Full-time Academic Staff: Teaching Staff

Dr Nicky Y F LAM

林潤發 副教授


Room 10.30

391 77102

Associate Professor





Dr. Nicky Y.F. Lam is an Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong. He received his BS (2001) in Civil Engineering, MS (2004) in Environmental Engineering and PhD (2010) in Civil Engineering in the department of CEE at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After his graduation, he had worked a year as a post-doctoral research scientist before he joined the City University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor where he had spent eight years of his time in teaching and research. Dr. Lam is interested in a variety of climate and air quality researches, including ambient air quality sampling, permitting, emission inventory development and future air quality and climate change modeling.  Dr. Lam has published more than thirty peer-reviewed publications with focuses on urban air pollution and regional climate and air quality modeling. His research interests include regional climate and chemistry downscaling, future climate change, ozone stratosphere-troposphere exchange (STE), Asian biomass burning, and ozone pollution. Dr. Lam has been a trainer for climate and air quality models for various government agencies, including Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (HKEPD) and Asia Center for Air Pollution Research (ACAP) in Japan. Currently, he is serving as members of Air Quality Objectives Review Working Group for Hong Kong Environment Bureau (HKENB), and application of numerical models to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIAs) for HKEPD.

Research Interests
  • Climate change and air quality

  • Air quality modelling

  • Ozone air pollution

  • Emission inventory development

  • Microsensor development



Carbon, Money, and Lifestyle



Annual; 1st Semester


Nature Conservation for Sustainable Societies



Annual; 2nd Semester


Hong Kong’s Environment: Issues and Policies



Annual; 2nd Semester


Healthy Food, Place, and Sustainability



Annual; 1st Semester

Selected Publications


  • Lam, Y. F. and Roy, S. (2019) "Climate Adaptation of Sea-level Rise in Hong Kong." In Extreme Weather Events and Human Health: International Case Studies 117-130. Akhtar, R. (Ed.) Springer.

  • Chen, L., Gao, Y., Zhang, M., Fu, J. S., Zhu, J., Liao, H., Li, J., Huang, K., Ge, B., Wang, X., Lam, Y. F., Lin, C. Y., Itahashi, S., Nagashima, T., Kajino, M., Yamaji, K., Wang, Z. and Kurokawa, J. (2019) “MICS-Asia III: Multi-model Comparison and Evaluation of Aerosol over East Asia.” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions 1-54. DOI: 10.5194/acp-2018-1346

  • Wei, P., Ning, Z., Westerdahl, D., Lam, Y. F., Louis, P. K. K., Sharpe, R., Williams, R. and Hagler, G. (2019) “Solar-powered Air Quality Monitor applied under Subtropical Conditions in Hong Kong: Performance Evaluation and Application for Pollution Source Tracking.” Atmospheric Environment 214: 116825. DOI:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.116825 (IF2018=4.012).


  • Zhu, Y., Chan, K. L., Lam, Y. F., Horbanski, M., Pöhler, D., Bolla, J., Lipkowitsch, I., Ye, S. and Wenig, M. (2018) “Analysis of Spatial and Temporal Patterns of on-road NO2 Concentrations in Hong Kong.” Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 11(12): 6719–6734. DOI: 10.5194/amt-11-6719-2018 (IF2018=3.400).

  • Lam, Y. F., Cheung, H. M. and Ying, C. C. (2018) “Impact of Tropical Cyclone Track Change on Regional Air Quality.” Science of the Total Environment 610-611: 1347-1355. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.08.100 (IF2018=5.589).


  • Chen, J., Li, C., Ristovski, Z., Milic, A., Gu, Y., Islam, M. S., Wang, S., Hao, J., Zhang, H., He, C., Guo, H., Fu, H., Miljevic, B., Morawska, L., Thai, P., Lam, Y. F., Pereira, G., Ding, A., Huang, X. and Dumka, U. C. (2017) “A Review of Biomass Burning: Emissions and Impacts on Air Quality, Health and Climate in China.” Science of the Total Environment 579: 1000-1034. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.11.025 (IF2018=5.589).

