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Chaopeng Shen

Assistant Professor


  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

231C Sackett Building


Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Water Resources Engineering

Interest Areas:

Large-scale computational hydrology, hydrologic big data and machine learning, water-ecosystem interactions, floodplain and riparian systems




  • BS, Environmental Engineering, Sichuan University, 2003
  • Ph D, Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University, 2009


Journal Articles

  • Chaopeng Shen, Eric Laloy, Amin Elshorbagy, Adrian Albert, Jerad Bales, Fi-John Chang, Sangram Ganguly, Kuo-lin Hsu, Daniel Kifer, Zheng Fang, Kuai Fang, Dongfeng Li, Xiaodong Li and Wen-Ping Tsai, 2018, "HESS Opinions: Incubating deep-learning-powered hydrologic science advances as a community", Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
  • Chaopeng Shen, 2018, "A trans-disciplinary review of deep learning research and its relevance for water resources scientists", Water Resources Research
  • Shih-Yu Wang, Robert Gilles, Oi-Yu Chung and Chaopeng Shen, 2018, "Cross-basin decadal climate regime connecting the Colorado River and the Great Salt Lake", Journal of Hydrometeorology, 19, (4), pp. 659-665
  • XY Ji and Chaopeng Shen, 2018, "The introspective may achieve more: Enhancing existing Geoscientific models with native-language emulated structural reflection", Computers and Geosciences, 110, (1), pp. 32-40
  • Jie Niu, Chaopeng Shen, Jeffery Chambers, John M Melack and William J Riley, 2017, "Interannual Variation in Hydrologic Budgets in an Amazonian Watershed with a Coupled Subsurface - Land Surface Process Model", Journal of Hydrometerology, 18, (9), pp. 2597-2617
  • Kuai Fang and Chaopeng Shen, 2017, "Full-flow-regime storage-streamflow correlation patterns provide insights into hydrologic functioning over the continental US", Water Resources Research, 53, (9), pp. 8064-8083
  • Xiaofeng Liu, Yunxiang Chen and Chaopeng Shen, 2016, "Coupled Two-dimensional Surface Flow and Three-dimensional Sub-surface Flow Modeling for the Drainage of Permeable Road Pavement", Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 04016051, pp. 1-13
  • Kuai Fang, Chaopeng Shen, Joshua B Fisher and Jie Niu, 2016, "Improving estimates of long-term water partitioning using hydrologic signatures from GRACE", Water Resources Research, 52, (7), pp. 5537–5554
  • Chaopeng Shen, Shilong Wang and Xiaofeng Liu, 2016, "Geomorphological significance of at-many-stations hydraulic geometry", Geophysical Research Letters, 43, (8), pp. 3762–3770
  • Simone Fatichi, Enrique Vivoni, Fred Ogden, Valeriy Ivanov, Benjamin Mirus, David Gochis, Charles Downer, Matteo Camporese, Jason Davison, Brian Ebel, Norm Jones, Jongho Kim, Giuseppe Mascaro, Richard Niswonger, Pedro Restrepo, Riccardo Rigon, Chaopeng Shen, Mauro Sulis and David Tarboton, 2016, "An overview of challenges, current applications and future trends of distributed process-based models in hydrology", Journal of Hydrology, 537, pp. 45–60
  • Chaopeng Shen, W J Riley, Kurt M Smithgall, John M Melack and Kuai Fang, 2016, "The fan of influence of streams and channel feedbacks to simulated land surface water and carbon dynamics", Water Resources Research, 52, (2), pp. 880–902
  • George SH Pau, Chaopeng Shen, W J Riley and Yaning Liu, 2016, "Accurate and efficient prediction of fine-resolution hydrologic and carbon dynamics from coarse-resolution models", Water Resources Research, 52, (2), pp. 791–812
  • XY Ji, Chaopeng Shen and W J Riley, 2015, "Temporal evolution of soil moisture statistical fractal and controls by soil texture and regional groundwater flow", Advances in Water Resources, 86, (A), pp. 155–169
  • Martyn P Clark, Ying Fan, David M Lawrence, Jennifer C Adam, Diogo Bolster, David J Gochis, Richard P Hooper, Mukesh Kumar, L. Ruby Leung, D. Scott Mackay, Reed M Maxwell, Chaopeng Shen, Sean C Swenson and Xubin Zeng, 2015, "Improving the representation of hydrologic processes in Earth System Models", Water Resources Research, 51, (8), pp. 5929–5956
  • D Trebotich, M Adams, S Molins, C I Steefel and Chaopeng Shen, 2014, "High resolution simulation of pore scale reactive transport processes associated with carbon sequestration", Computing in Science and Engineering, 16, (6), pp. 22 - 31
  • S Molins, D Trebotich, J B Ajo-Franklin, T J Ligocki, Chaopeng Shen and C I Steefel, 2014, "Pore-scale controls on Calcite dissolution rates from flow-through laboratory and numerical experiments", Environmental Science & Technology, 48, (13), pp. 7453–7460
  • Chaopeng Shen, J Niu and K Fang, 2014, "Quantifying the effects of data integration algorithms on the outcomes of a subsurface–land surface processes model", Environmental Modelling & Software, 59, pp. 7359–7377
