Wang Zhanghua

Job Title: 
Research Interests: 
My major research interest is to study the sedimentary records in the coastal environments at multi-time scales to reconstruct the morphological, hydrological and ecological evolutions, which are controlled by the climate, sea level and human activities.
Zhongshan N. Road 3663,Shanghai 200062, China
Education Experience: 
2000.7 PhD, Department of Geography, ECNU
1995.7 Bachelor, Department of Geography, ECNU
Work Experience: 
2009.1-present, Professor, State Key Laboratory for Estuarine and Coastal Research, ECNU
2011.1 visiting fellow, Geologic Survey of Japan
2010.1 visiting fellow, Geologic Survey of Japan
2009.2 visiting fellow, Geologic Survey of Japan
2002.8-2008.12 Associated professor, Department of Geography, ECNU
2005. 4-5 visiting fellow, NC State University, USA
2000.7-2002.7 Lecture, Department of Geography, ECNU
Personal Details : 
International conference experience:

2012.10.28-31 “Early mid-Holocene sea level reconstruction and sedimentary environmental response of the southern Yangtze Delta plain, China”, International Symposium on Climate change and human activities: coastal consequences and responses. Oral presentation, Shanghai
2010.11.30-12.4 “Holocene sea-level change and the Neolithic cultural development in the Yangtze delta area”, The first joint international conference of IGCP 588/INQUA Coastal and Marine Processes Commission in Hong Kong, Preparing for coastal change: a detailed process-response framework for coastal change at different timescales. Oral presentation, The University of Hong Kong
2008. 10.26-11.2 “Holocene evolution of the Yangzte delta: Retrospective and Perspective”, IGCP-475—JSPS—APN joint conference on DELTAS (Shanghai-Qingdao Venue): Morphodynamics, Strata Architecture & Environmental Assessment, keynote speech, Shanghai, China
2008. 1.6-13 “Holocene depocenter shift in the middle-lower Yangtze basins and coastal area in response to monsoon precipitation and sea level change”, oral presentation, IGCP and APN joint conference on DELTAS (Bangladesh venue): Deltaic Gateways - Linking Source to Sink, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2006.10.8-16 “From alluvial apron to coastal wetland, the Quaternary evolution of the Yangtze River mouth area, China”, keynote speech, IGCP518, IAG working group of large rivers
2006. 7.24-27 “Plume front and suspended sediment dispersal off the Changjiang (Yangtze) River mouth, China during non-flood season”, Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting, poster
2005.1.10-16 “An International Conference on DELTAS (Mekong Venue): Geological modeling and Management”, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Supported by APN project; Oral presentation entitled “Fine-sediment dynamics off the Changjiang estuary-a case study”

Major research projects:
  1. 2016.1-2019.12. Mid-Holocene coastal flooding and prehistorical human’s responding recorded at the Neolithic sites in Yaojiang–Ningbo Plain, East China. Chinese National Natural Science Foundation (Grant No. 41576042).
  2. 2017.1-2019.12. Human-environment relationship at a Neolithic salt making site on Daxie Island, Ningbo, supported by Ningbo Municipal Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology.
  3. 2017.2-2017.12. The sedimentary environment at the shipwreck site of Qing dynasty in the Yangtze River mouth, supported by Protection Center of Cultural Relics, Shanghai.
  4. 2015.1-2016.12. The Holocene stratigraphy and formation mechanism at Neolithic Yushan and Wuguishan sites, Ningbo, supported by Ningbo Municipal Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology.
  5. 1. 2012.01-2015.12, The facies differentiation of TOC/TS ratios and authigenic iron sulfides in the tidal flat sediments of Yangtze coast and their applications for early mid-Holocene sea level reconstruction. Chinese National Natural Science Foundation (Grant No. 41176070).
  6. 2. 2012.01-2014.12, Evolution of the Yangtze River mouth under human activities. Public Welfare Project, Ministry of Land and Resource, Grant No. 201211009-02,
  7. 3. 2008.10-2010.12, The paleogeographic evolution and its linkage with the development of Neolithic culture at Guangfulin site, Shanghai Museum.
