Dr Guangyu Wang

Associate Dean
Associate Professor
Director of Asian Forest Research Centre

Dr. Guangyu Wang’s research interests include sustainable forest management and integrated watershed management, specifically using computer modelling applications. He has completed several research projects on watershed-scale forest restoration and sustainable development projects, wherein he used system dynamic approaches, bioregional assessments and geographic information systems techniques to analyze the mechanisms of ecosystem degradation and model broad land use management. One of his major research focuses involves examining Chinese forest management practices, where he has been able to develop novel management plans and sustainable management models for Chinese forests. Furthermore, Dr. Wang is currently involved in serval researches related to climate change, forest adaptation and carbon market mechanism.

As a previous business professional, Dr. Wang is also interested in the strategic planning and financial management of natural resources, in addition to the public perception and implementation efficiency of land use change policies.

More detailed information of my research, students and associate please see the links below:




Adaptation of Asia-Pacific Forests to Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most important threats to the capacity of forest landscapes to provide ecological, economic and social services in the Asia-Pacific region. Meanwhile, the potential of forests to mitigate climate change represents a major opportunity for the forest sector, as forest ecosystems can either serve as a carbon sink or carbon source depending on their level of health and their resilience to climate change. There is remarkably little evidence that science-based decision-making processes are being incorporated into forest management practices in the Asia-Pacific region. As a result, considerable uncertainty exists over management policies aimed at enabling forests and forest-dependent communities to adapt to climate change. The goal of this project is to address this uncertainty and help forest managers and policy makers to develop effective management strategies to maintain resilient forest ecosystems for adaptation to climate change.

Phase 1 of the project was implemented from November 1, 2011 to October 31, 2014. All research and associated activities have been completed and some have exceeded the original objectives, including the publishing or submission of 28 papers in scientific peer-reviewed journals. Phase 2 of the project is currently in progress, with an expected completion date of December 31, 2018.

Evaluating forestry carbon to contributions to the carbon Market

China, being the largest greenhouse gas emitting country in the world, has been working tirelessly to reduce emissions by taking direct action through the adaptation of policy and promoting energy conservation. Emissions trading has become an important part of policy to reach emission reduction goals in China. In October of 2011, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) approved pilot projects of emissions trading rights in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hubei, Guangdong, and Shenzhen provinces. In accordance with the U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change in October 2015, there are plans to launch a nationwide emissions trading system in 2017 in China. This system will cover steel, chemical, building materials, paper, electricity, non-ferrous metals, and other heavy metal industries in order to reach an emissions peak by 2030 (Wang, 2015).

In order for China to achieve their promised emissions peak by 2030, transition to low-carbon economic growth and green development is a necessity. Plans to launch a nationwide emissions trading system in 2017 will create the world’s largest emissions trading market. Understanding the existing foreign emissions trading markets and rules is necessary to establishing a Chinese carbon market. Forestry will be a main source of future carbon sinks while being important for domestic and international trading. The inclusion of forestry carbon sequestration, and the rules and market docking that apply, requires more research to be a part of the carbon market in order to establish a unified market in China.

Current Graduate Students

Nuo Xu, PhD
Dehui Geng, MSc
Fangbing Hu, MSc
Zhipeng Zhu, PhD
Urban Forest Service
Xinchen Hong, PhD
Soundscape in Urban Forests
Junnan Li, PhD
Forest Conservation, Specialize in Forest Insects
Xiong Yao, PhD
Remote Sensing of Stand Parameters

