Dr. Cong Wang


My research focuses on modelling N fluxes (e.g. N2O emissions and NO3- fluxes) from agricultural soils. The model I have applied in the past years is the eco-hydrological Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model. I developed an N2O submodule for the SWAT model in the “R” programming language. The developed N2O submodule and the SWAT model were applied to simulate hydrological processes, NO3- fluxes and N2O fluxes from two Austrian agricultural catchments.

In the future, I will keep modelling N2O emissions and NO3- fluxes from agricultural soils under climate change. But more models will be included, for example, the biogeochemical model DNDC (DeNitrification-DeComposition) and the soil crop model STICS (Simulateur mulTIdisciplinaire pour les Cultures Standard).

In addition, coupling/decoupling human activities and ecosystems is also part of my research interests.


  • Wang, C., Schürz, C., Zoboli, O., Zessner, M., Schulz, K., Watzinger, A., Bodner, G., Mehdi, B. N2O emissions from two Austrian agricultural catchments simulated with an N2O submodule developed for the SWAT model. Atmosphere 2022, 13 (1), 50.
  • Zhang, D., Guo, Z., Niu, X., Gao, Y., Wang, C., Xu, H. Comprehensive evaluation on sustainable development based on planetary pressures and ecological well-being performance: A case study on the belt and road regions. Journal of Cleaner Production 2022, 134211.
  • Xu, H., Gao, Y., Guo, Z., Liu, W., Wang, C., Zhang, D. Exploring the nexus between carbon dioxide emissions, material footprints and human development: An empirical study of 151 countries (Under review)
  • Wang, C., Amon, B., Schulz, K., Mehdi, B. Factors that influence nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural soils as well as their representation in simulation models: a review. Agronomy. 2021, 11(4), 770.
  • Hein, T., Hauer, C., Schmid, M., Stöglehner, G., Stumpp, C., Ertl, T., Graf, W., Habersack, H., Haidvogl, G., Hood-Novotny, R., Laaha, G., Langergraber, G., Muhar, S., Schmid, E., Schmidt-Kloiber, A., Schmutz, S., Schulz, K., Weigelhofer, G., Winiwarter, V., Balden, D., Canet-Marti, A., Eder, M., Flödl, P., Kearney, K., Ondiek, R., Pucher, B., Pucher, M., Simperler, L, Tschikof, M. Wang, C. The coupled socio-ecohydrological evolution of river systems: towards an integrative perspective of river systems in the 21st century. Science of total environment. 2021. 149619
  • Zhang, D., Wang, C., Wang, D., Mo, W., Xu, X. 2016. Research on the frame of the law system of the Heihe river basin on river basin ecosystem management. Journal of Economics of Water Resources 34(2), 49-52

Conference contributions

  • Wang, C., Schulz, K., Mehdi, B. (2021) Hot spots and hot moments of reactive nitrogen emissions in an Austrian agricultural catchment simulated with improved SWAT model. 2021 International Conference on Agricultural Science and Water Resource. Jan. 22-25, Guang Zhou, China.
  • Mehdi-Schulz, B., Zessner, M., Schönhart M, Zoboli O, Strenge E, Jost E, Schürz C, Wang, C., Schmid E, Schulz K. (2021): Nachhaltiges Stickstoffmanagement unter Klimawandelbedingungen in Österreich. Klimatag.
  • Wang, C., Schulz, K., Mehdi, B. (2020) Hot spots and hot moments of reactive nitrogen emissions in an Austrian agricultural catchment simulated with the SWAT eco-hydrological model. IEMSS2020. September 14-18th. Brussels, Belgium
  • Mehdi-Schulz, B., Wang, C., Zessnere, M., Zoboli, O., Strenge, E., Schmid, E., Schönhart, M., Mitter, H., Jost, E., Amon, B., Schulz, K. (2020) Managing reactive nitrogen in agricultural systems under future conditions in Austria. INI2020. May 30-June 4, Berlin, Germany.
  • Mehdi, B., Zessner, M., Zoboli, O., Strenge, E.,Schmid, E., Schönhart, M., Jost, E., Wang, C., Schulz, K.. (2020): Potentielle Nitrateinträge aus landwirtschaftlichen Flächen unter Klimawandelbedingungen. In: Höhere Bundeslehr- und Forschungsanstalt für Landwirtschaft Raumberg-Gumpenstein, 7. Umweltökologisches Symposium 2020: Oberflächengewässerschutz; ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-3-90284
  • Wang, C., Schulz, K., Mehdi, B. (2019) Simulation of nitrous oxide emissions in typical agricultural catchments in Austria. SWAT international conference. Jul 17-19, Vienna, Austria
  • Baldan, D., Wang, C. (2019) An integrated modelling framework to optimize agricultural policy and practices for river biota conservation and protection goals. International society for river science. Sep 8-13, Vienna, Austria
  • Mehdi, B., Schönhart, M., Zessner, M., Zoboli, O., Jost, E., Strenge, E., Wang, C., Schmid, E., Schulz, K. (2019): Modelling sustainable nitrogen management strategies from agriculture under climate change in Austria In: Land Use and Water Quality, Final Conference Programme
  • Mehdi, B.; Wang, C.; Zessner, M.; Strenge, E.; Schönhart, M.; Jost, E.; Schmid, E.; Schulz, K. (2019): NitroClimAT – Nachhaltiges Stickstoffmanagement unter den Klimawandelszenarien in Österreich In: Climate Change Center AUSTRIA (eds), Tagungsband 20. Klimatag - Facetten der österreichischen Klimaforschung


  • Journal of Soil Science and Plant nutrition
  • Science of the Total Environment
  • Conference on Energy Engineering and Environmental Protection