Adjunct Professor of Department of Forest Resources Management at University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, BC


Ph.D. Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, 1990

M.A. Resource Management, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, 1985

B.Sc. Geography, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, 1982



Yongyuan Yin

Research Scientist - Adaptation and Impacts Research

University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Contributing to Environment Canada’s mandate to develop and evaluate strategies to adapt to the impacts of weather, climate, and climate change

  • Climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation policy evaluation, environmental sustainability, land use and water planning, multiple forestry management, energy efficiency, poverty reduction, and government policy impacts
  • As the principal investigator of a global environmental facility funded project of the Assessments of Impacts of and Adaptation to Climate Change (AIACC) in Western China (AS25 project), Dr. Yin led a research team to conduct climate vulnerability and adaptation assessment in northwestern China. The project applied an integrated assessment approach to study climate risks and adaptation in three sectors: water, agriculture and dryland ecosystem
  • From 2002 to 2006, Dr. Yin was involved in two climate change projects funded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) on carbon sequestration, and adaptation in China. In the carbon sequestration project, he played roles as a leader of the integrated assessment (IA) component to link climate change science and rural development policy
  • From 1995 to 1998, he led a Canada-China joint research project on climate change impact assessment and sustainable development in the Yangtze Delta of China. He was recognized by the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) of China for his contribution as the project leader with a 1999 Ministry Award on Science and Technology Advancement


Dr. Yin has been invited by UNEP and UNDP as an expert on climate change vulnerability and adaptation. He was an Invited Speaker at the UNDP/GEF sponsored International Workshop: “Mainstreaming Wetland Biodiversity Conservation: Experience & Lessons Learned in Practical Applications of Mainstreaming”. In Yueyang City, China, December 2007. He was invited to participate in the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the GEF Expert Group Workshop on Adaptation and Vulnerability at UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya in February 2002.


Yin, Y.Y., P. Gong and Y.H. Ding. 2008. Chapter 21, Assessment of Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in Western China. In Congbin Fu, J.R. Freney and J.W.B. Stewart (eds.) Changes in the Human-Monsoon System of East Asia in the Context of Global Change. World Scientific Publishing Co Pte. Ltd. 309-322.

Yin, Y.Y., Z.M. Xu and A.H. Long. 2007. Adaptation Measures Evaluation to Reduce Water System Vulnerability to Climate Change in Heihe River Basin. In: Neil Leary et al., (eds.) Adaptation to Climate Change in the Developing World. Earthscan.

Yin, Y.Y., N. Clinton, B. Luo and L.C. Song. 2007. Assessing Resource System Vulnerability to Climate Change in northwest China. In: Neil Leary et al., (eds.) Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Developing World. Earthscan.

Yin, Y.Y. 2008. Chapter 15 Case study: climate change and regional sustainability in the Yangtze Delta, China. In C. Gregory Knight and Jill Jäger (eds.) Integrated Regional Assessment: Challenges and Case Studies, A START/CIRA/IHDP Book, Cambridge University Press (in press).

Yin, Y.Y., S.Q. Zhou and W. Xu. 2007. Linking carbon sequestration science with local sustainability: an integrated assessment (IA) approach. J. of Environmental Management. 85(3):711-721.

Yin, Y., S. Cohen and G. Huang. 2000. Global climate change and regional sustainable development: the case of Mackenzie Basin in Canada. Integrated Assessment. 1:21-36.

Yin, Y., G. Huang and K.W. Hipel. 1999. Fuzzy relation analysis for multicriteria water resources management. ASCE J. of Water Resources Management and Planning. 125(1):41-47.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

     Climate Change and Processes
          Adaptation and impacts
          Vulnerability thresholds
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