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Dr. Mervyn R. Peart 首席講師

BA Manc; PhD, PGCE Exon
Principal Lecturer 

Office: 1033
Phone: +852 3917-7021

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Research Interests
Hydrology; applied hydrology including flood and drought; water quality (including the acidity of water in the hydrologic cycle); sediment production and transport in the fluvial system.
Selected Publications
Book Chapters
Peart, M.R., Fok, L. and Chen, J. (2011) Environmental observations on the Kam Tin River, Hong Kong. In Bhuiyan, F (Ed.), Sediment transport: flow and morphological processes, pp.207-224.

Peart, M.R., Ruse, M.E. and Hill, R.D. (2006) A Comparison of Caesium-137 and Erosion Pin Data from Tai To Yan, Hong Kong. In Soil Erosion and Sediment Redistribution in River Catchments: Measurement, Modelling and Management, pp.28-39.

Peart, M.R. (2003) Carbon and Nitrogen Content of Suspended Matter in a Small Hong Kong Drainage Basin. In Developments in Hydrobiology: The Interactions Between Sediments and Water, pp.215-222.

Peart, M.R. (1995) Country paper for Hong Kong. In Soil Conservation and Watershed Protection, pp.90-123.

Peart, M.R. (1995) Fingerprinting sediment sources: an example from Hong Kong. In Sediment and Water Quality in River Catchments, pp.179-186.

Peart, M.R. and Jayawardena, A.W. (1994) Some observations on bed load movement in a small stream in Hong Kong. Variability In Stream Erosion And Sediment Transport. Proc. Symposium, Canberra, pp.71-76.


Peart, Mervyn R., University of Hong Kong. Faculty of Education., and Stimpson, Philip G. (1990) Approaches to the teaching of geography: the hydrological cycle and the drainage basin.

Conference Papers
Xu, Q., Chen, J. and Peart, M. (2013) An enhanced Topmodel for a headwater catchment in Hong Kong. In Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 15, No. EGU2013-4690.

Chen, J., Xu, Q., Peart, M.R. and Belllie, S. (2011) Evolution of storm direct runoff recorded at a headwater catchment in Hong Kong. The 2011 Conference of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS2011), Taipei, Taiwan, 8-12 August 2011.

Xu, Q., Chen, J. and Peart, M. (2011) Numerical simulation of streamflow process in a small headwater catchment in Hong Kong. The PRAGMA 20th Workshop cum HKU Centennial IT Conference on Grid Applications and Research collaboration (PRAGMA20), Computer Centre, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 2-4 March 2011.

Chen, J., Xu, Q., and Peart, M. Belllie, S. (2011) Evaluation of direct runoff volumes and simulation of peak discharges. The 2011 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), San Francisco, CA., 5-9 December 2011.

Xu, Q., Chen, J. and Peart, M. (2011) An update to Topmodel: incorporation of soil and land use spatial variations. The 2011 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), San Francisco, CA., 5-9 December 2011.

Fok, L. and Peart, M.R. (2010) Determination of the geochemical baseline for the East River basin, China. Iahs-Aish Publication, Vol. 337, pp.264-269.

Li, Y., Chen, J., Peart, M., Sun, L. and Lok, W. (2009) Flash flood hydrologic processes of a small headwater catchment in Hong Kong. The 16th IAHR-APD Congress and 3rd Symposium of IAHR-ISHS, Hohai University, Nanjing, China, 20-23 October 2008. In Advances in Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering, Vol. 1, pp.66-71.

Chen, J., Peart, M.R., Lok, W. and Sun, L. (2008) Flash flooding processes of a small catchment in Hong Kong. Cairns, Australia, 2008 Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting.

Li, Y., Chen, J. and Peart, M. (2008) Monitoring, analyzing and modeling flash flooding processes of a small mountainous catchment in Hong Kong. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA.

Peart, M.R. and Fok, L. (2006) Output of bed load sediment from a small upland drainage basin in Hong Kong. Iahs-Aish Publication, No. 306, pp.82-88.

Wong, G.W.S. and Peart, M. (2006) A study of anthropogenic, marine and other influences upon water chemistry in Hong Kong rivers. Wit Transactions On Ecology And The Environment, Vol. 95, pp.91-100.

Peart, M.R., Ruse, M.E. and Fok, L. (2005) Sediment delivery from a landslide to a stream in a drainage basin in Hong Kong. Iahs-Aish Publication, No. 299, pp.46-55.

Peart, M.R., King, J.P. and Ruse, M.E. (2005) Sediment production by landslides in Hong Kong: Two case studies. Iahs-Aish Publication, No. 291, pp.29-36.

