Chunyan Li headshotChunyan Li

Position: Professor and Mobil Distinguished Professor of Marine Geology, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences

Phone: 225-578-3619


Office: 208C Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex

Bachelor's Degree(s): B.S. University of Science and Technology of China, 1982

Master's Degrees(s): M.S. Institute of Oceanography, Academy of Science, China, 1985

Ph.D.(s): Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 1996

Research Website 

Research Interests

Physical oceanography, transport, coastal and estuarine circulations, innovative observations, modeling, extreme weather (such as hurricanes), induced water level changes including storm surges

Classes Taught

OCS 4170: Physical Oceanography
OCS 7120: Dynamical Oceanography
OCS 7123: Oceanographic Data Analysis
OCS 7125: Estuarine Dynamics
OCS 4021: Forecasting Coastal Weather
MATH 1554: Calculus II for Life Science

Professional Affiliations and Service Activities


American Geophysical Union

American Meteorological Society

Coastal Estuarine Research Federation

American Shore and Beach Preservation Association

Gulf Coast Ocean Observing System Regional Association

Member: Asia Oceania Geosciences Society

Selected Publications

ResearchGate Profile

Allahdadi, M. N., C. Li and N. Chaichitehrani (2023) "Stratification Breakdown by Fall Cold Front Winds over the Louisiana Shelf in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: A Numerical Experiment." Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 11 DOI: 10.3390/jmse11030673.

Cao, Y., C. Dong, A. Stegner, B. J. Bethel, C. Li, J. Dong, H. Lü and J. Yang (2023). "Global Sea Surface Cyclogeostrophic Currents Derived From Satellite Altimetry Data." Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 128(1): e2022JC019357.

Chaichitehrani, N., C. Li, K. Xu, E. L. Hestir and M. N. Allahdadi (2023). "Sediment dynamics over a dredge pit during summer fair weather conditions: A numerical study for Sandy Point, west flank of the Mississippi River." Ocean Engineering 269: 113473.

Bushra, N., R. V. Rohli, C. Li, P. W. Miller and R. B. Mostafiz (2023). "Changing features of the Northern Hemisphere 500-hPa circumpolar vortex." Frontiers in Big Data 5. 09 January 2023.

Li, C. (2022). "Global shockwaves of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano eruption measured at ground stations." iScience 25(11). doi:10.1016/j.isci.2022.105356

Zhang, Q., C. Li, W. Huang, J. Lin, M. Hiatt and V. H. Rivera-Monroy (2022) "Water Circulation Driven by Cold Fronts in the Wax Lake Delta (Louisiana, USA)." Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 10 DOI: 10.3390/jmse10030415.

Wu, R., L. Jia, C. Li, Y. Liu, B. Han and D. Chen (2022). "Impact of Horizontal Resolution (Submesoscale Permitting vs. Mesoscale Resolving) on Ocean Dynamic Features in the South China Sea." Earth and Space Science 9(10): e2022EA002448.

Li, M. and C. Li (2022) "Comparison of Flows through a Tidal Inlet in Late Spring and after the Passage of an Atmospheric Cold Front in Winter Using Acoustic Doppler Profilers and Vessel-Based Observations." Sensors 22 DOI: 10.3390/s22093478.

Jiao, X., J. Zhang, Q. Li and C. Li (2022). "Observational Study on the Variability of Mixed Layer Depth in the Bering Sea and the Chukchi Sea in the Summer of 2019." Frontiers in Marine Science 9.

Li, M. and C. Li (2022) "Comparison of Flows through a Tidal Inlet in Late Spring and after the Passage of an Atmospheric Cold Front in Winter Using Acoustic Doppler Profilers and Vessel-Based Observations." Sensors 22 DOI: 10.3390/s22093478.

Jiao, X., J. Zhang, Q. Li and C. Li (2022). "Observational Study on the Variability of Mixed Layer Depth in the Bering Sea and the Chukchi Sea in the Summer of 2019." Frontiers in Marine Science 9.

Chen, C., H. Huang, H. Lin, J. Blanton, C. Li and F. Andrade (2022) "A Wet/Dry Point Treatment Method of FVCOM, Part II: Application to the Okatee/Colleton River in South Carolina." Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 10 DOI: 10.3390/jmse10070982.

Chaichitehrani, N., M. N. Allahdadi and C. Li (2022) "Simulation of Low Energy Waves during Fair-Weather Summer Conditions in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Effect of Whitecapping Dissipation and the Forcing Accuracy." Atmosphere 13 DOI: 10.3390/atmos13122047.

Allahdadi, M. N., C. Li and N. Chaichitehrani (2022) "Numerical Experiments of Temperature Mixing and Post-Storm Re-Stratification over the Louisiana Shelf during Hurricane Katrina (2005)." Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 10 DOI: 10.3390/jmse10081082.

Li, C.; Boswell, K.M. (2022). Estimating Water Transport from Short-Term Vessel-Based and Long-Term Bottom-Mounted Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Measurements in an Arctic Lagoon Connected to the Beaufort Sea. Sensors, 2022, 22, 68.

Zhang, X.; Meng, X.; Li, C.; Shang, N.; Wang, J.; Xu, Y.;Wu, T.; Mugnier, C. (2021). Micro-Topography Mapping through Terrestrial LiDAR in Densely Vegetated Coastal Environments. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10, 665.  

