Jun has authored/co-auhtored 5 books, 10 book chapters, 170+ peer-reviewed publications, and 250+ conference abstracts. Below is a list of selected journal publications from recent years in four topic areas. A complete list of his publications and citations may be found @Researchgate and Google Scholar.

Surface hydrology:

  • Chen, Liwen, Guangxin Zhang, Y. Jun Xu, Shengbo Chen, Yanfeng Wu, Zongting Gao, Haiyang Yu. 2020. Human activities and climate variability affecting inland water surface area in a high latitude river basin. Water doi:10.3390/w12020382. 
  • Chen, Liwen, Yanfeng Wu, Y. Jun Xu, and Guangxin Zhang. 2021. Alteration of flood pulses by damming the Nenjiang River, China - Implication for the need to identify a hydrograph-based inundation threshold for protecting floodplain wetlands. Ecological Indicators, doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.107406.
  • Chen, Y., L. Wu, G. Zhang, Y.J. Xu, L. Chen. and S. Qiao. 2020. Investigating the potential use of Sentinel-1 data for monitoring wetland water level changes in China’s Momoge National Nature Reserve. PeerJ  doi:0.7717/peerj.8616.
  • Liu, Xiaoqiang, Maotian Li, Jing Chen, Y. Jun Xu, Weiguo Zhang, Zhongyuan Chen, Wei Ai, Lijun Hou, and Zhenhua Pan. 2022. Natural and reservoir-induced channel changes in the Yangtze River Tidal Reach. Journal of Hydrology doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.127398
  • Qi, Peng, Guangxin Zhang, Y. Jun Xu, Zhikun Xia, and Ming Wang. 2019. Response of water resources to future climate change in a high-latitude river basin. Sustainability doi: 10.3390/su11205619.
  • Wu, Lili, Yueqing Chen, Guangxin Zhang, Y.J. Xu, Zhiqiang Tan. 2021. Integrating the JRC Monthly Water History Dataset and Geostatistical Analysis Approach to Quantify Surface Hydrological Connectivity Dynamics in an Ungauged Multi-Lake System. Water 13(4):497, DOI: 10.3390/w13040497.
  • Wu, Y., G. Zhang, Y. J. Xu, A. N. Rousseau. 2021. River damming reduces wetland function in regulating flow. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001434.
  • Wu, Y., G. Zhang, A.N. Rousseau, and Y. J. Xu. 2020. Quantifying streamflow regulation services of wetlands with an emphasis on quickflow and baseflow responses in the Upper Nenjiang River Basin, Northeast China. Journal of Hydrology doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.124565.
  • Wu, Y., G. Zhang, A.N. Rousseau, Y. J. Xu, and É. Foulon. 2020. On how wetlands can provide flood resilience in a large river basin: A case study in Nenjiang River Basin, China. Journal of Hydrology doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.125012. 
  • Xu, Y.J., Nina S.-N. Lam, and Kam-biu Liu. 2018. Assessing Resilience and Sustainability of the Mississippi River Delta as a Coupled Natural-Human System. Water doi:10.3390/w10101317.
  • Zheng, Y., G. Zhang, Y. Wu, Y.J. Xu, and C. Dai. 2019. Dam effects on downstream riparian wetlands: The Nenjiang River, Northeast China. Water doi: 10.3390/w11102038.

Fluvial geomorphology:

  • Long, Jiali, Hui Li, Zhaoyang Wang, Bo Wang, Y. Jun Xu. 2021. Three decadal morphodynamic evolution of a large channel bar in the middle Yangtze River: Influence of natural and anthropogenic interferences. Catena doi: 0.1016/j.catena.2020.105128. 
  • Tang, Ming, Y. Jun Xu, Wei Xu, Bo Wang, Heqin Cheng. 2021. Three-decadal erosion and deposition of channel bed in the Lower Atchafalaya River, the largest distributary of the Mississippi River. Geomorphology 380(7):107638, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2021.107638
  • Tang, Ming, Y. Jun Xu, Bo Wang, Wei Xu, Heqin Cheng, and Frank T.-C. Tsai. 2022. Artificial bifurcation effect on downstream channel dynamics of a large lowland river, the Atchafalaya. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms doi:10.1002/esp.5270.
  • Wang, B., and Y.J. Xu. 2018. Decadal-scale riverbed deformation and sand budget of the last 500 kilometers of the Mississippi River: Insights into natural and river engineering effects on large alluvial rivers. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface doi:10.1029/2017JF004542.
  • Wang, B. and Y.J. Xu. 2020. Decadal and episodic changes in morphology and migration of the confluence bar of two alluvial rivers in Louisiana, USA. Journal of American Water Resources Association doi: 0.1111/1752-1688.12838.
  • Wang, B. and Y.J. Xu. 2020. Estimation of bedload sediment fluxes upstream and downstream of a controlled bifurcation node - the Mississippi-Atchafalaya river diversion. Hydrological Processes doi: 10.1002/hyp.13771.
  • Wu, Shuaihu, Y. Jun Xu, Bo Wang, Heqin Cheng. 2021. Riverbed dune morphology of the Lowermost Mississippi River - Implications of leeside slope, flow resistance and bedload transport in a large alluvial river. Geomorphology, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2021.107733.
  • Xu, Y. Jun, Bo Wang, Wei Xu, Ming Tang, Frank T.-C.Tsai, Laurence C. Smith. 2021. Four-decades of bed elevation changes in the heavily regulated upper Atchafalaya River, Louisiana, USA. Geomorphology, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2021.107748.
  • Yao, Qiang, Kam-biu Liu, Alejandro Antonio Aragón-Moreno, Erika Rodrigues, Y. Jun Xu, and Nina S. Lam. 2020. A 5200-year paleoecological and geochemical record of coastal environmental changes and shoreline fluctuations in southwestern Louisiana: Implications for coastal sustainability. Geomorphology doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2020.107284.
  • Zhang, Weiguo, Y. Jun Xu, Leicheng Guo, Nina S.N. Lam, Kehui Xu, Shilun Yang, Qiang Yao, and Kam-biu Liu. 2022. Comparing the Yangtze and Mississippi River Deltas in the light of coupled natural-human dynamics: Lessons learned and implications for management. Geomorphology doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2021.108075.
  • Zheng, S., Y.J. Xu, H. Cheng, B. Wang, W. Xu, and S. Wu. 2018. Riverbed erosion of the final 565 kilometers of the Yangtze River (Changjiang) following construction of the Three Gorges Dam. Scientific Reports doi:10.1038/s41598-018-30441-6. 

