Alexis K H LAU

Ph.D.(1991), Princeton University, USA
Professor, Division of Environment and Sustainability
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Director, Institute for the Environment
Director, Atmospheric Research Center [Nansha]
Co-Director, BSc in Environmental Management and Technology Program

Tel: (852) 2358 6944
Fax: (852) 2358 1534
Office: Rm 4332 (lift 3)

Research Area

Energy, Environmental Engineering: Air Quality Study.

Research Interests

Geophysical data analysis, numerical modeling of the atmosphere, regional and urban air pollution, weather and climate, satellite remote sensing applications, environmental education.

Recent Publications

Refereed Journal Publications

  • Guo C., Z. Zhang, A.K.H. Lau, C.Q. Lin, Y.C. Chuang, J.W.M. Chan, W.K. Jiang, T. Tam, E.K. Yeoh, T.C. Chan, L.Y. Chang and X.Q. Lao. (2018). Effect of long-term exposure to fine particulate matter on lung function decline and risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Taiwan: a longitudinal, cohort study. The Lancet Planetary Health, 2 (3), e114-e125; doi:10.1016/S2542-5196(18)30028-7.
  • Li Z.Y., W.W. Che, H.C. Frey and A.K.H. Lau (2018). Factors affecting variability in PM2. 5 exposure concentrations in a metro system. Environmental Research, 160:20-26; doi:10.1016/j.envres.2017.09.006.
  • Lin C.Q., G. Liu, A.K.H. Lau, Y. Li, C.C. Li, J.C.H. Fung, X.Q. Lao (2018). High-resolution satellite remote sensing of provincial PM2.5 trends in China from 2001 to 2015. Atmospheric Environment, 180, 110-116; doi10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.02.045.
  • Liu T., A.K.H. Lau, K. Sandbrink and J.C.H. Fung (2018). Time Series Forecasting of Air Quality Based on Regional Numerical Modeling in Hong Kong. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, doi:10.1002/2017JD028052.
  • Liu T., G. He and A.K.H. Lau (2018). Avoidance behavior against air pollution: evidence from online search indices for anti-PM 2.5 masks and air filters in Chinese cities. Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, 20 (2), 325-363.
  • Yu Q.W., A.K.H. Lau, K.T. Tsang and J.C.H. Fung (2018). Human damage assessments of coastal flooding for Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta due to climate change-related sea level rise in the twenty-first century. Natural Hazards, doi:10.1007/s11069-018-3236-9.
  • Zhang Z., G. Hoek, L.Y. Chang, T.C. Chan, C. Guo, Y.C. Chuang, J. Chan, C.Q. Lin, W.K. Jiang, Y Guo, R Vermeulen, E.K. Yeoh, T Tam, A.K.H. Lau, S Griffiths and X.Q. Lao (2018). Particulate matter air pollution, physical activity and systemic inflammation in Taiwanese adults. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. 221(1), 41-47. doi:10.1016/j.ijheh.2017.10.001.
  • Zhang Z., C. Guo, A.K.H. Lau, T.C. Chan, Y.C. Chuang, C.Q. Lin, W.K. Jiang, E.K. Yeoh, T Tam, K.S. Woo, B.P. Yan, L.Y. Chang, M.C.S Wong and X.Q. Lao (2018). Long-Term Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter, Blood Pressure, and Incident Hypertension in Taiwanese Adults. Environmental health perspectives, 126 (1), 017008-017008; doi:10.1289/EHP2466.
  • Lao X.Q., Z. Zhang, A.K.H. Lau, T.C. Chan, Y.C. Chuang, J. Chan, C.Q. Lin, C. Guo, W.K. Jiang, T. Tam, G. Hoek, H.D. Kan, E.K. Yeoh and L.Y. Chang (2017). Exposure to ambient fine particulate matter and semen quality in Taiwan. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2018(2), 148-154. doi:10.1136/oemed-2017-104529.
  • Li Y., H.X.H. Huang, S.M. Griffith, C. Wu, A.K.H. Lau and J.Z. Yu (2017). Quantifying the relationship between visibility degradation and PM2.5 constituents at a suburban site in Hong Kong: Differentiating contributions from hydrophilic and hydrophobic organic compounds, Science of the Total Environment, 575, 1571-1581.
  • Li Z.Y., W.W. Che, H.C. Frey and A.K.H. Lau (2017). Characterization of PM2.5 exposure concentration in transport microenvironments using portable monitors. Environmental Pollution, 228:433-442. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2017.05.039. 
