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Ge Sun

Research Hydrologist
P.O. Box 12254
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2254
Phone: 919-549-4070
Fax: 919-513-2978

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 under environmenal change; Impact of wildland fire on watershed hydrology. 

Current Projects:
  1. Measuring and modeling carbon and water flux dynamics and processes across a climatic and management gradients in the eastern 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
  4. Wildfire and Fuel Treatment Strategy Effects on Water Quantity across the Conterminous United States


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

Awards and Recognition

Research & Development Deputy Chief Award's Distingushed Science Award, 2017
Sustained productivity and leadership in forest hydrology research
Chief's Honor Award, 2017
Applying Knowledge Globally; Forests and Water in a Changing Environment
Southern Research Station Director's Distinguished Science Award, 2016
Certificate of Appreciation, 2016
An author of "Understanding the Impacts of Drought on the Nation's Forest and Grasslands: Providing a Scientific Foundation for Effective Management Responses", which Received a 2016 Chief's Award for the Category of Sustaining Forests and Grasslands
Fellow of American Water Resources Association, 2015
USFS Southern Research Station Director's Global Stewardship Award, 2009

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