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Professor Ximing Cai is a research pioneer in integrated hydrologic-economic modeling for river basin management and water systems operations. His current research areas include coupled human-natural system analysis with an emphasis on human interferences in hydrological processes, water-energy-food system modeling especially in dry areas, and sustainable water resources management particularly in developing countries. He has authored or co-authored more than 110 peer-reviewed journal papers, three books and several monographs.  He currently serves as Editor for Water Resources Researchthe flagship journal of water resources, published by the American Geophysical Union, and on the editorial board of other major water journals.  He has received several awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER award and best paper awards from Water International and the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.  He has worked as a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations and other international agencies. 



Professor Cai teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in water resources engineering, surface water hydrology and application of geographic information systems, and river basin management. 


  • QE Geology
  • sediment analysis

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Research Output 1997 2019

Influence of internal variability and global warming on multidecadal changes in regional drought severity over the continental United States

Apurv, T., Cai, X. & Yuan, X., Mar 1 2019, In : Journal of Hydrometeorology. 20, 3, p. 411-429 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

global warming
Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation
Pacific Decadal Oscillation
sea surface temperature

A Holistic Framework to Assess Drought Preparedness

Cai, X., Shafiee-Jood, M., Ge, Y., Kokoszka, S. & Apurv, T., Jan 1 2018, In : World Scientific Series on Asia-Pacific Weather and Climate. 10, p. 177-191 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

crisis management
natural hazard
limiting factor
environmental factor

Appreciation for Water Resources Research Reviewers

Clark, M. P., Bahr, J., Bierkens, M. F. P., Cai, X., Hall, J., Hogue, T. S., Luce, C. H., Lundquist, J. D., Mackay, D. S., van Meerveld, I. H. J., Rajaram, H., Sanchez-Vila, X. & Troch, P. A., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Water Resources Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

water resource

Biomass and biofuels in China: Toward bioenergy resource potentials and their impacts on the environment

Qin, Z., Zhuang, Q., Cai, X., He, Y., Huang, Y., Jiang, D., Lin, E., Liu, Y., Tang, Y. & Wang, M. Q., Feb 1 2018, In : Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 82, p. 2387-2400 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


Communicating the impacts of projected climate change on heavy rainfall using a weighted ensemble approach

Markus, M., Angel, J. R., Byard, G., McConkey, S. A., Zhang, C., Cai, X., Notaro, M. & Ashfaq, M., Apr 1 2018, In : Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. 23, 4, 04018004.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Climate change
climate change
twenty first century