Ninghu Su

Adjunct Professor
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
James Cook University (Australia)

Fields of interest:

  • hydrology, hydraulics and environmental fluid mechanics,
  • applied mathematics and environmental modelling,
  • development and applications of mathematical models to hydrological and environmental processes.

Recent publications:

Su, Ninghu. Exact and approximate solutions of fractional partial differential equations for water movement in soils. Hydrology, 4 (1). pp. 1-13, 2017;

Su, Ninghu. Quantifying anomalous coastal processes with fractional calculus-based models. International Journal of Marine Science and Ocean Technology, vol. 4 (1e), 1-2, 2017;

Su, Ninghu. The fractional Boussinesq equation of groundwater flow and its applications. Journal of Hydrology, vol. 547. 403-412, 2017;

Li, Y., Su, N., Liang, L., Ma, L., Yan, Y., and Sun, Y.  Multiscale monsoon variability during the last two climatic cycles revealed by spectral signals in Chinese loess and speleothem records. Climate of the Past, vol. 11 (8). 1067-1075, 2017;

 Su, N., Nelson, P. N., Connor, S. The distributed-order fractional diffusion-wave equation of groundwater flow: Theory and application to pumping and slug tests.Journal of Hydrology, vol. 529, 1262-1273, 2015;

Li, Y., Su, N., Sun, Y. Multiscale monsoon variability during the last two climatic cycles revealed by the spectral decomposition of Chinese loess and speleothem records. Climate of the Past, 11, 1067-1075, 2015;

Venkatraman, K., Ashwath, N., Su, N. Phytocapping of municipal landfills.Environmental Research Journal, 9(1), 43-77, 2015;

Su, N. Mass-time and space-time fractional partial differential equations of water flow in soils: Theoretical framework and application to infiltration. J. Hydrology, 519, 1792-1803, 2014;

Su, N., Venkatraman, K., Ashwath, N. Temperature fluctuations in a landfill in response to periodic changes in surface and tide-driven groundwater temperatures.International Journal of Waste Resources, 4:3, 2014;

Venkatraman, K., Ashwath, N., Su, N. Predicting site water balance of a phytocapped landfill using Hydrus1D model. Environmental Research Journal, 8(1), 47-60, 2014.

Su, N. Distributed-order fractional infiltration, absorption and water exchange in mobile and immobile zones of swelling soils. Journal of Hydrology, 468-469, p. 1-10, 2012;

Bhattarai, S.P., Midmore, D.J., Su, N. Sustainable irrigation to balance supply of soil water, oxygen, nutrients and agro-chemicals. Sustainable Agricultural Reviews, 5, 253-285, 2011;

Venkatraman, K., Ashwath, N. and Su, N. Predicting the site water balance of a phyto-capped landfill using HYDRUS1D. Internl. J. Environ. Tech. & Manage., 14(1/2), 269-281, 2011.

Su, N. Theory of infiltration: Infiltration into swelling porous media in a material coordinate, J. Hydrology, 395, 103-108, 2010;

Nelson, P., Su, N. Soil pH buffering capacity: a descriptive function and its application to some acidic tropical soils. Aust. J. Soil Res.,  48(3), 201-207, 2010;

Venkatraman, K. Ashwath, N., Su, N. Performance of a phytocapped landfill in a semi-arid climate. Chapter 18 in: J. Nair et al. (eds.): Technologies & Management for Sustainable Biosystems, Nova Science Publishers, 195-208, 2010;

Su, N. Equations of anomalous absorption onto swelling porous media, Materials Letters, 63(28), 2483-2485, 2009;

Su, N. N-dimensional Fractional Fokker-Planck equation and its solutions for anomalous radial two-phase flow in porous media. Applied Math. & Comput., 213(2), 506-515, 2009;

Su, N. Radial water infiltration-advance-evaporation processes during irrigation using point source emitters in rigid and swelling soils. J. Hydrology, 340, 190-197, 2007; correction to a figure: 360(1-4), 297, 2008;

