Welcome to the School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University

FAN Daidu


Daidu Fan  Professor

Office Ocean building 605


Email: ddfan@tongji.edu.cn


Mailing AddressSchool of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092, China

  1. Education

1998.03-2001.02Tongji universityMarine Geology majorPh.D

1995.09-1998.01Tongji universityMarine Geology majorM.Sc

1990.09-1994.06China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)Mineral Deposits majorB.Sc

  1. Employment

2007.07- Professor, School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University

2003.11-2007.06Associate professor, School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University

2001.03-2003.10Lecturer, School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University


2010.06-08Visiting Expert, Institute of Marine Geology and Chemistry, Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

2006.08-09Visiting Scholar, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University

2003.11-2004.10Research Associate, Department of Geology, University of South Florida

  1. Research interests

1. Coastal Sedimentology: Developing basic sedimentation models for interpreting ancient sedimentary deposits, particularly tidal deposits.

2. Quaternary Climate Change and Paleotempestology: Reconstruction of Late Quaternary environmental change by deciphering stratigraphic records, typically in the coastal and shelf regions. Developing long-term records of intense storms from sedimentary and documentary archives.

3. Evolution History of Mega-River Systems: Using detrital zircon chronology to trace the evolution history of mega-river systems from their source to the sink, especially the evolution of the Yangtze drainage basin since the Cenozoic India-Eurasia collision and the plateau uplift.

  1. Projects

1. Sediment dynamics, morphological evolution and facies architectures of the North Branch of Yangtze River with respect to 

anthropogenic impacts (Grant No. 41776052), 2018.01-2021.12740k RMB, National Natural Science Foundation of China 


2. Study on the evolution processes and controlling mechanism of coastal hypoxia off the Yangtze Estuary (MG20170202), 

2017.04-2019.03500k RMBResearch Funding of State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, PI.

3. Dvelopment and evolution  history of hypoxia off the Yangtze Delta and controlling mechanism (41476031), 2015.01-

2018.121090k RMBNational Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), PI.

4. Comparative study of Holocene sedimentary evolution histories between Yangtze River and Red River deltas (HD-JJHT-05), 

2016.06-2018.051200k RMB, China-ASEAN maritime cooperation fund, PI.

5. Study on evolution history of seasonal hypoxia in the offshore of Yangtze Estuary based on sedimentary records 

(20130072130003), 2014.01-2016.12400k RMB, Special Research Fund for the Doctoral Progam of Higher Education of 

China, PI.

6. Sedimentation Processes and Strata Formation Mechanism in the Qiantang Estuary with a Special Reference to Tidal Bores 

(41276045), 2013.01-2016.12950k RMBNational Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), PI.

7. High-resolution stratigraphic sequence of the Post-LGM deposits in the Yangtze Subaqueous Delta, 2011.12-2013.12, 200k 

RMB, National Fundamental Research Funds for the Central University, (PI).

8. High-resolution sequence architecture of post-LGM deposits in the subaqueous Changjiang Delta and its significance in 

paleoclimatic reconstruction (41076016), 2011.01-2013.12, 550k RMB, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), 


9. Developing methodology for quantitative analyses of sediment provenance in the Yangtze drainage basin (20090072110004), 

2010.01-2012.12, 60k RMB, Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of MOE, PI.

10. Field observation and mechanism study of the key frontal processes in the Yangtze Delta (MG200907), 2010.01-2012.12, 

400k RMB, Independent Innovation Program of State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, PI.

11. Reconstruction of high-resolution climatic event activities from the sedimentary records in the Yangtze Subaqueous Delta 

(MASEG 200802), 2009.06-2011.12, 70k RMB, Opening Foundation of the Key Laboratory of Marine Sedimentology & 

Enviromental Geology, SOA, PI.

12. Reconstruction of past typhoon activities from Holocene sedimentary archives and mechanisms of variation in typhoon 

landfalling frequency in the coast zone of South Zhejiang Province (40876021), 2009.01-2011.12, 550k RMB, National Natural 

Science Foundation of China (NSFC), PI.

13. Paleotempestology study and its implication in projecting the future scenario of typhoon activities in the coast of Jiangsu-

Zhejiang Province (NCET-07-0619), 2008.01-2010.12, 500k RMB, MOE (Ministry of Education of China) Program for New 

Century Excellent Talents in University, PI.

14. Developing technology for the key vulnerable coast regions adjusting to climate change (2007BAC03A06-06), 2007.10-

2010.12, 12.5k RMB, MOST (Ministry of Science and Technology of China) BAC program, PI.

15. Evaluating the impacts of the large engineering constructions in the Yangtze drainage basin on the coastal evolution and land 

reclamation from coastal wetland (PJ4), 2006.01-2009.10, 540k RMB, 908 Program of Shanghai Municipality Ocean Bureau, PI.

