Yi-Chen Ethan Yang, Ph.D., GISP
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (PDF files available upon request) Google Scholar
1. Yang, Y. C. E., Wi, S., Ray, P. A., Khalil, A. F. and Brown, C. M. 2016. The Future Nexus of the Brahmaputra Basin: Climate, Water, Food and Energy trajectories. Global Environmental Change, 37: 16-30.
2. Ray, P. A., Yang, Y. C. E., Wi, S., Brown, C. M., Khalil, A. F. and Chatikavanij, V. 2015. Room for improvement: Hydroclimatic challenges to poverty-reducing development of the Brahmaputra River. Environmental Science and Policy, 54: 64-80.
3. Wi, S., Yang, Y. C. E., Steinschneider, S., Khalil, A. F. and Brown, C. M. 2015. Calibration approaches for distributed hydrologic models using high performance computing: Implication for streamflow projections under climate change. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 19, 857-876.
4. Yang, Y. C. E., Ray P. A., Brown, C. M., Khalil, A. F. and Yu, W. H. 2015. Estimation of flood damage functions for river basin planning - A case study in Bangladesh. Natural Hazards, 75, 2773-2791.
5. Yang, Y. C. E., Brown, C. M., Yu, W. H., Wescoat, J. L. Jr. and Ringler C., 2014. Water Governance and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Indus River Basin. Journal of Hydrology, 519, 2527-2537.
7. Steinschneider, S., Yang, Y. C. E. and Brown, C. M. 2014. Regionalization of A Conceptual Rainfall-Runoff Model using Mixed Regressive, Spatial Autoregressive Modeling. Hydrological Sciences Journal, in press.
8. Steinschneider, S., Yang, Y. C. E. and Brown, C. M. 2013. Panel Regression Techniques for Identifying Anthropogenic Impacts on Hydrologic Response. Water Resources Research, 49(12), 7874 - 7886.
9. Yang, Y. C. E., Brown, C. M., Yu, W. H. and Savitsky, A. 2013. An Introduction to IBMR - A Hydro-Economic Model for the Climate Change Impact Assessment in the Indus River in Pakistan. Water International, 38(5): 632-650.
10. Wan, J., Yang, Y. C. E., Lin, Y. F. F. and Wang, J. 2013. Groundwater Resource Planning to Preserve Streamflow - Where Environmental Amenity Meets Economic Welfare Loss. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management-ASCE, 139(4): 440-448.
11. Wan, J., Yang, Y. C. E., and Lin, Y. F. F. 2013. The Effect of Groundwater Allocation on Economic Welfare Loss - A Rationing Policy Study at a County Scale under Water Scarcity Scenarios. Ground Water, 51(4):603-612.
12. Yang, Y. C. E., Zhao, J. and Cai, X. 2012. A Multi-Agent System Modeling Framework for Water Allocation Management in the Yellow River Basin. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management-ASCE, 138(4): 313-325.
13. Yang, Y. C. E. and Lin Y. F. F. 2011. A New GIScience Application for Visualized Natural Resources Management and Decision Support. Transactions in GIS, 15(s1): 109-124.
14. Cai, X., Yang, Y. C. E., Ringler, C., Zhao, J. and You, L. 2011. Agricultural Water Productivity Assessment for the Yellow River Basin. Agricultural Water Management, 98: 1297-1306.
15. Yang, Y. C. E. and Cai, X. 2011. Reservoir Reoperation for Fish Ecosystem Restoration Using Daily Inflows - A Case Study of Lake Shelbyville. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management-ASCE, 136(6): 470-480.
16. Ringler, C., Cai, X., Wang, J., Ahmed, A., Xue, Y., Xu, Z., Yang, E., Zhao, J., Zhu, T., Cheng, L., Fu, Y., Fu, X., Gu X. and You, L. 2010. Yellow River basin: living with scarcity. Water International, 35(5): 681 - 701.
17. Yang, Y. C. E., Cai, X. and Stipanović, D. M. 2009. A Decentralized Optimization Algorithm for Multi-Agent System Based Watershed Management, Water Resources Research. 45, W08430, doi:10.1029/2008WR007634.
18. Tung, C. P., Lee, T. Y., Yang, Y. C. E. and Chen, Y. J. 2009. Application of genetic programming to project climate change impacts on the population of Formosan landlocked salmon, Environmental Modelling & Software, 24: 1062-1072.
19. Yang, Y. C. E., Cai, X. and Herricks E. E. 2008. Identification of Hydrologic Indicators Related to Fish Diversity and Abundance - A Data Mining Approach for Fish Community Analysis, Water Resources Research, 44, W04412, doi:10.1029/2006WR005764.
20. Tung, C. P., Yang, Y. C. E., Lee, T. Y. and Li, M. H. 2007. Modification of a Stream Temperature Model with Beer's Law and Application to GaoShan Creek in Taiwan, Ecological Modelling, 200: 217-224.
21. Tung, C. P., Lee, T. Y. and Yang, Y. C. 2006. Modeling Climate Change Impacts on Stream Temperature of Formosan Landlocked Salmon Habitat, Hydrological Processes, 20: 1629-1649.
22. Tung, C. P. and Yang, Y. C. 2006. The Climate Change Impact Assessment of Formosan Landlocked Salmon Suitable Habitat, Journal of Chinese Agricultural Engineering, 52(1): 1-12. (in Chinese with English abstract)
23. Yang, Y. C., Hsu, M. L. and Lay, J. G. 2005. The Effect of DEM Resolution and Flow Direction Algorithms on Contributing Area Calculation, Journal of Geographical Science, 39: 71-90. (in Chinese with English abstract)
24. Huang, J. C. Hsu, M. L. and Yang, Y. C. 2002. Spatial Characteristics of Contributing Area Calculated by Multiple Flow Direction and Single Flow Direction Methods, Journal of Chinese Soil and Water Conservation, 33(1): 57-72. (in Chinese with English abstract)
Books & Reports & Thesis
25. Yang, Y. C. E. and Brown, C. M. 2014. Hydro-economic system analyses for climatic risk and water infrastructure development in the Ayeyarwady Basin, World Bank, Washington D.C. USA.
