College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Xingong Li

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geography and Atmospheric Science
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Geography, University of South Carolina
Primary office:
Lindley Hall
Room 404
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7613

Geographic Information Systems


Ph.D., Geography, University of South Carolina

M.S., Geography, Nanjing University

B.S., Geology, Nanjing University

Teaching Interests

  • Geographical information science
  • Spatial Programming
  • Spatial Analysis


My primary research interest is in the development of spatial analysis methods and tools to understand hydrological processes and the interaction between human and water. Current research involves developing computational methods and tools for event analysis in spatiotemporal hydro-meteorological datasets, remote sensing of snow/glaciers, snow/glacier-melt runoff modeling in mountain watersheds, and parallelization of spatial analysis algorithms. More information is available at

Research Interests

  • GIS
  • Water Resources
  • Hydrology
  • Human-Envirobment Interaction

Selected Publications

She, J., Zhou, Y., Tan, X., Li, X., & Guo, X. (2017). A parallelized screen-based method for rendering polylines and polygons on terrain surfaces. Computers & Geosciences, 99, 19-27.

Sun, C., Li, X., Chen, W., & Chen, Y. (2016). Climate Change and Runoff Response in an arid Mountain Watershed of the Western Kunlun Mountains. Hydrological Sciences Journal .

Sun, C., Yang, J., Chen, Y., Li, X., Yang, Y., & Zhang, Y. (2016). Comparative study of streamflow components in two inland rivers in the Tianshan Mountains, Northwest China. Environmental Earth Sciences, 79(9), 1-14.

Li, X., Zhang, S., & Chen, Y. (2016). Error Assessment of Grid-based Diffuse Solar Radiation Models. International Journal of Geographical Information Science.

Li, H., Li, X., & Xiao, P. (2016). Impact of Sensor Zenith Angle on MOD10A1 Data and Modification for Snow Cover in Tarim River Basin. Remote Sensing.

Sun, C., Chen, Y., Li, W., Li, X., & Yang, Y. (2016). Isotopic time-series partitioning of streamflow components under regional climate change in the Urumqi River, northwest China. Hydrological Sciences Journal. DOI:10.1080/02626667.2015.1031757

Liu, W., & Li, X. (2016). Life cycle characteristics of warm-season severe thunderstorms in central united states from 2010 to 2014. Climate, 4(3).

She, J., & Li, X. (2016). Map Algebra Based Analysis for Directed Flow Networks. Transactions in GIS.

Liu, W., Purdon, K., Stafford, T., Paden, J., & Li, X. (2016). Open Polar Server (OPS) – An Open Source Spatial Data Infrastructure for the Cryosphere Community. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information.

Sun, C., Li, X., Chen, Y., Li, W., Stotler, R., & Zhang, Y. (2016). Spatial and temporal characteristics of stable isotope in the Tarim River basin. Isotopes in Environmental & Health Studies.

Sun, C., Chen, Y., Li, X., & Li, W. (2015). Analysis on the stream flow components of the Typical inland River, Northwest China. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 10.1080/02626667.2014.1000914.

Zhang, S., Li, X., & Chen, Y. (2015). Error assessment of grid-based direct solar radiation models. International Journal of Geographical Information Science. DOI:10.1080/13658816.2015.1055273

Liu, P., Li, X., Liu, W., & Ai, A. (2015). Fourier-based multi-scale representation and progressive transmission of cartographic curves on the Internet. Cartography and Geographic Information Science. DOI:10.1080/15230406.2015.1088799

Sun, C., Li, W., Chen, Y., Li, X., & Yang, Y. (2015). Isotopic and hydrochemical composition of runoff in the Urumqi River, Tianshan Mountains, China. Environment Earth Sciences. DOI:10.1007/s12665-015-4144-x

She, J., Zhang, Y., Li, X., & Feng, X. (2015). Spatial and temporal characteristics of snow cover in the Tizinafu watershed of western Kunlun Mountains. Remote Sensing. DOI:10.3390/rs70403426

Liu, W., Li, X., & Rahn, D. A. (2015). Storm event representation and analysis based on a directed spatialtemporal graph model. International Journal of Geographical Information Science. DOI:10.1080/13658816.2015.1081910

Sheng, B., & Li, X. (2015). TRMM precipitation data accuracy assessment in the Tarim Basin. Arid Land Geography, 38(4), 703-712.

Fan, Y., Chen, Y., Li, X., Li, W., & Li, Q. (2014). Characteristics of water isotopes and ice-snowmelt quantification in the Tizinafu River, north Kunlun Mountains, Central Asia. Quaternary International. DOI:10.1016/j.quaint.2014.05.020

Peterson, T., & Li, X. (2014). Niche-based projections of wetlands shifts with marine intrusion from sea level rise: an example analysis for North Carolina. Environmental Earth Sciences, 10.1007/s12665-014-3498-9.

Wu, S., Zhou, S., Chen, D., Wei, Z., Dai, L., & Li, X. (2014). Determining the contributions of urbanisation and climate change to NPP variations over the last decade in the Yangtze River Delta, China. Science of the Total Environment, 472(2), 397-406.

She, J., Zhang, Y., Li, X., & Chen, Y. (2014). Changes of Snow and Glacier Cover in an Arid Watershed of Western Kunlun Mountains Using Multisource Remote Sensing Data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 35(1), 234-251.

Li, X., & Grady, C. (2014). Delineating Sea Level Rise Inundation Using a Graph Traversal Algorithm. Marine Geodesy, 37(2), 10.1080/01490419.2014.902884.

Islam, M., Menon, S., Li, X., & Peterson, A. (2013). Forecasting ecological impacts of sea-level rise on coastal conservation areas in India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 5(9), 10.11609/JoTT.o3163.4349-58.

Gali, R. K., Douglas-Mankin, K. R., Li, X., & Xu, T. (2012). Assess NEXRAD P3 Data Effects Using SWAT Model in an Agricultural Watershed. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 17, 1245-1254.

Wu, S., Zhou, S., & Li, X. (2011). Determining the anthropogenic contribution of heavy metal accumulations around a typical industrial town: Xushe, China. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 110(2), 92-97.

Leng, C., Chen, Y., Li, X., & Sun, Y. (2011). Evaluation of oasis stability in the lower reaches of the Tarim River. Journal of Arid Land, 3(2), 123-131.

Fan, Y., Chen, Y., Li, W., Wang, H., & Li, X. (2011). Impacts of temperature and precipitation on runoff in the Tarim River during the past 50 years. Journal of Arid Land, 3(3), 220-230.

Li, Q., Chen, Y., Shen, Y., & Li, X. (2011). Spatial and temporal trends of climate change in Xinjiang, China. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 21(6), 1007-1018.

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