16. Zircon geochronology of Late Cenozoic deposits in the Changjiang Delta and its fingerprinting evolution of the Changjiang 

drainage basin (40576030), 2006.01-2008.12, 460k RMB, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), PI.

17. Time-series analyses of Holocene storm deposits in the Changjiang delta and their implications on the future storm-tide 

scenario projection (40476028), 2005.01-2007.12, 390k RMB, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), PI.

18. Formation and Preservation Potential of Tidal Rhythmite in the Open Tidal-Flat Sequence and Its Significance on the 

Paleoenvironment Reconstruction (40176022), 2002.01-2004.12, 250k RMB, National Natural Science Foundation of China 


  1. Publications (Selective publications since 2010)

  1. Shang, S., Fan, D.*, Ying, P., Burr, G., Zhang, M., 2018. Late Quaternary environmental change in the central-western East China Sea. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo. 2017.12.012.

  2. Fan, D., Wu, Y., Zhang, Y., Burr, G., Huo, M., Li, J., 2017. South Flank of the Yangtze Delta: past, present, and future. Marine Geology, 392: 78-93.

  3. Tu Junbiao, Fan, Daidu*2017. Flow and turbulence structure in a hypertidal estuary with the world’s biggest tidal bore. Journal of Geophysical Research-Ocean,122, doi:10.1002/2016JC012120.

  4. Yang, R.J., Liu, J.T., Fan, D., Burr, G.S., Lin, H.-L., Chen, T.-T., 2017. Land-sea duel in the late Quaternary at the mouth of a small river with high sediment yield. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 143: 59-76.

  5. Li, C., Yang, S., Lian, E., Wang, Q., Fan, D., Huang, X., 2017. Chemical speciation of iron in sediments from the Changjiang Estuary and East China Sea: Iron cycle and paleoenvironmental implications, Quaternary International, doi.org/10.1016/ j.quaint.2016.07.014.

  6. Zhao, Y., Yang, S., Liu, J.T., Fan, D., Yang, R.J., Bi, L., Chang, Y.-p., 2017. Reconstruction of silicate weathering intensity and paleoenvironmental change during the late Quaternary in the Zhuoshui River catchment in Taiwan. Quaternary International, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2016.12.013.

  7. Wang, D., Cao, A., Zhang, J., Fan, D., Liu, Y., Zhang, Y., 2017. A three-dimensional cohesive sediment transport model with data assimilation: Model development, sensitivity analysis and parameter estimation. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2016.08.027.

  8. Wang, D., Zhang, J., Wang, Y., Lv, X., Yang, Y., Fan, D., Gao, S., 2017. A methodology for estimating the parameters in three-dimensional cohesive sediment transport models by assimilating in situ observations with the adjoint method. Journal of Atmospheric And Oceanic Technology, 34: 1469-1482.

  9. Fan, D., Tu, J.B., Shang, S., Chen, L.L., Zhang, Y., 2016. Morphodynamics and sedimentary facies in a tidal-fluvial transition with tidal bores (the middle Qiantang Estuary, China). In: Tessier, B., Reynaud, J.-Y., (eds.), Contribution to Modern and Ancient Tidal Sedimentology: Proceedings of the Tidalites 2012 Conference, IAS Special Publication 48: 75-92.

  10. Wang, Y., Fan, D.*, Liu, J.T., Chang, Y., 2016. Clay-mineral compositions of sediments in the Gaoping River-Sea system: implications for weathering, sedimentary routing and carbon cycling. Chemical Geology, 447: 11-26. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.10.024.

  11. Ge, H.M., Zhang, C.L., Versteegh, G.J.M., Chen, L.L., Fan, D., Dong, L., Liu, J.J., 2016. Evolution of the East China Sea sedimentary environment in the past 14 kyr: Insights from tetraethers-based proxies. Science China: Earth Science, 59(5): 927-938. doi: 10.1007/s11430-015-5229-9.

  12. Zhang, Y., Xu, H., Qin, R., Xu, C., Fan, D., 2016. Characteristics of turbulent kinetic energy dissipation rate and turbidity near the coast of East China Sea. Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, 34(5): 1134-1142. doi.org/10.1007/s00343-016-4270-7.

  13. Liu, Y., Sun, Q., Fan, D., Lai, X., Xu, L., Finlayson, B., Chen, Z., 2016. Pollen evidence to interpret the history of rice farming at the Hemudu site on the Ningshao coast, eastern China. Quaternary International,426: 195-203. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2016.05.016.

