Yuyu Zhou

Yuyu Zhou
Iowa State University | ISU · Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy

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August 2010 - August 2015
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Position
  • Research Scientist
Education
August 2004 - August 2008
University of Rhode Island
Field of study
  • Environmental Science

Publications

Publications (217)
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In this study, we assess global hydropower potential using runoff and stream flow data, along with turbine technology performance, cost assumptions, and consideration of protected areas. The results provide the first comprehensive quantification of global hydropower potential including gross, technical, economic, and exploitable estimates. Total gl...
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The nighttime light (NTL) observations from Defense Meteorological Satellite Program/Operational Linescane System (DMSP/OLS) offer great potentials to study urban dynamics from regional to global scales, for more than two decades. In this paper, we presented a new approach to develop spatially and temporally consistent global urban maps from 1992 t...
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Urbanization has caused environmental changes, such as urban heat islands (UHIs), that affect terrestrial ecosystems. However, how and to what extent urbanization affects plant phenology remains relatively unexplored. Here, we investigated the changes in the satellite-derived start of season (SOS) and the covariation between SOS and temperature (R...
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To the Editor — Alongside the unparalleled changes in global climate, our home planet is experiencing an unprecedented period of urbanization, which is expected to continue across the next few decades. For plants, the impacts of urbanization, such as altered air quality, light regimes and water and nutrient availability, can induce large shifts in...
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Near-surface air temperature (Ta) is one of the key variables in a variety of studies such as hydrological modeling, assessment of heat waves, and energy modeling. Among existing methods, statistical algorithms are suitable for integrating auxiliary spatial data with station-based Ta data to produce gridded Ta over large areas. However, existing st...
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In recent decades, nighttime light (NTL) images have been widely explored to portray human footprints. Most of the studies used monthly or yearly temporal composite NTL products as a solution for invalid observations due to cloud coverage and outlier signals. However, the impact of temporal compositing on NTL data and its applications remains large...
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Spring phenology plays an essential role in climate change, terrestrial ecosystem, and public health. Field-based monitoring and understanding of changes in spring phenology for long periods and in large regions are challenging due to the limited in-site observations. Space-based remotely sensed observations offer great potentials for monitoring de...
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Zipf’s law, characterizing the rank-size distribution of city size or population, has been widely applied in urban studies. Previous studies on Zipf’s law mainly focused on the spatial dimension of urban size and population, with limited consideration of its temporal dynamics. Here, we proposed a conceptual model to characterize the spatial sprawl...
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The increasing heat stress from the combined effect of changes such as temperature and humidity in the context of global change receives growing concerns. However, there is limited information for future changes in heat stress, as well as its potential socioeconomic impact, under the intended nationally determined mitigation scenarios. This study e...
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Aerosol loadings and their spatial distribution are among the most important atmospheric information needed for a range of applications such as air quality monitoring, climate research, and public health. A key measure of aerosol quantity is aerosol optical depth (AOD) and it has been routinely observed from space by Earth observing satellites/inst...
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Artificial light at night (ALAN), an increasing anthropogenic driver, is widespread and shows rapid expansion with potential adverse impact on the terrestrial ecosystem. However, whether and to what extent does ALAN affect plant phenology, a critical factor influencing the timing of terrestrial ecosystem processes, remains unexplored due to limited...
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Land surface temperature (LST) is one of the most important and widely used parameters for studying land surface processes. Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) LST products (e.g., MOD11A1 and MYD11A1) can provide this information with moderate spatiotemporal resolution with global coverage. However, the applications of these data...
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Understanding the spatiotemporal dynamics of global urbanization over a long time series is increasingly important for sustainable development goals. The harmonized nighttime light (NTL) time-series composites created by fusing multi-source NTL observations provide a long and consistent record of the nightscape for characterizing and understanding...
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Anthropogenic heat (AH) emission from buildings is a key contributor to the urban heat island (UHI) effect. Although an improved understanding of spatiotemporal patterns of building AH is highly needed for mitigating UHI effect, such information is still limited in high spatiotemporal resolutions at the city level. In this study, a bottom-up city b...
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Surface albedo is a key parameter in the surface energy balance and has been identified as a primary essential climate variable (ECV). Variations in surface albedo can be used as a diagnostic tool for local climate change. This is particularly true in urban areas, where the impacts of land cover conversion due to increasing anthropogenic demands ca...
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An improved understanding of global Urban Exposure to Flooding (UEF) is essential for developing risk-reduction strategies for sustainable urban development. This study is the first to assess the long-term historical global UEF at fine spatial resolution (i.e., 30 m) and annual temporal frequency, with consideration of smaller urban areas in the ex...
