Lele Shu

Ph.D, Hydrologist, Lead of SHUD project

Land, Air and Water Resources Department

University of California Davis

Lele Shu is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in Water Resource Engineering and a minor degree of Computational Science from Pennsylvania State University in 2017. He is the lead developer of the Simulator for Hydrologic Unstructured Domains(SHUD) model. His research interests include computationally distributed hydrological modeling, integrated modeling of the Coupled Nature-Human system, the impact of landuse and climate change, and hydrology/remote-sensing data informatics.


  • Hydrological response under stress of climate and landuse change
  • Hydrology/remote-sensing data informatics
  • Spatial heterogeneity and homogeneity and their sensitivity to controls
  • High-performance/parallel computing in hydrologic models
  • Coupled Nature-Human watershed modeling


  • Ph.D in Water Resources Engineer and Computational Science, 2017

    Pennsylvania State University

  • M.S. in Remote Sensing, 2009

    University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Lanzhou, China)

  • B.S in Geography Information System, 2005

    Lanzhou University (Lanzhou, China)

Recent Posts

Leter to Nature: Stop using the offensive virus names

Stop using the offensive virus names Inappropriate naming of the new human disease inevitably causes prejudice and discrimination upon …

Spiral calendar

Is the current calendar is the best or only way to represent days? The days we experienced, undergoing, and expecting are recorded a …

How to Install Sundials 5.x or CVODE on Mac Linux System

SUNDIALS: SUite of Nonlinear and DIfferential/ALgebraic Equation Solvers SUNDIALS (https://computing.llnl.gov/projects/sundials) is a …

R Script to Animate Global NDVI

This script is to demonstrate the capability and scheme to realise the animation. You have to prepare your own data for this animation …

Monthly NDVI change in USA and Global from 2002-2017

The normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) is a simple graphical indicator that reflect the greenness and the heath condition of …


Automatic hydrologic deployment and modeling

This project is the hydrologic modeling part of the project Model Integration through Knowledge-Rich Data and Process Composition. …

Hydrologic modeling in project HYPERION

Introduction of HYPERION The objective of HYPERION is the development of a comprehensive regional hydroclimate data assessment …

Talks & Poster

Talks, Poster, Workshop, …

Model simulated spatial distribution and the variation of ground water level in Sacramento Watershed, California from 1985 to 2017

Poster in AGU 2018 Fall meeting

Coupling Cellular Automata Land Use Change with Distributed Hydrologic models

Poster in AGU 2017 Fall meeting

Catchment hydrological change from soil degradation

Poster in AGU 2015 Fall meeting

Reconstructing the role of landuse change on water yield at the Maya urban center Tikal, Guatemala [700-800 AD]

Poster in AGU 2014 Fall meeting

Urbanization-driven hydrological process change in Conestoga River watershed in Lancaster of Pennsylvania

Talk in AGU 2013 Fall meeting

Recent Publications

Avoid stigmatizing names for 2019 novel coronavirus

The coronavirus that is currently causing severe respiratory illness worldwide has now been named SARS-CoV-2, and the disease is …

Simulator for Hydrologic Unstructured Domains (SHUD 1.0): Numerical modeling of watershed hydrology with the finite volume method

This paper introduces the design of SHUD, from the conceptual and mathematical description of hydrological processes in a watershed to …

China’s different shades of greening

Your view that China’s re-vegetation of its deserts could exacerbate water shortages risks oversimplifying an incredibly complex …

Integrating fast and slow processes is essential for simulating human–freshwater interactions

Integrated modeling is a critical tool to evaluate the behavior of coupled human–freshwater systems. However, models that do not …

From concept to practice to policy: modeling coupled natural and human systems in lake catchments

Recent debate over the scope of the U.S. Clean Water Act underscores the need to develop a robust body of scientific work that defines …