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Prof. ZHU Tingju's paper has been recognized as one of the most read paper in Water Resources Research


Prof. Zhu Tingju’s research paper “Viewing Agricultural Water Management Through a Systems Analysis Lens” is awarded as “Top Downloaded Paper 2018-2019” and has been recognized as one of the most read in Water Resources Research.


Water Resources Research publishes original research articles and commentaries on hydrology, water resources, and the social sciences of water that provide a broad understanding of the role of water in Earth’s system. Water Resources Research, as top SCI journal and well-known International journal, thinks highly of Prof. Zhu’s research—generated immediate impact and helped to raise the visibility of the journal.

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This paper articulates the complexity and multi-dimensional nature of water management in a Systems Analysis perspective. Appropriate agricultural water management (AWM) is crucial not only for alleviating water scarcity but also for food and nutrition security and healthy ecosystems. The multidimensional nature of AWM and inherently complex feedbacks between its components necessitate a systems approach. This paper proposes six dimensions of AWM and illustrates the importance of a systems approach using six separate, but linked, classical AWM topics. By emphasizing the whole picture of AWM and interactions among its subsystems at multiple levels, a systems approach offers the opportunity to holistically scrutinize the pros and cons of proposed AWM interventions beyond their direct effects at the locus that a single‐dimensional approach foretells.

Zhu Tingju joined the ZJU-UIUC Institute at Zhejiang University as a tenured Associate Professor in December, 2018. He graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (major in Water Resource Systems Engineering and minor in Agricultural and Resource Economics) in 2004. From 2005 to 2018, he worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C. as a Postdoctoral Fellow, Senior Scientist and Research Fellow, conducting interdisciplinary research at the interface of hydrology, engineering, and economics for addressing real-world problems concerning sustainable water resource management, food security and associated socioeconomic outcomes under changing environment. He has led and contributed to many research projects funded by international organizations such as the World Bank, the U.S. National Science Foundation and other federal agencies of the United States, funding agencies of other OECD countries and private foundations. Through these research projects he collaborated with economists, engineers and natural scientists from academia and governmental research agencies internationally. He has co-advised Ph.D. students in major research universities, serves on committees of professional association and international conferences as member or co-chair and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management - ASCE. His research has been recognized by the Editors’ Choice Award (2011) of Water Resources Research (WRR), the flagship water journal of the American Geophysical Union and the INFORMS ENRE Best Publication Award in Natural Resources (2018), among others. He co-chairs the INFROMS ENRE Award Committee for 2020.

Article | ZHU Xinran

Photo | ZHU Tingju provided