Dr. Hui Tang

Hui Tang
Dr. Hui Tang
Building A 27, Room 101
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-27522

Function and Responsibilities:

Senior Scientist

Research Interests:

  • Debris flow and landslide
  • Storm surge and tsunami wave 
  • Megaflood and paleoflood in the river system
  • Surface processes on Mars
  • Data assimilation method and Chaos theory
  • Machine learning in earth science 


  • 01/07/2019-                     Senior Scientist, German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ)
  • 15/07/2017-30/06/2019   Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Arizona, Department of Geosciences, Supervisor: Dr. Luke McGuire
  • 16/08/2012-10/05/2017    Research Assistant & Teach Assistant, Department of GeosciencesVirginia Tech, Advisor: Dr. Robert Weiss 
  • 01/09/2010-20/06/2012    Undergraduate Research Assistant, College of GeoscienceJilin University, Advisor: Dr. Pujun Wang 


  • 16/08/2012-10/05/2017 Ph.D. (Geophysics), Virginia Tech, USA. Advisor: Dr. Robert Weiss
  • 01/09/2008-20/06/2012 B.Sc. (Geology), with distinction, Jilin University, China. Advisor: Dr. Pujun Wang


Past Involved Projects:
  • Post-wildfire debris flow after 2016 Fish Fire, Las Lomas
  •  The 2015 landslide and tsunami in Taan Fiord, Alaska.
  • Tsunami and Tropical Storm Sediment Dynamics and Products
  • Flood frequency analysis and hazard assessment using geospatial and climate big data with machine learning
Ongoing Projects:
  • Numerical Modeling of Debris Flow Initiation Mechanism and Magnitude in the Alpine Environment 
  • Landslide/Debris Flow Frequency Analysis and Hazard Assessment Using Geospatial, Climate Big Data and Machine Learning
  • Tectonic and climatic control on spatial-temporal evolution of debris-flow fans
  • The Integration of Earth Observation-Big Data and Deep Learning in Enhancing Landslide Susceptibility Mapping 
  • Tsunami hazard assessment using sediment transport modeling and Ensemble Kalman Filtering method

Check more details on my personal website: https://sites.google.com/vt.edu/huitang/home


  • 20th INQUA Congress Early Career Scientists Travel Scholarship, 2019
  • AI for Earth sponsorship for Microsoft AI for Earth summit, 2018
  • IRIS Workshop Early Career Scientists Travel Scholarship, 2018
  • SEN Early Career Scientists Travel Scholarship, 2018
  • EarthScope National Meeting Travel Scholarship, 2017
  • CSE17 Best Minisymposterium Award (Organized by Dr. Randall LeVeque), 2017 
  • Geology Society of American (GSA), Southeastern Section Student Travel Grant, 2016
  • CSDMS-SEN Best Student Poster and Travel Award, 2016    
  • Graduate Student Associate Conference Travel Grant, Virginia Tech, 2014, 2015 
  • Petroleum Industry Research and Summer Scholarship, Virginia Tech, 2015 
  • Distinguish Undergraduate Student (Top one), College of Earth Science, Jilin University, 2012 
  • Chinese Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Public Scholarship, Jilin University, 2011         
  • Bao Steel Group Genius Student Scholarship, Jilin University, 2011 
  • Top Ten Excellent Student, College of Earth Science, Jilin University, 2011
  • Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd, Northeast Branch Scholarship, Jilin University, 2011
  • Genius Student Fellowship of Geochemistry Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2010
  • Chinese National Government Fellowship, 2010 
  • First-class Fellowship (Top one), Jilin University, 2008-2009, 2009-2010 
  • Climbing Fellowship, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2008