  • R M Maxwell, M Putti, S B Meyerhoff, J Delfs, I Ferguson, V Ivanov, J Kim, O Kolditz, S Kollet, M Kumar, S Lopez, J Niu, C Paniconi, M S Phanikumar, Chaopeng Shen, E Sudicky and M Sulis, 2014, "Surface-subsurface model inter-comparison: A first set of benchmark results to diagnose integrated hydrology and feedbacks", Water Resources Research, 50, (2), pp. 1531–1549
  • W J Riley and Chaopeng Shen, 2014, "Characterizing coarse-resolution watershed soil moisture heterogeneity using fine-scale simulations", Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18, (7), pp. 2463-2483
  • J. Niu, Chaopeng Shen, S. G. Li and M. S. Phanikumar, 2014, "Quantifying storage changes in regional Great Lakes watersheds using a coupled subsurface-land surface process model and GRACE, MODIS products", Water Resources Research, 50, (9), pp. 7359–7377
  • Chaopeng Shen, J. Niu and M. S. Phanikumar, 2013, "Evaluating controls on coupled hydrologic and vegetation dynamics in a humid continental climate watershed using a subsurface - land surface processes model", Water Resources Research, 49, (5), pp. 2552–2572
  • S. Molins, D. Trebotich, C. I. Steefel and Chaopeng Shen, 2012, "An investigation of the effect of pore scale flow on average geochemical reaction rates using direct numerical simulation", Water Resources Research, 48, (3), pp. 11
  • Chaopeng Shen, J.-M Qiu and A. Christlieb, 2011, "Adaptive mesh refinement based on high order finite difference WENO scheme for multi-scale simulations", Journal of Computational Physics, 230, (10), pp. 3780 - 3802
  • Chaopeng Shen and M. S. Phanikumar, 2010, "A process-based, distributed hydrologic model based on a large-scale method for surface–subsurface coupling", Advances in Water Resources, 33, (12), pp. 1524-1541
  • Chaopeng Shen, J. Niu, E. J. Andersen and M. S. Phanikumar, 2010, "Estimating longitudinal dispersion in rivers using Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers", Advances in Water Resources, 33, (6), pp. 615-623
  • Chaopeng Shen and M. S. Phanikumar, 2009, "An efficient space-fractional dispersion approximation for stream solute transport modeling", Advances in Water Resources, 32, (10), pp. 1482-1494
  • Chaopeng Shen, M. S. Phanikumar, T. T. Fong, I. Aslam, S. L. Molloy and J. B. Rose, 2008, "Evaluating bacteriophage P22 as a tracer in a complex surface water system: The Grand River, Michigan", Environmental Science & Technology, 42, (7), pp. 2426–2431
  • M. S. Phanikumar, I. Aslam, Chaopeng Shen, D. T. Long and T. C. Voice, 2007, "Separating surface storage from hyporheic retention in natural streams using wavelet decomposition of acoustic Doppler current profiles", Water Resources Research, 43, (5), pp. 16
  • Chaopeng Shen, , "Deep learning: A next-generation big-data approach for hydrology", Eos
  • Ying Fan, Martyn Clark, David Lawrence, Sean Swenson, Lawrence E Band, Susan Brantley, Paul Brooks, William Dietrich, Alejandro Flores, Gordon Grant, James Kirchner, Scott Mackay, Jeffrey McDonnell, Paul Milly, Pamela Sullivan, Christina Tague, Hoori Ajami, Nathaniel Chaney, Andreas Hartmann, Pieter Hazenberg, James McNamara, Jon Pelletier, Justin Perket, Elham Rouholahnejad, Thorsten Wagener, Xubin Zeng, Edward R. Beighley, Jonathan Buzan, Maoyi Huang, Ben Livneh, Binayak Mohanty, Bart Nijssen, Mohammad Safeeq, Chaopeng Shen, Willem van Verseveld, John Volk and Dai Yamazaki, , "Hillslope Hydrology in Global Change Research and Earth System Modeling", Water Resources Research

Conference Proceedings

  • C. I. Steefel, D. Trebotich, S. Molins, Y. Li and Chaopeng Shen, 2012, "Investigation of coupled flow and geochemical reactions at the pore scale by direct numerical simulation", Mineralogical Magazine, 76, (6), pp. 2125
  • Chaopeng Shen, D. Trebotich, S. Molins, D. T. Graves, B. Van Straalen, T. Ligocki and C. I. Steefel, 2011, "High performance computations of subsurface reactive transport processes at the pore scale", SciDAC meeting, pp. 5
  • Kurt R Smithgall, Peggy A Johnson and Chaopeng Shen, , "Impacts and Functioning of In-Stream Structures", World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2017

Research Projects

  • September 2017 - August 2018, "Machine-learning-assisted groundwater stratigraphy and transmissivity database and a cyberinfrastructure supporting community inputs," (Sponsor: ).
  • December 2014 - December 2016, "Evaluating the impact of renewable energy plants water use on groundwater resources in the Chuckwalla Basin, CA," (Sponsor: Bureau of Land Management).
  • January 2016 - December 2016, "Predicting continental-scale hydraulic geometry changes using big data, land surface hydrologic modeling and deep neural networks," (Sponsor: ).

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