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Dr. Li Chen

Associate Research Professor Environmental Science
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hydrology, infiltration, runoff, hydrodynamics, sediment, vegetation, fire, modeling

Professional Interests

Research interests and experience have focused on water movement and water-initiated material transport in surface and shallow ground environment that include dynamics and numerical modeling of rainfall-infiltration-runoff process; sediment transport monitoring and modeling in natural water body; hydrodynamic and contaminant transport modeling in near surface water system; soil erosion dynamics and geomorphologic evolution.

Education

DegreeInstitutionArea
Ph.D. Chinese Academy of Sciences Fluid Mechanics
M.S. Wuhan University of Hydraulic and Electric Engeineering, China Hydraulic Engineering
B.S. Wuhan University of Hydraulic and Electric Engeineering, China Hydraulic Engineering

Academic Affiliations

Publications

2014

Chen, L., Miller, J. J., Bacon, S. N., Shillito, R. M., Meyer, W. J., 2014: Terrain, Soils, and Runoff Potential in the Rawhide Wash Watershed, Maricopa County, Arizona, Published

2013

Acharya, K., Bhattarai, M. P., Chen, L., Li, Y., 2013: Hydrologic response of medium watershed using a fully coupled surface-subsurface hydrologic model in the arid region of the western United States, 35th IAHR World Congress: Chengdu, China, September 8, 2013-September 13, 2013, Published
Assouline, S., Chen, L., Sela, S., Svoray, T., Katul, G., 2013: Effect of soil surface sealing on the hydrological response and the vegetation cover of semiarid areas, AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 8, 2013-December 13, 2013, Published
Assouline, S., Sela, S., Svoray, T., Chen, L., 2013: Impact of soil surface sealing on the hydrology of semiarid areas . Eco - hydrology of semiarid environments:, Eco - hydrology of semiarid environments: Confronting mathematical models with ecosystem complexity: Ben - Gurion U niversity, Beer Sheva, Israel,, May 19, 2013-May 23, 2013, Published
Chen, L., Acharya, K., Miller, J. J., Berli, M., 2013: Upper Virgin River Watershed Post-fire Water Quality Study, Published
Chen, L., Berli, M., Chief, K., 2013: Examining Modeling Approaches for the Rainfall-Runoff Process in Wildfire-Affected Watersheds: Using San Dimas Experimental Forest, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 49, (4), 851-866, Published
Chen, L., Berli, M., Chief, K., 2013: Modeling Postwildfire Rainfall-Infiltration-Runoff: Challenges, Current state and Some new approaches., AGU Chapman Conference-Synthesizing Empirical Results to Improve Predictions of Post-wildfire Runoff and Erosion Response: Estes Park, Colorado, August 25, 2013-August 31, 2013, Published
Chen, L., Sela, S., Svoray, T., Assouline, S., 2013: The role of soil surface sealing, microtopography and vegetation patches in rainfall-runoff processes in semiarid areas., Water Resources Research, 49, (9), 5585-5599, Published
Chen, L., Sela, S., Svoray, T., Assouline, S., 2013: A MODELING APPROACH FOR RAINFALL-RUNOFF PROCESSES IN COMPLEX ARID ENVIRONMENTS, Eco - hydrology of semiarid environments: Confronting mathematical models with ecosystem complexity, International research workshop of the Israel Science Foundation,: Ben - Gurion U niversity, Beer Sheva, Israel,, May 19, 2013-May 23, 2013, Published
Chen, X., Zhao, J., Chen, L., 2013: Effect of Streambed Roughness and Topography on the Solute Transport and Hyporheic Exchanges: Laboratory Experiments, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013: Vienna, April 7, 2013-April 12, 2013, Published

