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Name:ChangBin Li

Title: Professor  Ph.D. advisor 


Graduate College:Lanzhou University

Education: Ph.D

Academic degree: Ph.D

On-the-job information:Incumbency

Unit: Hydrology and Water Resources

Initiation time:2001

Office location:1017 Guanyun BLD

Mail box:licb@lzu.edu.cn

Learning Experience

2006: Ph. D. in Physical Geography, Lanzhou University
2001: M. S. in Geological Engineering, Lanzhou University
1998: B. S. in Hydrogeology and Engeneering Geology, Lanzhou University 

Research Direction

Basin Hydrology; Terrestrial Water-Carbon Cycle; Regional Responses to Global Change
Dr. Li’s research activities focus on understanding water and carbon dynamics and their responses to the changing environment due to dual impacts of climate change and human activities at regional or larger spatial scales. More recently he has studied uncertainties of water resources variations under a background of climatic change and LUCC (Land Use/Cover Change) in the arid Northwestern China. As a scientist he has also focused on examining land-atmosphere interactions with their influences on river/lake water change, beginning with a study of the effects of grassland degeneration/wetland shrinkage on conserving water resources in the High Plains of Northwest Sichuan/Southern Gansu. He has a strong commitment to finding and translating research results to the next generation of students. The elements are reflected in several aspects of his work over the past since his teaching and research career initiated.

Work Experience

2001.05 – 2004.04: Assistant Professor, Key laboratory of west China’s Environmental System (Ministry of Education), College of Earth and Environment Sciences, Lanzhou University.
2004.05 – 2010. 04: Lecturer, Key laboratory of west China’s Environmental System (Ministry of Education), College of Earth and Environment Sciences, Lanzhou University.
2007.11 – 2009.11: Post doctorate, Center for Global Change and Earth Observations (CGCEO) at Michigan State University.
2010.05 – 2015.04: Associate Professor, Key laboratory of west China’s Environmental System (Ministry of Education), College of Earth and Environment Sciences, Lanzhou University.
2012.05 – 2013.05: Visiting Scholar, Center for Global Change and Earth Observations (CGCEO) at Michigan State University.
2015.05 – Present: Professor, Key laboratory of west China’s Environmental System (Ministry of Education), College of Earth and Environment Sciences, Lanzhou University.


1. Geographical Information System
2. Underground Hydrology
3. Specialized English in Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering

Part-time Academic Job

Reviewing Journal Articles, Fundings and Awards relative to water sciences.

Research Findings

(1) Coupling Budyko Equation and Crop Coefficient approach to estimate land surface AET on the perspective of regional eco-hydrology;

(2) Coupling RDF (the Recursive Digital Filter) and IHM (the Isotopic Hydrogeochemical Method) to separate monthly SIM (Snow and Ice Melt) from alpine river streamflow under a background of climate change;

(3) Developed a holistic system approach for better understanding of water dynamics in the Loess Tableland;

(4) Developed an analytical approach to separate climate change and human contributions to basin streamflow variability.

Achievement Of Honor

(1) Outstanding class manager in LZU (2005);

(2) Paper Award to Young Researchers by GSC (2006);

(3) Gansu Provincial Awards for Advancement of Science and Technology (2011, 2013)

In-progress Projects

(1) Eco-hydrological responses to a changeable environment based on influential variables' thresholds across the Tao River Basin; NSFC, 41671017 (General); 2017/01-2020/12; 

(2) Uncertainty of water resources variability in China's arid regions; MOST, 2017YFC0504306-0601 (Subject); 2017/07-2020/12;

(3) Eco-hydrological evolution with its impact on regional water conservation in an alpine and cold environment; MOST, 2017YFC0504801-0102 (Subject); 2017/07-2020/12.


1. Li C.B.*, Wang L.M., Wang W.R., Qi J.G., Yang L.S., Zhang Y., Wu L., Cui X., Wang P. 2018. An Analytical Approach to Separate Climate and Human Contributions to Basin Streamflow Variability. Journal of Hydrology; 559: 30-42. 
2. Zhang, F., Zhang W.J., Li, M., Zhang Y., Li F.M.*, Li., C.B. 2017. Is crop biomass and soil carbon storage sustainable with long-term application of full plastic film mulching under future climate change? Agricultural System. 150: 67-77.
3. Yang, L.S., Feng, Q.*, Li, C.B., Si, J.H., Wen, X.H., Yin, Z.L., 2017. Detecting climate variability impacts on reference and actual evapotranspiration in the Taohe River Basin, NW China. Hydrology Research. 48(2): 596-612.
4. Yang, L.S., Feng, Q.*, Yin, Z.L., Wen, X.H., Si, J.H., Li, C.B. and Deo, R.C. 2017. Identifying Separate Impacts of Climate and Land Use/Cover Change on Hydrological Processes in Upper Stream of Heihe River, Northwest China. Hydrologic Process 31(5): 1100-1112.
5. Li, C.B.*, Zhang, X.L., Qi, J.G. et al. 2015. A case study of regional eco-hydrological characteristics in the Tao River Basin, northwestern China, based on evapotranspiration estimated by a coupled Budyko Equation-crop coefficient approach. Science China-Earth Science. 58(11): 2103-2112.
6. Li, C.B.*, Qi, J.G., Wang, S.B. et al. 2015. Spatiotemporal characteristics of alpine snow and ice melt under a changing regional climate: A case study in Northwest China. Quaternary International. 358: 126-136.
7. Li, C.B.*, Qi, J.G., Yang, L.S. et al. 2014. Regional vegetation dynamics and its response to climate change—a case study in the Tao River Basin in Northwestern China. Environmental Research Letters. 9(2014), 125003. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/12/125003
8. Li, C.B.*, Qi, J.G., Wang, S.B. et al. 2014. A Holistic System Approach to Understanding Underground Water Dynamics in the Loess Tableland: A Case Study of the Dongzhi Loess Tableland in Northwest China. Water Resources Management. 28(10): 2937-2951. DOI 10.1007/s11269-014-0647-6.
9. Li, C.B.*, Qi, J.G.., Yang, L.S. et al. 2014. The Variability of the Snow and Ice Melt in Alpine Rivers in Northwestern China. Journal of Mountain Science. 11(4): 884-895. DOI: 10.1007/s11629-013-2737-y.
10. Li, C.B.*, Qi, J.G., et al. 2010. Quantifying the effect of ecological restoration on soil erosion in China's Loess Plateau region: an application of the MMF approach. Environmental Management, 45:476-487. 
11. Li, C.B.*, Qi, J.G., et al. 2010. Parameters optimization based on the combination of localization and auto-calibration of SWAT model in a small watershed in Chinese Loess Plateau. Front. Earth Sci. China, 4(3): 296-310.
12. Zhang, F., Qi, J.G., Li, F.M.*, Li, C.S. and Li, C.B., 2010. Quantifying nitrous oxide emissions from Chinese grasslands with a process-based model. Biogeosciences, 7: 2039-2050.

Publishing Works

1. Qi, J.G., Li, C.B., et al. 2009. Interactions among Climate Change, Terrestrial Eco-system Patterns and Human Activities. In Yu, G.R. ((Editor-in-Chief) Scientific Frontiers in human activities and Eco-system evolutions. Chapter 19. pp. 751-808.  
2. Li, C.B., Qi, J.G., et al. 2009. Process-Based Soil Erosion Simulation on a Regional Scale: The Effect of Ecological Restoration in the Chinese Loess Plateau. In Yin, R.S. (Editor-in-Chief) An integrated assessment of China’s ecological restoration programs. Chapter 8. pp. 113-130.