Faculty & Staff

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Tak Yung Tong

Professor, Director of 2+2 Program in Geography, Interim Director of Environmental Studies Program , A&S Geography

401D Braunstein Hall

513-556-3435

Applied Ecology, Urban Environment, Ecological Risk Assessment, Ecosystem Services, Global Changes, Watershed Management, Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling, Land Use Modeling, Non-point Source Pollution Abatement, Wildfire, Heavy Metal Contaimination
Education

Bachelor's Degree, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, (Geography, Biology)

PhD, Sheffield University United Kingdom, (Geography and Botany: Applied Ecology)

Research Support

Grant: #EPA CR827679-01-0 Investigators:Susanna T.Y.Tong 1999 -2001 USEPA An Exploratory Approach to Assessing the Influences of Environmental Factores on Fish Community Distribution and Health Role:PI Completed Type:Grant

USEPA Research Assistantship Completed Type:Fellowship

Grant: #EP-C-05-056 Investigators:Makram Suidan, Steve Buchberger, Susanna T.Y. Tong, Ni-Bin Chang, Robert Clark, Walter Grayman, Zhiwei Li 08-23-2007 -09-30-2008 USEPA, Pegasus Technical Services Multi-Scale Infrastructure Characterization Studies Water Resources Adaptation Program (WRAP) - Infrastructure Role:Co-PI Completed Type:Contract Level:National

Grant: #WA#3-52T4 Investigators:Makram Suidan, Susanna T.Y. Tong 09-30-2008 -09-29-2009 USEPA, Pegasus Technical Services Multi-Scale Infrastructure Characterization Studies Water Resources Adaptation Program (WRAP) - Infrastructure Role:PI Completed Type:Contract Level:National

1984 The Hong Kong Government Environmental Research Grant Role:PI $10,000 Completed Type:Grant

1986 -1992 Ohio Board of Regents Equipment Grants for the Physical Geography and Micro-Computer Laboratories Role:PI $70,000 Completed Level:State

1990 University of Cincinnati University Program Advisory Committee Grant Role:PI $10,000 Completed Type:Grant Level:University

1994 Hong Kong Government UPGC Research Grant $20,000 Completed

1994 -1995 Lee Hysan Foundation Research Grant $50,000 Completed Type:Grant

1991 -1992 USEPA Co-operative Agreement Role:PI $50,000 Completed Type:Grant

1999 -2012 USEPA USEPA Graduate Internships for Ph.D. and M.A. students $260,000 Completed

2007 US Environmental Protection Agency USEPA Grant Contract $6,000 Completed Type:Grant

2007 -2008 US Environmental Protection Agency USEPA Grant Contract $ 65,000 Completed Type:Grant

2008 -2009 US Environmental Protection Agency USEPA Grant Contract $ 62,000 Completed Type:Grant

2010 US Environmental Protection Agency USEPA Grant Contract $ 86,997 Completed

Grant: #EPC-11-006 Investigators:Susanna Tong 2011 -2012 US Environmental Protection Agency USEPA Grant Contract: Case Studies of Sustainable Water Resources and Infrastructure Adaptation to Climate and Socioeconomic Changes Role:PI $ 101,451 Completed Type:Grant Level:National

2011 SkySentry LLC, Department of Defense $69,985 Completed Type:Grant

Grant: ##EP-C-11-006 Investigators:Susanna T. Y. Tong 09-30-2012 -09-29-2013 USEPA Case Studies of Sustainable Water Resources and Infrastrure Adaptation to Climate and Socioeconomic Changes Role:PI $71,740 Completed Type:Grant Level:National

Investigators:Susanna T.Y. Tong 2012 -2013 USEPA Graduate internship $27,000 Completed Type:Fellowship

Grant: #CR827679-01-0 Investigators:Tong, Tak Yung 09-22-1999 -09-21-2000 Environmental Protection Agency An Exploratory Approach to Assessing the Influences of Environmental Factors on Fish Community Distribution and Health Role:PI $49,998.00 Completed Type:Grant

Grant: #EP-C-05-056/PEG2-52T1UC Investigators:Buchberger, Steven; Suidan, Makram; Tong, Tak Yung 09-30-2007 -12-31-2010 Environmental Protection Agency Multi-Scale Infrastructure Characterization Studies-Task 1 Role:Collaborator $480,547.00 Completed Type:Grant

Grant: #EP-C-05-056/PEG3-52T4UC Investigators:Suidan, Makram; Tong, Tak Yung 09-30-2008 -12-31-2010 Environmental Protection Agency Multiscale infrastructure characterization studies task 4 Role:PI $138,883.00 Completed

Grant: #EP-C-11-06/PEG1-451UC Investigators:Sorial, George; Tong, Tak Yung 10-17-2011 -09-29-2013 Environmental Protection Agency Case Studies of Sustainable Water Resources and Infrastructure Adaptation to Climate and Socioeconomic Changes, Task 1 Role:PI $141,876.00 Completed Type:Grant Level:National