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An improved understanding of urban heat island (UHI) is important in urban ecological environment studies. In this study, we investigated footprint (FP) and surface UHI (SUHI) intensity from 2003 to 2020 in 141 China cities using a Gaussian model and multi-source remote sensing data. Results showed that annual daytime FP in 79% cities was larger th...
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Understanding the spatiotemporal dynamics of global urbanization over a long time series is increasingly important for sustainable development goals. The harmonized time-series nighttime light (NTL) composites by fusing multi-source NTL observations provide a long and consistent record of the nightscape for characterizing and understanding the glob...
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Land surface temperature (LST) is one of the most important and widely used parameter for studying land surface processes. Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) LST products (e.g., MOD11A1 and MYD11A1) can provide this information with high spatiotemporal resolution with global coverage. However, the broad applications of these data...
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Vegetation indices are widely used to derive land surface phenology (LSP). However, due to inconsistent illumination geometries, reflectance varies with solar zenith angles (SZA), which in turn affects the vegetation indices, and thus the derived LSP. To examine the SZA effect on LSP, the MODIS bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF)...
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Phenological transitions determine the timing of changes in land surface properties and the seasonality of exchanges of biosphere-atmosphere energy, water, and carbon. Accurate mechanistic modeling of phenological processes is therefore critical to understand and correctly predict terrestrial ecosystem feedbacks with changing atmospheric and climat...
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The rapid urbanization in central and eastern China has posed a major threat to the green sustainable development of the ecological environment. However, the understanding of the interactive coupling mechanism between urbanization and eco-environmental quality (EEQ) remains to be developed. Understanding their interactive coupling mechanism is of g...
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Long term, global records of urban extent can help evaluate environmental impacts of anthropogenic activities. Remotely sensed observations can provide insights into historical urban dynamics, but only during the satellite era. Here, we develop a 1 km resolution global dataset of annual urban dynamics between 1870 and 2100 using an urban cellular a...
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The impacts of urbanization on terrestrial thermal and hydrological changes should be considered for sustainable development of urban environment and economy. However, previous studies mainly focused on the impacts at short time scales, which is insufficient to provide the needed information. This study augmented the high‐resolution Conjunctive Sur...
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Water temperature is an important indicator of the health of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and influences numerous biological and chemical processes that affect water quality, the health and productivity of biota, and other ecosystem services. In this study, we improved the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model to explicitly consider the...
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Ongoing climate variability and change is impacting pollen exposure dynamics among sensitive populations. However, pollen data that can provide beneficial information to allergy experts and patients alike remains elusive. The lack of high spatial resolution pollen data has resulted in a growing interest in using phenology information that is derive...
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Cellular automata (CA)-based models have been extensively used in urban expansion modeling because of their simplicity, flexibility and intuitiveness. Previous studies on CA-based urban growth modeling have mainly focused on the process of spatial allocation of increased urban lands; however, the temporal contexts during the simulation have not bee...
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High spatiotemporal population data are critical for a wide range of applications (e.g. urban planning and management, risk assessment, and epidemic control). However, such data are still not widely available due to the limited knowledge of complex human activities. Here we proposed a spatiotemporal downscaling framework for estimating hourly popul...
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Many cities have been suffering from severe water deficiency in recent years due to rapid urban expansion, socioeconomic development, population growth, and climate change. Domestic water use plays an important role in the total urban water use. A framework for estimating domestic water use is highly needed to develop adaptive measures for efficien...
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Large fractions of human-altered lands are working landscapes where people and nature interact to balance social, economic, and ecological needs. Achieving these sustainability goals requires tracking human footprints and landscape disturbance at fine scales over time—an effort facilitated by remote sensing but still under development. Here, we rep...
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Compound hot-dry climate extremes could lead to severer natural disasters and socio-economic impacts compared to individual events. An improved understanding of historical heatwave-drought compounds and their difference compared to heatwaves alone is needed for better predicting the occurrence and impacts of extremes under a changing climate. In th...
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Anthropogenic heat is a dominant component in the urban surface energy system and a key to understanding urban thermal environments. The top-down method was widely used to estimate anthropogenic heat flux (AHF) using statistical energy consumption data and proxies. However, there are several limitations. First, the coarse resolutions of current pro...
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Most people in the world live in urban areas, and their high population densities, heavy reliance on external sources of food, energy, and water, and disproportionately large waste production result in severe and cumulative negative environmental effects. Integrated study of urban areas requires a system-of-systems analytical framework that include...
