Hao Li

Research team: Hydrology and Climate

Hao LiI am currently a PhD candidate at the Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Management of Ghent University. In 2020, I obtained my Master’s degree in China Agricultural University with a major in Hydrology and Water Resources. In my master thesis, I investigated the spatiotemporal patterns of water yield in the Upper Brahmaputra River basin, and applied the Budyko framework and random forest model to identify the importance of vegetation recovery in water yield changes. These experiences invoked my interest in the interplay among climate, water, and land use. In the future, I will focus on the effects of land use changes on precipitation recycling and water yield in the downwind watersheds.


Research topics: ecohydrology, land use changes, precipitation recycling, water yield, climate change


Address: Coupure links 653 - Room A2.010

               9000 Ghent, Belgium

Phone: +32 9 264 61 40



  • 2020 – Present: PhD candidate – Hydro-Climate Extremes Lab, Ghent University
  • 2018 – 2020: MSc. in Hydrology and Water Resources – College of Water Resources and Civil Engineering, China Agricultural University
  • 2014 – 2018:  BSc. in Hydrology and Water Resources – School of Water Conservancy, North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power


  1. Li, H., Liu, L., Liu, X., Li, X., & Xu, Z. Greening Implication Inferred from Vegetation Dynamics Interacted with Climate Change and Human Activities over the Southeast Qinghai–Tibet Plateau. Remote Sensing, 11(20), 2019.
  2. Li, H., Liu, L., Shan, B., Xu, Z., Niu, Q., Cheng, L., . . . Xu, Z. Spatiotemporal Variation of Drought and Associated Multi-Scale Response to Climate Change over the Yarlung Zangbo River Basin of Qinghai–Tibet Plateau, China. Remote Sensing, 11(13), 2019.
  3. Li, X., Liu, L., Li, H., Wang, S., & Heng, J. Spatiotemporal soil moisture variations associated with hydro‐meteorological factors over the Yarlung Zangbo River basin in Southeast Tibetan Plateau. International Journal of Climatology, 40(1), 188-206, 2019.
  4. Liu, L., Niu, Q., Heng, J., Li, H., & Xu, Z. Characteristics of dry and wet conversion and dynamic vegetation response in Yarlung Zangbo River basin (in Chinese with English abstract). Transactions of the Chinese Society of Agricultural Engineering, 36(2), 175-184, 2020.
  5. Niu, Q., Liu, L., Heng, J., Li, H., & Xu, Z. A Multi-Index Evaluation of Drought Characteristics in the Yarlung Zangbo River Basin of Tibetan Plateau, Southwest China. Frontiers in Earth Science, 8:213, 2020.