Hong-Yi Li, Ph.D.
Dr. Hong-Yi Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office Location: N118 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-9871 | Fax: 713-743-4260
Email: hli57 [at] uh.edu


Ph.D., Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
M.E., Hydrology and Water Resources, Tsinghua University, China, 2003
B.E., Hydraulic & Construction Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, 2000

Professional Experience: 

2018-Present Assistant Professor, University of Houston
2016-2018 Associate Professor (WOT), Montana State University, USA
2015-2016 Research Scientist III, Pacific Northwest National Lab, USA
2011-2014 Research Scientist II, Pacific Northwest National Lab, USA
2010-2011 Research Associate, Pacific Northwest National Lab, USA
2003-2005 Senior Water Resources Engineer, Beijing Tepia Technology Ltd., China

Students Supervised: 

Guta Abeshu

Fasil Worku

Taher Chegini


Hydrology (CIVE 4332)
Physical Models (GCEE 6320)
Watershed Hydrology and Modeling (CIVE 7397)

Other Awards and Honors: 

Editor’s Choice Award (co-author), Water Resources Research, 2015
Exceptional Contribution Award, 2015, Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Lab
Outstanding performance award, 2011, 2012, Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Lab

Sponsored Research / Research Grant: 

NSF, “INFEWS: US-China – Quantify complex adaptive FEW systems with coupled agent-based modeling framework” (Amount $500,000; Co-PI with PI Ethan Yang from Lehigh University; 2018-20122)
USGS via Montana Water Center, “Deciphering the combined effects of artificial and natural water storage structures on late-season flows” (Amount $15,000; PI; 2016-2018)
DOE via Pacific Northwest National Lab, “Developing a new reservoir water temperature module within the IMMM framework” (Amount $74,044; Single PI; 2018-2019)



Selected Publications: 

Lawrence, D. M., Fisher, R. A., Koven, C. D., Oleson, K. W., Swenson, S. C., Bonan, G., et al. (October, 2019). The Community Land Model version 5: Description of new features,benchmarking, and impact of forcing uncertainty. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 11. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018MS001583.

Mao, Y., Zhou, T., Leung, L., Tesfa, T., Li, H.-Y., Wang, K., . . . Getirana, A. (October, 2019). Flood Inundation Generation Mechanisms and Their Changes in 1953–2004 in Global Major River Basins. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JD031381.

Golaz, J.-C., Caldwell, P. M., Van Roekel, L. P., Petersen, M. R., Tang, Q., Wolfe, J. D., et al. (March, 2019). The DOE E3SM coupled model version 1: Overview and evaluation at standard resolution. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 11. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018MS001603.

Mortuza, R., E. Moges, Y. Demissie, and H. Li (February, 2019). Historical and Future Drought Risk in Bangladesh using Bivariate Regional Frequency Analysis, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 135(3-4), 855-871. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00704-018-2407-7.

Yigzaw, W., Li, H.‐Y.*, Fang, X., Leung, L. R., Voisin, N., Hejazi, M. I., & Demissie, Y. (September, 2019). A multilayer reservoir thermal stratification module for earth system models. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 11, 3265–3283. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019MS001632.

C Li, H Lu, LR Leung, K Yang, H Li, W Wang, M Han, Y Chen (January, 2019). Improving land surface temperature simulation in CoLM over the Tibetan Plateau through fractional vegetation cover derived from a remotely sensed clumping index and model, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JD028640.

X Zhang, HY Li*, ZD Deng, LR Leung, JR Skalski, SJ Cooke (April, 2019), On the variable effects of climate change on Pacific salmon, Ecological Modelling 397, 95-106, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2019.02.002