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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


  • Deng Z, JJ Martinez, H Li, RA Harnish, CM Woodley, JS Hughes, X Li, T Fu, J Lu, GA Mcmichael, MA Weiland, MB Eppard, JR Skalski, and RL Townsend. 2017. "Comparing the survival rate of juvenile Chinook salmon migrating through hydropower systems using injectable and surgical acoustic transmitters." Scientific Reports 7:42999.  doi:10.1038/srep42999
  • Li X, CR Vernon, MI Hejazi, RP Link, L Feng, Y Liu, and LT Rauchenstein. 2017. "Xanthos - A Global Hydrologic Model." Journal of Open Research Software 5(1):21.  doi:10.5334/jors.181


  • Li X, Z Deng, LT Rauchenstein, and TJ Carlson. 2016. "Contributed Review: Source-Localization Algorithms and Applications Using Time of Arrival and Time Difference of Arrival Measurements." Review of Scientific Instruments 87(4):Article No. 041502.  doi:10.1063/1.4947001


  • Chassin DP, Y Zhang, PV Etingov, DP James, DD Hatley, H Kirkham, J Kueck, X Li, Y Huang, and C Chen. 2015. ARRA Interconnection Planning - Load Modeling ActivitiesPNNL-24425, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Harnish RA, AHA Colotelo, X Li, T Fu, KD Ham, Z Deng, and ED Green. 2015. Factors affecting route selection and survival of steelhead kelts at Snake River dams in 2012 and 2013PNNL-24207, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Li X, Z Deng, JJ Martinez, T Fu, PS Titzler, JS Hughes, MA Weiland, RS Brown, BA Trumbo, ML Ahmann, and JF Renholods. 2015. "Three-Dimensional Tracking of Juvenile Salmon at Mid-Reach Location between Dams." Fisheries Research 167:216-224.  doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2015.01.018
  • Li X, Z Deng, RS Brown, T Fu, JJ Martinez, GA Mcmichael, JR Skalski, RL Townsend, BA Trumbo, ML Ahmann, and JF Renholods. 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(1):Article No. cou064.  doi:10.1093/conphys/cou064



  • Brown RS, Z Deng, KV Cook, BD Pflugrath, X Li, T Fu, JJ Martinez, H Li, BA Trumbo, ML Ahmann, and A Seaburg. 2013. "A field evaluation of an external and neutrally buoyant acoustic transmitter for juvenile salmon: implications for estimating hydroturbine passage survival." PLoS One 8(10):e77744.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077744


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