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Dr. Harry F. Lee 李峯 助理教授

 

BA, MPhil, PhD HK
Assistant Professor 

Office: 1007 
Phone: +852 3917-7022
Email: harrylee@hku.hk

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Bio

Dr. Harry F. Lee received his B.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in Geography from the University of Hong Kong. His research interests are running between physical and human geography, which include the socio-economic and demographic impacts of global climate change in China and Europe in recent history, the underlying mechanisms of natural disasters in historical China, and the environmental problems and issues of sustainable development in contemporary China.

Research Interests
  • Socio-economic and demographic impacts of climate change in global history
  • Underlying mechanisms of natural disasters in historical China
  • Historical epidemiology in China and Europe
  • Environmental problems and issues of sustainable development in contemporary China and Hong Kong
Awards
  • Research Output Prize, The University of Hong Kong, 2011–2012. [In respect of: Zhang, D.D., Lee, H.F., Wang, C., Li, B., Pei, Q., Zhang, J., and An, Y. (2011) The causality analysis of climate change and large-scale human crisis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108(42): 17296-17301. Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences.]
  • Award for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student, The University of Hong Kong, 2007–2008.
  • Dr. Stephen S.F. Hui Prize in Geography for Outstanding Ph.D. RPG Thesis, The University of Hong Kong, 2007–2008.
  • Research Output Prize, The University of Hong Kong, 2007–2008. [In respect of: Zhang, D.D., Brecke, P., Lee, H.F., He, Y.Q., and Zhang, J. (2007) Global climate change, war, and population decline in recent human history. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104(49): 19214-19219. Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences.]
  • Dr. Stephen S.F. Hui Prize in Geography for Outstanding M.Phil. RPG Thesis, The University of Hong Kong, 2003–2004.
Selected Publications

Jia, X., Lee, H.F., Cui, M., Liu, C., Zeng, L., Yue, R.P.H., Zhao, Y., and Lu, H. (2017) Habitat variability and ethnic diversity in northern Tibetan Plateau. Scientific Reports 7: 918. London: Nature Publishing Group.

Yue, R.P.H., Lee, H.F., and Hart, M.A. (2017) Perceptions of visibility degradation in Hong Kong. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 60(6): 1073-1091. Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis.

Li, J., Dodson, J., Yan, H., Zhang, D.D., Zhang, X., Xu, Q., Lee, H.F., Pei, Q., Cheng, B., Li, C., Ni, J., Sun, A., Lu, F., and Zong, Y. (2017) Quantifying climatic variability in monsoonal northern China over the last 2200 years and its role in driving Chinese dynastic changes. Quaternary Science Reviews 159: 35-46. Oxford: Pergamon.

Lee, H.F., Fei, J., Chan, C.Y.S., Pei, Q., Jia, X., and Yue, R.P.H. (2017) Climate change and epidemics in Chinese history: A multi-scalar analysis. Social Science & Medicine 174: 53-63. Exeter: Elsevier Science.

Jia, X., Yi, S., Sun, Y., Wu, S., Lee, H.F., Wang, L., and Lu, H. (2017) Spatial and temporal variations in prehistoric human settlement and their influencing factors on the south bank of the Xar Maron River, Northeastern China. Frontiers of Earth Science 11(1): 137-147. Beijing: Higher Education Press.

Shi, J., Li, J., Zhang, D.D., Zheng, J., Shi, S., Ge, Q., Lee, H.F., Zhao, Y., Zhang, J., and Lu, H. (2017) Two centuries of April-July temperature change in eastern China and its influence on grain productivity. Science Bulletin 62(1): 40-45. Beijing: Science in China Press.

Jia, X., Lee, H.F., Zhang, W., Wang, L., Sun, Y., Zhao, Z., Yi, S., Huang, W., and Lu, H. (2016) Human-environment interactions within the West Liao River Basin in Northeastern China during the Holocene Optimum. Quaternary International 426: 10-17. New York: ScienceDirect. 

Pei, Q., Zhang, D.D., and Lee, H.F. (2016) Contextualizing human migration in different agro-ecological zones in ancient China. Quaternary International 426: 65-74. New York: ScienceDirect. 

