Dr Dapeng Yu Ph.D. (Leeds)

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Senior Lecturer in Geography

Academic career

2007 - onwards: Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, Loughborough University, UK. 
2004-2007: Research Associate in Physical Geography, Durham University, UK. 
2001-2005: PhD in Physical Geography (fully funded), supervised by Professor Stuart Lane, University of Leeds, UK.
1999-2001: M.Sc. in Geographical Information Science (fully funded), Wageningen University & Research Centre, The Netherlands.

Professional responsibilities

2016: EPSRC Associate Peer Review College Member

2014: British Council Researcher Links Programme Panellist.

2013: Member of European Geoscience Union.

2004: Member of American Geophysical Union.

My research in recent years has been funded by NERC, EPSRC, Royal Geographical Society, and IFAD of the United Nations. There are a number of interrelated primary strands of research that I have been developing.

  • Hydrodynamic Modelling and Geocomputation of Earth Surface Processes: I have broad and extensive experience and expertise with hydrodynamic modelling, in particular flood inundation, river hydraulics and hydrological processes. Representative of my work on hydrodynamic modelling is a 2D flood modelling tool FloodMap. Since October 2015, I am involved as the Loughborough PI to work in two EPSRC grants, including Vaccinating the Nexus and STEPPING UP. Between January 2016 and July 2016, I lead a NERC climate service pathway project as PI on Future Flood Risks, and involved in the Drone Watch project.
  • Risk Analysis, Impact Evaluation and Response Management: I have expertise in the area of flood risk impact and response, considering the vulnerability of critical infrastructures (e.g. transport, utility, and communication networks). Since 2014, I was successful in leading two NERC Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation projects as PI, including: (i) evaluating the resilience of critical infrastructure for emergency response to extreme flood events (NE/M008770/1), and (ii) piloting a real-time surface water flood risk mapping service support local emergency decision-making (NE/N013050/1), in collaboration with LRF, local authorities, Cabinet Office, the Department for Communities and Local Governments, Met Office, Environment Agency, Atkins and Transport Scotland.
  • Spatial Analysis using Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing: GIS and Remote Sensing are used extensively in my research. I obtained an MSc degree in Geographical Information Science from Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands and I use GIS and Remote Sensing on a daily basis for research and teaching. Representative of my expertise in this area is a risk analysis and mapping project in Yemen (as Co-I, working with Professor Robert Wilby (PI)), commissioned by the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the UN, which produced high-impact research outputs as well as practical guidance for risk managers internationally. 


Year 1: Tutorials (additional tutor). 
Year 2: Physical Geography Field course (additional tutor). 

Year 2: Remote Sensing and GIS (module convenor). 

Year 2: GRDP (additional tutor). 
Year 3: GIS and Flood Management (module convenor). 

Year 3: Dissertation (additional tutor). 

Postgraduate taught

Applied Environmental GIS (module convenor). 

Natural Hazards and Catastrophe Modelling (module convenor). 


Current postgraduate research students

Kate Mcanally (01.2015 - present): Use of UAS in flood risk management, Principal Supervisor, with Dr David Graham.

Avinoam Baruch (01.2015 – present: Crowd-sourcing for flood risk management, Co-Supervisor with Dr Andrew May, Design School

Amelia Bulcock (10.2015 - present): The geomorphic and hydraulic impact of complex weir removals: Evaluation risk in river restoration, Co-Supervisor with Professor Steve Rice

Samuel Dixon (10.2014 – present): Hydro-power resilience. Co-Supervisor, with Professor Rob Wilby.

Daniel Green (10.2013 – present): Coupling physical modelling with numerical modelling for urban flood inundation. Principal Supervisor.



Recent postgraduate research students:

Xiaodan Wu (2009 – 2012): An evaluation of the impacts of land surface modification, storm sewer development, and rainfall variation on waterlogging risk in Shanghai. Visiting PhD student from East China Normal University.

Jie Yin (2008 – 2011): Flood risk analysis of Shanghai. Visiting PhD student from with East China Normal University.

Chanita Duangyiwa (2012 – 2016): Combined impact of land subsidence, sea level rise and storm surge on flood risks in Bangkok. Supported by Royal Thai Government Scholarship. Principal Supervisor, with Professor Rob Wilby.

Yin, J, Yu, D, Yin, Z, Liu, M, He, Q (2016) Evaluating the impact and risk of pluvial flash flood on intra-urban road net- work: A case study in the city center of Shanghai, China, Journal of Hydrology, 537, pp.138-145, ISSN: 0022-1694.

Yin, J, Yu, D, Wilby, R (2016) Modelling the impact of land subsidence on urban pluvial flooding: A case study of downtown Shanghai, China, Science of the Total Environment, 544, pp.744-744, ISSN: 0048-9697.

Yu, D and Coulthard, TJ (2015) Evaluating the importance of catchment hydrological parameters for urban surface water flood modelling using a simple hydro-inundation model, Journal of Hydrology, ISSN: 0022-1694. Full text: DOI:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.02.040.

Yin, J, Yu, D, Yin, Z, Wang, J, Xu, S (2015) Modelling the anthropogenic impacts on fluvial flood risks in a coastal mega-city: A scenario-based case study in Shanghai, China, Landscape and Urban Planning, 136, pp.144-155, ISSN: 0169-2046. DOI:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.12.009.

Wilby, RL and Yu, D (2013) Rainfall and temperature estimation for a data sparse region,Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17(10), pp.3937-3955, ISSN: 1027-5606. DOI:10.5194/hess-17-3937-2013.

Yin, J, Yu, D, Yin, Z, Xu, SY (2013) Modelling the combined impacts of sea-level rise and land subsidence on storm tides induced flooding of the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China,Climatic Change: an interdisciplinary, international journal devoted to the description, causes and implications of climatic change, 0, p.0, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-013-0749-9.

Yin, J, Yu, D, Yin, Z, Wang, J, Xu, SY (2013) Multiple scenario analyses of Huangpu River flooding using a 1D/2D coupled flood inundation modelNatural Hazards, 66(2), pp.577-589, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-012-0501-1.

Wu, X, Yu, D, Wilby, RL, Chen, Z (2012) An evaluation of the impacts of land surface modification, storm sewer development, and rainfall variation on waterlogging risk in ShanghaiNatural Hazards, 63(2), pp.305-323, ISSN: 0921-030X. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-012-0153-1.