Dr Simiao Sun BEng, MEng, PhD

Dr Simiao Sun

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lecturer in Hydrogeology (Groundwater Science)

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Simiao is a quantitative hydrogeologist who studies the mechanism of LNAPLs (Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids) migration and (re)distribution. 


  • PhD in Earth Science (Contaminant Hydrogeology) – University of Birmingham, UK, 2016
  • MEng in Hydraulic Engineering – Heilongjiang University, China, 2012
  • BEng in Hydraulic Engineering – Heilongjiang University, China, 2009


Simiao teaches the following modules on MSc Hydrogeology

  • Groundwater hydraulics
  • Regional groundwater flow modelling
  • Contaminant transport modelling
  • MSc project supervision


Simiao is a quantitative hydrogeologist who progresses along both theoretical front and practical front. Her theoretical research looks into the mechanism of LNAPLs (Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids) migration and (re)distribution.

Particularly, her study aims to understand how variations in groundwater tables controls the intricate migration and redistribution of very persistent and globally widespread petroleum-oil contaminants within the subsurface environment and provide fundamental knowledge to the effective clean-up of underground environments and safeguard drinking water resources of many populations worldwide.

Her approach is to visualise and quantify the usually invisible and unquantifiable migration and redistribution of LNAPL mass via the laboratory scale automated equipment and quantification methodology she developed. For her applied research, Simiao integrates a variety of computational techniques including programming (in Python, VBA, Matlab, SQL, etc.), numerical modelling, GIS and database to look into practical problems such as regional groundwater flow modelling, contaminant transport modelling, groundwater flooding (in seasonally frozen ground), environmental software development, environmental database development and management, and quantitative water resources management. 

Other activities

Simiao’s administrative role in GEES is International Tutor, focusing on improving the educational experiences for GEES international students, as well as establishing educational and research partnerships with China.



Changlei Dai, Simiao Sun, Xinqiang Du, etal. Introduction of Professional English in Water Sciences. China Water Power Press. 1st December 2013, ISBN-13: 978-7517015406


Simiao Sun, Changlei Dai, Chunli Liu, etal. Prediction of groundwater inundation based on GMS---with example of inundation-affected areas in upstream of Dadingzishan Reservoir. Advanced Materials Research, 2012, 550-553, 2580. https://doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.550-553.2580

Simiao Sun, Changlei Dai, Chunli Liu. Investigation and evaluation method on groundwater flooding disaster---taking the inundation-affected areas on the upstream of Dadingzishan Reservoir. Yangtze River, 2012, (9):21-25. [Chinese] DOI: 10.16232/j.cnki.1001-4179.2012.09.024

Simiao Sun, Changlei Dai, Weiwei Guo. Prediction and analysis on total controlled water demand in Jiamusi. Water Resources Hydropower Engineering, 2012, vol.43(1):21-26. [Chinese] DOI: 10.13928/j.cnki.wrahe.2012.01.017

Simiao Sun, Changlei Dai, Houchu Liao, Di-fang Xiao. A conceptual model of soil moisture movement in seasonal frozen unsaturated zone. 2011 International Conference on Civil Engineering and Transportation (ICCET 2011).  Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 90-93, pp. 2612-2618, 2011  https://doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.90-93.2612

Simiao Sun, Changlei Dai, Ya-jie Lui. Influencing factors and characteristics of river-bank type reservoir inundation in cold regions. Water Resources and Power, 2012, vol.30(4):42-96. [Chinese]

Simiao Sun, Changlei Dai. An overview of research on groundwater flooding in China Yellow River, 2011,vol.33(S2):48-50.[Chinese]

Changlei Dai, Simiao Sun, Xinqiang Du, Yong Ye. A review of the recent experimental studies on frigid zone groundwater in China. Resources Science, 2011,33(2):286-293. [Chinese]

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