Grant: #EP-C-11-006/PEG UC WA#3-45,Task 1 Investigators:Sorial, George; Tong, Tak Yung; Wang, Xinhao 11-22-2013 -09-29-2014 Environmental Protection Agency Pegasus sub EPA WA 3-45, Task 1 Role:PI $120,293.00 Completed Type:Grant

Grant: #7500127120 / W91278-10-D-0104 Investigators:Beck, Richard; Liu, Hongxing; Tong, Tak Yung 10-15-2014 -04-30-2015 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Quality Ground Truth Data Collection to Support Algorithm Development and Map part II (second $10K) Role:Collaborator $10,000.00 Completed Type:Grant

2016 USEPA Grant Contract Role:PI $7,000 Completed Type:Grant

2017 USEPA Grant Contract Role:PI $3,000 Completed Type:Grant Level:National

Grant: #EP-C-11-006 / PEG WA#4-45,Task 1,2,3 Investigators:Sorial, George; Tong, Tak Yung; Wang, Xinhao; Wei, Heng 02-18-2015 -09-29-2015 Environmental Protection Agency Pegasus sub EPA WA 4-45, Task 1 / Case Studies of Sustainable Water Resources and Infrastructure Adaptation to Climate and Socioeconomic Changes Role:Collaborator $46,824 Completed Type:Grant

Grant: #UOC-18-S-019 Investigators:Beck, Richard; Liu, Hongxing; Tong, Tak Yung 04-17-2018 -09-30-2018 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers USACE - Grad Student Summer Support and Algorithm Dev Role:Collaborator $45,000.00 Completed Type:Grant

Abbreviated Publications
Book Chapter

Relationships Among Environmental Stressors and Fish Community Composition and Health: Case Study of Chesapeake. In Managing for Healthy Ecosystems, Part II, Issues and Methods, Managing for Biodiversity (ed. D. Rapport, W. Lasley, D. Rolston, O. Nielsen, C. Qualset and A. Damania), Lewis Publishers.

Geography of the Pearl River Delta: An Introduction.  In Resources & Development of the Pearl River Delta (ed. V.F.S. Sit), Wide Angle Press, pp. 3-23. (with K.Y. Wong)

City Ground Pollution in Czechoslovakia.  In Environmental Issues and Governance in the CSFR and USA (ed. J. Drdos).

Assessing the Water Quality Impacts of Global Climate Change in Southwestern Ohio, U.S.A.  In Selected Readings in Applied Climatology (eds. R.V. Rohli and T.A. Joyner), Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 181–193 (with A. Liu and J. Goodrich)

Encyclopedia Article

Water Quality. In The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology (IEG), John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

Peer Reviewed Publications

 Home Sweet Home? A Study of Household Dust Contamination in Hong Kong . The Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 256. (with K.C. Lam) 

Land Use as a Mitigation Strategy for the Water Quality Impacts of Global Warming: A Scenario Analysis on Two Watersheds in the Ohio River Basin. Environmental Engineering and Policy, Vol. 2. (with A. J. Liu and J. A. Goodrich)

An Integrated Exploratory Approach to Examining the Relationships of Environmental Stressors and Fish Responses. Journal of Aquatic Ecosystem Stress and Recovery, Vol. 9.

Modeling the Relationship Between Land Use and Surface Water Quality. Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 66. (with W. Chen)

Investigating the Water Quality Impacts of Future Land-use and Climate Changes in the Little Miami River Watershed. Middle States Geographer, Vol. 35. (with A.J. Liu and J.A. Goodrich)

Modelling the Hydrologic Effects of Land-Use and Climate Changes. International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, Vol. 6. (with A.J. Liu)

Climate Change Impacts on Nutrient and Sediment Loads in a Midwestern Agricultural Watershed. Journal of Environmental Informatics,  Vol. 9. (with A.J. Liu and  J.A. Goodrich)

Modeling the Impacts of Farming Practices on Water Qualities in the Little Miami River Basin. Environmental Management, Vol. 39. (with S. Naramngam)  

Toxic Effects of Chromic Sulphate on the Common Carp, Cyprinus caprio. Toxicology Letters, Vol. 10. (with M.H. Wong, W.M. Lau, W.K. Liu, and K.C. Luk)

The Physical Environment of Pearl River Delta and Its Effects on Economic Development.  Occasional Paper, Geography Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Economic Development and the Physical Environment of the Pearl River Delta: An Overview. Occasional Paper, Geography Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong. (with K.Y. Wong)

The Effects of Temperature and Moisture on Seed Germination of a Few Native Species in a Semi-arid Environment. Occasional Paper, Geography Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The Use of Environmental Scalars in Vegetation Survey. Occasional Paper, Geography Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Bioassay Test of Landfill Leachate Uisng Seeds of Brassica chinensis and Cynodon dactylon. Occasional Paper, Geography Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong. (with M.H. Wong)

Bioassay Test of Landfill Leachate Using Brassica chinensis and Cynodon dactylon. Conservation & Recycling, Vol. 7. (with M.H. Wong)

The Germination Responses of Aristida coerulescens, Helictotrichon filifolium and Helichrysum stoechas to Temperature and Water Stress. International Journal of Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Vol. 13.

