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

Prof. Li Jianfeng

Faculty Member

Prof. Li Jianfeng

Associate Professor

BSc, MSc (Sun Yat-sen)

(852) 3943-6536



Principal Investigator, Coupling traditional and non-traditional data for understanding intra-urban hydrometeorological extremes. RGC Research Fellow, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 1/2023-12/2027, HK$5,155,380.

Principal Investigator, Flood prevention standards in Hong Kong under climate change – Non-stationarity and joint behavior of rainfall and sea level. Environment and Conservation Fund, 10/2022-3/2025, HK$712,000.

Principal Investigator, Temporal evolution of sub-daily precipitation extremes in Hong Kong: Dependency on temperature and implications to flash floods. General Research Fund, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 1/2021-12/2023, HK$656,864.

Principal Investigator, Impacts of more extreme climate on daily hydrological-atmospheric processes and implications for long-term water availability in the East River (Dongjiang) basin. General Research Fund, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 9/2018-8/2021, HK$304,301.

Principal Investigator, Compound floods from upstream river discharge, localized rainstorm and storm surge across the Pearl River Delta megacity region: Risks, Changes and Mechanisms. General Research Fund, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 1/2018-12/2020, HK$314,900.

Principal Investigator, Co-occurrence of droughts and heat waves under the changing climate in the Pearl River Basin: Variations, interactions and impacts. Early Career Scheme, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 9/2016-8/2019, HK$611,985.


Wang, L., X. Gu, L.J. Slater, Y. Lai, X. Zhang, D. Kong, J. Liu, and J. Li (2023), Indirect and direct impacts of Typhoon In-Fa (2021) on heavy precipitation in inland and coastal areas of China: Synoptic-scale environments and return period analysis. Monthly Weather Review,

Lai, Y., J. Li, Y.D. Chen, F.K.S. Chan, X. Gu, and S. Huang (2023), Compound floods in Hong Kong: Hazards, triggers, and socio-economic consequences. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 46, 101321.

Hossain, M.L., J. Li, S. Hoffmann, and C. Beierkuhnlein (2022), Biodiversity showed positive effects on resistance but mixed effects on resilience to climatic extremes in a long-term grassland experiment. Science of the Total Environment, 827, 154322.

Jiang, L., Y.D. Chen, J. Li, and C. Liu (2022), Amplification of soil moisture deficit and high temperature in a drought-heatwave co-occurrence in southwestern China. Natural Hazards,

Cui, A., J. Li, Q. Zhou, R. Zhu, H. Liu, G. Wu, and Q. Li (2021). Use of a multiscalar GRACE-based standardized terrestrial water storage index for assessing global hydrological droughts. Journal of Hydrology, 603(A), 126871

Lai, Y., J. Li, X. Gu, C. Liu, and Y.D. Chen (2021). Global compound floods from precipitation and storm surge: Hazards and the roles of cyclones. Journal of Climate,

Hossain, M.L., and J. Li (2021), Biomass partitioning of C3- and C4-dominated grasslands in response to climate variability and climate extremes. Environmental Research Letters,16, 074016.

Lai, Y., J. Li, X. Gu, Y.D. Chen, D. Kong, T.Y. Gan, M. Liu, Q. Li, and G. Wu (2020), Greater flood risks in response to slowdown of tropical cyclones over the coast of China. PNAS,

Gu, X., J. Li, Y.D. Chen, D. Kong, and J. Liu (2019), Consistency and discrepancy of global surface soil moisture changes from multiple model-based data sets against satellite observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres,

Zhang, Q., J. Li, X. Gu, and P. Shi (2018), Is the Pearl River basin, China, drying or wetting? Seasonal variations, causes and implications. Global and Planetary Change, 166, 48-61.

Li J., 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.

Li J., 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, doi:

Chen Y.D., J. 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(6), 2732-2749.

Li, J., Q. Zhang, Y. D. Chen, and V. P. Singh (2015), Future joint probability behaviors of precipitation extremes across China: Spatiotemporal patterns and implications for flood and drought hazards. Global and Planetary Change, 124, 107-122.

Li, J., 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(19), 11017-11035.

Teaching Fields

  • Meteorology and Climatology
  • Natural Hazards
  • Environmental Issues

Research interests

  • Hydroclimatology
  • Climate Extremes
  • Water Hazards
  • Climate Change

Services/ Posts

Associate Editor, Hydrological Processes (2017 to Present)
Associate Editor, Frontiers in Earth Science (2022 to Present)
President, Hong Kong Geographical Information System Association
Executive Committee, Hong Kong Meteorological Society, (2017 to Present)


Water hazards under climate change

Big data and hydrometeorological extremes

Risk and mechanism of compound hydrometeorological extremes

Hydrological modelling