Lee, H.F., Zhang, D.D., Pei, Q., Jia, X., and Yue, R.P.H. (2016) Demographic impact of climate change on northwestern China in the late imperial era. Quaternary International 425: 237-247. New York: ScienceDirect.

Yue, R.P.H., Lee, H.F., and Connor Y.H. Wu (2016) Navigable rivers facilitated the spread and recurrence of plague in pre-industrial Europe. Scientific Reports 6: 34867. London: Nature Publishing Group. 

Lee, H.F., Zhang, D.D., Pei, Q., and Fei, J. (2016) Downscaling and disaggregating NAO-conflict nexus in pre-industrial Europe. Chinese Geographical Science 26(5): 609-622. Beijing: Science Press.

Pei, Q., Zhang, D.D., Lee, H.F., and Li, G. (2016) Crop management as an agricultural adaptation to climate change in early modern era: A comparative study of Eastern and Western Europe. Agriculture 6(3): 29. Basel: MDPI AG.

Yue, R.P.H., Lee, H.F., and Hart, M.A. (2016) The human dimension of visibility degradation in a compact city. Natural Hazards 82(3): 1683-1702. Dordrecht, Netherland: Kluwer Academic.

Pei, Q., Zhang, D.D., Li, G., Forêt, P., and Lee, H.F. (2016) Temperature and precipitation effects on agrarian economy in late imperial China. Environmental Research Letters 11(6): 064008. Bristol: IOP Publishing.

Jia, X., Sun, Y., Wang, L., Sun, W., Zhao, Z., Lee, H.F., Huang, W., Wu, S., and Lu, H. (2016) The transition of human subsistence strategies in relation to climate change during the Bronze Age in the West Liao River Basin, Northeast China. The Holocene 26(5): 781-789. London: Sage.

Jia, X., Dong, G., Wang, L., Ma, M., Lee, H.F., Zhang, Z., and Chen, F. (2016) How humans inhabited the Northeastern Tibetan Plateau during the Little Ice Age: A case study at Hualong County, Qinghai Province, China. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 7: 27-36. London: Academic Press.

Fei, J., Zhang, D.D., and Lee, H.F. (2016) 1600 AD Huaynaputina eruption (Peru), abrupt cooling, and epidemics in China and Korea. Advances in Meteorology 2016(2016): 3217038. New York: Hindawi.

Pei, Q., Zhang, D.D., and Lee, H.F. (2015) Evaluating the effectiveness of agricultural adaptation to climate change in preindustrial society. Asian Geographer 32(2): 85-98. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Lee, H.F., Pei, Q., Zhang, D.D., and Choi, K.P.K. (2015) Quantifying the intra-regional precipitation variability in northwestern China over the past 1,400 years. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0131693. San Francisco: Public Library of Science. 

Lee, H.F., Zhang, D.D., and Pei, Q. (2015) Reconstruction of the geographic extent of drought anomalies in northwestern China over the last 539 years and its teleconnection with the Pacific Ocean. The Holocene 25(8): 1271-1284. London: Sage. 

Pei, Q., Zhang, D.D., Li, G., and Lee, H.F. (2015) Climate change and the macroeconomic structure in pre-industrial Europe: New evidence from wavelet analysis. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0126480. San Francisco: Public Library of Science.

Pei, Q., Zhang, D.D., Li, G., Winterhalder, B., and Lee, H.F. (2015) Epidemics in Ming and Qing China: Impacts of changes in climate and economic well-being. Social Science & Medicine 136-137: 73-80. Exeter: Elsevier Science.

Lee, H.F., Zhang, D.D., Brecke, P., and Pei, Q. (2015) Regional geographic factors mediate the climate-war relationship in Europe. British Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 2(1): 1-28. Hull: Science & Knowledge House.

Zhang, D.D., Pei, Q., Lee, H.F., Zhang, J., Chang, C.Q., Li, B., Li, J., and Zhang, X. (2015) The pulse of imperial China: A quantitative analysis of long-term geopolitical cycle and climate change. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24(1): 87-96. Oxford: Blackwell Science.

Lee, H.F. and Zhang, D.D. (2015) Quantitative analysis of climate change and human crises in history. In: M. Kwan, D. Richardson, D. Wang, and C. Zhou (eds.) Space-Time Integration in Geography and GIScience: Research Frontiers in the US and China. Dordrecht: Springer. Pp. 235-267.