Peart, M.R. (2004) Water supply and the development of Hong Kong. Iahs-Aish Publication, No. 286, pp.23-30.

Peart, M.R. (2004) Nitrogen content of suspended matter in the Kam Tin River, Hong Kong. Iahs-Aish Publication, No. 288, pp.474-480.

Peart, M.R. (2003) Carbon and nitrogen content of suspended matter in a Hong Kong drainage basin. Hydrobiologia, Vol. 494, pp.215-222.

Peart, M.R. (2002) Channel flood plain linkages on the Kam Tin River, Hong Kong. Conference at Alice Springs Australia 2-6 September 2002 convened by IAHS and International Hydrology Programme of UNESCO. The Structure, Function and Management Implications of Fluvial Sediment Systems.

Peart, M.R. (2000) Some observations on total carbon and nitrogen in suspended matter in the Kam Tin River, Hong Kong. Iahs-Aish Publication, No. 263, pp.149-157.

Peart, M.R., Jayawardena, A.W. and Guan, D.S. (2000) Storm period variation of suspended sediment in a small Hong Kong Stream. Fresh Perspectives on Hydrology and Water Resources in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, IHP-V Technical Document in Hydrology, No. 7, pp.247-253.

Ruse, M.E. and Peart, M.R. (1999) 137Cs reference site characteristics in Hong Kong - some considerations. Physics And Chemistry Of The Earth, Part A: Solid Earth And Geodesy, Vol. 24, No. 10, pp.887-891.

Peart, M.R. and Jayawardena, A.W. (1998) Temporal rainfall characteristics and their implications for landslides in Hong Kong. Hydrology in Changing Environment, Proceedings of the British Hydrological Society International Conference, Exeter, III, pp.229-235.

Peart, M.R., Jayawardena, A.W. and Guan, D. (1998) Some observations on storm period suspended sediment concentrations in a small Hong Kong stream. Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on River Sedimentation, pp.999-1005.

Zhang, D., Peart, M.R., Zhang, Y. Zhu, A. and Cheng, X. (1998) Natural water softening processes by waterfall effects in Karst areas. The First Asia Pacific Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry, pp.2.

Peart, M.R. and Fung, L.K. (1997) Hydrologic pathways and runoff sources in an upland basin in Hong Kong . The 5th IAHS International Symposium, Rabat, Morocco, April-May 1997. In IAHS Proceedings and Reports, Vol. 244, pp.267-273.

Peart, Mervyn R. (1997) Human impact upon sediment in rivers: Some examples from Hong Kong. Iahs-Aish Publication, No. 245, pp.111-118.

Peart, M.R. and Jayawardena, A.W. (1997) Drought in Hong Kong. In: Jablonski N.G. (eds.), The Changing Face of East Asia During the Tertiary and Quartenary, pp.324- 335.

Peart, M.R. (1997) The Occcurrence of Acid Rain in Hong Kong. Climate and Life in the Asia Pacific, pp.10-19.

Peart, M.R. (1997) Low Rainfall and its Impact on Hong Kong Proceedings/Conference. Climate and Life in the Asia Pacific, pp.319-337.

Peart, M.R. and Jayawardena, A.W. (1996) Water supply and catchment management in Hong Kong. Proceedings of the International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research: Towards the 21st Century, Oct. 29-31, 1996, Kyoto, Japan, II, pp.517-524.

Peart, M.R. (1995) Monitoring of bedload sediment production and movement in a small stream in Hong Kong. Management of Sediment, Philosophy, Aims and Techniques, pp.343-350.

Peart, M.R. and Walling, D.E. (1986) Fingerprinting sediment source: the example of a drainage basin in Devon, UK. Drainage basin sediment delivery: proceedings of a symposium held in Albuquerque, New Mexico ... 4-8 August 1986, pp.41-55.

Peart, M.R. and Walling, D.E. (1982) PARTICLE SIZE CHARACTERISTICS OF FLUVIAL SUSPENDED SEDIMENT. Iahs-Aish Publication, No. 137, pp.397-407.

Fok, L., Peart, M.R. and Chen, J. (2013) The influence of geology and land use on the geochemical baselines of the East River basin, China. Catena, Vol. 101, pp.212-225.

Liu, L., Guan, D. and Peart, M.R. (2012) The morphological structure of leaves and the dust-retaining capability of afforested plants in urban Guangzhou, South China. Environmental Science And Pollution Research, Vol. 19, No. 8, pp.3440-3449.

He, H., Zhou, J., Peart, M.R., Zhang, Q. and Chen, J. (2012) Sensitivity of hydrogeomorphological hazards in the Qinling Mountains, China. Quaternary International, Vol. 282, pp.37-47.