  • Wang, T., Xue, L., Brimblecombe, P., Lam, Y. F., Li, L. and Zhang, L. (2017) “Ozone Pollution in China: A Review of Concentrations, Meteorological Influences, Chemical Precursors, and Effects.” Science of the Total Environment 575: 1582-1596. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.10.081 (IF2018=5.589).

  • Kwok, L. K., Lam, Y. F. and Tam, C. Y. (2017) “Developing a Statistical Based Approach for Predicting Local Air Quality in Complex Terrain Area.” Atmospheric Pollution Research 8(1): 114-126. DOI: 10.1016/j.apr.2016.08.001 (IF2018=2.918).

  • Morakinyo, T. E. and Lam, Y. F. (2016) “Study of Traffic-related Pollutant Removal from Street Canyon with Trees: Dispersion and Deposition Perspective.” Environmental Science and Pollution Research 23(21): 21652–21668. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-016-7322-9 (IF2018=2.914).


  • Morakinyo, T. E., Lam, Y. F. and Hao, S. (2016) “Evaluating the Role of Green Infrastructures on near-road Pollutant Dispersion and Removal: Modelling and Measurement.” Journal of Environmental Management 182: 595-605. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.07.077 (IF2018=4.865).

  • Morakinyo, T. E. and Lam, Y. F. (2016) “Simulation Study on the Impact of Tree-configuration, Planting Pattern and Wind Condition on Street-canyon's Micro-climate and Thermal Comfort.” Building and Environment 103: 262-275. DOIO: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.04.025 (IF2018=4.820).


  • Morakinyo, T. E. and Lam, Y. F. (2015) “Simulation Study of Dispersion and Removal of Particulate Matter from Traffic by Road-side Vegetation Barrier.” Environmental Science and Pollution Research 23(7): 6709-6722. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-015-5839-y (IF2018=2.914).

  • An, K. J., Lam, Y. F., Hao, S., Morakinyo, T. E. and Furuma, H. (2015) “Multi-purpose Rainwater Harvesting for Water Resource Recovery and the Cooling Effect.” Water Research 86: 116-121. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2015.07.040 (IF2018=7.913).

  • Li, N., Fu, T. M., Cao, J. J., Zheng,  J. Y., He, Q. Y., Long, X., Zhao, Z. Z., Cao, N. Y., Fu, J. S. and Lam, Y. F. (2015) “Observationally-constrained Carbonaceous Aerosol Source Estimates for the Pearl River Delta area of China.” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions 15(22): 33583-33629. DOI: 10.5194/acpd-15-33583-2015

  • Chan, K. L., Hartl, A., Lam, Y. F., Xie, P. H., Liu, W. Q., Cheung, H. M., Lampel, J., Pöhler, D., Li, A., Xu, J., Zhou, H. J., Ning, Z., and Wenig, M.  (2015) “Observations of Tropospheric NO2 using Ground Based MAX-DOAS and OMI Measurements during the Shanghai World Expo 2010.” Atmospheric Environment 119: 45-58. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.08.041 (IF2018=4.012).

  • Kuhlmann, G., Lam, Y. F., Cheung, H. M., Hartl, A., Fung, J. C. H., Chan, P. W. and Wenig, M. O. (2015) “Development of a Custom OMI NO2 data Product for Evaluating Biases in a Regional Chemistry Transport Model.” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 15(10): 5627-5644. DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-5627-2015 (IF2018=5.668).

Journal Reviews

Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmosphere, Journal of Air and Waste Management, Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, Journal of Atmosphere, Asian Journal of Atmospheric science Journal of Risk Research, International Journal of High Performance Computing Transportmetrica B: Transport Dynamics, Asian Journal of Atmospheric Science, Journal of Environmental Management, Aerosol and Air Quality Research, Atmospheric Environment, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Nature