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Ge Sun

Research Hydrologist
920 Main Campus, Dr. Venture Center 2, Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone: 919-515-9498

Current Research

Effects of climate change and land management on water quantity and quality; Application of computer simulation models, GIS, and remote sensing in quantifying water balances at multiple temporal and spatial scales. Impacts of global change on water supply and demand. Forestry Best Management Practices in affecting and soil erosion and sedimenttransport in watersheds. Hydrology of forested wetland ecosystems

Current Projects:
  1. Measuring and modeling carbon and water flux dynamics and processes across a climatic and management gradients in theeastern U.S. and China
  2. Modeling the potential effects of climate change, landuse change, and population growth on water supply and demand in the continental U.S.
  3. Evaluating the effectiveness of forest buffers on water quality and flow generations in the Piedmont region of North Carolina


Ph.D. in Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management, 1995
University of Florida
M.S. in Forest Hydrology, 1988
Beijing Forestry University
B.S. in Soil and Water Conservation, 1985
Beijing Forestry University

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Research Highlights

Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services: water, carbon, and biodiversity (2010)
SRS-2010-015 SRS is enhancing one of its models that examines the potential impacts of climate change, land use, and population changes on water supplies. The researchers are building this integrated, water-centered modeling on previous water supply and demand research that resulted in a Water Supply Stress Index (WaSSI) model.
Tools to help international conservation agencies make sound decisions (2011)
SRS-2011-02 Researchers with the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC) applied models they developed with partners to measure water supply stress in relation to carbon and biodiversity and to evaluate ecosystem services to several locations in Africa-Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda; Ruaha River Watershed, Tanzania; and Luangwa Valley, Zambia-to look at the potential impact of land use practices on water quality and quantity. These tools can be used by conservation agencies in any location worldwide to make sound decisions. This research is also important because the African ecosystems where these models are being applied are ecosystems that could potentially develop in the United States in the future due to the impacts of climate change.
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