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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 2018

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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

precipitation assessment
ensemble forecasting
Climate models
Flood control
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Converting UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) to decision-making objectives and implementation options at the river basin scale

Ge, Y., Li, X., Cai, X., Deng, X., Wu, F., Li, Z. & Luan, W. Apr 3 2018 In : Sustainability (Switzerland). 10, 4, 1056

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sustainable development
sustainable development
basin management

Hierarchical decision-modeling framework to meet environmental objectives in biofuel development

Shafiee-Jood, M., Housh, M. & Cai, X. Jul 1 2018 In : Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. 144, 7, 04018030

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

decision-making process