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Xinya Li

Xinya Li

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Research Interests

  • Numerical modeling in hydrology, uncertainty analysis, sensitivity analysis and parameter calibration.
  • Statistical analysis, data mining and data manipulation of large data sets.
  • Data management and database construction.
  • Application of model reduction and data assimilation
  • Scientific programming and software development
  • High performance computing and model optimization.
  • Three dimensional source localization, tracking and calibration.
  • Submarine Groundwater Discharge (SGD).

Education and Credentials

  • B.S. Hydrology and Water Resources, Nanjing University, 2004
  • Ph.D. Geology, Florida State University, 2010

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geological Society of America

PNNL Publications


  • Vernon C.R., M.I. Hejazi, S. Turner, Y. Liu, C.J. Braun, X. Li, and R.P. Link. 2019. "A Global Hydrologic Framework to Accelerate Scientific Discovery." Journal of Open Research Software 7, no. 1:Article No. 1. PNNL-SA-137438. doi:10.5334/jors.245


  • Huang Z., M.I. Hejazi, X. Li, Q. Tang, C.R. Vernon, G. Leng, and Y. Liu, et al. 2018. "Reconstruction of global gridded monthly sectoral water withdrawals for 1971-2010 and analysis of their spatiotemporal patterns." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 22, no. 4:2117-2133. PNNL-SA-129126. doi:10.5194/hess-22-2117-2018
  • Li X., C.R. Vernon, M.I. Hejazi, R.P. Link, Z. Huang, L. Liu, and L. Feng. 2018. "Tethys - A Python Package for Spatial and Temporal Downscaling of Global Water Withdrawals"." Journal of Open Research Software 6, no. 1:9. PNNL-SA-129638. doi:10.5334/jors.197
  • Li X., Z. Deng, T. Fu, R.S. Brown, J.J. Martinez, G.A. Mcmichael, and B.A. Trumbo, et al. 2018. "Three-dimensional migration behavior of juvenile salmonids in reservoirs and near dams." Scientific Reports 8. PNWD-SA-10471. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-19208-1
  • Li Y., R. Diao, R. Huang, P.V. Etingov, X. Li, Z. Huang, and S. Wang, et al. 2018. "An Innovative Software Tool Suite for Power Plant Model Validation and Parameter Calibration using PMU Measurements." In IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, July 16-20, 2017, Chicago, Illinois. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-121826. doi:10.1109/PESGM.2017.8274654


  • Deng Z., J.J. Martinez, H. Li, R.A. Harnish, C.M. Woodley, J.S. Hughes, and X. Li, et al. 2017. "Comparing the survival rate of juvenile Chinook salmon migrating through hydropower systems using injectable and surgical acoustic transmitters." Scientific Reports 7. PNNL-SA-113136. doi:10.1038/srep42999
  • Li X., C.R. Vernon, M.I. Hejazi, R.P. Link, L. Feng, Y. Liu, and L.T. Rauchenstein. 2017. "Xanthos - A Global Hydrologic Model." Journal of Open Research Software 5, no. 1:21. PNNL-SA-126584. doi:10.5334/jors.181


  • Li X., Z. Deng, L.T. Rauchenstein, and T.J. Carlson. 2016. "Contributed Review: Source-Localization Algorithms and Applications Using Time of Arrival and Time Difference of Arrival Measurements." Review of Scientific Instruments 87, no. 4:Article No. 041502. PNNL-SA-114716. doi:10.1063/1.4947001


  • Chassin D.P., Y. Zhang, P.V. Etingov, D.P. James, D.D. Hatley, H. Kirkham, and J. Kueck, et al. 2015. ARRA Interconnection Planning - Load Modeling Activities. PNNL-24425. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Harnish R.A., A.H. Colotelo, X. Li, T. Fu, K.D. Ham, Z. Deng, and E.D. Green. 2015. Factors affecting route selection and survival of steelhead kelts at Snake River dams in 2012 and 2013. PNNL-24207. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Li X., Z. Deng, J.J. Martinez, T. Fu, P.S. Titzler, J.S. Hughes, and M.A. Weiland, et al. 2015. "Three-Dimensional Tracking of Juvenile Salmon at Mid-Reach Location between Dams." Fisheries Research 167. PNWD-SA-10404. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2015.01.018
  • Li X., Z. Deng, R.S. Brown, T. Fu, J.J. Martinez, G.A. Mcmichael, and J.R. Skalski, et al. 2015. "Migration Depth and Residence Time of Juvenile Salmonids in the Forebays of Hydropower Dams Prior to Passage through Turbines or Juvenile Bypass Systems: Implications for Turbine Passage Survival." Conservation Physiology 3, no. 1:Article No. cou064. PNWD-SA-10388. doi:10.1093/conphys/cou064


  • Colotelo A.H., R.A. Harnish, B.W. Jones, A.C. Hanson, D.M. Trott, M.J. Greiner, and G.A. Mcmichael, et al. 2014. Passage Distribution and Federal Columbia River Power System Survival for Steelhead Kelts Tagged Above and at Lower Granite Dam, Year 2. PNNL-23051 Rev.1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Harnish R.A., A.H. Colotelo, X. Li, K.D. Ham, and Z. Deng. 2014. Factors Affecting Route Selection and Survival of Steelhead Kelts at Snake River Dams in 2012 and 2013. PNNL-23941. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Ingraham J.M., Z. Deng, X. Li, T. Fu, G.A. McMichael, and B.A. Trumbo. 2014. "A fast and accurate decoder for underwater acoustic telemetry." Review of Scientific Instruments 85, no. 7:074903. PNWD-SA-10345. doi:10.1063/1.4891041
  • Li X., Z. Deng, Y. Sun, J.J. Martinez, T. Fu, G.A. McMichael, and T.J. Carlson. 2014. "A 3D approximate maximum likelihood solver for localization of fish implanted with acoustic transmitters." Scientific Reports 4. PNWD-SA-10355. doi:10.1038/srep07215


  • Brown R.S., Z. Deng, K.V. Cook, B.D. Pflugrath, X. Li, T. Fu, and J.J. Martinez, et al. 2013. "A field evaluation of an external and neutrally buoyant acoustic transmitter for juvenile salmon: implications for estimating hydroturbine passage survival." PLoS One 8, no. 10:e77744. PNWD-SA-10136. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077744


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