Prof. Zhou Qiming (周啟鳴教授)

Professor, Department of Geography
Director of the Centre for Geo-computation Studies
Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Social Science
Ph.D. New South Wales (Australia)

Office: AAB 1225, 15 Baptist University Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3411 5048
Fax: (852) 3411 5990

ORCID: 0000-0003-0934-0602


Qiming ZHOU is a professor of geography and Associate Dean of Faculty of Social Science (Research) and Director of Centre for Geo-Computation Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. His research interests cover a broad area of geo-spatial information science, particularly in geo-computation and remote sensing applications. He has been actively engaged in research such as digital terrain analysis, landuse and land cover change detection, monitoring and modeling, spatio-temporal pattern analysis in multi-temporal remote sensing, and GIS and remote sensing applications to urban, environment and natural resource management. Prof Zhou has published widely in fields of GIS, terrain analysis, remote sensing change detection and spatio-temporal modelling. He currently holds visiting professorships at 4 universities/research institutions, and serves as Asia and Australasia Editor of Transactions in GIS and editorial board members of 6 academic journals.


Ph.D., University of New South Wales, Australia (1990)
B.Sc., Beijing Normal University, China (1982)


Geographic Information Systems
Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation


Change detection and land cover modelling with remote sensing
Digital terrain analysis and hydrological modeling
Climate change and its impacts on water resources and ecosystems
Aridzone studies


2009, Investigations on issues and methods of multi-scale digital terrain analysis, Hong Kong General Research Fund (203309)
2011, The investigation on the ground validation and accuracy analysis for remote sensing survey in Central Asia, International Science and Technology Collaboration Project, Ministry of Science and Technology of China (2010DFA92720-24)
2013, Investigation of the scale-adaptive digital terrain analysis method for rainfall-runoff process modelling in the aridzone of China, Hong Kong General Research Fund (203913)
2014, Investigation of high-performance digital terrain analysis and landslide susceptibility 《高性能数字地形分析与滑坡敏感性研究》, Natural Science Foundation of China, (41471340)


Hu, Z., Zhou, Q., Chen, X., Li, Q., Liu, W., Li, J., 2018, Evaluation of three global gridded precipitation datasets in Central Asia based on rain gauge observations, International Journal of Climatology, 38(9): 3475-3493, doi: 10.1002/joc.5510.

Chen, X., Wang, S., Hu, Z., Zhou Q., Hu, Q., 2018, Spatiotemporal characteristics of seasonal precipitation and their relationships with ENSO in Central Asia during 1901–2013, Journal of Geographical Sciences, 28(9): 1341-1368, doi: 10.1007/s11442-018-1529-2.

Zhang, F., Zhou, Q., Liu, J., Li, Q., Wu, G., 2018, An enhanced approach for surface flow routing on triangulated irregular networks, Transactions in GIS, 22(1):43–57. doi: 10.1111/tgis.12294.

Hu, Z., Teng, Z., Zhang, T. Zhou, Q., Chen, X., 2017, Globally asymptotically stable analysis in a discrete time eco-epidemiological system, Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, 99 (2017) 20–31, doi:10.1016/j.chaos.2017.03.042.

Liu, H., Li, Q., Shi, T., Hu, S., Wu, G., Zhou, Q., 2017, Development and application of Sentinel 2 MSI-based suspended particulate matter concentration models of Poyang Lake, Remote Sensing, 9, 761; doi:10.3390/rs9070761.

Hu, Z., Zhou, Q., Chen, X., Qian, C., Wang, S. and Li, J., 2017, Variations and changes of annual precipitation in Central Asia over the last century, International Journal of Climatology, 37: 157–170. doi:10.1002/joc.4988.

Zhang, F., Zhou, Q., 2017, Application progress of terrain analysis in watershed hydrologic modeling, Geography and Geo-Information Science, 33(4): 8-15, doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-0504.2017.04.002. (in Chinese)

Zhou, Q., 2017, Digital elevation model and digital surface model, in Richardson, D., Castree, N., Goodchild, M.F., Kobayashi, A., Liu, W., and Marston, R.A. (eds.), The International Encyclopaedia of Geography, John Wiley & Sons, doi: 10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0768.

