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Ge Sun

Ge Sun

Research Hydrologist
P.O. Box 12254
Research Triangle Park
North Carolina
United States
27709-2254

Phone: 919-549-4070
Fax: 919-513-2978
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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:

  • Measuring and modeling carbon and water flux dynamics and processes across a climatic and management gradients in the eastern U.S. and China
  • Modeling the potential effects of climate change, landuse change, and population growth on water supply and demand in the continental U.S.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of forest buffers on water quality and flow generations in the Piedmont region of North Carolina
  • Wildfire and Fuel Treatment Strategy Effects on Water Quantity across the Conterminous United States
  • Education

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

    Awards & 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

    Featured Publications & Products

    Publications

    Research Highlights

    HighlightTitleYear


    SRS-2017-145
    Burning forests can impact water supplies

    The number of wildland fires and burned areas in the U.S. is on the rise as a result of a warming climate, drought, and increasing human ignitio ...

    2017


    SRS-2010-015
    Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services: water, carbon, and biodiversity

    SRS is enhancing one of its models that examines the potential impacts of climate change, land use, and population changes on water supplies. Th ...

    2010


    SRS-2015-235
    Fertilized Pines Use Water More Efficiently But May Suffer Worse in Droughts

    Fertilized loblolly pine trees produce more wood than their unfertilized counterparts, even when less water was available, butthis may also indi ...

    2015


    SRS-2015-250
    High Forest Productivity Often Comes at the Expense of Soil Carbon Storage

    Forest Service scientists and their research partners are studying the role of managed forests in regional carbon, water, and energy exchange to ...

    2015


    SRS-2017-148
    International collaborators develop easy-to-use formulas for water and carbon accounting

    Ecosystem water use is closely coupled with ecosystem productivity, water availability, and water supplies, but accurate water use accounting re ...

    2017


    SRS-2011-02
    Tools to help international conservation agencies make sound decisions

    Researchers with the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC) applied models they developed with partners to measure water ...

    2011


    Last updated on : 09/20/2018