26. Yang, Y. C. E., Wi, S. Brown, C. M. and Khalil, A. F. 2014. Strategic Assessment of Hydropower Development Alternatives in the Kunar River Basin of Afghanistan and Pakistan: Water Balance and Climate Change Analyses, World Bank, Washington D.C. USA.
27. Yang, Y. C. E. et al, 2013. Development of a GAMS Model for Exploration of Various Water Resources Development Scenarios in the Amu Darya Basin, World Bank, Washington D.C. USA.
28. Yu, W. Yang, Y. C. E., Savitsky, A., Alford, D., Brown, C. Wescoat, J., Debowicz, D. and Robinson, S. 2013. The Indus Basin of Pakistan: The Impacts of Climate Risks on Water and Agriculture. Washington, DC: World Bank. doi: 10.1596/978-0-8213-9874-6. License: Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0
29. Yang, Y. C. E. 2010. Modeling Watershed Management with an Ecological Objective - A Multi-Agent System Based Approach, Ph. D. Thesis, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC, Urbana, IL, USA.
30. Yang, Y. C. 2004. Modeling the Impacts of Climate Change on Water Temperature and Potential Population of Formosan Landlocked Salmon Reintroduction Habitat, The Graduated Thesis of Graduate Institute of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, NTU, Taiwan.
Research Assistant Professor
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
yceyang at umass.edu
Water Resources Management
Coupled Natural-Human System
Climate Change Impact Assessment
Geographic Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Urbana, IL, USA
2010 Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering
National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei, Taiwan
2004 M.S. in Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering
2002 B.S. in Geography
Flex Grants for Teaching/Faculty Development, Umass, April 2014
Scholarship of ESRI-GIS Development Center (EDC), April 2010
Certificate in Foundations of Teaching, UIUC, April 2009
Chester P. Siess Award, CEE, UIUC, April 2006
College of Science Dean Award, NTU, June 2002
Presidential Award, NTU, April 2000
Research Assistant Professor, July 2013 - present
Civil and Environmental Engineering, UMass
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, July 2011 - June 2013
Civil and Environmental Engineering, UMass
Postdoctoral Research Associate, May 2010 - June 2011
Illinois State Water Survey, UIUC
Instructor, September 2009 - June 2011
ESRI-GIS Development Center, Prairie Research Institute, UIUC
Graduate Research Assistant, August 2005 - May 2010
Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC
Research Staff, August 2004 - July 2005
Sustainable Development Lab/ Hydrotech Research Institute, NTU
Associate Editor, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management - ASCE
Interactive Web-based visualization tools (D3.js examples)
Water-Energy-Food nexus in the Brahmaputra Basin - China http://people.umass.edu/yceyang/ChinaWEF.html
Tanzania example - Focusable time series plot http://people.umass.edu/yceyang/TANtimeseries.html
Tanzania example - Dynamic scatter plot matrix http://people.umass.edu/yceyang/TANscatter.html
Tanzania example - Dynamic parallel coordinates plot http://people.umass.edu/yceyang/TANParallel.html
Tanzania example - Collapsible story tree plot http://people.umass.edu/yceyang/TANtree.html
A VB6 based software for Genetic Programming (GP) purpose. Manual only in Chinese.
uWATER (the ubiquitous WebGIS Analysis Toolkit for Extensive Resources)
An ArcGIS Explorer Desktop plug-in for visualizing and analyzing natural resources decision support variables. The toolkit conducts a complex inquiry, undertaking spatial and characteristics inquiry at the same time, on a user-desired shapefile based on the defined criteria.
uWATER-PA (the uWATER-Pumping Assessment)
An extended uWATER package targeting the specific environmental issue of groundwater pumping impacts. The toolkit is an excellent alternative to initially assessing complex groundwater pumping impacts. A graphical user interface makes both data entry and interpretation of results intuitive to non-technical individuals.
l Co-PI, 2015-2016, Including climate uncertainty in water resources planning and project design - Decision tree initiative demonstration, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Funded by the World Bank, $224,944
l Co-project leader, 2014-2016, A generic ABM framework for complex ecosystem service analyses in WLE focal regions, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Funded by CGIAR-WLE, $1,055,137
l PI, 2014-2015, Evaluation of Complex Water System (COWS) around the World - data collection, model development and scenario analysis, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Funded by the World Bank, $321,232
l PI, 2014-2015, Modeling the Climate risk and Infrastructure development assessment for the Ayeyarwady Basin, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Funded by the World Bank, $30,000
l PI, 2013-2015, Future Visions of the Brahmaputra - Establishing Hydrologic Baseline and Water Resources Context, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Funded by the World Bank, $208,667
l Co-PI, 2013-2014, Developing tools for climate risk assessment and adaptation in water resources system, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Funded by U.S. Geological Survey, $100,000
l Co-PI, 2012-2013, Bringing people, data, and models together - addressing impacts of climate change on stream temperature, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Funded by Northeast Climate Science Center, U.S. Department of Interior, $149,859
l Co-PI, 2012-2013, Using an upgraded Indus River Basin Model Revised (IBMR) for energy-water-food nexus assessment in the Indus River Basin under climate change impact, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Funded by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), $70,000
l Co-PI, 2012-2013, Development of a GAMS Model for Exploration of Various Water Resources Development Scenarios in the Amu Darya Basin University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Funded by the World Bank, $89,959