ZHI LI

  ZHI LI

  Title: Associate Professor

  Institute: College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University.

  Address: P.O. Box 81, No.3 Taicheng Road, Yangling, Shaanxi Province, 712100

  Email: lizhibox@nwsuaf.edu.cn

  Education

  2004-2007  Ph.D., Watershed Ecohydrology, Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  2001-2004  M.S., Environmental Sciences, Northwest University, China

  1997-2001  B.S., Geographic Sciences, Yantai Normal University, China

  Working Experiences

  2011-2012    Visiting Scholar, University of Quebec, Canada

  2009-present  Associate Professor, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University, China

  2007-2009    Lecturer, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University, China

  Research Interests

  My research interests focus on assessing and regulating the impacts of environmental changes on hydrology. The Loess Plateau of China is a region with severe soil and water loss as well as fragile ecological environment. During the past 50 years, climate tends to be warmer and drier while land use has been greatly changed due to vegetation restoration, which causes significant runoff reduction and groundwater depletion. My research work thus focuses on two aspects in this region, i.e. the hydrological effects of climate change and vegetation restoration.

  The first aspect is to quantify/project the effects of the past/future climate change on runoff and soil erosion both on hill slope and watershed scale. Modeling methods have been widely used, such as hydrological models (SWAT and WEPP), weather generators, and climate models (GCMs and RCMs). My main work is to solve the mismatch between the course resolution of GCM outputs (grid and monthly scale) and the high resolution input requirement of hydrological models (station and daily scale), i.e. downscaling.

  The second research interest in recent years is to studying the mechanisms of hydrological cycle under the background of land use change. After carrying out field study using environmental tracers such as isotopes and chloride mass balance, the relationship among precipitation, soil moisture and groundwater is analyzed, and then the groundwater recharge mechanism and the water restoration of dry soil layers are determined.

  Membership

  International Water Association; American Geophysical Union; European Geosciences Union;

  Graphical Society of China

  Research Grants Funded (recent five years)

  1.The mechanism of groundwater recharge and its response to land use change on the Changwu tableland. Principal Investigator. Funded by State Key Laboratory of Soil Erosion and Dryland Farming on Loess Plateau. 2014-2016.

  2.Quantifying the impacts of land use change on soil water infiltration. Principal Investigator. Funded by Science and Technology Research and Development Program of Shaanxi Province, China. 2013-2015.

  3.Study on the water cycle mechanism in the loess tableland-gully region using stable isotope. Principal Investigator. Funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China. 2012-2015.

  4.Rebuilding the spatial correlation of meteorological variables during the statistical downscaling of GCM. Principal Investigator. Funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China. 2012-2014.

  5.The impacts and strategy of climate changes on water and soil resources in northwestern China. Principal Investigator. Funded by The National Key Technology R&D Program. 2011-2015.

  6.Investigating the mechanism of groundwater recharge on the loess tableland using environmental isotopes. Principal Investigator. Funded by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation. 2010-2011.

  7.Assessing the potential effects of future climate changes on soil erosion in the Loess Plateau using climate models introduced from England. Co-Principal Investigator. Funded by 948 Program of Agriculture Ministry of China. 2010

  Publications (international journals)

  [1]Li Z. A new framework for multi-site weather generator: a two-stage model combining a parametric method with a distribution-free shuffle procedure. Climate Dynamics. 2014, 43(3-4):657-669. (SCI, IF=4.619)

  [2]Li Z, Brissette F, Chen J. Assessing the applicability of six precipitation probability distribution models on the Loess Plateau of China. International Journal of Climatology, 2014, 34(2): 462-471. (SCI, IF=3.398)

  [3]Li Z, Brissette F, Chen J. Finding the most appropriate precipitation probability distribution for stochastic weather generation and hydrological modelling in Nordic watersheds. Hydrological Processes, 2013, 27(25): 3718-3729. (SCI, IF=2.497)

  [4]Li Z, Zheng F L, Liu W Z, Jiang D J. Spatially downscaling GCMs outputs to project changes in extreme precipitation and temperature events on the Loess Plateau of China during the 21st Century. Global and Planetary Change, 2012, 82-83: 65-73. (SCI, IF=2.93)

