Liang GAO高亮
Assistant Professor

Academic Qualifications | Professional Experience | Research | Professional Services | Publications | Contact Details

Academic Qualification

  • 2013/08-2016/11 Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • 2009/09-2011/06 M.Eng. in Tsinghua University
  • 2005/08-2009/07 B.Eng. in Tsinghua University

Professional Experience

  • 2019/10-present Assistant Professor, University of Macau, Macau, China
  • 2018/03-2019/09 Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Oklahoma-National weather center, OK, USA
  • 2016/10-2018/02 Postdoctoral research fellow, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China
  • 2013/08-2016/08 Teaching assistant (part time), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China
  • 2011/07-2013/07 Assistant engineer, Zhejiang Institute of Hydraulic and Estuary, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
  • 2009/09-2011/06 Teaching assistant (part time), Tsinghua University, Beijing, China


Research Interests

  • Numerical simulation of storm-related hazards in an urban watershed; Integrated modelling of hazard processes including landslides, debris flows, floods; Integration of remotely-sensed data with numerical models.
  • Hydrodynamic and water quality modelling of an estuary or a coastal area; Numerical modelling of storm surge hazard; Distributed hydraulic modelling combined with drainage networks in urban settings.
  • Disaster mechanisms and resilience of hazard-affected communities and cities; Ecological estuary; Smart city.

Professional Services

  • Reviewers of Journal of hydrology, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Journal of cleaner production, Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, Natural hazards review, Journal of Mountain Science, Environmental Earth Sciences, Water Resources Management, and Georisk.


Published/Accepted journal papers

  1. Gao, L., Zhang L.M.*, Li X.Y., Zhou S.Y. (2019) Evaluating Metropolitan Flood Coping Capabilities under Heavy Storms. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. 24(6), 05019011.
  2. Gao, L., Zhang, L.M.*, Cheung R.W.M. (2018) Relationships between natural terrain landslide magnitudes and triggering rainfall based on a large landslide inventory in Hong Kong. Landslides, 15(4), 727–740, doi: 10.1007/s10346-017-0904-x.
  3. Gao, L., Zhang, L.M.*, Lu, M.Q. (2017) Characterizing the spatial variations and correlations of large rainstorms for landslide study. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 21: 4573-4589, doi:
  4. Gao, L., Zhang, L.M.*, Chen, H.X. (2017). Two-dimensional simulation of debris flow impact pressures on buildings. Engineering Geology, 226, 236-244. doi:
  5. Gao, L., Zhang, L.M.*, Chen, H.X., and Shen, P. (2016). Simulating debris flow mobility in urban settings. Engineering Geology, 214: 67-78, doi:
  6. Gao, L., Zhang, L.M.*, Chen, H.X. (2016). Likely scenarios of natural terrain shallow slope failures on Hong Kong Island under extreme storms. Natural Hazards Review, ASCE. B4015001,
  7. Chen, H. X., Zhang, L.M.*, Gao, L., Zhu, H., and Zhang, S. (2015). Presenting regional shallow landslide movement on three-dimensional digital terrain. Engineering Geology, 195: 122-134, doi:
  8. Chen, H. X., Zhang, L.M.*, Gao, L., Yuan, Q., Lu, T., Xiang, B., Zhuang, W.L. (2016). Simulation of interactions among multiple debris flows. Landslides. 14:595-615, doi: 10.1007/s10346-016-0710-x.
  9. Li, X.Y., Zhang, L.M.*, Gao, L., Zhu, H. (2017). Simplified slope reliability analysis considering spatial soil variability. Engineering Geology, 216: 90-97, doi:
  10. Shen, P., Zhang, L.M.*, Chen, H.X., Gao, L. (2017). Role of vegetation restoration in mitigating hillslope erosion and debris flows. Engineering Geology, 116, 122-133, doi:
  11. Ma M., He, B.*, Wan, J., Jia, P., Guo, X., Gao, L., Maguire, L.W., Hong, Y., (2018) Characterizing the Flash Flooding Risks from 2011 to 2016 over China. Water 2018, 10, 704; doi:10.3390/w10060704.
  12. Zhou, S.Y., Gao, L., Zhang, L.M.*, (2019) Predicting Debris-Flow Clusters under Extreme Rainstorms: A Case Study on Hong Kong Island. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment., 33: 2537-2553, doi:
  13. Zhong, M., Wang, J., Gao, L.*, Lin, K., Hong, Y. (2019) Fuzzy risk assessment of flash floods using a cloud-based information diffusion approach. Water Resources Management 33(7), 2537–2553.
  14. Feng S.J., Gao H.Y., Gao L., Zhang L.M., Chen H.X. (2019) Numerical modeling of interactions between a flow slide and buildings considering the destruction process. Landslides (on line), DOI 10.1007/s10346-019-01220-9.
  15. Li, R., Gao, L., Pan, C., Pang, Y.*, (2019) Detecting the mechanisms of longitudinal salinity transport in Qiantang Estuary. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences (accepted), DOI

Conference Papers

  1. Feng, J.W., Zhang, L.L., Gao, L., Feng, S.J. (2018) Stability of railway embankment under extreme storms. Environmental Geotechnics,
  2. Zhou, S.Y.*, Zhang, L.M., Gao, L. (2018) Scenarios of Large-Scale Landslides and Debris Flows under Extreme Rainstorms, Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Reliability Engineering and Risk Management.
  3. Gao, L.*, Zhang, L.M. (2017) Can Empirical Rainfall-Landslide Correlations Be Extended to Future Extreme Storms? 6th International Symposium on Geotechnical Safety and Risk, Denver, ASCE, GSP284.
  4. Zhang, L.M.*, Gao L., Zhou S.Y., Cheung R.W.M., Lacasse, S. (2017) Stress testing framework for managing landslide risks under extreme storms. Workshop on World Landslide Forum.
  5. Gao, L.*, Zhang, L.M. (2016) Numerical simulation of multi-hazards over Hong Kong Island under extreme storms, ISSRI, Taipei, FB2.
  6. Zhang, L.M.*, Gao, L. Lacasse, S. (2016) A preliminary stress testing framework for coping with landslide risks under extreme storms, ISSRI, Taipei, FB2.
  7. Zhang, L.M.*, Chen, H.X., Gao, L. (2016) Prompt assessment of multi-hazard landslide risks, Keynote Lecture paper presented on 6th Asian-Pacific Symposium on Structural Reliability and its Applications (APSSRA6), Shanghai.
  8. Gao, L., Zhang, L.M. (2015). Spatial characteristics of severe storms in Hong Kong. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 19: 6981-7021, doi:10.5194/hessd-19-1-2015 178.
  9. Gao, L.*, Zhang, L.M. (2015) Preliminary Assessment of Debris Flow Hazard in a Catchment under Extreme Condition. 5th International Symposium on Geotechnical Safety and Risk, Rotterdam, 540-544.
  10. Gao, L.*, Zhang, L.M. (2014) Flood Hazard over Hong Kong Island under an Extreme Storm. 27th KKHTCNN Symposium on Civil Engineering, Shanghai.
  11. Gao, L.* (2009) About education for qualified hydraulic engineer,Tsinghua Journal of Education (in Chinese) (CSSCI source journal, Chinese core journal). 143-146.

Contact Details

Faculty of Science and Technology
University of Macau, E11
Avenida da Universidade, Taipa,
Macau, China

Room: N21-5014B
Telephone: (853) 8822-9092
Fax: (853) 8822-2426
Email: gaoliang