Selected Publications

Guangyu Wang (2018). National Park Management Overview-Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand Asia Pacific Forestry
P Wu, G Wang, YA El-Kassaby, P Wang, X Zou, X Ma. (2017). Solubilization of aluminum-bound phosphorus by root cell walls: evidence from Chinese fir, Cunninghamia lanceolata (Lamb.) Hook. Can J For Res 47:419–423.
Zhang,Q.,Wang,G.Y.,Gao,Y.,Wang,Z.Q.,Mi, F. (2017). Trade-Offs between Economic and Environmental Optimization of the Forest Biomass Generation Supply Chain in Inner Mongolia, China. Sustainability. 9(11), 2030 doi:10.3390/su9112030
Wang, G.Y., Nuyun Li, Feng Mi, Innes, J.L. (2017). Global Carbon Markets: progress, key issues and strategies Forestry Publishing House, Beijing, China
John Innes, Peter Marshall, Guangyu Wang, Michelle Zeng (2017). Global Carbon Markets: progress, key issues and strategies Forestry Publish House
Guo F, Su ZW, Wang G.Y, Tigabu, M, Sun L, Yang, XJ, Hu HQ (2017). Understanding fire drivers and relative impacts in different Chinese forest ecosystems. Science of the Total Environment 605-606:411-425. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.219
Guo, F., Su, Z., Tigabu, M., Yang, X., Lin, F., Liang, H., Wang, G.Y (2017). Spatial Modelling of Fire Drivers in Urban-Forest Ecosystems in China. Forests 2017, 8, 180 doi:10.3390/f8060180.
Riehl, B., Wang, G.Y, Eshpeter, S., Zhang, H., Innes, J.L., Li, N., Li, J., Niles, J.O. (2017). Lessons Learned in Mandatory Carbon Market Development International Review of Environmental and Resources Economics 10(4), 227-268
Guo F, Yang XJ, Jin QF, Ma XQ, Wang G.Y (2017). Dynamics of major air pollutants from crop residue burning in mainland China 2000-2014 Journal of Environmental Sciences Accepted
Wang, T., Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Seely, B., Chen, B. (2017). ClimateAP- an application for dynamic local downscaling to historical and future climate data in the Asia-Pacific Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering DOI: 10.15302/J-FASE-2017172
Mang, S., Riehl, B., Huang, J., Xu, L., Huang, K., Innes, J.L., Wang, G.Y. (2017). Climate change impacts and forest adaptation in the Asia-Pacific region: from regional experts’ perspectives International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management Accepted
Wu, P., Wang, G.Y., Farooq, T.H., Li, Q., Zou, X., Ma, X.Q (2017). Low phosphorous and competition affect Chinese fit cutting growth and root organic acid content: does neighbouring root activity aggravate P nutrient deficiency? Journal of Soils and Sediments doi.org/10.1007/s11368-017-1852-8
Pang, Y., Wang, G.Y., Mang, S.L., Xu, Z., Zhai, H., Yang Z., Innes, J.L. (2016). RE: Effects of conservation policy on China’s forest recovery. Science Advances 2(3), Online, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500965
Wu, P.F., Wang, G.Y., El-Kassaby, Y.A., Wang, P., Zou, X.H., Ma. X.Q. (2016). Solubilization of aluminum-bound phosphorus by root cell walls: evidence from Chinese fir, Cunninghamia lanceolata (Lamb.) Hook Canadian Journal of Forest Research. doi: 10.1139/cjfr-2016-0310)
Wang, G.Y, Mang, S., Cai, H., Innes, J.L., Liu, S., Zhang, Z. (2016). Integrated watershed management: evolution, development and emerging trends Journal of Forestry Research 27(5), 967–994.
Kang, H., Seely, B., Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Zheng, D., Chen, P., Li, Q. (2016). Evaluating management tradeoffs between economic fiber production and other ecosystem services in a Chinese-fir dominated forest plantation in Fujian Province Science of The Total Environment 557–558, 80 –90.
Guo, F., Selvalakshmi, S., Lin, F., Wang, G.Y., Wang, W., Su, Z., Liu, A. (2016). Geospatial information on geographical and human factors improved anthropogenic fire occurrence modeling in the Chinese boreal forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 46(4), 582–594.
Zhang, L., Liu, S., Sun, P., Wang, T., Wang, G.Y., Wang, L., Zhang, X. (2016). Using DEM to predict Abies faxoniana and Quercus aquifolioides distributions in the upstream catchment basin of the Min River in southwest China. Ecological Indicators 69, 91–99.