2012

Bhattarai, M. P., Acharya, K., Chen, L., 2012: Do invasive riparian Tamarix alter hydrology of riparian areas of arid and semi-arid regions under climate change scenarios?, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, Published
Chen, L., S. Sela, T. Svoray, S., Assouline, S., 2012: The roles of soil surface sealing, microtopography and vegetation in Rainfall-Runoff Processes in semi-arid areas, EGU General Assembly: Vienna, Austria, Published
Chen, L., S. Sela, T. Svoray, S., Assouline, S., 2012: The roles of soil surface sealing, microtopography and vegetation in Rainfall-Runoff Processes in semi-arid areas, AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, Published
Chen, L., Schumer, R., Forsee, W. J., Knust, A. M., 2012: Impact of Temporal Resolution of Flow-Duration curve on Sediment Load Estimation, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 48, 145-155, Published
Chen, L., X. Chen, E., Shrestha, 2012: Hydrologic Connection between Stream and Floodplain during Flooding Events, EWRI-ASCE: Albuquerque, NM, Published
Chen, L., Young, M. H., Miller, J. J., Dalldorf, G. K., Caldwell, T., 2012: Using Terrain Forecasting and Field Measurements to Predict Runoff Potential, Water Summit, Milwaukee: Milwaukee, WI, Published
Chen, X., Zhao, J., Chen, L., Tao, X., Zhao, Z., 2012: Thermal dynamic in hyporheic zone response to river temperatures formed by reservoir operations in Xinanjiang River, China, AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, Published
Xiang, L., Yu, Z., Chen, L., 2012: Evaluating the characteristics of hydraulic driven non-point source pollution yield in agricultural watershed, Applied Mechanics and materials, 518-524, Published
Xiang, L., Yu, Z., Chen, L., 2012: On simulating non-point source pollution with a fully coupled model in the agricultural watershed, EGU General Assembly: Vienna, Austria, Published

2011

Chen, D., Chen, L., 2011: Coupling Watershed Erosion Model with Instream Hydrodynamic-Sediment Transport Model: An Example of Middle Rio Grande., In Sediment Transport in Aquatic Environments, Published
Chen, L., Miller, J. J., Loomis, T., 2011: Geomorphic-based Rapid Watershed Cahracterization and Hydrological Parameterization, Floodplain Manager's Association: San Diego, Published
Chen, L., Stone, M. C., Acharya, K., Steinhaus, K. A., 2011: Mechanical analysis for emergent vegetation in flowing fluids, Journal of Hydraulic Research, 49, 766-774, Published
Chen, L., Zhang, Y., 2011: A New Stochastic Approach for Heterogeneous Surface Runoff, AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, Published
Stone, M. C., Chen, L., McKay, S. K., Goreham, J., Acharya, K., Fischenich, C., Stone, A. B., 2011: Bending of submerged woody riparian vegetation as a function of hydraulic flow conditions, River Research and Applications, Published
Young, M. H., Caldwell, T., Chen, L., Shafer, D. S., Miller, J. J., Meyer, W. J., 2011: Multi-scale characterization of arid soil properties for predicting hydrologic processes, ASCE EWRI Conference: Singapore, Published
Young, M. H., Caldwell, T., Chen, L., Shafer, D. S., Miller, J. J., Meyer, W. J., 2011: Multi-scale characterization of arid soil properties for predicting hydrologic response, 4th International Perspective on Water Resources and the Environment: Singapore, Published

