Yu-Feng Forrest Lin

Yu-Feng Forrest Lin, Ph.D., GISP
Hydrogeologist and Assistant Section Head
Hydrogeology and Geophysics
429 Natural Resources Building
615 E Peabody Ave
Champaign IL, 61820
217-333-0235
Education: 
  • 2002: Ph.D. in Geological Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison
    Major: Hydrogeology; Minor: Uncertainty Analysis and Statistics
  • 1996: M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut
  • 1993: B.S. in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan
Research Interests: 
  • Hydrological cycle interactions and sustainability
  • Environmental impact associated with geologic carbon (CO2) sequestration (GCS)
  • Numerical modeling and parameter estimation for groundwater flow system
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications in natural resource management
  • Tradeoffs between economic welfare and water resource sustainability
  • 3D visualization application in hydrogeology
Current Research Projects: 

Illinois Water Supply Planning, funded by Illinois Department of Natural Resources.      [Abstract]

Using Fiber-optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (FO-DTS) to Map Recharge/Discharge Patterns in the Upper Sangamon River Basin, Illinois for the Intensively Managed Landscapes - Critical Zone Observatory (IML-CZO) funded by Illinois State Geological Survey and US National Science Foundation.      [IML-CZO]

Protecting Drinking Water by Reducing Uncertainties Associated with the Geologic Carbon Sequestration in Deep Saline Aquifers, funded by US Environmental Protection Agency - Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program.      [Abstract]

Technology Development

uWATER-PA - Ubiquitous WebGIS Analysis Toolkit for Extensive Resources - Pumping Assessment: an ArcGIS Explorer plug-in package developed for initial assessment on complex groundwater pumping impacts     [Download]     [Presentation]

uWATER - The ubiquitous WebGIS Analysis Toolkit for Extensive Resources: an ArcGIS Explorer plug-in package developed for visualizing and analyzing decision support variables     [Download]     [Presentation]

Smart Pipe - Nanosensors for monitoring water quantity and quality in public water systems     [Presentation]

SP2Learn - Spatial Pattern to Learn: A software suite for geospatial modeling from ancillary field measurements using image processing and machine learning     [Download]

PRO-GRADE - Pattern Recognition Organizer and Groundwater Recharge And Discharge Estimator for Geographic Information Systems: A software package includes two GIS plug-in tools for image and map pattern recognition and groundwater recharge and discharge estimation in 2D and steady state     [Download]

Academic Services

Adjunct and Affiliate Faculty

  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Illinois Informatics Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Cyberinfrastructure and Geospatial Information Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dissertation Committee Services

  • Tianfang Xu, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Jihua Wang, Ph.D. 2013 candidate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Diego M. Oviedo-Salcedo, Ph.D., 2012, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jun Wan, Ph.D., 2011, Department of Urban and REgional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Yonas Demissie, Ph.D., 2008, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Instructor, 2012

Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      CEE 457: Groundwater

Instructor, 2004

Illinois State Water Survey and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      Professional Short Course: Groundwater Modeling with Groundwater Vistas Application.

Teaching Assistant, 2001

Professor Jean M. Bahr, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wisconsin - Madison
      Geology 729: Field Applications in Hydrogeology

Teaching Assistant, 2000

Professor Mary P. Anderson, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wisconsin - Madison
      Geology 724: Groundwater Flow Modeling

Professional Services

Technology Editor

Since 2014, Groundwater, National Ground Water Association

Board Director, 2014-2017

Chinese American Water Resources Association

Associate Editor

Since 2011, Groundwater, National Ground Water Association

Representative

Since 2011, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI)

Representative Member, 2010-2012

The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)

Founding Director, 2009-2012

ESRI-GIS Development Center, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Guest Editor

The Journal of Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, Special Issue: Evaluation of Multiple Conceptual Models and Modeling Scenarios, Editors: Ming Ye, Philip D. Meyer, Yu-Feng F. Lin, Shlomo P. Neuman, 2010.

Organizer

GIS Fair 2009 and 2010, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

Conference Manager

Conceptual, Spatial, and Numerical Modeling for Decision Support, 2009, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

Session Convener

Uncertainty Analysis in Groundwater Modeling, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 15-19, 2008, San Francisco, CA

Organizer

Mathematica Workshop 2008, Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

Session Moderator

Evaluation of Multiple Conceptual Models and Modeling Scenarios, National Ground Water Association, 2008 Ground Water Summit, Memphis, TN

Session Moderator

Ground Water Modeling: Past, Present, and Future—A Session in Memory of Thomas A. Prickett, National Ground Water Association, 2008 Ground Water Summit, Memphis, TN

Final Review Panelist

National Competitive Grants Program - 104(G): National Institutes for Water Resources, U.S. Geological Survey, 2006, Reston, VA

Judge

National Science Olympiad, 2005, Urbana, IL

Member

American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, International Association of Hydrological Sciences, National Ground Water Association, Illinois Groundwater Association, Illinois GIS Association

Selected Publications: 

* denotes student or postdoc author

Wan, J.,* Y.E. Yang,* Y.F. Lin and J. Wang.* 2013. Groundwater Resource Planning to Preserve Streamflow - Where Environmental Amenity Meets Economic Welfare Loss. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 139, no. 4: 440–448

Wan, J.,* Y.E. Yang,* and Y.F. Lin. 2013. The Effect of Groundwater Allocation on Economic Welfare Loss. Groundwater 51, no. 4: 603–612.

Meyer, S.C., Y-F. Lin, D.B. Abrams, G.S. Roadcap. 2013. Groundwater Simulation Modeling and Potentiometric Surface Mapping, McHenry County, IL. Illinois State Water Survey Contract Report 2013-06, Champaign, IL.

