Department of Geography and Resource Management (GRM), The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Prof. CHEN Yongqin, David

Faculty Member

Prof. CHEN Yongqin, David


BSc, MSc (Sun Yat-sen)
PhD (Georgia)

(852) 3943-6539


RGC Grant, “Drought hazards in Guangdong province: Spatio-temporal patterns, climatic drivers and societal responses”. Principal Investigator (with CHEN Xiaohong, XU Chong-yu, and ZHOU Wen), 12/2013-06/2016, HK$596,000.

RGC Grant, “The Institutional Hurdles to Effective Strategic Environmental Assessment Practice in China”. Co-investigator (with K.C. Lam, O. Bina, A. English, and H. Xu), 11/2009-10/2011, HK$321,000.

RGC Grant, “Alteration of the Hydrologic Cycle and Sediment Flux in Response to Climate Change and Human Activities in the Pearl River Basin”, Principal Investigator (with CHEN Xi, CHEN Xiaohong, XU Chong-yu, 10/2008-03/2011, HK$343,700.

RGC Grant, “Assessment of Hydrologic Alterations for Water Resources Management in a Rapidly Changing Environment: A Study of the Pearl River Delta “, Principal Investigator (with CHEN Xi, CHEN Xiaohong, SHAO Quanxi, XU Chong-yu, 01/2006-06/2008, HK$539,616.

RGC Grant, “An Assessment of Impacts of Land Use and Land Cover Change on Regional Climate in Pearl River Delta of South China”, Co-investigator (with YANG Limin, LIN Hui and SHAO Yun), 09/2005-08/2007, HK$443,840.

RGC Grant, “Characterization of Low Flows for Water Resources Management in the East River (Dongjiang) Basin”, Principal Investigator (with FUNG Tung, LEUNG Yee, XIA Jun, SHAO Quanxi, CHEN Minjian, and XU Chong-yu), 12/2003-11/2006, HK$742,000.

RGC Grant,Impacts of global climate change and regional land-use alteration on water resources in the Dongjiang (East River) basin”. Principal Investigator (with CHEN Junhe, CHENG Shouquan, FUNG Tung, LAM Kin-che, and LEUNG Yee), 08/1998-02/2002, HK$978,000.


Li, J.F., Y.D. Chen, T.Y. Gan and N.C. Lau, 2018. Elevated increases in human-perceived temperature under climate warming. Nature Climate Change, 8: 43-47 (doi: 10.1038/s41558-017-0036-2).

Tan, X.Z., T.Y. Gan, and Y.D. Chen, 2018. Moisture sources and pathways associated with the spatial variability of seasonal extreme precipitation over Canada. Climate Dynamics, 50: 629-640. doi:10.1007/s00382-017-3630-0.

Guo, M., Y. Xuan and Y.D. Chen, 2017. Catching environmental noncompliance in shale gas development in China and the United States. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 121:73-81.

Li, X., Y.D. Chen, and W. Zhou, 2017. Response of winter moisture circulation to the India Burma Trough and its modulation by the South Asian waveguide. Journal of Climate, 30(4): 1197–1210 (DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0111.1)

Chen, Y.D., Q. Zhang, M.Z. Xiao, and V.P. Singh, 2017. Transition probability behaviors of drought events in the Pearl River basin, China. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 31(1): 159-170 (DOI 10.1007/s00477-015-1178).

Chen, Y.D., J.F. Li and Q. Zhang, 2016.Changes in site-scale temperature extremes over China during 2071-2100 in CMIP5 simulations. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 121: 2732-2749 (DOI: 10.1002/2015JD/024287)

Li, J.F., Y.D. Chen, L. Zhang, Q. Zhang and F.H.S. Chiew, 2016. Future changes in floods and water availability across China: Linkage with changing climate and uncertainties. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 17(4): 1295-1314, (DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-0074.1)

Chen, Y.D., Q. Zhang, M.Z. Xiao, V.P. Singh, and S. Zhang, 2016. Probabilistic forecasting of seasonal droughts in the Pearl River basin, China. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 30: 2031-2040 (DOI 10.1007/s00477-015-1174-6)

Li, X., W. Zhou, and Y.D. Chen, 2015. Assessment of regional drought trend and risk over China: A drought climate division perspective. Journal of Climate, 28(18): 7025–7037 (DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00403.1).