2010

Acharya, K., Bhattaria, M., Chen, L., 2010: Impact of climate uncertainties on in-stream and riparian vegetation, FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 2-5, 2010: Henderson, NV, Published
Acharya, K., McKay, K., Chen, L., 2010: Vegetation hydrodynamic interactions in flood control channels, FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 2-5, 2010: Henderson, NV, Published
Bhattarai, M. P., Acharya, K., Chen, L., 2010: Integrated modeling analysis on surface-subsurface water interaction and impact on Riparian vegetation under climate change scenarios, AGU Fall Meeting 2010: San Francisco, Published
Chen, D., Chen, L., 2010: Coupling watershed sediment yield model with stream sediment transport model: an example of Middle Rio Grande, Joint 9th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference 2010: Las Vegas, NV, Published
Chen, L., 2010: An integral approach for large deflection cantilever beams, Int J. Nonlin Mech, Published
Chen, L., Acharya, K., Stone, M. C., 2010: Mechanical analyses for coupled vegetation-flow system, AGU Fall Meeting 2010: San Francisco, Published
Chen, L., Berli, M., Chief, K., 2010: VALIDATION OF POST-FIRE HYDROLOGY MODELS ON A SELECTED SITE IN THE SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES, Southern California Academy of Sciences: Los Angeles, CA, Published
Chen, L., Chen, D., Forsee, W. J., 2010: Sediment Supply from Calabacillas Arroyo and Morphology of Middle Rio Grande, New Mexico, U.S.A, Published
Chen, L., Miller, J. J., Caldwell, T., Dalldorf, G., Chief, K., Young, M. H., Long, X., 2010: Terrain, Soils and Runoff Potential in the Rainbow Wash Watershed, Maricopa County, Arizona, Published
Chen, L., Schumer, R., Forsee, W. J., Knust, A. M., 2010: IMPACT OF FLOW-DURATION CURVE TEMPORAL RESOLUTION ON SEDIMENT LOAD ESTIMATES, Joint Federal Interagency Conference on Hydrological Modeling and Sedimentation: Las Vegas, NV, Published
Chen, L., Stone, M., 2010: Theoretical Analyses for Interaction between Vegetation Bending and Flow, EWRI: Providence, RI, Published
Chen, L., Xiang, L., Yu, Z., 2010: MODELING THE IMPACT OF MICROTOPOGRAPHY ON THE RAINFALL-RUNOFF PROCESS, Joint Federal Interagency Conference on Hydrological Modeling and Sedimentation, Published
Xiang, L., Chen, L., Young, M. H., Miller, J. J., Yu, Z., 2010: Parameter Optimization for Green-Ampt Infiltration Model, EWRI: Providence, RI, Published

2009

Chen, L., Xiang, L., Young, M. H., Yu, Z., 2009: Parameter Optimization for Green-Ampt Infiltration Model, AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, Published
Chen, L., Yin, J., Miller, J. J., Young, M. H., 2009: The Role of the Clast Layer of Desert pavement in Rainfall-Runoff Processes, World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009: Kansas City, Published
Chen, L., Young, M. H., Zhu, J., Susfalk, R. B., 2009: An integrated approach to modeling solute transport in streams and canals with applications, Journal of Hydrology, 378, 128-136, Published
Stone, M. C., Chen, L., Smith, D. L., Goodwin, R. A., 2009: Application of the Numerical Fish Surrogate to River Environments, 7th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics: Concepcion, Chile, Published
Xiang, L., Chen, L., Yu, Z., 2009: Simulating non-point source pollution with an integrated surface-subsurface hydrologic approach in an agricultural watershed, Published

