Dr. Qian Yang

Qian Yang
Research Associate
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924


Ph.D., Geology, University of South Florida, 2016.

B.E., Geodesy, Wuhan University, 2010.

Areas of Expertise

Data analytics, satellite geodesy

Professional Appointments 

02/2018 – present Research Associate, Bureau of Economic Geology, Univ. Texas – Austin (Austin, TX)

11/2016 – 10/2017, Data scientist intern, Bitmotive LLC (Tampa, FL)

1/2012 – 8/2016, Research Assistant, University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)

8/2010 – 12/2011, Research Assistant, University of Miami (Miami, FL)

Research/Development Projects 

Assess the technically recoverable resources (oil, gas, and water) and hydraulic fracturing water demand in the major unconventional plays in the U.S. (e.g., Bakken, Permian (Midland and Delaware basins), Eagle Ford, and Marcellus) (2018 – present).

Evaluate the feasibility of capturing and storing floodwater in depleted aquifers to mitigate floods and droughts in Texas (2018 – present).

Monitored (GPS based and InSAR based) surface deformation associated with CO2 injection in two enhanced recovery fields in Texas. (2014 – 2016)

Investigated the influence of ice melting on global ocean circulation. (2014 – 2016)

Investigated the annual coastal uplift in Greenland associated with accelerated ice mass loss of the Greenland ice sheet. (2011 – 2013)   

The development of a toolbox for GPS data analysis. (2010 – 2011)

Selected Publications

Scanlon, B.R.,  Reedy, R.C., Xu, P., Engle, M., Nicot, J.P.,  Yoxtheimer, D., Yang, Q.,  and Ikonnikova, S. (2020), Can we Beneficially Reuse Produced Water from Oil and Gas Extraction in the U.S.? Science of the Total Environment, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.137085.

Yang Q. and Scanlon B. (2019), How much water can be captured from flood flows to store in depleted aquifers for mitigating floods and droughts? A case study from Texas, U.S. Environmental Research Letters, 14, 054011, https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab148e.

Zhong Z, A Y Sun, Yang Q., Q Ouyang (2019), A deep learning approach to anomaly detection in geological carbon sequestration sites using pressure measurements, Journal of Hydrology 573, 885-894, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.04.015.

Sun AY, Z Zhi, J Hoonyoung, Yang Q. (2019), Building complex event processing capability for intelligent environmental monitoring, Environmental Modelling & Software 116, 1-6, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.02.015

Yang Q., T. H. Dixon, P. Myers, J. Bonin, D. Chambers, and M.R. van den Broeke (2016), Recent increases in Arctic freshwater flux affects Labrador Sea convection and Atlantic overturning circulation, Nature Communications, doi:10.1038/ncomms10525.

Yang Q., W. L. Zhao, T. H. Dixon, F. Amelung, W. S. Han, and P. Li. (2015), InSAR monitoring of Ground Deformation due to CO2 injection at an enhanced oil recovery site, West Texas. Int. J. Greenh. Gas Control, 41, 20 – 28, doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2015.06.016.

Karegar, M. A., T. H. Dixon, R. Malservisi, Q. Yang, S.A. Hossaini, and S.D. Hovorka. GPS-based monitoring of surface deformation associated with CO2 injection at an enhanced oil recovery site. Int. J. Greenh. Gas Control, 41, 116 – 126, doi: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2015.07.006.

Yang Q., S. Wdowinski, and T. H. Dixon (2013), Annual variation of coastal uplift in Greenland as an indicator of variable and accelerating ice mass loss. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 14, 1569–1589, doi:10.1002/ggge.20089.