M. Sc. Yunfei Li

Doctoral Researcher

Yunfei Li is a PhD student of Urban Transformations group at Potsdam Institute for
Climate Impact Research (PIK). He has a background in geographic information system and water information technology. Now he is working in the field of urban climate and his main interests are the impacts of urbanization on urban climate. Through numerical modelling and remote sensing, he tries to explore the interaction between the urban heat island effect and urbanization under the background of climate change.


Working Group


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 2063
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


  • Urban climate modelling
  • GIS and RS applications on land surface change monitoring and mapping
  • Geospatial data processing and analysis

Li Y, Schubert S, Kropp JP, Rybski D. On the influence of density and morphology on the Urban Heat Island intensity. Nature communications. 2020 May 27;11(1):1-9. [DOI]

Li Y, Rybski D, Kropp JP. Singularity cities. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science.  2021;48(1):43-59.[DOI]

Glockmann M, Li Y, Lakes T, Kropp JP, and Rybski D. Quantitative evidence for leapfrogging in urban growth. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. 2021. [DOI]

Rybski D, Li Y, Born S, Kropp JP. Modeling Urban morphology by unifying Diffusion-Limited Aggregation and Stochastic Gravitation. Urban Findings. 2021. [DOI]

Li Y, Zhou B, Glockmann M, Kropp JP, and Rybski D. Context sensitivity of surface urban heat island at the local and regional scales. Sustainable Cities and Society. 2021. [DOI]

Rybski D, Li Y. Comparing Power-Laws and Exponentials in Simulations of Gravitational Growth. In Handbook on Entropy, Complexity and Spatial Dynamics: A Rebirth of Theory? Edward Elgar Publishing. 2021. [DOI]