Prof J. Chen

Professor (Water and Environmental Engineering)
Professor J. CHEN

BE, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
ME. Tsinghua Unviersity, Beijing, China
PhD, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.



Office: HW 6-03
Phone: +852 2859 2646
Fax: +852 2559 5337
Homepage: Google Scholar


Teaching Activities
  • CIVL 2104 Hydraulics and Hydrology
  • CIVL 6005 Data Analysis in Hydrology
  • CIVL 6050 Urban Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • CIVL 6081 Special Topic in Environmental Engineering B: Recent Advances in Water and Environmental Engineering
  • CIVL 8011 Advanced Topics in Water and Environmental Engineering


Research Interests
  • Management of water resources
  • Climate changeand urbanization effects
  • Multi-scale terrestrial hydrologic processes
  • Integrated watershed processes (water, sediment, and water pollutants)
  • Interactions of the land surface and the atmosphere
  • Predictability of the hydrological variables
  • Water-related natural hazards
  • Remote sensing in hydrology


Representative Research / Consultancy Projects
  • Impacts of climate change on water resources in Hong Kong
  • Impacts of climate change and urbanization on hydrologic processes over Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta in South China
  • Integration of remote sensing products and numerical model simulations for drought prediction and impact assessment over the East River basin in South China
  • Experimental and numerical studies of the hydrological features of flash floods in Hong Kong
  • Dominant hydrologic processes for floods and droughts over the Pearl River Basin at different temporal and spatial scales
  • Assuring Hong Kong's water supply: Learning the lessons of the 1963 drought
  • Two regional climate models for dynamical downscaling climate projections over Hong Kong and its vicinity
  • Advancing land surface parameterization in a coupled land-atmosphere model


10 Selected Representative Publications
  • Sun, L., Chen, J.*, Li, Q., & Huang, D. (2020). Dramatic uneven urbanization of large cities throughout the world in recent decades. Nature Communications, 11(1), 1-9
  • Shi, H., Chen, J.*, Li, T., & Wang, G. (2020). A new method for estimation of spatially distributed rainfall through merging satellite observations, raingauge records, and terrain digital elevation model data. Journal of Hydro-environment Research, 28, 1-14
  • Shi, H., Chen, J.*, Liu, S., & Sivakumar, B. (2019). The role of large dams in promoting economic development under the pressure of population growth. Sustainability, 11(10), 2965.
  • Wang, K., Shi, H., Chen, J.*, & Li, T. (2019) An improved operation-based reservoir scheme integrated with Variable Infiltration Capacity model for multiyear and multipurpose reservoirs, Journal of hydrology, 571, 365-375
  • Xu, Q., Chen, J.*, Peart, M.R., Ng, C.N., Hau, B.C., & Law, W.W. (2018) Exploration of severities of rainfall and runoff extremes in ungauged catchments: A case study of Lai Chi Wo in Hong Kong, China, Science of the Total Environment, 634, 640-649
  • Shi, H., Chen, J.*, Wang, K., & Niu, J. (2018). A new method and a new index for identifying socioeconomic drought events under climate change: A case study of the East River basin in China, Science of the Total Environment, 616, 363-375
  • Niu, J., Chen, J.*, Wang, K., & Sivakumar, B. (2017) Multi-scale streamflow variability responses to precipitation over the headwater catchments in southern China, Journal of Hydrology, 551, 14-28
  • Huang, P., Li, Z., Chen, J.*, Li, Q., & Yao, C. (2016) Event-based hydrological modeling for detecting dominant hydrological process and suitable model strategy for semi-arid catchments, Journal of Hydrology, 542, 292-303
  • Niu, J., & Chen, J.* (2016) A wavelet perspective on variabilities of hydrological processes in conjunction with geomorphic analysis over the Pearl River basin in South China. Journal of Hydrology, 542, 392-409
  • Chen, J.*, Shi, H., Sivakumar, B. and Peart, M.R. (2016) Population, water, food, energy and dams, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 56, 18-28


  • Associate Editor for Water Resources Research (WRR) (a top international journal in the fields of water resources, limnology and environmental sciences) (October 2011 –31 December 2015)
  • Associate Editor for Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment (SERRA) – Springer (October 2013 – present)
  • Associate Editor for Journal of Hydro-environment Research (JHER) – Elsevier (October 2014 – present)
  • Associate Editor for Journal of Hydrology – Elsevier (July 2018 – present)


International/Regional Standing and Leadership
  • Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) Council Member (2018-2020)
  • AOGS Hydrological Sciences (HS) Section President (2018-2020)
  • IAHR-HK Chapter Chairman (Aug 2019 – present)


For more information of Professor J. Chen, is available at and HKU Scholars Hub.