Mo, D., Guan, D., Huang, K., Liu, S. and Peart, M.R. (2011) The structure and species diversity of plant communities in ecological safety islands of urban Guangzhou. Shengtai Xuebao/ Acta Ecologica Sinica, Vol. 31, No. 6, pp.1515-1524.

Peart, M.R. Hill, R.D. and Fok, L. (2009) Environmental change, hillslope erosion and suspended sediment: Some observations from Hong Kong. Catena, Vol. 79, No. 3, pp.198-204.

Fok, L., Thoe, W., Koenig, A., Peart, M.R. and Lee, J.H.W. (2009) Nitrogen source apportionment of the East River (Dongjiang), China. Asian Geographer, Vol. 26, No. 1-2, pp.95-110.

Qiu, Y., Guan, D.S., Song, W.W. and Peart, M.R. (2008) The dust retention effect of urban vegetation in Huizhou, Guangdong Province. Acta Ecologica Sinica, Vol. 28, No. 6, pp.2455-2462.

Chen, Y.J., Guan, D.S. and Peart, M.R. (2006) Impacts of rapid urbanization on carbon fixing and oxygen production of vegetation in The Pearl River Delta. Zhongshan Daxue Xuebao/Acta Scientiarum Natralium Universitatis Sunyatseni, Vol. 45, No. 1, pp.98-102.

Guan, D.S. and Peart, M.R. (2006) Heavy metal concentrations in plants and soils at roadside locations and parks of urban Guangzhou. Journal Of Environmental Sciences, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp.495-502.

Peart, M.R., Ng, K.Y. and Zhang, D.D. (2005) Landslides and sediment delivery to a drainage system: Some observations from Hong Kong. Journal Of Asian Earth Sciences, Vol. 25, No. 5, pp.821-836.

Dickman, M.D., Peart, M.R. and Yim, W.W.S. (2005) Benthic diatoms as indicators of stream sediment concentration in Hong Kong. International Review Of Hydrobiology, Vol. 90, No. 4, pp.412-421.

Peart, M.R. and Guan, D.S. (2004) Observations on carbon and nitrogen content of suspended matter in a headwater stream in Hong Kong. Journal Of Environmental Sciences, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp.533-538.

Hill, R.D., Peart, M.R. and Guan, D.S. (2004) The effects of annual harvesting on the subsequent phytomass and species composition of grassland and fernland: A Hong Kong case. Singapore Journal Of Tropical Geography, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp.77-91.

Zhang, D., Peart, M., Shi, C., Zhang, Y., Zhu, A. and Chen, X. (2004) Natural water softening processes associated with waterfall effects in Karst areas 喀斯特地区瀑布效应产生的自然水软化过程. Acta Sedimentologica Sinica, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp.288-294.

Zhang, D.D., Jim, C.Y., Peart, M.R. and Shi, C. (2003) Rapid changes of precipitation pH in Qinghai Province, the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Science Of The Total Environment, Vol. 305, No. 1-3, pp.241-248.

Zhang, D.D., Peart, M., Jim, C.Y., He, Y.Q., Li, B.S. and Chen, J.A. (2003) Precipitation chemistry of Lhasa and other remote towns, Tibet. Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp.231-240.

Peart, M.R. and Wong, H. (2002) Channel flood plain linkages on the Kam Tin River, Hong Kong. Iahs-Aish Publication, No. 276, pp.255-261.

Hill, R.D., Peart, M.R., Chau, L.K.C. and Hau, C.H. (2002) Growth, burning and survival of planted native trees seedlings on Hong Kong grassland slopes. Memoirs of the Hong Kong Natural History Society, Vol. 25, pp.175-187.

Zhang, D.D., Peart, M., Jim, C.Y. and La, J. (2002) Alkaline rains on the Tibetan Plateau and their implication for the original pH of natural rainfall. Journal Of Geophysical Research D: Atmospheres, Vol. 107, No. 14, pp.9-1-9-6.

Guan, D. and Peart, M.R. (2001) Acid precipitation and surface-water acidity in Hong Kong. Zhongguo Huanjing Kexue/China Environmental Science, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp.326-329.

Zhang, D.D., Peart, M., Zhang, Y.J., Zhu, A. and Cheng, X. (2000) Natural water softening processes by waterfall effects in karst areas. Desalination, Vol. 129, No. 3, pp.247-259.

Peart, M.R. (2000) Acid rain, storm period chemistry and their potential impact on stream communities in Hong Kong. Chemosphere, Vol. 41, No. 1-2, pp.25-31.