Su, N. Scale and time effects on mathematical models for transport in the environment. Appl. Math. J. Chinese Univ. Ser. B, 22(3), 267-276, Springer, 2007;

Liu, F., Anh, V., Turner, I., Bajracharya, K., Huxley, W., N. Su, A finite volume simulation model for saturated-unsaturated flow and application to Gooburrum, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Applied Math. Modelling, 30(4), 352 – 366, 2006;

Su, N., Midmore, D., Addendum to “Two-phase flow of water and air during aerated subsurface drip irrigation”. J. Hydrology, 330(3-4), 765, 2006;

Su, N., Midmore, D., Two-phase flow of water and air during aerated subsurface drip irrigation. J. Hydrology, 313(3/4), 158-165, 2005;

Su, N., Sander, G.C., Liu, F., Anh, V., Barry, A.D. Similarity solutions of the generalised Fokker-Planck equation with time- and scale-dependent dispersivity for solute transport in fractal porous media.  Applied Math. Modelling, 29(9), 852-870, 2005;

Su, N., Bethune, M., Mann, L., Heuperman, A. Simulating water and salt movement in tile-drained fields irrigated with saline water under a Serial Biological Concentration management scenario. Agricultural Water Management, 165-180, 78(3), 2005;

Bhattarai, S., Su, N., Midmore, D. Oxygation unlocks yield potentials of crops in oxygen limited soil environments. Advances in Agronomy (invited), 88, 313-377, 2005;

Su, N., Yu, Z., Anh, V., Bajracharya, K. Fractal tidal waves induced anthropogenically in coastal aquifers. Environmental Modelling & Software, 19(12), 1125-1130, 2004;

Su, N., Generalisation of various hydrological and environmental transport models using Fokker-Planck equation. Environmental Modelling & Software, 19(4), 345-356, 2004;

Su, N., Watt, J., Vincent, K., Close, E.M., Mao, R. Analysis of turbulent flow patterns in the field using Burgers model around porous cup samplers under field conditions.Aust. J. Soil Res., 42(1), 9-16, 2004;

Su, N., Liu, F., Anh, V. Tides as phase-modulated waves inducing periodic groundwater flow in coastal aquifers overlaying a sloping impervious base. Environ. Modelling & Software, 18(10), 937-942, 2003;

Liu, F., Turner, I. Anh, V., Su, N. A two-dimensional finite volume method for transient simulation of time- and scale-dependent transport in heterogeneous aquifer systems, J. Appl. Math. & Comput., 11(1/2), 215-241, 2003;

Su, N., The modified Richards equation and exact solutions for soil-water dynamics on eroding hillslopes. Water Resources Research, 38(6), article 8, 1-6, 2002;

Su, N., Liu, F., Anh, V. Simulating seawater intrusion in aquifers using modified Fokker-Planck equation and Boussinesq equation subject to phase-modulated tidal waves. In: C. Gulati, Y.-X. Lin, S. Mishira & J. Rayner (eds.): Advances in Statistics, Combinatorics & Related Areas. World Scientific, Singapore, p. 320-331, 2002;

Su, N. Extension of the Feller‑Fokker‑Planck equation to two and three dimensions for modelling solute transport in fractal porous media. Water Resources Research, 33(5), 1195-1197, 1997;

Su, N., Comment on ‘The form of the dispersion equation under recharge and variable velocity and its analytical solutions’ by Serrano. Water Resources Research, 32(9), pp. 2965, 1996;

Su, N. Development of the Fokker-Planck equation and its solutions for modelling transport of conservative and reactive solutes in physically heterogeneous porous media. Water Resources Research, 31(12), 3025-3032, 1995;

Su, N. Unit hydrograph model for baseflow separation. Environment International, 21(5), 509-515, 1995;

Su, N. A formula for computation of time-varying recharge of groundwater–Reply. J. Hydrology, 171, 195-203, 1995;

Su, N. A formula for computation of time-varying recharge of groundwater. J. Hydrology, 160, 123-135, 1994.