PhD Research - Xiaoli Chen

BA Engineering, Peking University; BA Economics China Center of Economics Research (CCER)

Xiaoli’s researches focus on watershed modeling and storm event modeling. In the past few years, he has participated in the Ohio River Basin Water Quality Credit Trading program. His work includes setting up and calibrating models, calculating the uncertainty and sensitivity, and estimating the attenuation coefficients for the water-quality trading program. His dissertation is about the subsurface connectivity in semi-arid areas during storm events. Previous studies have found several patterns of nitrate concentration in the Rattlesnake watershed. The subsurface connectivity hypothesis could provide a theoretical explanation of the nitrate concentration patterns. Xiaoli is adapting an eco-hydrological model (RHESSys) and uses the model to test his hypothesis.

Year Admitted: 2009
Research Areas: Hydrology Modeling, Storm Event Water Quality
Faculty Advisor: Arturo Keller


Chen Xiaoli, etc. (2013). Perspectives on Disconnects Between Scientific Information and Management Decisions on Post-fire Recovery in Western US. Environmental Management. 52:1415-1426. DOI:10.1007/s00267-013-0165-y