Ruse, M.E. and Peart, M.R. (2000) Intrasite sampling of Hong Kong soils contaminated by Caesium-137. Chemosphere, Vol. 41, No. 1-2, pp.45-51.

Hill, R.D., Nagarkar, S. and Peart, M.R. (2000) Cyanobacterial crust in Hong Kong and comments on future research. Algae, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp.65-71.

Guan, D. and Peart, M.R. (2000) Environmental effects of the succession vegetation of lower subtro-pical zone in Southern China 华南南亚热带不同演替阶段植被的环境效应. Environmental Science, Vol. 21, No. 5, pp.1-5.

Peart, M.R. (1999) Development and water quality in the Kam Tin basin, Hong Kong. Iahs-Aish Publication, No. 259, pp.315-320.

Ruse, M. and Peart, M. (1999) Preliminary observations on the spatial variability of fallout caesium-137 at reference sites in Hong Kong. Geografia Fisica E Dinamica Quaternaria, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp.41-46.

Sequeira, R., Lai, C.C. and Peart, M.R. (1999) A study on the pH and conductivity of rural rainfall employing two collocated samplers. Water Resources Research, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp.535-540.

Hill, R.D. and Peart, M.R. (1998) Land use, runoff, erosion and their control: a review for southern China. Hydrological Processes, Vol. 12, No. 13-14, pp.2029-2042.

Peart, M.R. (1998) Observations on suspended sediment concentrations in some Hong Kong streams and rivers. Hong Kong Geologist, Vol. 4, pp.21-40.

Peart, M.R. (1997) Water Supply. Geography, Vol. 356, pp.280-283.

Peart, M.R. (1997) Human impact upon sediment in rivers: some examples from Hong Kong. Human Impact On Erosion And Sedimentation, Proc. International Symposium, Rabat, Morocco, Vol. 245, pp.111-118.

Sequeira, R., Peart, M.R. and Lai, K.H. (1996) A comparison between filtered and unfiltered atmospheric depositions from a rural area in Hong Kong. Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 30, No. 18, pp.3221-3224.

Peart, M.R. (1996) Patterns of erosion and sediment production in Hong Kong. Iahs-Aish Publication, Vol. 236, pp.241-248.

Guan, D. and Peart, M. (1995) The selection of an optimum size and number of quadrat for sampling the biomass in the grassland and fernland of Hong Kong (in Chinese with English abstract). Acta Scientiarum Naturalium, Vol. 35, pp.128-133.

Peart, M.R. (1995) Acid precipitation and surface waters in Hong Kong. Malaysian Journal Of Tropical Geography, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp.13-18.

Sequeira, R. and Peart, M.R. (1995) Analysis of the pH of daily rainfall at a rural site in Hong Kong, 1989-1993. Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 159, No. 2-3, pp.177-183.

Peart, M.R. (1995) An example of river bank erosion in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Geologist, Vol. 1, No. Autumn, pp.73-78.

Peart, M.R. (1993) Environment and development in Hong Kong. Tijdschrift Voor Economische En Sociale Geografie, Vol. 84, /no. 5, pp.341-348.

Peart, M.R. (1993) Using sediment properties as natural tracers for sediment source: two case studies from Hong Kong. Tracers In Hydrology. Proc. International Symposium, Yokohama, pp.313-318.

Peart, M.R. (1992) Landslides, degradation and erosion in Hong Kong. Erosion, Debris Flows And Environment In Mountain Regions. Proc. International Symposium, Chengdu, pp.447-453.

Peart, M.R. (1990) Soil erosion and suspended sediment production in Hong Kong: development of an assessment strategy. Research Needs And Applications To Reduce Erosion And Sedimentation In Tropical Steeplands. Proc., Symposium, Suva, pp.84-93.

Peart, M.R. and Walling, D.E. (1982) Particle size characteristics of fluvial suspended sediment. Recent Developments In The Explanation And Prediction Of Erosion And Sediment Yield. Proc. Exeter Symposium, July 1982, pp.397-407.

Walling, D.E. and Peart, M.R. (1980) Some quality considerations in the study of human influence on sediment yields. The Influence Of Man On The Hydrological Regime With Special Reference To Representative And Experimental Basins. Proc. Helsinki Symposium, June 1980, (International Association Of Hydrological Sciences, Washington Dc; Iahs-Aish Publication, 130), pp.293-302.

Walling, D.E., Peart, M.R., Oldfield, F. and Thompson, R. (1980) Suspended sediment sources identified by magnetic measurements. Nature, Vol. 281, No. 5727, pp.110-113.