  8. 4. 2008.10-2010.10, Chrono-stratigraphy and sedimentary environmental change of the subaqueous Yangtze delta. Shanghai Geological Survey.
  9. 5. 2007.10-2009.12 The late Quaternary sedimentary records of East Asia monsoon change and human activities in the subaqueous Yangtze delta. China Geological Survey, Grant No. GZTR20060102.
  10. 6. 2005.3-2007.6 Quaternary stratigraphy and sedimentary environmental change of Shanghai. Shanghai Geological Survey, Grant No. 200413000020.
  11. 7. 2005.10-2007.9 Sea level change and stratigraphy of the Yangtze coast during past 120 ka. Shanghai Venus Plan, Grant No. 05QMX1419.
  12. 8. 2003.1-2005.12 Iron sulfides in the surficial sediment on the continental shelf of East China Sea and implications to hydrocarbon seepage. Chinese National Natural Science Foundation (Grant No. 40206005)
  1. Pan, D., Wang, Z.*, Zhan, Q., Saito, Y., Wu, H., Yang, S., Cheng, H., Organic geochemical variations for understanding past sediment dynamic processes: example from Holocene sedimentary records in the Changjiang River delta, China. Continental Shelf Research, accepted.
  2. Huang, J., Lei, S., Wang, A., Tang, L., Wang, Z.*, Mid-Holocene environmental change and human response at the Neolithic Wuguishan site in the Ningbo coastal lowland of East China. The Holocene. in press.
  3. Wang, S., Ge, J., Kilbourne, K.H., Wang, Z.*, 2020. Numerical simulation of mid-Holocene tidal regime and storm-tide inundation in the south Yangtze coastal plain, East China. Marine Geology 423, 106134.
  4. Jiang, Y., Saito, Y., Ta, T.K.O., Wang, Z.*, Gugliotta, M., Nguyen, V.L., 2020. Spatial and seasonal variability in grain size, magnetic susceptibility, and organic elemental geochemistry of channel-bed sediments from the Mekong Delta, Vietnam: implications for hydro-sedimentary dynamic processes. Marine Geology 420, 106089.
  5. Yuan, X., Yang, Q., Luo, X**, Yu, F., Li, J., Wang, Z.*, 2019. Distribution of grain size and organic elemental composition of the surficial sediments in Lingding Bay in the Pearl River Delta, China: A record of recent human activity. Ocean & Coastal Management 178, 104849.
  6. Tang, L., Shu, J., Chen, J., Wang, Z.*, 2019. Mid- to late Holocene vegetation change recorded at a Neolithic site in the Yangtze coastal plain, East China. Quaternary International 519, 122-130.
  7. Zhou, L., Yang, Y., Wang, Z., Jia, J., Mao, L., Li, Z., Fang, X., Gao, S., 2019. Investigating ENSO and WPWP modulated typhoon variability in the South China Sea during the mid-late Holocene using sedimentological evidence from southeastern Hainan, Island, China. Marine Geology 416, 105987.
  8. Nian, X., Zhang, W., Qiu, F., Qin, J., Wang, Z., Sun, Q., Chen, J., Chen, Z., Liu, N., 2019. Luminescence characteristics of quartz from Holocene delta deposits of the Yangtze River and their provenance implications. Quaternary Geochronology 49, 131–137. DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2018.04.010
  9. Wang, Z.*, Saito, Y., Zhan, Q., Nian, X., Pan, D., Wang, L., Chen, T., Xie, J., Li, X., Jiang, X., 2018. Three-dimensional evolution of the Yangtze River mouth, China during the Holocene: impacts of sea level, climate and human activity. Earth Science Reviews 185, 938–955. DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2018.08.012
  10. Chen, T., Ryves, D.B., Wang, Z.*, Lewis, J.P., Yu, X., 2018. Mid- to late Holocene morphological and hydrological changes in the south Taihu area of the Yangtze delta plain, China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 498: 127–142. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.03.012.