Chen, Y.D., Q. Zhang, M.Z. Xiao, V.P. Singh, Y. Leung, and L.G. Jiang, 2014. Precipitation extremes in the Yangtze River Basin, China: regional frequency and spatial-temporal patterns. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. 116: 447–461 (DOI: 10.1007/s00704-013-0964-3)

Li, J.F., Q. Zhang, Y.D. Chen, and V.P. Singh, 2013. GCMs-based spatiotemporal evolution of climate extremes during the 21st century in China. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 118, 1–19 (DOI: 10.1002/jgrd.50851)

Chen, Y.D., Q. Zhang, M.Z. Xiao, and V.P. Singh, 2013. Evaluation of risk of hydrological droughts by the trivariate Plackett copula in the East River basin (China). Natural Hazards, 68:529–547 (DOI 10.1007/s11069-013-0628-8).

Zhang, Q., Y.D. Chen, X.H. Chen, and J.F. Li, 2011. Copula-based analysis of hydrological extremes and implications of hydrological behaviors in the Pearl River Basin, China. J. Hydrologic Engineering, 16(7): 598-607 (doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000350)

Che, X.Z., A. English, J. Lu, and Y.D. Chen, 2011. Improving the effectiveness of planning EIA (PEIA) in China: integrating planning and assessment during the preparation of Shenzhen’s Master Urban Plan. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 31: 561-571 (DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2010.12.003).

Chen, Y.D., Q. Zhang, C.Y. Xu, X.X. Lu, S.R. Zhang, 2010. Multiscale streamflow variations of the Pearl River basin and possible implications for the water resource management within the Pearl River Delta, China. Quaternary International, 226, 44-53.

Chen, Y.D., T. Yang, C.Y. Xu, Q. Zhang, X. Chen, and Z.C. Hao, 2010. Hydrologic alteration along the middle and upper East River (Dongjiang) basin, South China: A visually enhanced mining on the results of RVA method. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 24: 9–18.

Lam, K.C., Y.D. Chen, and J. Wu, 2009. Strategic environmental assessment in China: Opportunities, issues and challenges. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 11(4): 369-385.

Chen, Y.D., Q. Zhang, C.Y. Xu, X.H. Chen, and T. Jiang, 2008. Change-point alterations of extreme water levels and underlying causes in the Pearl River Delta, China. River Research and Applications, 25: 1153-1168.

Chen, X., Y.D. Chen, and C. Y. Xu, 2007. A distributed monthly hydrological model for integrating spatial variations of basin topography and rainfall. Hydrological Processes, 21:242-252.

Jiang, T., Y.D. Chen, C-Y Xu, X.H. Chen, X. Chen, V.P. Singh, 2007. Comparison of hydrological impacts of climate change simulated by six hydrological models in the Dongjiang Basin, South China. Journal of Hydrology, 336: 316-333.

Chen, Y.D., G.R. Huang, Q.X. Shao, and C.Y. Xu, 2006. Regional low flow frequency analysis using L- moments for Dongjiang Basin in Southern China. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 51(6):1051-1064.

Niu Wenyuan and David Y.Q. Chen, 2004. “Geographical Background and Sustainable Development”. In: Y.M. Yeung and J.F. Shen (eds.), Developing China’s West: A Critical Path to Balanced National Development. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, pp.51-77.

Xia Jun and Y. D. Chen, 2001. Water problems and opportunities in the hydrological sciences in China. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 46(6), 907-921.

Chen, Y. D., 2001. Sustainable development and management of water resources for urban water supply in Hong Kong. Water International, 26(1), 119-128.

Teaching Fields

  • Meteorology and Climatology
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Management
  • Natural Hazards

Research interests

  • Hydrologic Analysis and Modeling
  • Hydroclimatology and Climate Change
  • Water Resources Management
  • Environmental Assessment and Sustainability

Services/ Posts

  • Chair, Board of Governors, Conservation E3 Foundation Limited, Hong Kong
  • Member, Strategic Advisory Committee, Hong Kong Observatory
  • Member, Environmental Impact Assessment Appeal Board, Hong Kong SAR Government
  • Member, Hong Kong CDC-HKEAA Committee on Geography
  • Vice President, China Environment, Resources and Ecological Conservation Society
  • Vice President, Commission on Hydrological Sciences, Geographical Society of China
  • Vice President, Commission on Water Resources, Chinese Society of Natural Resources