University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
Geographical Sciences
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Meili Feng

Assistant Professor in Environmental Science

School of Geographical Sciences , Faculty of Science and Engineering


Joint PhD in River Science (University of Trento & Freie Universität Berlin, Erasmus Mundus SMART programme - Science for Management of Rivers and their Tidal systems) MSc Environmental Science (Beijing Normal University) BSc Natural Resources Management and Urban Planning (Taiyuan University of Technology)





EJ1GEP Global Environmental Processes

EJ3EIM Environmental Informatics and Modelling


Major research interests

My research interests are focused on freshwater ecosystems under climate changing effects and human activities especially hydropower regulation. Areas of interest include:

• The impacts of hydropower regulation on river thermal regimes and fish habitat suitability

• Temporal-spatial characterization of hydropeaking and thermopeaking effects

• Water quality modeling based on biogeochemistry processes

• River hydrology and ecologically related implications


Research Grants



Funding Body


Erasmus Mundus SMART

PhD fellowship

11/2013 –


European Commission






2014 – present International association for hydro environment engineering and research (IAHR)

2015 – present Society for Freshwater Science (SFS)

2016 present International water association (IWA) Young Water Professionals group

2016 – present United Nations Volunteers (UNV) talent pool

2017 – present British Ecology Society (BES)



Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Qi, M., Feng, M., Sun, T., & Yang, W. (2016). Resilience changes in watershed systems: a newperspective to quantify long-term hydrological shifts under perturbations. Journal of Hydrology, 539(281-289) DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.05.039

Tang, S., Sun, T., Shen, X., Qi, M., & Feng, M. (2015). Modeling net ecosystem metabolisminfluenced by artificial hydrological regulation: An application to the Yellow River Estuary, China.Ecological Engineering, 76, 84-94.

Sun, T., & Feng, M. L. (2013). Multistage analysis of hydrologic alterations in the Yellow River,China. River Research and Applications, 29(8), 991-1003. DOI: 10.1002/rra.2586

S. Tang, T. Sun, X. Shen, M. Feng. (2013). Dissolved oxygen dynamics model and its application inestuary subject to turbidity variability. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 44(11): 1286-1294.

Tang, T. Sun, X. Shen, M. Feng. (2013). Dissolved oxygen dynamics model and its application inestuary subject to turbidity variability. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 44(11): 1286-1294.

Liu S, Feng ML. (2012) Study on the evaluation for water resource vulnerability in Yangqu Countybased on remote sensing and GIS technology. Journal of Taiyuan University of technology,43(1):77-82. (in Chinese with English Abstract)


Conference Proceedings:

M.L. Feng, T. Sun, L.X. Zhang, X.M. Shen, Net Ecosystem Metabolism Simulation by DynamicDissolved Oxygen Model in Yellow River Estuary, China, Procedia Environmental Sciences, Volume13, 2012, Pages 807-817, ISSN 1878-0296,

Feng ML, Sun T, Zolezzi G. “Trade-Offs Model Of Multi-Objective Reservoir Operation WithUncertainties”, 11th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, 8-1-2014.

Feng, M., A. Sevilla, G. Zolezzi, Toffolon M. , and S. Piccolroaz (2015), Hydropower influence onriver thermal regimes: from thermopeaking alteration to mitigation of climatic extremes? ,Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences ( SEFS ), Geneva (Switzerland), 5-10 July 2015.

Feng ML, Zolezzi G. “Hydropeaking diffusion activities in alpine rivers”, 11th InternationalSymposium on Ecohydraulics–ISE 2016, University of Melbourne, Australia.


Other Science Publications:

Meili Feng (2016) Flow and thermal regimes in river networks: effects of hydropower regulationand climate extremes. PhD thesis, University of Trento.

Invention Patent (2012). Sun T, Feng ML and Xu J. 2012.09.12. A trade-offs method for multiobjectiveenvironmental flows analysis. CN 102663236 A.