Shujie Cheng specializes in hydrological partitioning, baseflow modelling and climate change.


I am currently a PhD candidate at the Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Management-Ghent University. I obtained my bachelor degree in Wuhan University. During my Master and PhD studies at Wuhan University, I have worked on the modelling of hydrological partitioning (i.e., precipitation-runoff-baseflow). I used interpretable machine learning methods to have a deepen understanding of how catchment characteristics control hydrological partitioning. And I proposed an analytical baseflow coefficient curve for depicting the spatial variability of catchment baseflow. Now, I am working on the response of runoff components to climate and vegetation change at global scale.


Address: Coupure links 653, Room A2.007

               9000 Ghent, Belgium



2022–Present: PhD candidate| Ghent University, Hydro-Climate Extremes Lab

2018–Present: Master and PhD candidate| Wuhan University, Water resources and hydropower engineering Department

2014–2018: BSc. Wuhan University, Water resources and hydropower engineering Department

Selected publications

  • Cheng, S. , Cheng, L. , Liu, P. , Qin, S. , Zhang, L. , Xu, C. , Xiong, L. , Liu, L. , & Xia, J. An Analytical Baseflow Coefficient Curve for Depicting the Spatial Variability of Mean Annual Catchment Baseflow. Water Resources Research, 2021, 57(8): e2020W-e29529W.
  • Cheng, S. , Cheng, L. , Liu, P. , Zhang, L. , Xu, C. , Xiong, L. , & Xia, J. Evaluation of baseflow modelling structure in monthly water balance models using 443 Australian catchments. Journal of Hydrology, 2020, 591: 125572.
  • Pan, Z. , Liu, P. , Xu, C. Y. , Cheng, L. , Tian, J. , Cheng, S. , & Xie, K. The influence of a prolonged meteorological drought on catchment water storage capacity: a hydrological-model perspective. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 2020, 24(9): 4369-4387.
  • Wang, Q. , Wang, Y. , Zhang, L. , Qin, S. , Zhang, Q. , Liu, P. , Liu, L. , Zou, K. , Cheng, S. , & Cheng, L. Land surface models significantly underestimate the impact of land-use changes on global evapotranspiration. Environmental research letters, 2021, 16(12): 124047.