Thursday, April 17, 2014


Huan Wu

Assistant Research Scientist


Phone: +1 301 405 3395
Primary College/Department: CMNS-Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center
Office Location: M-Square Research Park
Building: 950
Room#: 3037



Dr. Huan Wu received his PhD degree in remote sensing in hydrology from Peking University in 2007.His research interests are in drawing quantitative descriptions of the land phase of the hydrological cycle using geospatial information technologies (Remote Sensing, GIS etc.), to improve the understanding of hydrological processes and associated model predictions at different spatial and temporal scales. Huan began as a Research Associate for ESSIC/NASA GSFC in June, 2010 and promoted to be an Assistant Research Scientist in Dec, 2012, working with Dr. Robert Adler on global real-time flood forecasting using multiple satellite based precipitation data (e.g. TMPA) and hydrological models. Before he joined ESSIC, Huan worked at School of Forestry & Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana, as a Post-Doctoral hydrologist, where he developed hydrologic and runoff-routing model and approaches for predictions of spatially distributed hydrological variables particularly for streamflow and stream temperatures, in the context of linking climate change with hydro-ecosystem.


Journal Referee

Water Resources Research; Journal of Hydrology; Journal of Geophysical Research; Hydrological Sciences Journal; International Journal of Climatology; Environmental Research Letters; Journal of Hydrometeorology; Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing; Hydrology and Earth System Sciences; Environmental Modelling & Software; PLOS ONE; Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics; MDPI-Water; Advances in Water Resources; MDPI-Remote Sensing

URLs for describing and accessing Dr. Wu's research products

Real-time Global Flood Monitoring and Forecasting System

Is your area flooding? go to:


Historical and Future streamflow and stream temperature simulations for North Pacific Rim (NPR) and Pacific Northwest (PNW) river basins


DRT upscaled global hydrographic datasets



Google Scholar Profile

Wu H.
, R. F. Adler, Y. Tian, G. Huffman, H. Li and JJ. Wang (2014), Real-time Global Flood Monitoring Using Satellite-based Precipitation and a Land Surface Model, Water Resources Research (in press).

Wade, A. A., Beechie, T. J., Fleishman, E., Mantua, N. J., H. Wu, Kimball, J. S., Stoms, D. M., Stanford, J. A. (2013), Steelhead vulnerability to climate change in the Pacific Northwest. Journal of Applied Ecology, 50: 1093–1104. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12137

Li, H., M. S. Wigmosta,  H. Wu, M. Huang, Y. Ke, and A. M. Coleman, and L. R. Leung (2013). A physically based runoff routing model for land surface and earth system models. Journal of Hydrometeorology. Doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-12-015.1, in press.

Tian Y., G.J. Huffman, R.F. Adler,L. Tang, M. Sapiano, V. Maggioni and H. Wu (2013), ModelingErrors in Daily Precipitation Measurements: Additive or Multiplicative?, Geophysical Research  Letters, doi: 10.1002/grl.50320, in press.

Wu, H., J. S.Kimball, M. M.Elsner, N.Mantua, R. F.Adler, and J.Stanford (2012), Projected climate change impacts on the hydrology and temperature of Pacific Northwest rivers, Water Resour. Res., 48, W11530, doi:10.1029/2012WR012082.

Li H, H. Wu, M. Huang, and LYR Leung. 2012. "Representing natural and manmade drainage systems in an earth system modeling framework." Irrigation & Drainage Systems Engineering 1(2): Article No. e107.

Wu H., R. F. Adler, Y. Hong, Y. Tian, and F. Policelli (2012), Evaluation of Global Flood Detection Using Satellite-Based Rainfall and a Hydrologic Model. J. Hydrometeor, 13, 1268–1284. doi:

Beechie T., H. Imaki, J. Greene, A. Wade, H. Wu, G. Pess, P. Roni, J. Kimball, J. Stanford, P. Kiffney, N. Mantua, 2012. Restoring salmon in a changing climate, River Res. and Appli., DOI: 10.1002/rra.2590.

Wu H., J. S. Kimball, H. Li, M. Huang, L. R. Leung, R. F. Adler (2012), A new global river network database for macroscale hydrologic modeling, Water Resour. Res., 48, W09701, doi:10.1029/2012WR012313.

Whited. D. C., J. S. Kimball, J. A. Lucotch, N. K. Maumenee, H. Wu, S. D. Chilcote and J. A. Stanford (2012), A Riverscape Analysis Tool Developed to Assist Wild Salmon Conservation Across the North Pacific Rim, Fisheries, 37(7), 305-314.

Wu, H., J. S. Kimball, N. Mantua, and J. Stanford (2011), Automated upscaling of river networks for macroscale hydrological modeling, Water Resour. Res., 47, W03517, doi:10.1029/2009WR008871.

Wu H., Y. Yi, X. Wang, X. Chen, 2006. A River Bank Extracting Algorithm Based on Active Contour Model from High-resolution Satellite Images, Remote Sensing Technology and Application, No.4: 35-43.

Chen X., H. Wu, J. Li, 2006. Digital Watershed and Distributed Hydrological Model System, Sciencepaper Online, No.9: 12-20.

Yi Y., X. Chen, H. Wu, 2005. An Algorithm for Inundated Depth Calculation of Flood Based On Remotely Sensed Data, Geography and Geo-Information Science, NO.21:26-29.

Wu H., Y. Yi, X. Chen, 2005. HydroCA: A Watershed Routing Model based on GIS and Cellular Automata, SPIE. Proceedings: Remote Sensing and Space Technology for Multidisciplinary Research and Applications, 6119: Q1-9.

Zhang F., H. Wu, X. Chen et al. 2004. Spatial Information Integration Modes and Its Key Technologies. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings: Science for Society: Exploring and Managing a Changing Planet. 2571-2574.

Zhang W., X. Xu, J. Li, X. Chen, H. Wu, 2003. SAR Image De-noise Based Wavelet Threshold-optimizing and Edge-detecting Using Wavelet, Journal of Remote Sensing, 7(1): 41-46.

Zhang W., X. Chen, J. Li, X. Li, H. Wu, 2003. The Study on GIS Spatial Model Base Using COM Technology, Journal of Image and Graphics, 8(1): 111-114.

Chen X., H. Wu, X. Li, W. Zhang, 2003. Study on Event-based Spatio-temporal Data Model for Land Use Change, Journal of Image and Graphics, No.8.