  • Lu X, C.Q. Lin, Y Li, T Yao, J.C.H. Fung and A.K.H. Lau (2017). Assessment of health burden caused by particulate matter in southern China using high-resolution satellite observation, Environment International, 98, 160-170.
  • Lu X., N. Chen, Y. Wang, W. Cao, B. Zhu, T. Yao, J.C.H. Fung and A.K.H. Lau (2017). Radical budget and ozone chemistry during autumn in the atmosphere of an urban site in central China, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 122, doi:10.1002/2016JD025676.
  • Su T., J. Li, C. Li, P. Xiang, A.K.H. Lau, J. Guo, D. Yang and Y. Miao (2017). An intercomparison of long-term planetary boundary layer heights retrieved from CALIPSO, ground-based lidar, and radiosonde measurements over Hong Kong, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 122, doi:10.1002/2016JD025937.
  • Su T., J. Li, C.C. Li, A.K.H. Lau, D. Yang and C. Shen (2017). An intercomparison of AOD-converted PM2.5 concentrations using different approaches for estimating aerosol vertical distribution. Atmospheric Environment, 166 (10), 531-542; doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.07.054.
  • Zhang Z., L.Y. Chang, A.K.H. Lau, T.C. Chan, Y.C. Chuang, J. Chan, C.Q. Lin, W.K. Jiang, K. Dear, B.C.Y Zee, E.K. Yeoh, G. Hoek, T. Tam and X.Q. Lao (2017). Satellite-based estimates of long-term exposure to fine particulate matter are associated with C-reactive protein in 30034 Taiwanese adults. International Journal of Epidemiology, 46(4), 1126-1136. doi:10.1093/ije/dyx069.
  • Lin, C., Y. Li, A.K.H. Lau, X.J. Deng, T.K.T. Tse, J.C.H. Fung, C.C. Li, Z.Y. Li, X.C. Lu, X.G. Zhang, Q.W. Yu (2016). Estimation of long-term population exposure to PM2.5 for dense urban areas using 1-km MODIS data. Remote Sensing of Environment. 179, 13-22.
  • Lu, X.C., T. Yao, Y. Li, J.C.H. Fung, A.K.H. Lau (2016). Source apportionment and health effect of NOx over the Pearl River Delta region in southern China. Environmental Pollution. 212,135-146.
  • Li, Z.Y., z. Yuan, Y. Li, A.K.H. Lau, P.K.K. Louie (2015). Characterization and source apportionment of health risks from ambient PM10 in Hong Kong over 2000-2011. Atmospheric Environment, 122, 892-899.
  • Wong, C.M., H.K. Lai, H. Tsang, T.Q. Thach, G.N. Thomas, K.B.H. Lam, K.P. Chan, L. Yang, A.K.H. Lau, J.G. Ayres, S.Y. Lee, W.M. Chan, A.J. Hedley and T.H. Lam (2015). Satellite-Based Estimates of Long-Term Exposure to Fine Particles and Association with Mortality in Elderly Hong Kong Residents. Environmental Health Perspectives. l 289/ehp.1408264.
  • Wang, Q.Q., X.H. Huang, T. Zhang, Q.Y. Zhang, Y. M. Feng, Z. Yuan, D. Wu, A.K.H. Lau, J.Z. Yu (2015): Organic tracer-based source analysis of PM2.5 organic and elemental carbon: a case study at Dongguan in the Pearl River Delta, China. Atmospheric Environment, 118, 164-175.
  • Li, Y., C. Lin, A.K.H. Lau, C.H. Liao, Y. Zhang, W. Zeng, C.C. Li, J.C.H. Fung, T.K.T. Tse (2015): Assessing long-term trend of particulate matter pollution in the Pearl River Delta region using satellite remote sensing. Environmental Science and Technology, 49, 11670-11678.
  • Su, L., Z. Yuan, J.C.H. Fung and A.K.H. Lau (2015). A comparison of HYSPLIT backward trajectories generated from two GDAS datasets. Science of the Total Environment. 506, 527-537.
  • Lin, C.Q., Y. Li, Z. Yuan, A.K.H. Lau, C.C. Li and J.C.H. Fung (2015). Using satellite remote sensing data to estimate the high-resolution distribution of ground-level PM2.5, Remote Sensing of Environment, 156, 117-128.
  • Che W.W., H.C. Frey and A.K.H. Lau (2014). Assessment of the Effect of Population and Diary Sampling Methods on Estimation of School-Age Children Exposure to Fine Particles. Risk Analysis. 34(12), 2066-2079. doi:10.1111/risa.12238.