Guo, F.T., Wang, G.Y., Ma, Z.H., Innes, J.L., Ma, X.Q. (2016). Comparison of six generalized linear models for modeling the occurrence of lightning-induced fires in Northern Daxing’an Mountains, China Journal of Forestry Research 27, 379 –388.
Guo, F., Su, Z., Wang, G.Y., Sun, L., Lin, F., Liu, A. (2016). Wildfire ignition in the forests of southeast china: Identifying drivers and spatial distribution to predict wildfire likelihood. Applied Geography 66, 12–21.
Zhang, Z., Zang, R., Wang, G.Y., & Huang, X. (2016). Classification of landscape types based on land cover, successional stages and plant functional groups in a species-rich forest in Hainan Island, China. Tropical Conservation Science 9(1): 135-152
Guo, F., Wang, G.Y., Su, Z., Liang, H., Wang, W., Lin, F., Liu, A. (2016). What drives forest fire in Fujian, China? Evidence from logistic regression and Random Forests International Journal of Wildland Fire 25(5), 505–519.
Wang, G.Y., Wang, T., Kang, H., Mang, S., Riehl, B., Seely, B., Innes, J.L. (2016). Adaptation of Asia-Pacific forests to climate change. Journal of Forestry Research 27(3), 469–488.
Wang, T., Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Nitschke, C.R., Kang, K. (2016). Climatic niche models and their consensus projections for future climates for four major forest tree species in the Asia-Pacific region. Forest Ecology and Management 360, 357–366.
Wang, S.S., Luo, Y.Y., Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Kang, H., Wang, B., Li, K.F., Zhao, S.W. and Liu, B (2016). Methane Fluxes along a Permafrost Hillslope Gradient in Northcentral China Forest Science, 62(3), 281-287
Wang, G.Y., Mang, S., Cai, H.S., Liu, S.R., Zhang, Z.Q., Wang, L.G. and Innes, J.L. (2016). Integrated watershed management: evolution, development and emerging trends. Journal of Forestry Research, 27(5), 967-994
Chen, P., Kang, H., Seely, B., Wang, G., Innes, J.L., Zheng, D., Wang, T. and Li, Q. (2015). Simulating the impact of climate change on the growth of Chinese fir plantations in Fujian Province, China PLoS One
Guibin Wang, Fuliang Cao, Guangyu Wang, Yousry A. El-Kassaby (2015). Role of Temperature and Soil Moisture Conditions on Flavonoid Production and Biosynthesis-Related Genes in Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba L.) Leaves. Nat Prod Chem Res 3:162. Dol:10.4172/2329-6836.1000162
Lu, Y., Coops, N.C., Wang, T., Wang, G.Y. (2015). A process-based approach to estimate Chinese Fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) distribution and productivity in southern China under climate change Forests 6(2), 360–379.
Guo, F.T., Su, Z.W., Wang, G.Y., Wang, Q, Sun, L., Yang, T. (2015). Prediction model of human-caused fire occurrence in the boreal forest of northern China Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology 26(7), 2099 –2106.
Wang, G.Y., Mang, S., Krzyzanowski, J., Guo, F., Wang, T., Riehl, B., Kang, H., Li, Q., Innes, J.L. (2015). Climate change and forest adaptation in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Geographical Research 63: 73-109.
Lu. Y., Coops, N.C., Bolton, D.K., Wang, T., Wang, G (2015). Comparing Stem Volume Predictions of Coastal Douglas-fir stands in British Columbia using a simple Physiological Model and LiDAR Remote Sensing Annals of Forest Science 61(3): 586-596. doi:10.5849/forsci.13-197
Lu, Y., Coops, N.C., Wang, T., Wang, G., (2015). A process-based approach to estimate Chinese Fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) Distribution and productivity in Southern China under climate change Forests 6(2) 360-379
Guibin Wang, Fuliang Cao, Guangyu Wang, Yousry A. El-Kassaby (2015). Role of Temperature and Soil Moisture Conditions on Flavonoid Production and Biosynthesis-Related Genes in Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba L.) Leaves Nat Prod Chem Res 3:1 doi.org/10.4172/2329-6836.1000162
Guo, F.T., Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Ma, X.Q., Sun, L., and Hu, H.Q. (2015). Gamma generalized linear model to investigate the effects of climate variables on the area burned by forest fire in northeast China Journal of Forestry Research, 26(3), 545-555
