Helmholtz-Zentrum Deutsches Geoforschungszentrum

Dr. Hui Tang

Dr. Hui Tang
Haus A 27, Raum 101 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Funktion und Aufgaben:

Senior Scientist, leader of Hazards and Surface Processes Research Group

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

  • 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 
  • Quantum computing and quantum machine learning


  • 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: Prof. Dr. Luke McGuire
  • 16/08/2012-10/05/2017    Research Assistant & Teach Assistant, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech, Advisor: Prof. Dr. Robert Weiss 
  • 01/09/2010-20/06/2012    Undergraduate Research Assistant, College of Geoscience, Jilin University, Advisor: Prof. Dr. Pujun Wang 

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

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


Ongoing Projects: 

  • Understanding Seismic Response of Landslide and Debris Flows for Early Warning (Co-PI, PI: Yifei Cui and Jens Turowaski, NSFC, 2022-2027)
  • Multiscale Modelling for Debris Flow Transport and Erosion Mechanism (PI, Funded by Helmholtz-OCPC Program, 2022-2024)
  • PCDL-QuaSPA Physics-Constrained Deep Learning Framework for Quantifying Surface Processes across the Arctic Region (PI, Funded by Helmholtz–AI, 2022-2024)
  • MHCC: Mountain Hazards under Climate Change (PI, Funded by DFG and NSFC, 2020-2024)

Past Involved Projects:

  • Drainage Divide Migration Velocity Driven by Landslides (PI, Funded by Helmholtz-OCPC Program, 2021-2023)
  • EARTHSURF: Investigating past and present Earth’s surface dynamics to quantify resilience to changes (Co-PI, PI: Jean Braun, Funded by GFZ and University of Rennes 1, 2020-2022)
  • Debris flow impact mechanism, seismic signals and machine learning (Co-PI, PI: Yan Yan, Funded by International Cooperation in Science and Technology Program, China, 2020-2022) 
  • Debris flow monitoring in tectonic and climate active area, (PI, Funded by GFZ PoF Expeditions, 2021)
  • Tsunami hazard assessment using sediment transport modeling and Ensemble Kalman Filtering method (PI, Funded by Helmholtz–OCPC Program, 2019-2021)
  • Physics-informed machine learning (PIML) approaches for debris flow modeling (PI, Funded by Helmholtz–OCPC Program, 2019-2021)
  • Improving post-wildfire hazard assessments: Integrating emerging unmanned aerial systems technology with high resolution numerical models (Funded by Science Foundation Arizona, PI: Luke McGuire)
  • The 2015 Taan Fjord landslide tsunami: An interdisciplinary study of cause and effect (Funded by NSF, PI: Robert Weiss)
  • Tsunami and Tropical Storm Sediment Dynamics and Products (Funded by NSF, PI: Robert Weiss)
  • Flood frequency analysis and hazard assessment using geospatial and climate big data with machine learning (PI, Funded by Microsoft AI for Earth, 2017-2019)


  • 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

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