Zhuping Sheng

Zhuping Sheng, Ph.D., P.E., P.H.
Professor, Resident Director
Agricultral & Water Resources Engineering

Research Project Information
Abbreviated CV
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Research Emphasis

Dr. Zhuping Sheng, Professional Engineer (P.E.) and Professional Hydrologist (P.H.), is a Professor at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at El Paso, and Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, The Texas A&M University.  His areas of expertise are in analysis of hydrological processes, numerical modeling, integrated water resources management, managed aquifer recharge, and aquifer mechanics. His current research focuses on irrigation system efficiency, conjunctive uses and management of surface and groundwater resources and evaluation of reclaimed water systems by working in collaboration with federal, state and local agencies. He is leading the development of the Rio Grande Project coordinated water resources database and Geographic Information System and numerical models being used for protection of water quality and conjunctive uses of shared transboundary surface water and groundwater in an arid region. He has conducted water resources research and consulting work as well as professional services in China, Georgia, Mexico, Qatar and the United States. He has served and is currently serving on the several technical committees of National Research Council of National Academies, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Resources Association and other organizations.

Selected Publications

Li, Y., X. Shao and Z. Sheng. 2016.  Field experiments on reducing pollutants in agricultural-drained water using soil-vegetation buffer strips, Pol. J. Environ. Stud, 25(1): 183-192.

McDonald, A. K., B. P. Wilcox, G. W. Moore, C. R. Hart, Z. Sheng and M. Keith Owens. 2015. Tamarix transpiration along a semiarid river has negligible impact on water resources, Water Resour. Res., 51, doi:10.1002/2014WR016866.

Sun, Ge, Ari Michelsen, Zhuping Sheng, Andrew Feng Fang, Yizi Shang and Huilan Zhang, 2015. Featured Collection Introduction: Water for Megacities – Challenges and Solutions, Journal of AWRA, 51(3): 585-588. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12317.

Zhang, N. and Z. Sheng. 2015. New analytical solutions for one dimensional steady-state flow in an unconfined aquifer with a sloping base, Journal of Engineering Geology (in Chinese), 23 (SUPPL.): 223-228.

Sheng, Z. and X. Zhao. 2014. Special Issue on Managed Aquifer Recharge: Powerful management tool for meeting water resources challenges, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 20 (3): DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001139.

Sheng, Z., A.M. Michelsen and Y. Liu. 2015. Comparing long-term water resources planning for two large cities: Houston and Shanghai. IMPACT. American Water Resources Association. Middleburg, VA. 17(1): 5-8. Invited.

Ahmed, N., S.W. Taylor, and Z. Sheng (eds.) 2014. Hydraulics of Wells: Design, Construction, Testing, and Maintenance of Water Well Systems, ASCE Manuals and Reports on Engineering Practice No. 127.  ASCE, Reston, 498p.

Abudu, S., Z. Sheng, C. Cui, and D. Guan. 2014. The karez system in China’s Xinjiang Region, in John Calabrese (ed.), Harvesting Water and Harnessing Cooperation: Qanat Systems in the Middle East and Asia,  Middle East-Asia Project (MAP), Middle East Institute, January 18, 2014, available at: http://www.mei.edu/content/harvesting-water-and-harnessing-cooperation-qanat-systems-middle-east-and-asia.

Zhang, N., Z. Sheng, S. Qi, J. He, and S. Li. 2014. Mechanisms and conditions of compression extrusion of a horizontal-dip thin soft rock strata. Journal of Engineering Geology (in Chinese). 22(4): 610-624.

Gutchick, V.P., and Z. Sheng. 2013. Control of atmospheric fluxes from a pecan orchard by physiology, meteorology, and canopy structure: modeling and measurement. Agricultural Water Management. 129: 200-211, DOI: 10.1016/j.agwat.2013.08.004

Liu, Y., and Z. Sheng. 2013. Soil moisture statuses in an irrigated pecan field. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. 139(1): 26-40.

McDonald, A.K., Z. Sheng, C.R. Hart, and B.P. Wilcox. 2013. Studies of a regulated dryland river: surface-groundwater interactions. Hydrological Processes. 27(12): 1819–1828, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9340.

Sheng, Z., G. Fox, and S. Abudu. 2013. Interconnection of atmospheric water, surface water, and groundwater. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. 18(10): 1-2

Sheng, Z. 2013. Impacts of groundwater pumping and climate variability on groundwater availability in the Rio Grande Basin. Ecosphere. 4(1):Art5. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES12-00270.1

Sheng, Z., M. Darr, J. P. King, J. Bumgarner, and A. Michelsen. 2013. Mesilla Basin/Conejos-Médanos Section of the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program, in Alley, W.M. (ed.) Five-Year Interim Report of the United States – Mexico Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program: 2007 – 2012, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1059, Reston, VA: 19-30.

Ganjegunte, G.K., Z., Sheng, and J.A. Clark. 2012. Soil salinity and sodicity appraisal by electromagnetic induction in soils irrigated to grow cotton, Land Degradation and Development. DOI: 10.1002/ldr.1162.

Zhang, N., X. Li, Z. Sheng, S. Li, and J. He. 2012. Mechanisms of tensile failure under uniaxial compression test – analytical interpretation of non-Griffith theory of a closed crack model, Journal of Engineering Geology, 20 (Supp. In Chinese): 886-899.

Abudu S., J.P. King, and Z. Sheng. 2012. Comparison of the performance of statistical models in forecasting monthly total dissolved solids in the Rio Grande, Journal of American Water Resources Association. 48(1): 10-23.

Ganjegunte, G.K, Sheng, Z. and J.A. Clark. 2012. Evaluating the accuracy of soil water sensors for irrigation scheduling to conserve freshwater, Appl. Water Sci. 2:119-125.

Jana, R.B., B.P. Mohanty, and Z. Sheng. 2012. Upscaling soil hydraulic parameters in the Picacho Mountain region using Bayesian neural networks, Transactions of the ASABE. 55(2): 463-473.

Sheng, Z., C. Wang, J. Gastelum, S. Zhao, and J. Bordovsky. 2012. Desired future conditions for groundwater availability in the High Plains aquifer system, in Lal R. and Stewart, B.A. (eds.), Advance in Soil Science: Soil Water and Food Security, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC, 85-116.

Liu, Y. and Z. Sheng. 2011. Trend-outflow method for understanding interactions of surface water with groundwater and atmospheric water for eight reaches of the upper Rio Grande, J. of Hydrology. 409(3-4): 710-723.

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