Lei Zhang, Shirong Liu, Pengsen Sun, Tongli Wang, Guangyu Wang, Xudong Zhang, Linlin Wang (2015). Consensus Forecasting of Species Distributions: The Effects of Niche Model Performance and Niche Properties PLoS ONE 10(3): e0120056. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0120056
Wang, J, Tang, D, Wang, G.Y. (2014). Comparison and revelation on correlations of forestry development with forestry higher education between China and USA World Forestry Research. DOI:10.13348/j.cnki.sjlyyj.2014.01.015.
Xu, G., Zhang, H., Chen, B., Zhang, H., Innes, J.L., Wang, G.Y., Yan, J., Zheng, Y., Zhu, Z., and Myneni R.B. (2014). Changes in vegetation growth dynamics and relations with climate over China’s landmass from 1982 to 2011 Remote Sensing 6, 3263–3283
Lin, W.X., Huang, Y.R., Wang, G.Y., Hong C.F. (2014). Fractal study on soil structure of mixed forest of Cunninghamia lanceolata in Jiulong River Watershed Journal of Biomathematics 2014-02, 283-290.
Chen, M., Chen, B., Innes, J.L., Wang, G.Y., Dou, X., Zhou, T., Zhao, H (2014). Spatial and temporal variations in the end date of the vegetation growing season throughout the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau from 1982 to 2011 Journal of Biomathematics 2014-02, 283-290
Xu, Y., Wang, G.Y., Cao, F., Zhu, C., Wang, G., El-Kassaby, Y.A. (2014). Light intensity affects the growth and flavonol biosynthesis of Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba L.) New Forests 45(6), 765–776
Chen, B., Xu, G., Coops, N.C., Ciais, P., Innes, J.L., Wang, G., Myneni, R.B., Wang, T., Krzyzanowski, J., Li, Q., Cao, L., and Liu, Y. (2014). Changes in vegetation photosynthetic activity trends across the Asia-Pacific region over the last three decades Remote Sensing of Environment 144: 28-41
Chen, J., Chen, B., Black, T.A, Innes, J.L, Wang, G., Kiely, G., Hirano, T., Wohlfahrt, G. (2013). Comparison of terrestrial evapotranspiration estimates using the mass transfer and Penman-Monteith equations in land surface models Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 118(4),1715-1731
Yan, J.Y., Chen, B.Z., Feng, M., Innes, J.L., Wang, G.Y., Fang, S., Xu, G., Zhang, H.F., Fu, D.J, Wang, H.M., Yu, G.R, Sun, X.M. (2013). Research on land surface thermal-hydrologic exchange in Southern China under future climate and land cover scenarios Advances in Meteorology 2013, Article No. 969145, 12 pp
Wang, G., Innes, J.L., Hajjar, R., Zhang, X., Wang, J. (2013). Public awareness and perceptions of watershed management in the Min River area, Fujian, China Society and Natural Resources 26(5), 586-604
Wang, G., Innes, J.L., Wu, S.W., Krzyzanowski, J., Yin, Y., Dai, S., Zhang, X., Liu, S. (2012). National Park Development in China: Conservation or Commercialization? Ambio 41(3), 247-261
Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Yang, Y., Chen, S., Krzyzanowski, J., Xie, J., Lin, W. (2012). Extent of soil erosion and surface runoff associated with large-scale infrastructure development in Fujian Province, China Catena 89(1), 22-30.
Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Wu, S.W., Dai, S.Y. and Lei, J.F. (2008). The need to cut China's illegal timber imports – Response Science 319(5867), 1184-1185
Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Wu, S.W., Dai, S.Y. (2008). Towards a new paradigm: development and implications of China’s forestry in the 21st century. International Forestry Review 10(4), 619 –631
Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Dai, S.Y., He, G.H. (2008). Achieving sustainable rural development in Southern China: the contribution of bamboo forestry The International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology 15, 484–495.
Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Lei, J.F., Dai, S.Y., Wu, S.W. (2007). China's forestry reforms Science 318(5856), 1556-1557
Wang, G.Y. and J.L. Innes (2005). Watershed sustainability: Strategic and tactical level assessments in the Min River Watershed, China Environmental Informatics Archives 3, 76-83
Wang, G.Y. (2003). Study on water conservation and soil properties of Chinese fir mixed stands Scientia Silvae Sinica 39(Spl), 15–20.