 274 . doi: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2014.09.010 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Lu, Qinli; Yang, Hong; Huang, Xianjin; Chuai, Xiaowei & Wu, Changyan (2015). Multi-sectoral decomposition in decoupling industrial growth from carbon emissions in the developed Jiangsu Province, China. Energy.  ISSN 0360-5442.  82, s 414- 425 . doi: 10.1016/j.energy.2015.01.052
  • Wu, Changyan; Huang, Xianjin; Yang, Hong; Lu, Qinli; Xu, Guoliang; Li, Li & Li, Jianbao (2015). Embodied carbon emissions of foreign trade under the global financial crisis: A case study of Jiangsu province, China. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy.  ISSN 1941-7012.  7(4) . doi: 10.1063/1.4926803
  • Yang, Hong; Andersen, Tom; Dörsch, Peter; Tominaga, Koji; Thrane, Jan-Erik & Hessen, Dag Olav (2015). Greenhouse gas metabolism in Nordic boreal lakes. Biogeochemistry.  ISSN 0168-2563.  126(1-2), s 211- 225 . doi: 10.1007/s10533-015-0154-8 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Yang, Hong; Huang, Xianjin; Yang, Qingyuan; Tu, Jianjun; Li, Shengfeng; Yang, Demin; Xia, Hong; Flower, Roger J. & Thompson, Julian R. (2015). Water Requirements for Shale Gas Fracking in Fuling, Chongqing, Southwest China. Energy Procedia.  ISSN 1876-6102.  76, s 106- 112 . doi: 10.1016/j.egypro.2015.07.862
  • Zhang, Mei; Huang, Xianjin; Chuai, Xiaowei; Yang, Hong; Lai, Li & Tan, Junzhong (2015). Impact of land use type conversion on carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems of China: A spatial-temporal perspective. Scientific Reports.  ISSN 2045-2322.  5(10233) . doi: 10.1038/srep10233
  • Liu, Yan; Huang, Xianjin; Yang, Hong & Zhong, Taiyang (2014). Environmental effects of land-use/cover change caused by urbanization and policies in Southwest China Karst area - A case study of Guiyang. Habitat International.  ISSN 0197-3975.  44, s 339- 348 . doi: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2014.07.009

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  • Yang, Hong; Ma, Mingguo; Thompson, Julian R. & Flower, Roger J. (2017). Protect coastal wetlands in China to save endangered migratory birds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  ISSN 0027-8424.  114(28), s E5491- E5492 . doi: 10.1073/pnas.1706111114
  • Yang, Hong; Ma, Mingguo; Thompson, Julian R. & Flower, Roger J. (2017). Reform China's fisheries subsidies. Science.  ISSN 0036-8075.  356(6345), s 1343- 1343 . doi: 10.1126/science.aan8389
  • Yang, Hong; Xia, Junqiang & Flower, Roger J. (2017). Community support: Locals embrace China nuclear project. Nature.  ISSN 0028-0836.  542(7642), s 414 . doi: 10.1038/542414c
  • Yang, Hong (2016). China's soil plan needs strong support. Nature.  ISSN 0028-0836.  536, s 375- 375
  • Yang, Hong; Flower, Roger J. & Huang, Xianjin (2016). Brexit threatens China collaboration. Nature.  ISSN 0028-0836.  537, s 167- 167
  • Yang, Hong; Huang, Xianjin; Thompson, Julian R. & Flower, Roger J. (2016). Chinese landfill collapse: Urban waste and human health. The Lancet Global Health.  ISSN 2214-109X.  4(7), s e452 . doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(16)30051-1
  • Yang, Hong; Huang, Xianjin & Thompson, Julian R. (2015). Biochar: pros must outweight cons. Nature.  ISSN 0028-0836.  518, s 483- 483 . doi: 10.1038/518483f
  • Yang, Hong; Huang, Xianjin; Thompson, Julian R. & Flower, Roger J. (2015). Enforcement key to China's environment. Science.  ISSN 0036-8075.  347, s 834- 835 . doi: 10.1126/science.347.6224.834-d
  • Yang, Hong; Thompson, Julian R. & Flower, Roger J. (2015). Beijing 2022: Olympics will make water scarcity worse. Nature.  ISSN 0028-0836.  525(7570), s 455 . doi: 10.1038/525455e
  • Yang, Hong; Thompson, Julian R. & Flower, Roger J. (2015). Seismology: Improve oversight of fracking in China. Nature.  ISSN 0028-0836.  522(7554), s 34 . doi: 10.1038/522034b
  • Yang, Hong (2014). China must continue the momentum of green law. Nature.  ISSN 0028-0836.  509, s 535- 535 . doi: 10.1038/509535a
  • Yang, Hong; Huang, Xianjin & Thompson, Julian R. (2014). China: Tackle pollution from solar panels. Nature.  ISSN 0028-0836.  509(7502), s 563 . doi: 10.1038/509563c
  • Yang, Hong; Huang, Xianjin; Thompson, Julian R. & Flower, Roger J. (2014). China's soil pollution: Urban brownfields. Science.  ISSN 0036-8075.  344(6185), s 691- 692 . doi: 10.1126/science.344.6185.691-b
  • Yang, Hong & Thompson, Julian R. (2014). Shale gas is a fraught solution to emissions. Nature.  ISSN 0028-0836.  513, s 315- 315 . doi: 10.1038/513315e
  • Yang, Hong; Thompson, Julian R. & Flower, Roger J. (2014). Earthshaking energy development plans. Science.  ISSN 0036-8075.  346(6210), s 710- 711 . doi: 10.1126/science.346.6210.710-b

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