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Tan Zi, PhD

Environmental Scientist, Hydrologist
Clean Water Program
Contaminants of Emerging Concern
Watershed Science & Management

Tan Zi is a hydrologist and lead watershed and stormwater modeler at SFEI. He is working on modeling the source, transport, and fate of water contaminants, as well as water resources management, climate change impact analysis, resilience and green infrastructure research and investigations by integrating a range of hydrologic, hydrodynamic, and water quality models/tools. He has more than ten years experience in hydrologic and water quality model development and application. Prior to joining SFEI, he worked as a consultant of Tetra Tech focusing on watershed and stormwater modeling and tool development. Tan received his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Duke, where he developed a soil erosion and sediment transport module for a distributed energy and hydrological model GEOtop. He received a B.S and M.S. in Meteorology from China Agricultural University and worked at the China Meteorological Administration, managing climate monitoring systems in China. His background spans water resources, green infrastructure, climate and meteorology, agriculture and ecology.

Related Projects, News, and Events

Next Generation Urban Greening (Project)

SFEI is working with partners across the Bay Area to design tools to help cities achieve biodiversity, stormwater, and climate benefits through multifunctional green infrastructure.

Healthy Watersheds Resilient Baylands (Project)

Through the EPA-funded Healthy Watersheds Resilient Baylands project, SFEI and sixteen partner organizations are developing multi-benefit tools to enhance climate change resilience in San Francisco Bay. Healthy Watersheds Resilient Baylands has two major components: Multi-benefit Urban Greening and Tidal Wetlands Restoration. Through both components, we have developed strategies that inform  policy, planning, and design of innovative implementation projects.

RMP Update (Project)

The Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay is an innovative collaboration of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, the regulated discharger community, and the San Francisco Estuary Institute. It provides water quality regulators with the information they need to manage the Bay effectively. The RMP produces two types of summary reports: The Pulse of the Bay and the RMP Update. The Pulse focuses on Bay water quality and summarizes information from all sources.

Trees, Hydrology, Urban-Greening, and Nature-Based Solutions (News)

Two key reports support nature-based solutions. Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) and enhancements to the urban tree canopy offer benefits to stormwater management, urban ecological improvements, and complementary urban greening activities.

On KGO TV, these projects were featured on July 1, 2021.

Preparing for the Storm (Project)

Catalyzed by the extensive damages caused by the Winter 2016-2017 storms and the opportunity to align flood response with major habitat improvement, Preparing for the Storm is an innovative public-private partnership to improve watershed health and resilience in the Alameda Creek watershed.

Trees and Hydrology in Urban Landscapes (Project)

Effective implementation of urban greening strategies is needed to address legacies of landscape change and environmental degradation, ongoing development pressures, and the urgency of the climate crisis. With limited space and resources, these challenges will not be met through single-issue or individual-sector management and planning. Increasingly, local governments, regulatory agencies, and other urban planning organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area are expanding upon the holistic, portfolio-based, and multi-benefit approaches.