Dapeng Li

Assistant Professor


  • PhD in Geography (GIS), University of Utah, 2016
  • M.S. in Cartography and GIS, Peking University, 2011
  • B.S. in GIS, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), 2008

Research Areas

  • GIS,
  • Hazards
  • Public health
  • Transportation
  • Sustainability


I am working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Alabama. I have a long-running research interest in using geospatial technologies to save lives and property in disasters. My current research primarily focuses on: 1) data-driven evacuation modeling and planning; 2) Web GIS applications in wildfire evacuation, public health, and agriculture; and 3) wildfire risk modeling and mapping. I have been working on wildfire evacuation modeling in the American West for the past few years. I plan to do some new research on hurricane and tornado evacuation in the next few years. As a certified GIS Professional (GISP), I am dedicated to educating the next generation of GIS professionals at the University of Alabama and helping them succeed in their careers.

Selected Publications

  • Li, D. (2022). “A data-driven approach to improving evacuation time estimates during wildfires for communities with part-time residents in the wildland-urban interface”. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 82, 103363.
  • Li, D., Li, Y., Nguyen, Q.C., & Siebeneck, L.K. (2020). “A study on the GIS Professional (GISP) certification program in the U.S.”. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 9(9), 523.
  • Li, D., Cova, T.J., Dennison, P.E., Wan, N., Nguyen, Q.C., & Siebeneck, L.K. (2019). “Why do we need a national address point database to improve wildfire public safety in the U.S.?”. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 39, 101237.
  • Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. (2019). “Setting wildfire evacuation triggers by coupling fire and traffic simulation models: A spatiotemporal GIS approach”. Fire Technology, 55(2), 617–642.
  • Li, D., Cova, T.J., & Dennison, P.E. (2015). “A household-level approach to staging wildfire evacuation warnings using trigger modeling”. Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems, 54, 56–67.