Hydrogeology Journal

, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp 1455–1457 | Cite as

Yuan Daoxian: an interview with a distinguished hydrogeologist from China

  • Nico Goldscheider
  • Wu Yuexia
  • Priscilla Baker
Profile of Eminent Hydrogeologists


The world is very concerned about the huge environmental problems in China. Yuan Daoxian (born in 1933) is one of the leading scientists working on the investigation and resolution of these problems, with a particular focus on the karst regions of southwest China, which are home to more than 100 million people. Soil erosion and rock desertification affect an estimated 100,000 km2, but groundwater contamination and local or temporal water shortages are also key problems to be addressed. Yuan Daoxian is arguably the most experienced karst and hydrogeology researcher in China; he is a great teacher to the younger generation, and a great communicator who has opened Chinese karst and environmental research to the world. Among karst hydrogeologists, Yuan Daoxian is internationally known. His early books and papers were written in Chinese and are consequently largely unknown to the international community, but represent standard references in China.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre of Hydrogeology (CHYN)University of NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland
  2. 2.School of Geographical SciencesSouthwest UniversityChongqingChina
  3. 3.Department of Geology/GeographyWestern Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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