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Dr. Yu Cao is an Associate Professor in Department of Land Management, School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University. He obtained Ph.D. in Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003. And he has carried out his postdoctoral research work in Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences from 2003 to 2006. He was a visiting scholar in Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, USA (working with Professor Murugesu Sivapalan) from 2009 to 2010. He has received research funding from the NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China), Ministry of Education of China, Ministry of Land and Resources of China, NSF-ZJ (Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang Province, China), and local government. He has published many peer-reviewed papers including articles in more than 10 journals. He has also served as a reviewer of many journals, such as Remote Sensing, Urban Ecosystems, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, and Journal of Mountain Sciences, Acta Ecologica Sinica(in Chinese), Journal of Applied Ecology(in Chinese), Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology(in Chinese), China Land Science(in Chinese), Journal of Basic Science and Engineering(in Chinese) and Chinese Journal of Ecology(in Chinese), etc. Now Dr. Cao serves as a vice director of Department of Land Management, Zhejiang University. He has gained Qiushi Outstanding Young Scholar Award, Zhejiang University in 2013. And he served as a current Council member of the IALE (International Association for Landscape Ecology)-China branch. 
 
 
Education Background:
2003 Ph.D., Ecology, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China;
1998 B.S., Geography, Department of Geography, Henan University, China.
  
Academic Services:
Member of International Association for Landscape Ecology;
Council Member of International Association for Landscape Ecology China Branch (IALE - China);
Member of Society of China Land Science.
 
Awards and Honors:      
2013/2011/2008 Outstanding Teacher Award, School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University;
2007 Excellent Head-teacher, Zhejiang University;
2003 First Fellowship, Di’Ao Award, CAS.
 
Experience:
2006–present: Doctoral Advisor, Associate Professor, Vice Director, Department of Land Management, School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University;
2013: Visiting Scholar, Hanns Seidel Stiftung, München, Germany;
2009-2010: Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, USA;
2003–2006: Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
  
Professional Activities:
2015-2017: Methods and approaches for ecological and environmental construction through land consolidation in Shanghai urban area, Shanghai Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Center;
2013-2016: Researches on land consolidation development in abroad (Germany, USA, Japan, Korea, et al.), Ministry of Land and Resources of China;
2014-2015: Study on traditional agriculture landscape stability and it sustainable land management in South China, the Project of Ministry of Education of China;
2013-2015: Landscape dynamics and its evaluation on landscape economics for coastal wetlands in Hangzhou Bay area, the Project of Qianjiang Talents Programs, Zhejiang Province;
2013-2014: Co-PI, Reform policies research on rural land consolidation, authentic right, transfer and Land-scale Operation, the Project of National Science Foundation of China;
2010-2012: Co-PI, Land use and landscape pattern change and its of groundwater salinity dynamics in coastal area, the Project of Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation;
2008–2010: Principal Investigator, Ecological Effects and the Relationships Between Oasis Hydro-Ecological Processes and Landscape Pattern Changes Derived from Water Resources Allotted in human-dominated Heihe River Basin, Northwestern Arid Area of China, the Project of National Science Foundation of China;
2008–2010: Principal Investigator, Dynamics and Optimizing Scenarios of Wetlands Landscape Patterns in the Hangzhou Bay Area, the Project of Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation;
2006–2008: Landscape pattern dynamics and hydro-ecological process in Minqin oasis, the Project of National Science Foundation of China;
2003–2005: Integrated ecosystem assessment of Western China, Sub-Global Assessments of Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the Key Project of International Cooperation for Science and Technology, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences;
2001–2003: Ecological security assessment and landscape planning scenario study in Hexi Region, China, the Key Project of the National Science Foundation of China, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences;
1999–2000: Study on wetlands resource dynamic, landscape structure, and regional sustainable development for Pan–Bohai Sea Delta, China, the Key Project of the National Science Foundation of China, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
  
Instruction:
Land Information System (undergraduate level);
Land Ecology and Landscape Design (undergraduate level);
Introduction for Land Science (undergraduate level);
Field Practice Course for Land Resources Surveying (undergraduate level);
Landscape Ecology and Land Use (graduate level);
Land Use Planning and Landscape Designing (graduate level);
Land Management (graduate level).
 
