Dr Yunqing Xuan
Senior Lecturer
Telephone: (01792) 606565
Room: Office
Energy Safety Research Institute
Bay Campus

I have more than 15 years research and industry experiences in flood risk management and climate change impact in water sector. His research focuses on hydrological and hydro-meteorological modelling of extreme events, weather radar and radar-hydrology, hydroinformatics, climate change and data downscaling. I have been involved in and has led a number of key national and multi-national research projects of the fields, including FRMRC I & II, EU FP5 FLOODRELIEF, EU FP6 FLOODSite, NERC FREE. I have also been actively contributing to capacity building on Climate Change Adaptation for Sub-Saharan countries, providing training and advisory to international bodies such as UNESCO, NBI. I have also published more than 40 journal papers, conferences contributions and book chapters. I have been an active reviewer for a number of key international academic journals in the field such as HESS, Journal of Hydrology, Quarterly Journal of Royal Meteorological Society. I am a fellow of Royal Meteorological Society, and member of national and international professional organisations: CIWEM, ICE, IAHS, EGU, AGU.

Areas of Expertise

  • Hydrology
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Hydroinformatics
  • Climate Change
  • Hydro-meteorological Modelling
  • GIS and Remote Sensing


  1. & Coupled hydro-meteorological modelling on a HPC platform for high-resolution extreme weather impact study. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20(12), 4707-4715.
  2. & Spatio-temporal assessment of meteorological drought under the influence of varying record length: the case of Upper Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 1-16.
  3. & Global sensitivity analysis in hydrological modeling: Review of concepts, methods, theoretical framework, and applications. Journal of Hydrology 523, 739-757.
  4. & Rapid urbanization and changes in spatiotemporal characteristics of precipitation in Beijing metropolitan area. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 119(19), 11,250-11,271.
  5. & Hydrological appraisal of operational weather radar rainfall estimates in the context of different modelling structures. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 18(1), 257-272.
  6. & Precipitation forecasts for rainfall runoff predictions. A case study in poorly gauged Ribb and Gumara catchments, upper Blue Nile, Ethiopia. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C 61-62
  7. & Simulating the Impact of Climate Change on Runoff in a Typical River Catchment of the Loess Plateau, China. Journal of Hydrometeorology e-View, 130528133534008
  8. (2014). High performance computing (HPC) based hydrological modelling framework to support complex model-coupling and uncertainty studies. Presented at EGU General Assembly 2014,
  9. & (2014). Forecast uncertainty of a lumped hydrological model coupled with the STEPS radar rainfall nowcasts. Presented at Internationall Symposium Weather Radar and Hydrology, Washington DC, USA:
  10. & (2014). Developing A High Performance Computing (Hpc) Based Hydrological Modelling Framework To Support Extreme Weather Impact Studies. Presented at 11th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, New York:

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  • EG-219 Statistical Methods in Engineering

    This module offers a balanced, streamlined one-semester introduction to Engineering Statistics that emphasizes the statistical tools most needed by practicing engineers. Using real engineering problems students see how statistics fits within the methods of engineering problem solving and learn how to apply statistical methodologies to their field of study. The module teaches students how to think like an engineer when analysing real data. Mini projects, tailored to each engineering discipline, are intended to simulate problems that students will encounter professionally during their future careers. Emphasis is placed on the use of statistical software for tackling engineering problems that require the use of statistics.

  • EG-329 Hydrology and Unsteady Flow

    This module comprises two components: Hydrology (80%) and Water Engineering Design (20%) Hydrology: 1. Introduction of important concepts in hydrology, such as hydrological cycle, rainfall runoff process, hydrological design; 2. Ensuring students to be able to solve common hydrological problems following the general practice guideline in engineering hydrology; 3. Encouraging critical thinking on issues related to development issues, with special emphasis on water supply problems under the climate change impacts. Water Engineering Design:Storm water design calculations. Design of paved and roof drainage systems. Application of rational method hydrology open channel flow in urban drainage. Preliminary design calculations. British and Eurocode applications. Case studies and design of SuDs components

  • EG-M35 Flood Risk Management

    Recent years have seen an increasingly volatile climate and hence severe floods across the UK and worldwide, which also accompanies with a constant demand for expertise and know-hows for flood risk management. We intend to use this module to facilitate civil and environmental engineering students with necessary engineering skills and techniques for flood risk management with special focuses on current practice and national polices related and climate change impact and sustainability issues. Any student wanting to pursue or develop in a related career, e.g., water managers, consultancy in flood risk management is encouraged to take the module.


  • Hydrological Modelling For Integrated Water Resources Management Under Climate Change (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Dominic Reeve
  • Quantitative Modelling of Climate Change Impact on Hydro-climatic Extremes (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Harshinie Karunarathna