  • Yuan, Z., Yadav, V., Turner, J.R., Louie, P.K., and A.K.H. Lau. (2013). Long-term trends of ambient particulate matter emission source contributions and the accountability of control strategies in Hong Kong over 1998–2008. Atmospheric Environment, 76, 21-31.
  • Li Y, A.K.H. Lau, JCH Fung, H Ma, Y Tse (2013): Systematic evaluation of ozone control policies using an ozone source apportionment method. Atmos. Environ. In press, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.02.033.
  • Li, YC, J Yu, SSH Ho, JJ Schauer, Z Yuan, A.K.H. Lau, PKK Louie (2013): Chemical characteristics and source apportionment of fine particulate organic carbon in Hong Kong during high particulate matter episodes in winter 2003. Atmospheric Research. 120, 88-98. doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2012.08.005.
  • Carmichael GR, CH Song, Y Sunwoo, T Ohara, A.K.H. Lau, Y Koo (2012): Air Quality Modeling in Asia 2011. Atmos. Environ. 58 Special Issue Pages: 24 DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.06.054.
  • Kwok, RHF, JCH Fung, A.K.H. Lau, ZS Wang (2012): Tracking emission sources of sulfur and elemental carbon in Hong Kong/Pearl River Delta region. J. Atmospheric Chemistry, 69, 1-22.
  • Li YC, JZ Yu, SSH Ho, Z Yuan, A.K.H. Lau, XF Huang (2012): Chemical characteristics of PM2.5 and organic aerosol source analysis during cold front episodes in Hong Kong, China. Atmospheric Research. Volume: 118 Pages: 41-51 DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2012.05.026.
  • Li, Y, A.K.H. Lau, JCH Fung, J Zheng, LJ Zhong, PKK Louie (2012): Ozone source apportionment (OSAT) to differentiate local regional and super-regional source contributions in the Pearl River Delta region, China. J. Geophysical Research, 117 (15), D15305, doi: 10.1029/2011JD017340.
  • Louie PKK, J Ho, R Tsang, D Blake, A.K.H. Lau, JZ Yu, Z Yuan, XM Wang, M Shao, LJ Zhong (2012): VOCs and OVOCs Distribution and Control Policy Implications in PRD Region, China. Atmos. Environ, In press, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.08.058.
  • Ng, S, C Loh, CB Lin, V Booth, JWM Chan, ACK Yip, Y Li, A.K.H. Lau (2012): Policy change driven by an AIS-assisted marine emission inventory in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. Atmos. Environ. In press. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.07.070.
  • Wong, TW, WWS Tam, TS Yu, A.K.H. Lau, SW Pang, AHS Wong (2012): Developing a risk based air quality health index. Atmos. Environ, in press. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.06.071.
  • Wu DW, JCH Fung, T Yao, AKH Lau (2012): A study of control policy in the Pearl River Delta region by using the particulate matter source apportionment method. Atmos. Environ. Doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.11.069.
  • Xie, B, JCH Fung, A Chan, A.K.H. Lau (2012); Evaluation of nonlocal and local planetary boundary layer schemes in the WRF model. J. Geophysical Research, 117(12), D12103, doi: 10.1029/2011JD017080.
  • Yang, JX, A.K.H. Lau, JCH Fung, W Zhou, M Wenig (2012): An air pollution episode and its formation mechanism during the tropical cyclone Nun's landfall in a coastal city of south China. Atmospheric Environment, 54, 746-753.
  • Yuan Z, LJ Zhong, A.K.H. Lau, J Yu, PKK Louie (2012): Volatile organic compounds in the Pearl River Delta: Identification of source regions and recommendations for emission oriented monitoring strategies. Atmos. Environ. In press, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.11.034.
  • Yuan Z, V Yadav, JR Turner, PKK Louie, A.K.H. Lau (2012): Long-term trends of ambient particulate matter emission source contributions and the accountability of control strategies in Hong Kong over 1998–2008. Atmos. Environ, In press, doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.09.026.
  • Zhang R, G Sarwar, JCH Fung, A.K.H. Lau, YH Zhang (2012): Examining the Impact of Nitrous Acid Chemistry on Ozone and PM over the Pearl River Delta. Advances in Meteorology, in press, DOI: 10.1155/2012/140932.