Publications:
Dong, C. W., Cao, Y., Tan, Y. Z. Urban expansion and vegetation changes in Hangzhou Bay area using night-light data. Journal of Applied Ecology, 2017, 28(1): 231-238  (in Chinese)
Yan, Y. Y., Cao, Y., Tan, Y. Z. Research on ecological land protection at county scale by landscape security patterns method—Taking Qingtian County as an example. China Land Science, 2016, 30(11): 97-106   (in Chinese)
Tan, Y. Z., Zhao, Y., Cao, Y., et al. Research Progress on Regional Ecological Land Classification in China. China Land Science, 2016, 30(9): 28-36  (in Chinese)
Song, Z. J., Cao, Y., Tan, Y. Z. Land use and land cover change (LUCC) and landscape service: Evaluation, mapping and modeling. Journal of Applied Ecology, 2015, 26(5): 1594-1600  (in Chinese)
Cao, Y., Wu, Y.H., Zhang, Y.J., Tian, J. Landscape pattern and sustainability of a 1300-year agriculture landscape in subtropical mountain areas, southwestern China. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 2013, 20(4): 349-357
Cao, Y., Zhao, Y., Wu, Y. H. Entropy, water and landscape. Hangzhou: Zhejiang University Press, 2012  (in Chinese)
Cao, Y., Yan, J. Progress on watershed management decision support system. Journal of Applied Ecology, 2012,23(7): 2007-2014  (in Chinese)
Mo, L. J., Cao, Y., Hu, Y. M., et al. Object-oriented classification for satellite remote sensing of wetlands: A case study in Southern Hangzhou Bay area. Wetland Science, 2012, 10(2): 206-213  (in Chinese)
Liu, W. D., Tan, Y. Z., Peng, J., Lian, G., Zhang, C. X., Cao, Y. Land Resources Sciences. Shanghai: Fudan University Press, 2010  (in Chinese)
Yao, H. N., Li, Y., Cao, Y. Cultivated land quality assessment based on RS & GIS technologies⎯⎯A Case study in Fuyang City, Zhejiang Province. Soils, 2013(4): 732-738  (in Chinese)
Shi, Y. Q., Li, Y., Cao, Y. Temporal and spatial traits of construction land expansion in Zhejiang province. Resources and Environment in Yangtze Basin, 2010(S2): 114-121  (in Chinese)
Cao, Y., Mo, L.J., Li, Y., Zhang, W.M. Wetland landscape ecological classification: Research progress. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology, 2009, 20(12): 3084-3092 (in Chinese)
Lin, M. L., Cao, Y., Wang, S. Limitations of landscape pattern analysis based on landscape indices: A case study of Lizejian wetland, Yilan, Taiwan Province, China. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology, 2008, 19(1): 139-143 (in Chinese)
Zhou, C. P., Ouyang, H., Cao, Y., Pei, Z. Y., Yang, D. D. Estimated net primary productivity in the middle reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River based on MODIS data and mathematic model. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology, 2008, 19(5): 1071-1076 (in Chinese)
Lin, M.L., Cao, Y., Juan, C.H., Chen, C.W., Wang, Q.B., and Lee, Y.T. Monitoring the drought dynamics of the Ejin oasis in the mid-west china using different remote sensing indices, 2008 IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium, 4: 834-837
Lin, M.L., Chu, C.M., Chen, C.W., Cao, Y., Shih, J.Y.,Lee, Y.T., Lih-Der. A GIS-based local spatial autocorrelation for drought risk assessment using remotely sensed imagery in arid environments. 2008 IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium, 4: 830-833
Cao, Y., Wu, Y. Z. Land resources dynamic monitoring. In: Wu, C. F. (eds.), Land resources investigation and assessment. Beijing: China Agriculture Press, 2008: 260-280 (in Chinese)
Chen, H., Liu, J. S., Cao, Y., Li, S. C., Ouyang, H. Ecological risk assessment of regions along the roadside of the Qinghai-Tibet highway and railway based on an artificial neural network, Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 2007, 13(4): 900-913
Xu, L. H., Yue, W. Z., Cao, Y. Spatial scale effect of urban land use landscape pattern in Shanghai City. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology, 2007, 18(12): 2827-2834 (in Chinese)
Lin, M.L., Cao, Y., Tao, Y.H., Shih, J.Y., Yan, G.J., Lee, Y.T., Xiao, D.N., Wang, S., Chiu, H.H. Changing Landscapes: Monitoring Ecologically Sensitive Ecosystems in a Dynamic Semi-Arid Landscape Using Satellite Imagery: A Case Study in Ejin Oasis, Western China. SPIE,2006,6411: 221-229
Wu, C. F., Cao, Y., Feng, K. Research progress of China land science in 2006. In: China Land Science Society, China Land Surveying and Planning Institute, and Key Laboratory of Land use, Ministry of Land and Resources (eds.), The Blue Book of China Land Science (2007), Beijing: China Land Press, 2007: 1-20 (in Chinese)
Cao, Y., Chen, H., Ouyang, H., Xiao, D. N. Landscape ecological classification using vegetation indices based on remote sensing data: a case study of Ejin natural oasis landscape. Journal of Natural Resources, 2006, 21(3): 481-489 (in Chinese)
Chen, H., Liu, J. S., Cao, Y., Li, S. C., Ouyang, H. Progresses of ecological risk assessment. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 2006, 26(5): 1558-1566
Cao, Y., Ouyang, H., Xiao, D. N. Landscape change and its eco-environmental effects in Ejin natural oasis. Geographical Research, 2005, 24(1): 130-139 (in Chinese)
Cao, Y., Ouyang, H., Xiao, D. N. Landscape health assessment on Ejin natural oasis. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology, 2005, 16(6): 1117-1121 (in Chinese) Zhao, Y., Hu, Y. M. Cao, Y. Land and landscape: theory, assessment and planning. Beijing: Science Press, 2005 (in Chinese)

 

Research work

His research and teaching interests primarily include land use and land cover change, landscape ecology, integrated ecosystem assessment, land use planning, land consolidation, land resources management, geographical spatial analysis and modeling, and remote sensing and geographic information science and systems (GIS) application, etc.

Contact

Phone:+86-571-5666-2129
E-mail:caoyu at zju.edu.cn