  [5]Li Z, Liu W Z, Zheng F L. Spatiotemporal characteristics of reference evapotranspiration during 1961-2009 and its projected changes during 2011-2099 on the Loess Plateau of China. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 2012, 154-155: 147-155. (SCI, IF= 3.389)

  [6]Li Z, Liu W Z, Zhang X C, Zheng F L. Assessing the site-specific impacts of climate change on hydrology, soil erosion and crop yields in the Loess Plateau of China [J]. Climatic Change, 2011, 105(1-2): 223-242. (SCI, IF=3.385)

  [7]Li Z, Zheng F L, Liu W Z, Flanagan D C. Spatial distribution and temporal trends of extreme temperature and precipitation events on the Loess Plateau of China during 1961-2007 [J]. Quaternary International, 2010, 226 (1-2): 92-100. (SCI, IF=1.874)

  [8]Li Z, Liu W Z, Zhang X C, Zheng F L. Assessing and regulating the impacts of climate change on water resources in the Heihe watershed on the Loess Plateau of China. Sci China Earth Sci, 2010, 53(5): 710-720. (SCI, IF=0.88)

  [9]Li Z, Liu W Z, Zhang X C, Zheng F L. Impacts of land use change and climate variability on hydrology in an agricultural catchment on the Loess Plateau of China [J]. Journal of Hydrology, 2009, 377(1-2): 35-42. (SCI, IF=2.656)

  [10]Wang X L, Hou X Y, Li Z, Wang Yuandong. Spatial and temporal characteristics of meteorological drought in Shandong Province, China, from 1961 to 2008. Advances in Meteorology, 2014, DOI: 10.1155/2014/873593. (SCI, IF=1.348)

  [11]Chen J, Brissette F P, Li Z. Postprocessing of Ensemble Weather Forecasts Using a Stochastic Weather Generator. Monthly Weather Review, 2013, 142(3): 1106-1124. (SCI, IF=2.758)

  [12]Cheng L P, Liu W Z, Li Z, Chen J. Study of soil water movement and groundwater recharge for the loess tableland using environmental tracers. Transactions of the ASABE, 2014, 57(1): 23-30. DOI: 10.13031/trans.56.10017. (SCI, IF=0.843)

  [13]Jiang D J, Li Z, Wang Q X. Trends in temperature and precipitation extremes over Circum-Bohai-Sea region, China. Chinese Geographical Science, 2012, 22(1): 75-87. (SCI, IF=0.5)

  [14]Zhang X C, Liu W Z, Li Z, Chen J. Trend and uncertainty analysis of simulated climate change impacts with multiple GCMs and emission scenarios. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 2011, 151(10):1297-1304. (SCI, IF=3.389)

  [15]Jiang D J, Wang K, Li Z, Wang Q X. Variability of extreme summer precipitation over Circum-Bohai-Sea region during 1961-2008. Theor Appl Climatol, 2011, 104(3-4): 501-509. (SCI, IF= 1.942)

  [16]Liu W Z, Zhang X C, Dang T H,Ouyang Z, Li Z,Wang J, Wang R, Gao C Q. Soil water dynamics and deep soil recharge in a record wet year in the southern Loess Plateau of China. Agricultural Water Management, 2010, 97(9):1133-1138. (SCI=1.998)

  [17]Zhang X C, Liu W Z, Li Z, Zheng F L. Simulating site-specific impacts of climate change on soil erosion and surface hydrology in southern Loess Plateau of China. CATENA, 2009, 79(3): 237-242. (SCI, IF=1.933)

  [18]Chen J, Zhang X C, Liu W Z, Li Z. Evaluating and Extending CLIGEN precipitation Generation for the Loess Plateau of China. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 2009, 45(1):1-19. (SCI, IF=1.618)

  [19]Chen J, Zhang X C, Liu W Z, Li Z. Assessment and Improvement of CLIGEN Non-Precipitation Parameters for the Loess Plateau of China. Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2008, 51(3): 901-913. (SCI, IF= 0.902)