  11. Wang, Z.*, Ryves, D.B., Lei, S., Nian, X., Lv, Y., Tang, L., Wang, L., Wang, J., Chen, J., 2018. Middle Holocene marine flooding and human response in the south Yangtze coastal plain, East China. Quaternary Science Reviews, 187: 80–93.
  12. Nian X., Zhang W., Wang Z., Sun Q., Chen J., Chen Z., 2018. Optical dating of Holocene sediments from the Yangtze River (Changjiang) Delta, China. Quaternary International, 467: 251–263.
  13. Wei T., Wang Z., Chen J., Li M., 2018. Non-flood season neap tides in the Yangtze estuary offshore: flow mixing processes and its potential impacts on adjacent wetlands. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 103: 127-139.
  14. Zhao B., Yan X., Wang Z., Shi Y., Chen Z., Xie J., Chen J., He Z., Zhan Q., Li X., 2018. Sedimentary evolution of the Yangtze River mouth (East China Sea) over the past 19,000 years, with emphasis on the Holocene variations in coastal currents. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 490: 431-449.
  15. Nian X., Zhang W., Wang Z., Sun Q., Chen J., Chen Z., 2018. The chronology of a sediment core from incised valley of the Yangtze River delta: Comparative OSL and AMS 14C dating. Marine Geology, 395: 320-330.
  16. Cui M., Wang Z.*, Nageswara Rao K., Sangode S.J., Saito Y., Chen T., Kulkarni Y.R., Naga Kumar K.Ch. V., Demudu G., 2017. A mid-late Holocene record of vegetation decline and erosion triggered by monsoon weakening and human adaptations in the southeast Indian Peninsula. The Holocene, 27: 1976-1987.
  17. Pan D., Chen T., Zhan Q., Wang Z.*, 2017. Mineral magnetic properties of Holocene sediments in the subaqueous Yangtze delta and the implications for human activity and early diagenesis. Quaternary International, 459: 133-143.
  18. Chen T., Wang Z., Wu X., Gao X., Li L., Zhan Q., 2015. Magnetic properties of tidal flat sediments on the Yangtze coast, China: early diagenetic alteration and implications. The Holocene, 25(5): 832-843. (corresponding author)
  19. Innes, J.B., Zong, Y., Wang, Z., Chen, Z., 2014. Climatic and palaeoecological changes during the mid- to Late Holocene transition in eastern China: High-resolution pollen and non-pollen palynomorph analysis at Pingwang, Yangtze coastal lowlands. Quaternary Science Reviews, 99: 164-175.
  20. Wang Z., Dong Y., Chen J., Li X., Cao J., Deng Z., 2014. Dating recent sediments from the subaqueous Yangtze Delta and adjacent continental shelf, China. Journal of Palaeogeography, 3(2): 207-218.
  21. Chen J., Wang Z., Wei T., Zhao B., Chen Z., 2014. Clay minerals in the Pliocene- Quaternary sediments of the southern Yangtze coast, China: Sediment sources and palaeoclimate implications. Journal of Palaeogeography, 3(3): 297-308.
  22. Wang Z., Zhan Q., Long H., Saito Y., Gao X., Wu X., Li L., Zhao Y., 2013. Early to mid-Holocene rapid sea-level rise and coastal response on the southern Yangtze delta plain, China. Journal of Quaternary Science, 28(7), 659-672
  23. Chen Ting; Wang Zhang-Hua; Qiang Xiao-Ke; Ma Chun-Yan; Zhan Qing, 2013. Magnetic properties of minerals recorded by the borehole WJ and Late Quaternary transgressions in the Taihu plain, southern Yangtze Delta. CHINESE JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICS-CHINESE EDITION, 56(8), 2748-2759
  24. Wang Z., Jones B.G., Chen T., Zhao B., Zhan Q., 2013. A raised OIS 3 sea level recorded in coastal sediments, southern Changjiang delta plain, China. Quaternary Research, 79, 424-438
  25. Liu Y., He Z., Wang Z., 2013. Magnetic properties of Holocene core ZK9 in the subaqueous Yangtze delta and their mechanisms and implications. Frontiers of Earth Science, 7(3), 331-340. DOI: 10.1007/s11707-013-0375-x (corresponding author)
  26. Zong Y., Innes, J.B., Wang, Z., Chen, Z., 2012. Environmental change and Neolithic settlement movement in the lower Yangtze wetlands of China. The Holocene, 22(6), 659-673. DOI: 10.1177/0959683611414933.
