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Dr. Zoe Li

Associate Professor
Department of Civil Engineering

Associate Member
Department of Computing and Software

Uncertainty Analysis; Risk Management; Stochastic Modelling; Water Resources Management; Climate Change Impacts; Environmental Systems Analysis
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Water and environmental managers face many challenges arising from climate change, human disturbances and enormous uncertainties and complexities. Our research goals focus on developing modeling and decision support tools to meet and overcome these challenges. Our specific research interests include hydrological modeling and probabilistic forecasting, environmental modeling and risk analysis, climate change impact assessment, and environmental systems optimization.



Wang X, Huang G, Liu J, Li Z, and Zhao S. (2016). GIS-Based Data Portal for Climate Change Impact Assessment. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 97(1): 17-18.

Li Z, Huang G, Wang X, Han J, and Fan Y. (2016). Impacts of Future Climate Change on River Discharge Based on Hydrological Inference: A Case Study of the Grand River Watershed in Ontario, Canada. Science of the Total Environment. 548-549: 198-210.

Zhou Y, Huang G, and Li Z. (2016). Factorial Fuzzy Programming for Planning Water Resources Management Systems. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 172: 97-106.

Fan Y, Huang W, Huang G, Li Y, Huang K, and Li Z. (2016). Hydrologic Risk Analysis in the Yangtze River Basin through Coupling Gaussian Mixtures into Copulas. Advances in Water Resources. 88: 170-185.

Zhou Y, Huang G, Zhu H, Li Z, and Chen J. (2016). A Factorial Dual-objective Rural Environmental Management Model. Journal of Cleaner Production. 124: 204-216.

Li Z, Huang G, Cai Y, and Li Y. (2015). Inexact Optimization Model for Supporting Waste-Load Allocation in the Xiangxi River Basin of the Three Gorges Reservoir Region, China. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE). 29(6): 1-12.

Han J, Huang G, Huang Y, Zhang H, Li Z. and Chen Q.(2015). Chance-Constrained Overland Flow Modeling for Improving Conceptual Distributed Hydrologic Simulations Based on Scaling Representation of Sub-Daily Rainfall Variability. Science of the Total Environment. 524-525: 8-22.

Li Z, Huang G, Han J, Wang X, Fan Y, Cheng G, and Zhang H. (2015). Development of a Stepwise-Clustered Hydrological Inference Model. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (ASCE). 20(10): 04015008.

Li Z, Huang G, Fan Y, and Xu J. (2015). Hydrologic Risk Analysis for Nonstationary Streamflow Records under Uncertainty. Journal of Environmental Informatics. 26(1): 41-51.

Huang G, Qin X, He L, Li Y and Li Z. (2015). Nonstationary Desertification Dynamics of Desert Oasis under Climate Change and Human Interference. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (AGU). 120(23): 11878–11888.

Wang X, Huang G, Liu J, Li Z, and Zhao S. (2015). Ensemble Projections of Regional Climatic Changes over Ontario, Canada. Journal of Climate. 28(18): 7327-7346.

Li Z, Huang G, Yu H, Zhou Y, and Huang W. (2015). Critical Factors and Their Effects on Product Maturity in Food Waste Composting. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 187(4): 1-14.

Wang S, Huang G, Huang W, Fan Y, and Li Z. (2015). A Fractional Factorial Probabilistic Collocation Method for Uncertainty Propagation of Hydrologic Model Parameters in a Reduced Dimensional Space. Journal of Hydrology. 529: 1129-1146.

Fan Y, Huang W, Huang G, Li Z, Li Y, Wang X, Cheng G, and Jin L.(2015). A Stepwise-Cluster Forecasting Approach for Monthly Streamflows Based on Climate Teleconnections. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment. 29(6): 1557-1569.

Han J, Huang G, Zhang H, Li Z, and Li Y. (2014). Bayesian Uncertainty Analysis in Hydrological Modeling Associated with Watershed Subdivision Level: A Case Study of SLURP Model Applied to the Xiangxi River Watershed, China. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment. 28(4): 973-989.

Wang S, Huang G, Lin Q, Li Z, Zhang H, and Fan Y. (2014). Comparison of Interpolation Methods for Estimating Spatial Distribution of Precipitation in Ontario, Canada. International Journal of Climatology. 34(14): 3745-3751.

Han J, Huang G, Zhang H, Li Z, and Li Y. (2014). Heterogeneous Precipitation and Streamflow Trends in the Xiangxi River Watershed, 1961-2010. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (ASCE). 19(6): 1247-1258.

Li Z. (2014). Watershed Modeling Using Arc Hydro Based on DEMs: A Case Study in the Jackpine Watershed. Environmental Systems Research. 3(11): 1-12.

Han J, Huang G, Zhang H, Li Z, and Li Y. (2014). Effects of Watershed Subdivision Level on Semi-Distributed Hydrological Simulations: A Case Study of SLURP Model Applied to the Xiangxi River Watershed. Hydrological Science Journal. 59(1): 108-125.

Li Z, Huang G, Zhang Y, and Li Y. (2013). Inexact Two-Stage Stochastic Credibility Constrained Programming for Water Quality Management. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 73: 122-132.

Han J, Huang G, Zhang H, Li Z, and Li Y. (2013). Optimal Land Use Management for Soil Erosion Control by Using an Interval-Parameter Fuzzy Two-Stage Stochastic Programming Approach. Environmental Management. 52(3): 621-638.

Suo M, Li Y, Huang G, Fan Y, and Li Z. (2013). An Inventory-Theory-Based Inexact Multistage Stochastic Programming Model for Water Resources Management. Mathematical Problems in Engineering. 482095: 1-15.

Wang X, Huang G, Lin Q, Nie X, Cheng G, Li Z, Yao Y, and Suo M. (2013). A Stepwise Cluster Analysis Approach for Downscaled Climate Projection – A Canadian Case Study. Environmental Modelling & Software. 49: 141-151.

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B.Eng. (China) M.A.Sc., Ph.D. (Regina)


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