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Research Assistant Professor

Yong Tian


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Yong Tian currently holds the position of research assistant professor. Prior to his current position, he worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Institute of Water Sciences at Peking University. His research interests include surface water-groundwater modeling, numerical simulation of hydrodynamics and water quality, environmental information science and scientific visualization, and GIS/RS applications in hydrology and water resources. Tian has excellent computer/programming skills, and has developed many systems and tools specialized for water resources management, 3D scientific visualization and visual modeling. Tian is author or co-author of 20 papers published on leading water resources and environmental software journals, including Water Resources Research and Environmental Modelling & Software. Tian was born in 1983, received a B.S. in water resources and hydropower engineering from Wuhan University, and a Ph.D. in system analysis and integration from the Huazhong University of Science & Technology.

Present Employment

2015-present   Research Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology


2008-2012   Ph.D., System Analysis & Integration, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China.

2005-2008   M.S., Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China.

2001-2005   B.S., Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China.

Work Experience

2015-present      Research Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, South University of Science and Technology of China

2013-2015         Post-doctoral research fellow, College of Engineering, Peking University

1)        Integrated surface water-groundwater modeling and ecohydrology processes at basin scale

2)        Environmental information sciences and scientific visualization

3)        Numerical simulation of hydrodynamics and water quality

Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing Applications



1)  Tian Y, Zheng Y, Zheng C. Development of a 3D visualization tool for integrated surface water and groundwater modeling. Computers & Geosciences, 2016, 86:1-14.

2) Wu X, Zheng Y, Wu B, Tian Y, Han F, Zheng C. Optimizing conjunctive use of surface water and groundwater for irrigation to address humannature water conflicts: a surrogate modeling approach. Agricultural Water Management, 2016, 163(1): 380–392.

3) Tian Y, Zheng Y*, Zheng C, Xiao H, Fan W, Zou S, Wu B, Yao Y, Zhang A, Liu J. Exploring scale-dependent ecohydrological responses in a large endorheic river basin through integrated surface water-groundwater modeling, Water Resources Research, 2015, 51(6): 4065-4085.

4) Tian Y, Zheng Y*, Wu B, Wu X, Liu J, Zheng C. Modeling surface water-groundwater interaction in arid and semi-arid regions with intensive agriculture, Environmental Modelling & Software, 2015, 63: 170-184.

5) Wu B, Zheng Y, Wu X, Tian Y, Han F, Liu J, Zheng C. Optimizing water resources management in large river basins with integrated surface water-groundwater modeling: A surrogate-based approach. Water Resources Research, 2015, doi: 10.1002/2014 WR016653.

6) Yao Y, Zheng C, Tian Y, Liu J, Zheng Y. Numerical modeling of regional groundwater flow in the Heihe River Basin, China: Advances and new insights. Science China Earth Sciences, 2015, 58(1): 3-15.

7) Wu B, Zheng Y, Tian Y, Han F, Zheng C. A surrogate modeling approach to assessing the value of information for integrated hydrological modeling. Water Resources Research, 2015, under review.

8) Luo X., Zheng Y, Lin Z, Wu B, Han F, Tian Y, Zhang W, Wang X. Evaluating potential non-point source loading of PAHs from contaminated soils: A fugacity-based modeling approach, Environmental Pollution, 2015, 196(0), 1-11.

9) Wu B, Zheng Y, Tian Y, Wu X, Yao Y, Han F, Liu J, Zheng C. Systematic assessment of the uncertainty in integrated surface water-groundwater modeling based on the probabilistic collocation method. Water Resources Research, 2014, doi: 10.10 02/2014WR015366.

10) Zheng Y*, Han F, Tian Y, Wu B, Lin Z. Addressing the uncertainty in modeling watershed nonpoint source pollution. In Jorgensen SE, Chang N and Xu F (Eds), Advances in ecological modelling and engineering - lakes and wetlands (Chapter 5, p113-p159). Elsevier, 2014, ISBN: 978-0-444-63249-4.

11) Huang M, Tian Y*. A novel visual modeling system for time series forecasting: application to the domain of hydrology. Journal of Hydroinformatics, 2013, 15(1): 21-37.

12) Tian Y, Huang M. Enhance discovery and retrieval of geospatial data using SOA and Semantic Web technologies. Expert systems with applications, 2012, 39(16): 12522–12535.

13) Huang M, Tian Y. Semantic Web Technologies Based Geospatial Services Discovery and Data Retrieval. Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Informatics, Cybernetics, and Computer Engineering, Melbourne. Australia, 2011.11.19-11.20.

14) Huang M, Tian Y. Hydrologic data exploration and river flow forecasting using self-organizing map and support vector regression. Proceedings Fourth International Workshop on Advanced Computational Intelligence (IWACI), Wuhan. China, 2011.10.9-10.21.

15) Huang M, Tian Y. RIAs and OGC Web Services Based Geospatial Data Searching and Visualization. Proceedings of 2nd International Conference on Information Engineering and Computer Science (ICIECS), Wuhan. China, 2010.12.25-12.26.

16) Zhang J, Zheng Y, Wang X, Wu X, Tian Y. Circular-economic development of individual Chinese iron and steel companies by decomposing resource productivities indictors. Resources Science, 2016, 38 (1): 0119-0125. (In Chinese)

17) Yao Y, J Liu, A Zhang, X Li, Y Tian, C Zheng., Impact of stream runoff change and human activities on the groundwater regime in Heihe river basin, northwest China, Quaternary Sciences,  2014, 34(5): 973-981. (In Chinese)

18) Huang M, Y Tian. Numerical simulation of 3D hydrodynamics of lakes and its applications to the Donghu Lake, Chinese Journal of Hydrodynamics, 01: 114-124. (In Chinese).

19) Liu X, Y Tian. Design and application of automatic operations of three reservoirs systems in the Shule River Basin. Small Hydro Power, 2011, 157: 64-66. (In Chinese)

20) Huang M, Y Tian. Development of Combinatorial Intelligent Decision Making Support System and Its Utilization in Runoff Forecasting System, Systems Engineering-Theory & Practice, 2007, 27(4): 114-119. (In Chinese)