Li, M.; *Li, C.; Xie, L.; Huang, W.; Zheng, Q.; Tan, K.; Hong, Y. (2021). Astronomical Tide and Storm Surge Signals Observed in an Isolated Inland Maar Lake near the Coast. J. Mar. Sci. Eng., 9, 485.  

Qian, S., D. Wang, J. Zhang, C. Li. (2021). Adjoint estimation and interpretation of spatially varying bottom friction coefficients of the M 2 tide for a tidal model in the Bohai, Yellow and East China Seas with multi-mission satellite observations, Ocean Modelling, 161, 101783. 

Huang, W. and *C. Li. (2020). Contrasting Hydrodynamic Responses to Atmospheric Systems with Different Scales: Impact of Cold Fronts vs. That of a Hurricane. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2020, 8, 979; doi:10.3390/jmse8120979.  

Cao, Y., *C. Li, and C. Dong. (2020). Atmospheric Cold Front-Generated Waves in the Coastal Louisiana, J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2020, 8, 0900; doi:10.3390/jmse8110900. 

Li, C, W. Huang, R. Wu. (2020). Weather Induced Quasi-periodic Motions in Estuaries and Bays: Meteorological Tide, Ocean Engineering, Vol. 34, No. 3, 299-313, doi:

Wang, J., Li, C., Xu, F., Huang, W. (2020). Severe Weather-Induced Exchange Flows through a Narrow Tidal Channel of Calcasieu Lake Estuary. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 8, 113.

Huang, W., Li, C. (2020). Numerical Experiments on Variation of Freshwater Plume and Leakage Effect From Mississippi River Diversion in the Lake Pontchartrain Estuary. JGR-Oceans, 125, e2019JC015282, 1-21.

Sorourian, S., Huang, H., Li, C., Justic, D., Payandeh, A. R. (2020). Wave dynamics near Barataria Bay tidal inlets during spring–summer time. Ocean Modelling, 147, 101553.

Juarez, B., Valle-Levinson, A., Li, C. (2020). Estuarine salt-plug induced by freshwater pulses from the inner shelf. 232, 105491.

Li, C., Huang, W., Milan, B. (2019). Atmospheric Cold Front Induced Exchange Flows through a Microtidal Multi-inlet Bay: Analysis using Multiple Horizontal ADCPs and FVCOM Simulations. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 36(3), 443-472.

Chaichitehrani, N., Li, C., Allahdadi, M. N., Hestir, E. L. (2019). A numerical study of sediment dynamics over Sandy Point dredge pit, west flank of the Mississippi River, during a cold front event. Continental Shelf Re, 183, 38-50.

Zhang, C., Li, C. (2019). Effects of Hurricane Forward Speed and Approach Angle on Storm Surges: An Idealized Numerical Experiment. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 38(5), 1-10. DOI:10.1007/s13131-018-1081-z

Huang, W., Li, C. (2019). Spatial Variation of Cold Front Wind-driven Circulation and Quasi-steady State Balance in Lake Pontchartrain Estu. Estuarine, Coast, and Shelf Sciences, 224, 154-170.

Li, C., Boswell, K., Chaichitehrani, N., Huang, W., Wu, R. Weather Induced Subtidal Flows through multiple inlets of an Arctic micro-tidal Lagoon. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 38(3), 1-16.

Allahdadi, M. N., Li, C. (2018). Numerical simulation of Louisiana shelf circulation under Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Coastal Research, 34(1), 67-80.

Wu, R., Li, C. (2018). Upper ocean response to the passage of two sequential typhoons. Deep Sea Research Part I, 132, 68-79.

Li, C., Huang, W., Chen, C., Lin, H. (2018). Flow Regimes and Adjustment to Wind-driven Motions in Lake Pontchartrain Estuary: A Modeling Experiment Using FVCOM. JGR-Oceans, 123, 8460-8488.

Wu, R., Li, C. (2018). Revisit the tidal dynamics with Numerical Experiment in the Zhoushan Archipelago waters.

Huang, W., Li, C. (2017). Cold front driven flows through multiple inlets of Lake Pontchartrain Estuary. JGR-Oceans.

Allahdadi, M. N., Li, C. (2017). Effect of stratification on current hydrodynamics over Louisiana shelf during Hurricane Katrina. Water Science and Engineering, 10(2), 154-165.

Li, C., Li, X., Zhang, G., Boswell, K. M., Kimball, M. E., Shen, D., Lin, J. (2017). Estuarine Plume: A Case Study by Satellite SAR Observations and In Situ Measurements. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 55(2), 2276-2287.

Li, C., Zheng, Q. (2016). Breakdown of Hydrostatic Assumption in Tidal Channel with Scour Holes. Frontiers (Marine Science), 3, 199.

Lin, J., Li, C., Zhang, S. (2016). Hydrodynamic effect of a large offshore mussel suspended aquaculture farm. Aquaculture, 451(2016), 147-155.

Li, C., Chen, C. (2014). Shelf Circulation Prior to and Post a Cold Front Event Measured from Vessel-based Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler. Journal of Marine Systems, 139, 38-50.