  27. Zhan Q., Wang Z., Xie Y., Xie J., He Z., 2012. Carbon, nitrogen and δ13C as indicators of Holocene sea level and freshwater discharge changes in the subaqueous Yangtze delta, China. The Holocene, 22(6), 697-704. DOI: 10.1177/0959683611423685 (corresponding author)
  28. Zong Y., Wang Z., Innes J.B., Chen Z., 2012. Holocene environmental change and Neolithic rice agriculture in the lower Yangtze region of China: a review. The Holocene, 22(6), 623-635. DOI: 10.1177/0959683611409775
  29. Wang Z., Zhuang C., Saito Y., Chen J., Zhan Q., Wang X., 2012. Early mid-Holocene sea-level change and coastal environmental response on the southern Yangtze delta plain, China: implications for the rise of Neolithic culture. Quaternary Science Reviews, 35, 51-62.
  30. Zong Y., Innes J.B., Wang Z., Chen Z., 2011. Mid-Holocene coastal hydrology and salinity changes in the east Taihu area of the lower Yangtze wetlands, China. Quaternary Research, 76, 69-82.
  31. Zhu C., Wang Z., Xue B., Yu P-S, Pan J-M, Wagner T., Pancost R.D., 2011, Characterizing the depositional settings for sedimentary organic matter distributions in the lower Yangtze River-East China Sea shelf system. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 93(3), 182-191 doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2010.08.001
  32. Wang Z., Li M., Zhang R., Liu Y., Saito Y., Xie J., Li B., Zhao B., 2011, Impacts of human activity on the late Holocene development of the subaqueous Yangtze delta, China, as shown by magnetic properties and sediment accumulation rates. The Holocene, 21(3), 393-408 DOI: 10.1177/0959683610378885.
  33. Chen Z., Wang Z., Finlayson B., Chen J., Yin D., 2010. Implications of flow control by the Three Gorges Dam on sediment and channel dynamics of the middle Yangtze (Changjiang) River, China. Geology, 38(11): 1043-1046. doi: 10.1130/G31271.1
  34. Wang Z., Xu H., Zhan Q., Saito Y, He Z., Xie J., Li X., Dong Y., 2010. Lithological and palynological evidence of late Quaternary depositional environments in the subaqueous Yangtze delta, China. Quaternary Research, 73: 550-562.
  35. Innes, JB; Zong, YQ; Chen, ZY; Chen, C; Wang, ZH; Wang, H. 2009. Environmental history, palaeoecology and human activity at the early Neolithic forager/cultivator site at Kuahuqiao, Hangzhou, eastern China. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28 (23-24): 2277-2294.
  36. Dong Y., Wang Z., Chen Z., Yin D., 2009. Centennial fluctuations of flood-season discharge of Upper and Middle Yangtze River Basin, China (1865-1988): cause and impact. Frontiers of Earth Science in China, 3 (4): 471-479. DOI: 10.1007/ s11707-009-0064-y
  37. Sun Q., Wang Z., Chen J., Wu F., 2009. Climate implications of major geochemical elements in the Holocene sediments of the North and East China monsoonal regions. Frontiers of Earth Science in China, 3(3), 291-296
  38. Tang J., Xu H., Wang Z., 2009. Changes in summer monsoon precipitation over Hunan Province during 1952-2007: response to the west Pacific sea surface temperature and global warming. Frontiers of Earth Science in China, 3(4): 411-418 DOI: 10.1007/s11707-009-0063-z (corresponding author)
  39. Chen J., Wang Z., Chen Z., Wei Z., Wei T., Wei W., 2009. Diagnostic heavy minerals in Plio-Pleistocene sediments of the Yangtze Coast, China with special reference to the Yangtze River connection into the sea. Geomorphology, 113:129-136,doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2009.03.010
  40. Chen Z., Zong Y., Wang Z., Wang H., Chen J., 2008. Migration patterns of Neolithic settlements on the abandoned Yellow and Yangtze River deltas of China. Quaternary Research, 70, 301-314.
