Huaxia Yao

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Hydrology and Meteorology Research Scientist
Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
(705) 766-2413


Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • Hydrology, Meteorology
  • Analysis and simulation of dynamics in atmosphere-vegetation-watershed-water systems
  • Impacts of multiple environmental stressors on water quantity/quality

Current Activities

  • Holds adjunct professorship with Nipissing University of Canada, and Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.
  • Adjusts the planning and design of hydrology-meteorology monitoring network at DESC.
  • Conducts long-term monitoring and study of water quantity and quality of watersheds, streams and lakes.
  • Leads on studies of changes in climate, hydrology, chemical mass balance, lake’s hydrodynamics and ice cover.
  • Leads or collaborates with colleagues and partners to develop statistical methods and physical models for examining temporal and spatial variations, and impacts on hydrology and ecosystems.
  • Works on integrated environmental system management strategies and policies facing multiple stressors.


  • Received achievement and research awards in China and Japan.
  • Co-authored 80 articles in refereed journals/publications, and more than 80 presentations at conferences and scientific meetings.


  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Wuhan University, China
  • M.Sc. in Hydrology, Wuhan University
  • Ph.D. in Hydrology, Wuhan University
  • JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Tokushima, Japan

Professional Affiliations

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)