Dr Huili Chen

PhD MSc BEng

  • Lecturer in Water Engineering

Research and expertise

My research is focused on the development of innovative methods for exploiting satellite observations to support water engineering research in data-sparse regions and integrating remote-sensing technologies and high-performance modelling tools to support regional flood impact/risk assessment to inform flood risk management.

Recently completed research projects

  • Agricultural flood damage assessment and risk analysis, Open Fund Programme of Ministry of Education Laboratory for Earth Surface Processes, PI, 01/2017-12/2018.

Recent publications

  • Chen, H., Liang, Q., Liang, Z., Liu, Y, and Ren, T.(2020) 'Extraction of connected river networks from multi-temporal remote sensing imagery using a path tracking technique', Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol. 246, pp. 111868. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2020.111868.
  • Chen, H., Liang, Q., Liang, Z., Liu, Y. and Xie, S. (2019) 'Remote-sensing disturbance detection index to identify spatio-temporal varying flood impact on crop production', Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Vol. 269-270, pp. 180-191. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2019.02.002.
  • Liang, Z., Liu, Y., Chen, H. and Ji, Y. (2019) 'Is ecoregional scale precise enough for lake nutrient criteria? Insights from a novel relationship-based clustering approach', Ecological Indicators, Vol. 97, pp. 341-349. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.10.034.
  • Liang, Z., Qian, S., Wu, S., Chen ,H., Liu, Y., Yu, Y. and Yi, X. (2019) 'Using Bayesian change point model to enhance understanding of the shifting nutrients-phytoplankton relationship', Ecological Modelling, Vol. 393, pp. 120-126. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2018.12.008.
  • Chen, H., Liang, Q., Liu, Y, and Xie, S. (2018) 'Hydraulic correction method (HCM) to enhance the efficiency of SRTM DEM in flood modeling', Journal of Hydrology, Vol. 559, pp. 56-70. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.01.056.
  • Chen, H., Liang, Z., Liu, Y,. Jiang, Q. and Xie, S. (2018) 'Effects of drought and flood on crop production in China across 1949–2015: spatial heterogeneity analysis with Bayesian hierarchical modeling', Natural Hazards, Vol. 92, pp. 525-541. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-018-3216-0.
  • Liang, Z., Chen, H., Wu, S., Zhang, X., Yu, Y. and Liu, Y. (2018) 'Exploring Dynamics of the Chlorophyll a-Total Phosphorus Relationship at the Lake-Specific Scale: a Bayesian Hierarchical Model', Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, Vol.  229, pp. 21. DOI: 10.1007/s11270-017-3678-9.
  • Liang, Z., Wu, S., Chen, H., Yu, Y. and Liu, Y. (2018) 'A probabilistic method to enhance understanding of nutrient limitation dynamics of phytoplankton', Ecological Modelling, Vol.  368, pp. 404-410. DOI:  10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.11.004.
  • Chen, H., Liang, Z., Liu, Y., Liang, Q. and Xie, S. (2017) 'Integrated remote sensing imagery and two-dimensional hydraulic modeling approach for impact evaluation of flood on crop yields', Journal of Hydrology, Vol. 553, pp. 262-275. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.08.001.
  • Li,B., Chen, H., Li, N., Wu, Z., Wen, Z., Xie, S. and Liu, Y. (2017) 'Spatio-temporal shifts in the archaeal community of a constructed wetland treating river water', Science of the Total Environment, Vol.  605, pp. 269-275. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.221.
  • Yang, X., Chen, H., Wang, Y., Xu, C. (2016) 'Evaluation of the effect of land use/cover change on flood characteristics using an integrated approach coupling land and flood analysis', Hydrology Research, Vol.  47, pp. 1161-1171. DOI: 10.2166/nh.2016.108.
  • Zeng, X., Huang, G., Chen, H., Li, Y., Kong, X. and Fan, Y. (2016) 'A simulation-based water-environment management model for regional sustainability in compound wetland ecosystem under multiple uncertainties', Ecological Modelling, Vol.  334, pp. 60-77. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.04.021
  • Zeng, X., Yang, X., Yu, L. and Chen, H. (2015) 'A mix inexact-quadratic fuzzy water resources management model of floodplain (IQT-WMMF) for regional sustainable development of Dahuangbaowa, China', Water, Vol.  7, pp. 2771-2795. DOI: 10.3390/w7062771.


I contribute to learning and teaching activities across the School's programmes, including:


  • CVC016 – Sustainable flood management
  • CVB004 – Surveying 2


I am currently a Lecturer in Water Engineering in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University.

My career at Loughborough commenced in January 2019, when I joined the School as a Research Associate. Previously, I was a Research Associate at Peking University. I received my BEng and MSc from Wuhan University, China, in 2010 and 2012, and my PhD from Peking University in 2016.

External activities

  • 2019 - Invited talk, Hebei University of Engineering, China
  • 2019 - Invited seminar, Exeter University, UK
  • 2019 - Invited seminar, Zhengzhou University, China
  • 2018 - Invited seminar, Nanjing University, China
  • Invited Reviewer for a number of international journals, e.g. Journal of Hydrology and Remote Sensing of Environment

Key collaborators

My research and enterprise activities are conducted with a range of academic and stakeholder partners, including:

  • Peking University
  • Wuhan University