2008

Berli, M., Chen, L., Caldwell, T., Chief, K., Miller, J. J., Young, M. H., 2008: Post-fire effects on watershed hydrology, USACE Arid Regions Demonstration Programs Annual Review Conference: San Diego, CA, Published
Berli, M., Chen, L., Young, M. H., Scharffenberg, W., 2008: Wildfire Effects on Watershed Hydrology - Modeling Approaches, Tools for Arid Regions Flood Damage Reduction and Restoration: San Diego, CA, Published
Berli, M., Chen, L., Young, M. H., Scharffenberg, W., 2008: Wildfire Effects on Watershed Hydrologic Processes: An Introduction, Tools for Arid Regions Flood Damage Reduction and Restoration: Reno, NV, Published
Chen, L., Chen, D., 2008: Impact of Tributary Watershed Sediment Yield on Main Stream Morphology, Annual Conference, Floodplain Management Association: San Diego, Published
Chen, L., Stone, M. C., 2008: Influence of bed material size heterogeneity on bedload transport uncertainty, Water Resources Research, 44, W01405, Published
Chen, L., Stone, M. C., 2008: On the mass conservation of the four-point implicit scheme, ASCE/EWRI: Honolulu, HI, Published
Chen, L., Stone, M. C., 2008: Heterogeneous Bed Material and Bedload Transport Uncertainty, AGU Fall meeting: San Francisco, Published
Chen, L., Stone, M. C., 2008: Guidance for Sedimentation Modeling for Stream Restoration, ASFPM: Reno, Submitted
Chen, L., Stone, M. C., 2008: Guidance for Sedimentation Modeling for Stream Restoration, ASFPM: Reno, NV, Published
Chen, L., Yin, J., Miller, J. J., Young, M. H., 2008: HYDROLOGIC IMPACT OF THE CLAST LAYER IN DESERT PAVEMENT, California Desert Research Symposium: Redlands, CA, Published
Chen, L., Young, M. H., 2008: Some Physical Aspects and a New Modeling Approach for Rainfall Infiltration- Runoff Processes, Published
Chen, L., Young, M. H., Berli, M., 2008: Wildfire Effects on Watershed Hydrologic Processes: An Introduction for Hydraulic Engineers, Watershed Managers and Planners, DRI Report, Published
Chen, L., Young, M. H., Miller, J. J., Caldwell, T., 2008: Rapid Assessment of Watershed Scale Runoff Potential, annual Conference, Floodplain Management Association: San Diego, Published
Schumer, R., Chen, L., Knust, A. M., Boyle, D., 2008: Impact of flow-duration curves on sediment load estimates, 2008 Annual Conference: San Diego, CA, Published
Stone, M. C., Chen, L., Scott, S., 2008: Guidance for Sedimentation Modeling for Stream Restoration, Floodplain Management Association 2008 Annual Conference Pre-Conference Workshop: San Diego, CA, Published
Stone, M. C., Goreham, J., Chen, L., Stone, A., 2008: Impacts of Shear Stress on Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity of a Polyacrylamide Treated Soil, World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2008: Honolulu, Hawaii, Published
Yin, J., Young, M. H., Chen, L., Yu, Z., 2008: Modeling the effect of spatial variability of soil hydraulic properties on a rangeland watershed using a diffusion wave model, ASCE/EWRI: Honolulu, HI, Published
Young, M. H., Caldwell, T., Miller, J. J., Chen, L., Dalldorf, G., S., B., McDonald, E. V., 2008: Using Terrain Forecasting and Field Measurements to Predict Runoff Potential, Am. Soc. of Flood Plain Managers National Meetings: San Diego, CA, Published

2007

Chen, L., Stone, M. C., 2007: Analysis of Unsteady Sediment Transport Modeling Approaches, 1-10, Published
Chen, L., Young, M. H., Berli, M., 2007: Wildfire effects on watershed hydrology - an introduction for engineers, Arid Regions 11th Triennial Conference: Breckenridge, CO, Published
Chen, L., Young, M. H., Zhu, J., 2007: Polyacrylamide Transport in Water Delivery Canals, Published
Liu, Q. Q., Chen, L., Li, J. C., Singh, V. P., 2007: A non-equilibrium sediment transport model for rill erosion, HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES, 21, 1074-1084, Published
Young, M. H., Woodrow, J., Moser, D. P., Zhu, J., Chen, L., Susfalk, R. B., Miller, G. C., Labahn, S. K., Moran, E. A., Arrowood, T., 2007: Results of Laboratory Experiments in Support of PAM-Related Research (with nine authors), Published

2006

Chen, L., Young, M. H., 2006: Green-ampt infiltration model for sloping surfaces, Water Resour. Res., 42, W07420, doi:10.1029/2005WR004468. , 42, Published
Chen, L., Young, M. H., 2006: A Physically-based Two-dimensional Rainfall-Runoff Model for Small-scale Watersheds, Published
Chen, L., Young, M. H., Zhu, J., Susfalk, R. B., 2006: Modeling Polyacrylamide Transport in Water Delivery Canals, Published
Duan, G., Chen, L., Scott, S., 2006: Application of fractional bed load transport equations to a desert gravel-bed stream, Journal of Hydraulic Research, 44, 624-630, Published

2005

Chen, L., Young, M. H., 2005: Two-dimensional approaches for simulating overland flow, Published
Liu, Q. Q., Chen, L., Li, J. C., Singh, V. P., 2005: Roll Waves in Overland Flow, JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGIC ENGINEERING, 10, 110-117, Published

2004

Liu, Q. Q., Chen, L., Li, J. C., Singh, V. P., 2004: Two-dimensional kinematic wave model of overland flow, Journal of Hydrology, 291, 28-41, Published
Liu, Q. Q., Chen, L., Li, J. C., Singh, V. P., 2004: Two-dimensional kinematic wave model of overland flow, Journal of Hydrology, 291, 28-41, Published

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