Sun, B., Chen, X. and Zhou, Q., 2017, Analyzing the uncertainties of ground validation for remote sensing land cover mapping in the era of big geographic data, in Zhou, C., Su, F., Harvey, F., Xu, J. (eds.), Spatial Data Handling in Big Data Era, Springer, Singapore: 31-38, doi:10.1007/978-981-10-4424-3_3.

Sun, B. and Zhou, Q., 2016, Expressing the spatio-temporal pattern of farmland change using landscape metrics, Journal of Arid Environments, 124(1): 118-127, 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.08.007.

Huang, J., Zhou, Q. and Wang, F., 2015, Mapping the landslide susceptibility in Lantau Island, Hong Kong by frequency ratio and logistic regression model, Annals of GIS, 21(3): 191-208, doi:10.1080/19475683.2014.992373.

Liu, J., Huang, J., Liu, S., Li, H., Zhou, Q. and Liu, J., 2015, Human visual system consistent quality assessment for remote sensing image fusion, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 105: 79–90.

Chen, Y., Zhou, Q., Li, S., Meng, F., Bi, X., Wilson, J.P., Xing, Z., Qi, J., Li, Q., Zhang, C., 2014, The simulation of surface flow dynamics using a flow path network model, International Journal of Geographical Information Sciences, 28(11): 2242–2260, doi:10.1080/13658816.2014.917312.

Zhou, X., Liu, J., Liu, S., Cao, L., Zhou, Q., Huang, H., 2014, A GIHS-based spectral preservation fusion method for remote sensing images using edge restored spectral modulation, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 88(2014): 16-27, doi:10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2013.11.011.

Li, C., Zhao, Z., Luo, J., Yin, L. and Zhou, Q., 2014, A spatial-temporal analysis of users’ geographical patterns in social media: a case study on microblogs, in Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Database Systems for Advanced Applications, 21 – 24 April, Bali, Indonesia, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 8505: 296-307.

Zhou, Q. and Sun, B., 2013, Reliability of remote sensing long-term snow depth data sets over the western aridzone of China, Remote Sensing Letters, 4(11): 1039–1048, doi:10.1080/2150704X.2013.832841.

Zhou, Q. and Zhu, A-X., 2013, The recent advancement in digital terrain analysis and modelling, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 27(7): 1269–1271, doi:10.1080/13658816.2013.794281.

Chen, Y. and Zhou, Q., 2013, A scale-adaptive DEM for multi-scale terrain analysis, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 27(7): 1329–1348, doi:10.1080/13658816.2012.739690.

Chen, Y., Wilson, J.P., Zhu, Q., Zhou, Q., 2012, Comparison of drainage-constrained methods for DEM generalization, Computers and Geosciences, 48: 41-49, doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2012.05.002.

Hou, Q. and Zhou, Q., 2012, Spatio-temporal relationships between urban growth and economic development: a case study of the Pearl River Delta of China, Asian Geographer, 29(1): 57-69, doi:10.1080/10225706.2012.691242.

Yang, Y., Zhou, Q., Gong, J., Wang, Y., 2012, An integrated spatio-temporal classification method for urban fringe change detection analysis, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33(8): 2516-2531, doi: 10.1080/01431161.2011.616551.

Zhou, Q. and Chen, Y., 2011, Generalisation of DEM for terrain analysis using a compound method, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 66(1): 38-45, doi:10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2010.08.005.

Zhou, Q., Pilesjö, P. and Chen, Y., 2011a, Estimating surface flow paths on a digital elevation model using a triangular facet network, Water Resources Research, 47, W07522, doi:10.1029/2010WR009961.

Zhou, Q., Li, B. and Chen, Y., 2011b, Remote sensing change detection and process analysis of long-term land use change and human impacts, AMBIO, 40(7): 807-818, doi: 10.1007/s13280-011-0157-1.