School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Professor Qiuhua Liang

Professor of Hydrosystems Modelling



Qiuhua was an EPSRC funded DPhil research student and then a postdoctoral research assistant from 2000 to early 2006 in the Department of Engineering Science of Oxford University. He joined Newcastle in March 2006 and has since worked as lecturer, senior lecturer and professor of hydrosystems modelling. He teaches hydraulics and related topics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research has been focused on computational hydraulics and applications.

Current Roles and Responsibilities

PGR Selector for the Water Group 


DPhil in Computational Hydraulics, Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University, 2005
BEng in Civil Engineering (4-year degree programme), Dalian University of Technology, China, 1997

Previous Positions

Dec 2011 - Dec 2013, Senior Lecturer in Hydraulic Engineering, Newcastle University

Mar 2006 - Dec 2011, Lecturer in Hydraulic Engineering, Newcastle University

Feb 2005 - Feb 2006, EPSRC Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Oxford University

Sep 2000 - Sep 2004, EPSRC Funded DPhil Research Student, Oxford University

Aug 1997 - Aug 2000, Civil Engineer, Yingkou Foundation Engineering Company, Dalian, China

Professional Activities

Vice Chair: IAHR/IWA Joint Committee on Hydroinformatics

Visiting Professors: Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Kobe University, Japan; Hohai University, Wuhan University, Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), China

Associate Editor: Journal of Hydrology, Water Science and Engineering, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Water Management; KSCE-Journal of Civil Engineering

Editorial Board: Journal of Hydrodynamics

Technical Program Committee (TPC): International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineering (ISOPE) Conference & Exhibition since 2009

Member: IAHR, International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers


Research Interests

1) Computational Hydraulics

  • Development of mathematical and numerical models (finite different method, finite volume method, Godunov-type scheme, finite element method, smooth particle hydrodynamics (SPH) and adaptive mesh simulations)

  • High-performance computing (graphics processing units (GPUs), multi-nodal clusters and supercomputers)

 2) Applications to

  • Predict natural hazards (e.g. flooding, storm surge, tsunami, debris flow and landslide) and assess their impacts on environment, people, property, infrastructure and assets

  • Simulate and understand hydrological and geomorphologic processes in rivers and catchments

  • Develop real-time flood forecasting and warning systems

  • Represent interactive human, natural and engineering systems for flood risk assessment and integrated catchment management

Ressearch Team

Current members

Xiaodong Ming (09/2014 – present, PhD, main supervisor)

Thesis: Integrated Assessment Framework for Quantifying Multi-Hazard Risk to Infrastructure.

Samantha Mahaffey (09/2013 – present, PhD, main supervisor)

Thesis: Discrete Element Modelling of Floating Debris.

Yumei Huang (09/2013 – present, PhD, 2nd supervisor)

Thesis: Impacts of Water Resources Management on Food Security in China.

Asari Abdul Rashid (01/2013 – present, PhD, 2nd supervisor)

Thesis: Broad scale flood risk analysis of Thames Estuary.

Luke Smith (09/2012 – present, PhD, main supervisor; RA from 05/2013 – 11/2013)

Thesis: A high-performance integrated hydraulic and hydrological modelling software framework for catchment systems engineering.

Xilin Xia (09/2012 – present, PhD, main supervisor)

Thesis: SPH modelling of fluid-like landslides.

Philippa Cowles (09/2012 – present, PhD, 3rd supervisor)
Thesis: Near-field GNSS for real-time tsunami early warning systems.

Reza Amouzgar (09/2011 – present, PhD, main supervisor)

Thesis: Adaptive Grid Based Integrated Model for Tsunami Simulations.

Jingchun Wang (09/2011 – present, MPhil, main supervisor)

Thesis: Chaotic mixing in environmental shallow water flows. 

Past members

Jingming Hou

Miao Wang

Hongbin Zhang

Yassir Al-Bouraee

Alex Nicholson

Bin He

Lili Zhang

Carles Ferrer-Boix

Adedayo A. Adegbola

Nor Azlina Alias

Georges Kesserwani

Yueling Wang 

Major Research Grants  

Numerical and laboratory modelling study of meteo-tsunamis and harbour resonance, Royal Society, PI, £12,000, 24 months from 04/2014

Susceptibility of catchments to INTense RAinfall and flooding (SINATRA), NERC, Co-I, £846013, 42 months from 09/2013

Online Social Networks (OSNs) Based System for Flood Prediction and Management, EPSRC, PI, £39999, 6 months from 05/2013

Flood MEMORY: Multi-Event Modelling Of Risk & recoverY, EPSRC, Co-I, £1765290, 36 months from 01/2013

Optimal management of water resources and flood risk for hydropower generation, EPSRC, PI, £73795, 6 months from 10/2012

Numerical and Experimental Modelling of Sewage Screening Chamber, Northumbrian Water Limited, PI, £15698, 2 months from 01/2012

Impacts and dynamics of volcanically-generated jökulhlaups, Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland, NERC, Co-I, £52169, 12 months from 06/2010

Adaptive mesh simulation of different scale flood inundation, EPSRC, PI, £247430, 36 months from 10/08


New Century Excellent Talent, 2010, awarded by the Ministry of Education of China

Chutian Scholar, 2010, awarded by Hubei Province, China

Wei Lun Scholarship, 2001 – 2004, St Hugh’s College, Oxford University

EPSRC Studentship, 2000 – 2004, Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University


Undergraduate Teaching 

CEG2501 Hydraulics (100% and module leader); CEG3503 Hydrosystems Engineering (50%);

CEG2001 Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 2

Postgraduate Teaching

CEG8506 Computational Hydraulics (50%); CEG8501/CEG8502 Quantitative Methods for Engineering (module leader); CEG8524 Real Time Flood Forecasting and Warning Systems