  41. Wang Z., Liu JP, Zhao B., 2008. Holocene depocenter shift in the middle-lower Changjiang River basins and coastal area in response to sea level change. Frontiers of Earth Science in China,2(1), 17-26
  42. Zhao B., Wang Z., Chen J., Chen Z., 2008. Marine sediment records and relative sea level change during late Pleistocene in the Changjiang delta area and adjacent continental shelf. Quaternary International,186,164-172 (corresponding author)
  43. Zong Y., Chen Z., Innes J.B., Chen C., Wang Z., Wang H., 2007. Fire and flood management of coastal swamp enabled first rice paddy cultivation in east China. Nature, 449: 459-463.
  44. Wang Z., Wei T., Li L., Chen Z., Okamura K., Xu K., Watanabe M., 2007. Plume front and suspended sediment dispersal off the Changjiang (Yangtze) River mouth, China during non-flood season. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 71, 60-67.
  45. Wang Z., Chen Z., Chen J., Wei Z., 2007. Seismic framework to interpret the Holocene morphological evolution of the Changjiang River mouth, China. Geomorphology, 85, 237-248.
  46. Wang Z., Chen Z., and Tao J., 2006. Clay mineral analysis of Yangtze delta, China, to interpret the late Quaternary sea-level fluctuations, climate change and sediment provenance, Journal of Coastal Research, 22 (3): 683-691.
  47. Wang Z. and Chen Z., 2005, Occurrence and environmental implications of magnetic minerals in stiff muds from the continental shelf of the East China Sea, Geo-Marine Letters, 25(5), 300-305.
  48. Chen Z., Wang Z., Schneiderman J., Cai Y., 2005. Holocene climate fluctuations on millennium scale in the Yangtze delta of eastern China: implications and response. The Holocene, 15, 917-926.
  49. Wang Z., Saito Y., Hori K., Kitamura A., Chen Z., 2005. Yangtze offshore, China: highly laminated sediments from the transition zone between subaqueous delta and the continental shelf. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 62: 161-168.
  50. Wang Z., Chen Z., Okamura K., Gao J., Xu K., Koshikawa H., Watanabe M., 2004. Anomalous current recorded at lower low water off the Changjiang river mouth, Geo-Marine letters, 24: 252-258.
  51. Chen Z., Saito Y., Kanai Y., Wei T., Li L., Yao H., Wang Z., 2004. Low concentration of heavy metals in the Yangtze estuarine sediments, China: a diluting setting. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 60: 91-100.
  52. Chen, Z., Li, J.f., Shen, H.T., and Wang Z.H., 2001. Yangtze River, China, historical analysis of discharge variability and sediment flux. Geomorphology, 41(2-3): 77-91.
  53. Wang Z., Chen Z., Li L., and Wei T., Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Trace Elements in China's Yangtze Subaqueous Delta ---a Transit between Land and Sea. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2001, 46 (supp.):65-72.
  54. Wang Z., Chen Z., Kou Y., and Chen Y., Dry/Wet Climate Change Since 960 A.D. in Taihu Drainage Basin of China. Chinese Geographical Science, 2001, 11(4), 343-349.
  55. Chen Z., Song B., Wang Z., and Cai Y., Late Quaternary evolution of the sub-aqueous Yangtze Delta, China: sedimentation, stratigraphy, palynology, and deformation. Marine Geology, 2000, 162: 423-441.
  56. Chen Z. and Wang Z., Yangtze Delta, China: Taihu lake-level variation since the 1950s, response to sea-level rise and human impact, Environmental Geology, 1999, 37(4): 333-339.