An Approach to Synthetic Environmental Surrogates Construction. International Journal of Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Vol. 14.

On Non-Metric Multidimensional Scaling Ordination and Interpretation of the Matorral Vegetation in Lowland Murcía. Vegetatio, Vol. 79.

Roadside Dusts and Soils Contamination in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Environmental Management, Vol. 14.

The Hydrologic Effects of Urban Land Use: A Case Study of the Little Miami River Basin. Landscape and Urban Planning, Vol. 19.

Growth Analysis of Aristida coerulescens and Helictotrichon filifolium Seedlings Under Simulated Temperature and Nutrient Conditions. Journal of Arid Environments, Vol. 19.

The Retention of Copper and Lead Particulate Matter in Plant Foliage and Forest Soil.  Environment International, Vol. 17.

The Concentration Profile of Heavy Metals in an Urban Forest. Environmental Technology, Vol. 12. (with P. Farrell)

The Use of Non-metric Multi-dimensional Scaling as an Ordination Technique in Resource Survey Evaluation: A Case Study from Southeast Spain. Applied Geography, Vol. 23.

Lead Contamination in Urban Soil and Water. Acta Universitatis Carolinae Geographica, Vol. 27.

Are the Nurseries and Kindergartens Safe for Our Kids? The Hong Kong Study.  The Science of the Total Environment, Vol.  216. (with K.C. Lam)

Indoor and Outdoor Household Dust Contamination in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Environmental Geochemistry and Health, Vol. 20. 

Assessing the Water Quality Impacts of Future Land-Use Changes in an Urbanizing Watershed. Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems, Vol. 26.  (with A.J. Liu and J.A. Goodrich)

Using HSPF to Model the Hydrologic and Water Quality Impacts of Riparian Land-use Change in a Small Watershed. Journal of Environmental Informatics, Vol. 17. (with Z. Liu)

Predicting Plausible Impacts of Sets of Climate and Land Use Change Scenarios on Water Resources. Applied Geography, Vol 32.  (with Y.Sun, T.Ranatunga, J. He  and Y.J. Yang)  

Generating a Future Land-use Change Scenario: A Case Study of the Little Miami River Watershed, Ohio. Journal of Environmental Informatics, Vol. 19(2). (with Yu Sun and Y. Jeff Yang). 

Environmental and Economic Implications of Various Conservative Agricultural Practices in the Upper Little Miami River Basin. Agricultural Water Management, Vol. 119.  (with Sarawith Naramngam).

Exploring the Effects of Population Growth on Future Land Use Change in the las Vegas Wash Watershed. An Integrated Approach of Geospatial Modeling and Analytics. Environment, Development and Sustainability. (with Yu Sun, Mao Fang, and Y. Jeffrey Yang).

A Total Water Management Analysis of the Las Vegas Wash Watershed, Nevada. Physical Geography. Published online April 24, 2014. (with Thusahra Ranatunga. Yu Sun, Y. Jeffrey Yang).

Impacts of Global Change on Municipal Water Distribution Systems ASCE, Vol. 340 (3) (with Steve Buchberger, Walter Grayman, Robert Clark, and Z. Li)

Simulating the Hydrologic Impacts of Land Cover and Climate Changes in a Semi-arid Watershed. Hydrological Sciences Journal, Vol. 60 (9-10). (with Heyin Chen, Heng Yang, Y. Jeffrey Yang)

Comparison of Satellite Reflectance Algorithms for Estimating Chlorophyll-a in a Temperate Reservoir Using Coincident Hyperspectral Aircraft Imagery and Dense Coincident Surface Observation. Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol. 178:15-30. (with Richard Beck, Shengan Zhan, Hongxing Liu, Bo Yang, Dana Macke, Mark Martin, Garrett Stillings, Richard Stump, Haibin Su)

Hydrologic Impacts of Climate Change and Urbanization: in the Las Vegas Wash Watershed, Nevada. Journal of Water and Climate Change. Published online July 2016. (with Heng Yang, Heyin Chen, Y. Jeffrey Yang)

An Approach to Sensitivity Analysis in Watershed Hydrologic Modeling. Hydrological Sciences Journal, Published online August 2016.  (with Thusahra Ranatunga, Y. Jeffrey Yang)

Modeling the Cost-effectiveness of Stormwater Best Management Practices in an Arid and Urbanized Sub-watershed. Applied Geography. Vol. 76. (with Yu Sun, Y. Jeffrey Yang)

Comparison of Satellite Reflectance Algorithms for Estimati