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Research Associate Professor

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 over 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.



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.


Employment History

2021-present Research Associate Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology

2015- 2021   Research Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology

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


Primary Research Interests

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

•Environmental information sciences and scientific visualization

•Numerical simulation of hydrodynamics and water quality



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

Tian Y., Y. Zheng, B. Wu, X. Wu, J. Liu, C. Zheng, 2015, Modeling surface water-groundwater interaction in arid and semi-arid regions with intensive agriculture, Environmental Modelling & Software, 63(0): 170-184.

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

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

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

Wu X., Y. Zheng, B. Wu, Y. Tian, F. Han, C. Zheng, 2015, Optimizing conjunctive use of surface water and groundwater for irrigation to address humannature water conflicts: a surrogate modeling approach, Agricultural Water Management, accepted.

Tian Y., Y. Zheng, C. Zheng, 2015, Development of a 3D visualization tool for integrated surface water and groundwater modeling, Computers & Geosciences, revised.

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

Wu B., Y. Zheng, Y. Tian, X. Wu, Y. Yao, F. Han, J. Liu, C. Zheng, 2015, Systematic assessment of the uncertainty in integrated surface water-groundwater modeling based on the probabilistic collocation method, Water Resources Research, doi:10.10 02/2014WR015366.

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

Huang M., Y. Tian, 2014, Numerical simulation of 3D hydrodynamics of lakes and its applications to the Donghu Lake, Chinese Journal of Hydrodynamics, 01: 114-124. (In Chinese).

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

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

Huang M., D.R. Maidment, Y. Tian, 2011, Using SOA and RIAs for water data discovery and retrieval, Environmental Modelling & Software, 26(11): 1309-1324.

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


Conference Presentations

2015    Tian Y., Y. Zheng, C. Zheng, B. Wu, X. Wu. Integrated surface water-groundwater modeling for interpreting ecohydrological processes in large arid and semi-arid river basins. EGU General Assembly 2015, Vienna, Austria, April 12-17, 2015.

2014    Zheng C., A. Zhang, Y. Tian, Y. Zheng, J. Liu. Modeling the Hydrological Response to Climate Change in an Arid Inland River Basin. 2014 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, December 15-19, 2014.

2014    Tian Y. An integrated modeling approach to understanding the complex water cycle in large inland basins CUAHSI 2014 Biennial Colloquium, Shepherdstown, WV, USA, July 28-30, 2014.

2013    Tian Y., B. Wu, Y. Zheng. Modeling the Surface Water-Groundwater Interaction in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions Impacted by Agricultural Activities. 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, December 10-15, 2013.


Conference Proceedings

Huang, M., Y. Tian, 2011, Semantic Web Technologies Based Geospatial Services Discovery and Data Retrieval. Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Informatics, Cybernetics, and Computer Engineering, Melbourne, Australia, November 19-20, pp. 35-43.

Huang M., Y. Tian, 2011, 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, October 19-21 pp. 343-348.

Huang M., Y. Tian, 2010, 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, December 25-26, pp. 1-4.


Contributions in Book Chapters

Zheng Y., F. Han, Y. Tian, B. Wu, and Z. Lin, 2015, Chapter 5 - Addressing the Uncertainty in Modeling Watershed Nonpoint Source Pollution, in Developments in Environmental Modelling, edited by N.-B. C. Sven Erik Jørgensen and X. Fu-Liu, pp. 113-159, Elsevier.