Assistant Professor Department of Ocean Science and Engineering

Ying Li, female, Assistant Professor. PhD in Atmospheric Environment at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Member of Atmospheric Physics and Atmospheric Environment Professional Committee of Guangdong Meteorological Society, Member of Shenzhen Air Quality Protection Advisory Council. Main research interests: remote sensing of marine and atmospheric environment, formation and control of secondary air pollution, and Air-Sea interaction in the background of climate change. She had published more than 40 papers in the world’s leading journals, including EST, RSE, EP, ACP, JGR, STE, AE, etc. The total number of itations is more than 1200.

Personal Profile

Brief Introduction

LI, Ying, female, born in 1980. She got the Ph.D. degree at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Now she is an assistant professor at the Department of Ocean Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech).

Research Area and Methods

Her  research including: Remote sensing of ocean and atmosphere, atmospheric physics, atmospheric environment, and ocean-air interaction. The research methods includes the application of satellite remote sensing, numerical simulation combined with field observations. She aims to study the interaction between human activities and atmospheric pollution.


With the application of atmospheric remote sensing and numerical simulation, she has made a series of achievements in studying the mechanism of  air pollution  in the Pearl River Delta (PRD).She has undertaken or participated in a number of research projects about air pollution, involving aspects of data analysis, emission inventory, air quality model improvement, source apportionment, controlling strategy, and health exposure, etc.


In the past five years, she has published 20 SCI papers on journals such as Environmental Science & Technology, Remote Sensing of Environment, Environmental Pollution, Journal of Geophysical Research, Science of the Total Environment, and Atmospheric Environment, with a total of 300 Citations.


2006.09-2011.05 Ph. D. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Division of Environment, Atmospheric Environmental Science
2003.09-2006.07 M.Sc. Peking University, China, Department of Atmospheric Science
1998.09-2002.07 B.Sc. Bohai University, China, Department of Physics


Work Experience  
2016.12-present Assistant Professor, Department of Ocean Science & Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology
2015.04-2016.12 Research Assistant Professor, Fok Ying Tung Graduate School, HKUST
2011.07-2015.03 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Environment, HKUST
2008.09-2009.03 Visiting Scholar, University of Tennessee
2002.09-2003.07 Research Assistant, School of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University



Ocean-Air Group at SUSTech.

Our scientific goals are to understand

  • the physical and chemical properties of the Ocean and Urban atmosphere
  • the physical and chemical processes involved in air pollution formation
  • the interaction between the human activities and the air quality / climate

Our major approaches

  • modeling meteorology, chemical transport and ocean-air interaction at multiple scales
  • analyzing atmospheric and ocean observations from ground-based, ship-based, and satellites-based sites.

Our on-going research topics

  • aerosol hygroscopic growth and optics
  • air pollution remote sensing
  • air pollution numerical modeling
  • frontal surge modeling


Remote Sensing of Ocean and Atmosphere

Atmospheric Physics and Atmospheric Environment

Ocean-Air Interaction


Main courses: Introduction to Atmospheric Science, Introduction to Air Pollution, Research methods of Marine Atmospheric Science

Lecture course: Introduction to Oceanography

Publications Read More

In the past five years, Dr. Li has published more than 40 papers in academic journals, which has been cited more than 1200 times(G-S). Among them, a paper published in RSE (IF = 8.218) was rated as “ESI high cited paper” in 2016-2019. And Dr. Li won the Everbright Environmental Excellent Thesis Award of Cest Annual Conference of Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences in 2018 with a paper in SOTEN (IF = 5.589). In addition, she proposed a quantitative method for decomposing the meteorology factors and non-meteorology factors of air pollution, which has obtained the Chinese invention patent and has been adopted by some agencies such as Hong Kong Environmental Protection Agency to assess the effectiveness of air pollution control strategies and to study the impact of weather and climate on pollution.

News More

  • Opening Ceremony of the Center of Oceanic and Atmospheric Science at susTech (COAST) held at SUSTech

  • Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao PM2.5 Study Workshop held at SUSTech


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