Lee, H.F. (2014) Climate-included agricultural shrinkage and overpopulation in late imperial China. Climate Research 59(3): 229-242. Amelinghausen: Inter-Research.

Pei, Q., Zhang, D.D., Lee, H.F., and Li, G.D. (2014) Climate change and macro-economic cycles in pre-industrial Europe. PLoS ONE 9(2): e88155. San Francisco: Public Library of Science.

Pei, Q., Zhang, D.D., Li, G.D., and Lee, H. (2013) Short- and long-term impacts of climate variations on the agrarian economy in pre-industrial Europe. Climate Research 52(2): 169-180. Amelinghausen: Inter-Research.

Lee, H.F.
, Zhang, D.D., Brecke, P., and Fei, J. (2013) Positive correlation between the North Atlantic Oscillation and violent conflicts in Europe. Climate Research 56(1): 1-10. Amelinghausen: Inter-Research.

Lee, H.F. and Zhang, D.D. (2013) A tale of two population crises in recent Chinese history. Climatic Change 116(2): 285-308. Netherlands: Springer.

Lee, H.F.
 (2012) Natural disasters and their management in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Asian Geographer 29(2): 75-76. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Fei, J., Zhang, D.D., Lee, H.F., and Hou, Y.J. (2012) Extreme dust storm disaster in northern China in AD 1523. Asian Geographer 29(2): 77-87. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Lee, H.F. and Zhang, D.D. (2012) Temperature change and natural disasters in northwestern China. Asian Geographer 29(2): 89-108. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Kwong, K.H., Chung, V.W.K., and Lee, H.F. (2012) The longitudinal assessment of preventive measures and policies for earthquake disasters in China. Asian Geographer 29(2): 109-120. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Lee, E.K.S., Fok, L., and Lee, H.F. (2012) An evaluation of Hong Kong's tropical cyclone warning system. Asian Geographer 29(2): 131-144. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Zhang, D.D. and Lee, H.F. (2011) Chine: quand le climat dictait les guerres. Les Grands Dossiers des Sciences Humaines no 25(Décembre 2011/janvier-février 2012): 12-14. Auxerre Cedex: Sciences Humaines.

Zhang, D.D., Lee, H.F., Wang, C., Li, B., Pei, Q., Zhang, J., and An, Y. (2011) The causality analysis of climate change and large-scale human crisis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108(42): 17296-17301. Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences.

Lee, H.F. and Zhang, D.D. (2011) Relationship between NAO and drought disasters in northwestern China in the last millennium. Journal of Arid Environments 75(11): 1114-1120. New York: Academic Press.

Zhang, D.D., Lee, H.F., Wang, C., Li, B., Zhang, J., Pei, Q., and Chen, J. (2011) Climate change and large scale human population collapses in the pre-industrial era. Global Ecology and Biogeography 20(4): 520-531. Oxford: Blackwell Science.

Zhang, D.D. and Lee, H.F. (2010) Climate change, food shortage and war: A quantitative case study in China during 1500 – 1800. Cartina 5(1): 63–71. Egypt: The Egyptian Society for Environmental Sciences.

Lee, H.F. and Zhang, D.D. (2010) Changes in climate and secular population cycles in China, 1000 CE to 1911. Climate Research 42(3): 235-246. Amelinghausen: Inter-Research.

Lee, H.F. and Zhang, D.D. (2010) Natural disasters in northwestern China, AD1270 – 1949. Climate Research 41(3): 245-257. Amelinghausen: Inter-Research.

Zhang, D.D., Zhang, J., Lee, H.F., and He, Y.Q. (2010) Does climate change affect war frequency? The case of eastern China. In: D.G. Bates and J. Tucker (eds.) Human Ecology: Contemporary Research and Practice. New York: Springer. Pp. 255-272.

Lee, H.F., Fok, L., and Zhang, D.D. (2009) Time lag in the climate-war relationship. Asian Geographer 26: 83-94. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Geographical Association.

Lee, H.F., Zhang, D.D., and Fok, L. (2009) Temperature, aridity thresholds, and population growth dynamics in China over the last millennium. Climate Research 39(2): 131-147. Amelinghausen: Inter-Research.