Roadcap G.S., S.C. Meyer, W.R. Kelly, H.A. Wehrmann, and Y.F. Lin. 2013. Groundwater Studies for Water Supply Planning in Kendall County, Illinois. Illinois State Water Survey Contract Report 2013-05, Champaign, IL. 

Meyers, S.C., Y.F. Lin, and G.S. Roadcap. 2012. A Hybrid Framework for Improving Recharge and Discharge Estimation for a Three-Dimensional Groundwater Flow Model. Groundwater 50, no. 3: 457-463. 

Yang Y.E.* and Y.F. Lin. 2011. A New GIScience Application for Visualized Natural Resources Management and Decision Support. Transactions in GIS15, no. s1: 109-124.

Bajcsy P., Y-F. Lin, A. Yahja, and C-Y. Kim. 2011. A Framework for Accurate Geospatial Modeling Using Image Ranking and Machine Learning. Journal of Hydroinformatics, 13(3): 443-460. DOI:10.2166/hydro.2010.187.

Yang Y.E.* and Y.F. Lin. 2011. Feature Article, Making the Results of Analysis Accessible, ArcGIS Explorer plug-in aids natural resources management. ArcUser 14, no. 1: 22-25.

Ye M., P.D. Meyer, Y-F. Lin, S.P. Neuman. 2010. Quantification of Model Uncertainty in Environmental Modeling. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 24, no. 6: 807-808.

Zhou Q., J.T. Birkholzer, H. Leetaru, E. Mehnert, Y-F. Lin, and K. Zhang.2010. Modeling Basin- and Plume-Scale Processes of CO2 Storage for Full-Scale Deployment. Groundwater 48, no. 4: 494-514.

Lin, Y-F. and C. Liu. 2009. Smart Pipe: Nanosensors for Monitoring Water Quantity and Quality in Public Water Systems. Midwest Technology Assistance Center Technical Report 09-03. Illinois State Water Survey Contract Report 2009-11. Champaign, IL.

Meyer, S.C., Roadcap, G.S., Lin, Y.-F., and Walker, D.D. 2009. Kane County Water Resources Investigations: Simulation of Groundwater Flow in Kane County and Northeastern Illinois. Illinois State Water Survey Contract Report 2009-07, Champaign, IL.

Chee-Sanford, J.C., R.I. Mackie, S. Koike, I.J. Krapac, Y-F. Lin, A.C. Yannarell, S. Maxwell, and R.I. Aminov. 2009. Fate and Transport of Antibiotic Residues and Antibiotic Resistance Genes Following Land Application of Manure Waste. Journal of Environmental Quality 38: 1086-1108.

Mackie, R.I., S. Koike, I. Krapac, J. Chee-Sanford, S. Maxwell, Y-F. Lin, and R.I. Aminov. 2006. Fate and Transport of Antibiotic Residues and Antibiotic Resistance Genetic Determinants during Manure Storage, Treatment, and Land Application with Emphasis on the Environmental Persistence and Transferability of these Determinants. National Pork Board.

Gotkowitz, B.B., K.K. Zeiler, C.P. Dunning, J. Thomas, and Y-F. Lin. 2005. Hydrogeology and Groundwater Flow Modeling of Sauk County, Wisconsin. Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Bulletin 102.

Dunning, C.P., J.C. Thomas, and Y-F. Lin. 2003. Simulation of the Shallow Groundwater System in the Vicinity of Silver Lake, Washington County, Wisconsin, Using Analytic Elements. U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Resources Investigations Report 02-4204.

Lin, Y-F., J. Wang*, and A.J. Valocchi. 2008. PRO-GRADE: GIS toolkits for groundwater recharge and discharge estimation. Groundwater 47, no. 1: 122-128.

Lin, Y-F., J. Wang*, and A.J. Valocchi. 2008. A New GIS Approach for Estimating Shallow Groundwater Recharge and Discharge. Transactions in GIS 12, no. 4: 459-474.

Lin, Y-F., J. Wang*, and A.J. Valocchi. 2008. Feature Article, Making Groundwater Recharge and Discharge Estimate Maps in One Day: An ArcGIS 9.2 Application for Water Resources Research. ArcUser 11, no. 1: 32-35.

Lin, Y-F. and M.P. Anderson. 2003. A Digital Procedure for Groundwater Recharge and Discharge Pattern Recognition and Rate Estimation. Groundwater 41, no. 3: 306-315.

Lin, Y-F. and M.P. Anderson. 2003. UCODE Calibration for Recharge/Discharge Rates Using a Digital Pattern Recognition Procedure. Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modeling: A Few Steps Closer to Reality, K. Kovar (ed.), International Association of Hydrological Sciences Redbook, no. 277: 212-218.

Lin, Y-F. 2002. Development of a Digital Method for Estimating Groundwater Recharge and Discharge, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 106 pp. (plus one CD-ROM)

Krohelski, J.T., Y-F. Lin, W.J. Rose, and R.J. Hunt. 2002. Simulation of Fish, Mud and Crystal Lakes and the Shallow Groundwater System of Northwestern Dane County, Wisconsin. U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Resources Investigations Report 02-4014.

Hunt, R.J., Y-F. Lin, J.T. Krohelski, and P.F. Juckem. 2000. Simulation of the Shallow Hydrologic System in the Vicinity of Middle Genesee Lake, Wisconsin, Using Analytic Element and Parameter Estimation. U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Resources Investigations Report 00-4136.

Sawyer, C.S. and Y-F. Lin. 1998. Mixed-Integer Chance-Constrained Models for Groundwater Remediation. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 124, no. 5: 185-194.

Lin, Y-F. 1996. Chance-Constrained Models for Groundwater Remediation, M.S. Thesis, University of Connecticut, 89 pp.