  14. Fan, D., Tu, J.B., Cai, G.F., Shang, S., 2015. Intercomparison between textural parameters of intertidal sediments by different statistical procedures, and implications for a unifying descriptive nomemclature. Geo-Marine Letters 35: 175-188. doi:10.1007/s00367-015-0400-z.

  15. Fan, D., Shang, S., Cai, G.F., Tu, J.B., 2015. Distinction and grain-size characteristics of intertidal heterolithic deposits in the middle Qiantang Estuary (East China Sea). Geo-Marine Letters 35: 161-174. doi:10.1007/s00367-015-0398-2.

  16. Daidu Fan, Junbiao Tu, Guofu Cai, Shuai Shang, 2014. Characteristics of tidal-bore deposits and facies associations in the Qiantang Estuary, China. Marine Geology, 348: 1-14, doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2013.11.012.

  17. Fan, D., 2013. Classification, sedimentary features and facies associations of tidal flats. Journal of Palaeogeography, 2(1): 66-80.

  18. Fan, D., 2012. Open-Coast Tidal Flats. In: Davis, R.A.Jr. and Dalrymple, R.W.(eds.), Principles of Tidal Sedimentology, New York: Springer, 187-229.

  19. Fan, D., Cai G.F., Shang, S., Wu, Y.J., Zhang, Y.W., Gao, L, 2012. Sedimentation processes and sedimentary characters of tidal bores along the north bank of the Qiantang Estuary. Chinese Science Bulletin, 57(13): 1578-1589.

  20. Wang, M.J., Zheng H.B., Xie, X., Fan, D., Yang, S.Y., Zhao, Q.H., Wang, K., 2011. A 600-year flood history in the Yangtze River drainage: comparison between a subaqueous delta and historical records. Chinese Science Bulletin, 56: 188-195.

  21. Gao, L., Fan, D., Sun, C.X., Li, D.J., Cai, J.G., 2011. Optical characterization of CDOM in a marsh-influenced environment in the Changjiang (Yangtze River) Estuary. Environmental Earth Science, 64: 643-658.

  22. Gao, L., Fan, D., Li, D.J., Cai, J.G., 2011. Tracing the quarter-diurnal signatures of nutrients and dissolved organic matter to evaluate their non-conservative behaviors in coastal seawaters. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, G03015, doi: 10.1029/2010JG001627.

  23. Xu, X.P., Zhang, Y.W., Xu, C.W., Li, J.L., Liu, D., Qing, L.F., Lou, S.Q., Fan, D., 2011. Coastal seafloor observatory at Xiaoqushan in the East China Sea. Chinese Sci. Bull., 56(26): 2839-2845.

  24. Zhang, Y.W., Fan, D., Xu, H.P., 2011. Records of tsunami induced by 2010 Chile earthquake from Xiaoqushan seafloor observatory in the East China Sea. Chinese Science Bulletin, 56(27): 2957-2965.

  25. Gao, L., Fan, D., Li D.J., Cai, J.G., 2010. Fluorescence characteristics of chromophoric dissolved organic matter along the Zhejiang coast on the inner shelf of East China Sea. Marine Environmental Research, 69: 187-197.

  1. Teaching


Marine Sedimentology(undergraduate course)

Principles of Sedimentology》,《Coastal Morphodynamics(postgraduate course)

Principles of Marine Geology(doctoral course)

  1. Students

Current students

MasterZHAO Jinpeng, MEI Zhenhua, WANG Xiaohui, WEI Lu, Obodoefuna Doris CHIGOZIE (Nigeria)

DoctorTU Junbiao, WU Yijing, ZHANG Yue, SU Jiangfeng, REN Fahui, JIANG Binbin, Celso De Carvalho MATSINHE 

(Mozambique), Dac Ve NGUYEN (Viet Nam)

Former students

MasterXU Guodong, CHEN Shaohong, LU Qi, HUO Miao, ZHANG Mengying, CHEN Lingling, LENG Wei, TU, Junbiao, 

Celso De Carvalho MATSINHE (Mozambique), LU Jun, SU Jiangfeng, LIU Wei, REN Fahui

DoctorWANG Yangyang, SHANG Shuai

  1. Awards

1. 2013: Chutian Distinguished Professor at Yangtze University

2. 2007: New Century Excellent Talents in University, Ministry of Education of China

3. 2003: Nominee for the National Outstanding (Ph.D degree) Dissertation

  1. Serving on academic journal

1. 2017-Associate Editor, Journal of Anthropocene Coasts

2. 2012-: Associate Editor, Journal of Palaeogeography

  1. Serving on academic organization

1. 2017-: AOGS (Asia Oceania Geosciences Society), Ocean Science Section Secretaries

2. 2007-: Global Ambassador for SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)


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