Lee, H.F. and Zhang, D.D. (2008) Die Kaiser, die aus der Kälte kamen. Kulturaustausch 2008(Ausgabe II): 51-52. Stuttgart: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.

Lee, H.F., Fok, L., and Zhang, D.D. (2008) Climatic change and Chinese population growth dynamics over the last millennium. Climatic Change 88(2): 131-156. Netherlands: Springer.

Lee, H.F. and Zhang, D.D. (2008) Perceiving the environment from the lay perspective in desertified areas, northern China. Environmental Management 41(2): 168-182. New York: Springer.

Zhang, D.D., Brecke, P., Lee, H.F., He, Y.Q., and Zhang, J. (2007) Global climate change, war, and population decline in recent human history. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104(49): 19214-19219. Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences.

Zhang, D.D., Zhang, J., Lee, H.F., and He, Y.Q. (2007) Climate change and the war frequency in eastern China over the last millennium. Human Ecology 35(4): 403-414. Netherlands: Springer.

Zhang, D.D., Jim, C.Y., Lin, G.C.S, He, Y.Q., Wang, J.J., and Lee, H.F. (2006) Climate change, wars and dynastic cycles in China over the last millennium. Climatic Change 76(3-4): 459-477. Netherlands: Springer.

Lee, H.F. and Zhang, D.D. (2005) Perceiving land-degrading activities from the lay perspective in northern China. Environmental Management 36(5): 711-725. New York: Springer.

Zhang, D., Jim, C.Y., Lin, C.S., He, Y.Q., and Lee, F. (2005) Climate change, social unrest and dynastic transition in ancient China. Chinese Science Bulletin 50(2): 137-144. Beijing: Science in China Press.

Zhang, D., Jim, C.Y., Lin, C.S., He, Y.Q., and Lee, F. (2004) Climate change, social unrest and dynastic transition in ancient China. Chinese Science Bulletin 49(23): 2468-2474. Beijing: Science in China Press. (in Chinese)

Lee, H.F. and Zhang, D.D. (2004) Perceiving desertification from the lay perspective in northern China. Land Degradation & Development 15(6): 529-542. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Lee, F. (2003) Must the new one be better than the old one? A paradigm shift in the Anglo-Saxon Geography as a metaphor. Annals of the Geographical, Geological & Archaeological Society 30: 29-37. Hong Kong: Geographical, Geological & Archaeological Society.

Other Scholarly Experiences

Guest-editor, Asian Geographer [for Volume 29, Issue 2 (2012)] (Taylor & Francis, Hong Kong)

Invited Reviewer, African Journal of Biotechnology (Academic Journals, Nairobi)

Invited Reviewer, African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology (Academic Journals, Nairobi)

Invited Reviewer, Arid Land Research and Management (Taylor and Francis, London)

Invited Reviewer, Asian Geographer (Taylor & Francis, Hong Kong)

Invited Reviewer, Chinese Geographical Science (Science Press, Beijing)

Invited Reviewer, Climate Research (Inter-Research, Amelinghausen)

Invited Reviewer, Climatic Change (Springer, Netherlands)

Invited Reviewer, Ecology and Evolution (John Wiley & Sons, New York)

Invited Reviewer, Environmental Management (Springer-Verlag, New York)

Invited Reviewer, Environmental Research (Academic Press, San Diego)

Invited Reviewer, Geoforum (Elsevier, New York)

Invited Reviewer, International Journal of Population Research (Hindawi, New York)

Invited Reviewer, Journal of Environmental Management (Academic Press, London)

Invited Reviewer, Journal of Forestry Research (Northeast Forestry University & Springer, Harbin)

Invited Reviewer, Journal of Geography and Regional Planning (Academic Journals, Nairobi)

Invited Reviewer, Journal of Hydrology (Elsevier Science, Amsterdam)

Invited Reviewer, Land Degradation & Development (John Wiley & Sons, New York)

Invited Reviewer, Land Use Policy (Elsevier, Oxford)

Invited Reviewer, Population and Environment (Human Sciences Press, New York)

Invited Reviewer, Proceedings of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences (Royal Society of London, London)

Invited Reviewer, Quaternary International (Elsevier, New York)

Invited Reviewer, The Journal of Hazardous Materials (Elsevier, Amsterdam)