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Yanping Li PhD Associate Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability

National Hydrology Research Centre

Research Area(s)

  • Regional climate modelling
  • Mesoscale dynamics
  • Boundary layer meteorology
  • Air-sea interaction

Academic Credentials

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University
  • Master of Philosophy, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University
  • Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science and Computer Science, Sun Yet-Sen University, China

Research Profile

Dr Li has systematically studied the diurnal convective phenomena. This includes: the diurnal valley circulation, diurnal continental thermal tide, summertime diurnal convection over the US Great Plains, and the diurnal offshore propagating precipitation in tropical coastal regions with significant mountains nearby.


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Current Research

  • Warm season diurnal precipitation over the plains east of the Rockies
  • Agricultural Water Futures in Canada: Stressors and Solutions
  • Climate-Related Precipitation Extremes

Selected Publications

Chen, L., Ma, L.Z., Zhao, T., Li, Z., and Li, Y.  2017.  Simulation of the regional climatic effect of irrigation over the Yellow River Basin.  Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Letters, 10(4): 291-297.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/16742834.2017.1313681

Liu, C., Ikeda, K., Rasmussen, R., Barlage, M., Newman, A.J., Prein, A.F., Chen, F., Chen, L., Clark, M., Dai, A., Dudhia, J., Eidhammer, T., Gochis, D., Gutmann, E., Kurkute, S., Li, Y., Thompson, G., and Yates, D.  2017.  Continental-Scale Convection-Permitting Modeling of the Current and Future Climate of North America.  Climate Dynamics, 49(1-2): 71-95.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-016-3327-9

Li, Z., Manson, A., Li, Y., and Meek, C.  2016.  Circulation Characteristics of Persistent Cold Spells in Central-Eastern North America. Journal of Meteorological Research, 31(1): 250-260. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13351-017-6146-y

Chen, L., Ma, Z., Mahmood, R., Zhao, T., Li, Z. and Li. Y.  2016.  Recent Land Cover Changes and Sensitivity of the Model Simulations to Various Land Cover Datasets. Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, 129(4): 395-408.  http://doi.org/10.1007/s00703-016-0478-5

Pan, X., Yang, D., Li, Y., Barr, A., Helgason, W., Hayashi, M., Marsh, P., Pomeroy, J., and Janowicz, R.J.  2016. Bias Corrections of Precipitation Measurements across Experimental Sites in Different Ecoclimatic Regions of Western Canada.  The Cryosphere, 10: 2347-2360.  https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2347-2016

Liu, A., Mooney, C., Szeto, K., Thériault, J.M., Kochtubajda, B., Stewart, R.E., Boodoo, S., Goodson, R., Li, Y., and Pomeroy, J.  2016.  The June 2013 Alberta Catastrophic Flooding Event: Part 1 – Large scale features. Hydrological Process, 30(26): 4899-4916. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.10906

Pan, X., Li, Y., Yu, Q., Shi, X., Yang, D., and Roth, K.  2016.  Effects of Stratified Active Layers on the High-Altitude Permafrost Warming. The Cryosphere, 10, 1591-1603.  https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1591-2016

Li, Y. and Carbone, R.E.  2012.  Excitation of rainfall over the tropical western Pacific. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 69(10): 2983–2994.  https://doi.org/10.1175/JAS-D-11-0245.1

Li, Y., and Smith, R.B.  2010.  The detection and significance of diurnal pressure and Potential Vorticity anomalies east of the Rockies, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 67(9): 2734–2751.  https://doi.org/10.1175/2010JAS3423.1

Li, Y. and Smith, R.B.  2010.  Observation and theory of the diurnal continental tide.  Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 67(9): 2752–2765. https://doi.org/10.1175/2010JAS3384.1

Courses Taught

  • ENVS 806 - Field Skills in Environment and Sustainability 
  • ENVS 812 - Statistical Methods in Environment and Sustainability 
  • ENVS 826 - Climate Change 
  • ENVS 992 - Project in Environment and Sustainability