Geochemistry and biogeochemistry:

  • Gu, Shijie, Y.Jun Xu, and Siyue Li. 2022. Unravelling the spatiotemporal variation of pCO2 in low order streams: Linkages to land use and stream order. Science of the Total Environment doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.153226.
  • Li, Siyue, Jiachen Luo, Daishe Wu, and Y. Jun Xu. 2019. Carbon and nutrients as indictors of daily fluctuations of pCO2 and CO2 flux in a river draining a rapidly urbanizing area. Ecological Indicators doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105821.
  • Li, Siyue, Y. Jun Xu, Ni Maofei. 2021. Changes in sediment, nutrients and major ions in the world largest reservoir: Effects of damming and reservoir operation. Journal of Cleaner Production, doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.128601.
  • Reiman, J.H. and Y.J. Xu. 2019. Dissolved carbon export and CO2 outgassing from the Lower Mississippi River – Implications of future river carbon fluxes. Journal of Hydrology doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124093.
  • Reiman, J.H., Y.J. Xu, S. He, and E.M. DelDuco. 2018. Metals geochemistry and mass export from the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River system to the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Chemosphere doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2018.04.094.
  • Tang, Wei, Y. Jun Xu, Siyue Li. 2021. Rapid urbanization effects on partial pressure and emission of CO2 in three rivers with different urban intensities. Ecological Indicators 125:107515, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.107515.
  • Tang, Wei, Y. Jun Xu, Yongmei Ma, Damien T. Maher, Siyue Li. 2021. Hot spot of CH4 production and diffusive flux in rivers with high urbanization. Water Research, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2021.117624.
  • Xu, Y.J., Zhen Xu, and Rongjie Yang. 2019. Rapid daily change in surface water pCO2 and CO2 evasion: A case study in a subtropical eutrophic lake in Southern USA. Journal of Hydrology doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.01.016.
  • Yang, R., Z. Xu, S. Liu, and Y.J. Xu. 2019. Daily pCO2 and CO2 flux variations in a subtropical mesotrophic shallow lake. Water Research doi:10.1016/j.watres.2019.01.012.

Water quality:

  • DelDuco, E. and Y.J. Xu. 2019. Dissolved carbon transport and transformation in North America's largest swamp river entering the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Water doi:10.3390/w11071395.
  • He, S. and Y.J. Xu. 2018. Phosphorus fluxes from three coastal watersheds under varied agriculture intensities to the northern Gulf of Mexico. Water doi: 10.3390/w10060816.
  • Li, Siyue, Jiachen Luo, Y. Jun Xu, Liuqing Zhang, and Chen Ye. 2022. Hydrological seasonality and nutrient stoichiometry control dissolved organic matter characterization in a headwater stream. Science of The Total Environment
  • Liu, Xuemei, Guangxin Zhang, Y. Jun Xu, Yao Wu, Yan Liu, and Haibo Zhang. 2019. Assessment of water quality of best water management practices in lake adjacent to the high-latitude agricultural areas, China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research doi: 10.1007/s11356-019-06858-5.
  • Liu, Xuemei Liu, Guangxin Zhang, Jingjie Zhang, Y. Jun Xu, Yao Wu, Yanfeng Wu, Guangzhi Sun, Yueqing Chen, and Hongbo Ma. 2020. Effects of Irrigation Discharge on Salinity of a Large Freshwater Lake: A Case Study in Chagan Lake, Northeast China. Water, doi: 10.3390/w12082112.
  • Liu, Xuemei, Guangxin Zhang, Y. JunXu, Jingjie Zhang, YaoWu, Hanyu Ju. 2021. Determining water allocation scheme to attain nutrient management objective for a large lake receiving irrigation discharge. Journal of Hydrology doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.126900. 
  • Ju, H, S. Li, Y.J. Xu, G. Zhang, and J. Zhang. 2019. Intensive livestock production causing antibiotic pollution in the Yinma River of Northeast China. Water doi:10.3390/w11102006.
  • Xu, Z. and Y.J. Xu. 2018. Assessing effectiveness of long-term forestry best management practices on stream water quality at a river basin scale – A case study in southern USA. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment doi:10.1007/s10661-018-6497-6. 
  • Xu, Z. and Y.J. Xu. 2018. Dissolved carbon transport in a river-lake continuum: a case study in a subtropical watershed, USA. Science of the Total Environment doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.06.221.