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In vegetation remote sensing, the apparent radiation of the vegetation canopy is often combined with three components derived from different parts of vegetation that have different production mechanisms and optical properties: volume scattering L vol , polarized light L pol , and chlorophyll fluorescence ChlF. The chlorophyll fluorescence plays a v...
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Global surface water classification layers, such as the European Joint Research Centre’s (JRC) Monthly Water History dataset, provide a starting point for accurate and large scale analyses of trends in waterbody extents. On the local scale, there is an opportunity to increase the accuracy and temporal frequency of these surface water maps by using...
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The nighttime light (NTL) satellite data have been widely used to investigate the urbanization process. The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Operational Linescan System (DMSP-OLS) stable nighttime light data and Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (NPP-VIIRS) nighttime light data are two widel...
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Vegetation phenology in spring has substantially advanced under climate warming, consequently shifting the seasonality of ecosystem process and altering biosphere-atmosphere feedbacks. However, whether and to what extent photoperiod (i.e., daylength) affects the phenological advancement is unclear, leading to large uncertainties in projecting futur...
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Hydropower accounts for approximately 60% of electricity generation in Canada, with growth expected in the coming decades as part of renewable energy transitions; however, frequent cost overruns threaten the viability of this growth. Using the integrated assessment model GCAM, we develop an endogenous representation of hydropower for Canada that ac...
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This paper considers the estimation and inference of spatially varying coefficient models, while preserving the sign of the coefficient functions. In practice, there are various situations where coefficient functions are assumed to be in a certain subspace. For example, they should be either nonnegative or nonpositive on a domain by their nature. H...
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Islands which support numerous biodiversity are subject to increasing anthropogenic disturbance with the ever-growing coastal urbanization especially in developing countries. It is essential to monitor the island urban expansion trajectories to support sustainable policy making for ecological conservation and environmental management. However, curr...
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This study investigated future bioenergy supply and demand from energy crops in China using the GCAM-integrated assessment model under different climate policy scenarios. The results indicated that China has rich resources of energy crops and marginal land for developing bioenergy. Under future carbon related policies, bioenergy production will con...
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Urban heat island (UHI) plays an important role in urban sustainability under climate change. Urbanization is the driving force of UHI. However, the quantification of UHI's response to urbanization is still challenging due to the lack of robust and continuous temperature and urbanization datasets and reliable quantification methods. This study deve...
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The authors are founding team members of a new effort to develop an Open Energy Outlook for the United States. The effort aims to apply best practices of policy-focused energy system modeling, ensure transparency, build a networked community, and work toward a common purpose: examining possible US energy system futures to inform energy and climate...
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The long-term urban dynamics at regional and global scales is essential to understanding the urbanization processes and environmental consequences for providing better scientific insights and effective decision-making. The time series of consistent nighttime light (NTL) data generated by integrating the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program-Oper...
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The nighttime light (NTL) satellite data have been widely used to investigate urbanization process. The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program-Operational Linescan System (DMSP-OLS) stable nighttime light data and Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership-Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (NPP-VIIRS) nighttime light data are two widely us...
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China has experienced rapid urbanization over the past decades, which has changed the physical environment of its urban areas. Based on Aqua/Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) land surface temperature observations from the Google Earth Engine, this study focuses on the difference in daytime and night-time temperature between the...
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Urban boundaries, an essential property of cities, are widely used in many urban studies. However, extracting urban boundaries from satellite images is still a great challenge, especially at a global scale and a fine resolution. In this study, we developed an automatic delineation framework to generate a multi-temporal dataset of global urban bound...
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The information of building types is highly needed for urban planning and management, especially in high resolution building modeling in which buildings are the basic spatial unit. However, in many parts of the world, this information is still missing. In this paper, we proposed a framework to derive the information of building type using geospatia...
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Climate predictions indicate a strong likelihood of more frequent, intense heat events. Resource-vulnerable, low-income neighbourhood populations are likely to be strongly impacted by future climate change, especially with respect to an energy burden. In order to identify existing and new vulnerabilities to climate change, local authorities need to...
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Vegetation phenology plays a pivotal role in regulating several ecological processes and has profound impacts on global carbon exchange. Large-scale vegetation phenology monitoring mostly relies on Low-Earth-Orbit satellite observations with low temporal resolutions, leaving gaps in data that are important for monitoring seasonal vegetation phenolo...
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Physicians, public health officials, and experts in remote sensing and ecology recently met to identify ways that satellites, webcams, and citizen science could help them manage asthma and allergies.
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Importance Ongoing climate change is affecting the health of communities across the globe. While direct consequences, including morbidity and mortality tied to increases in the frequency of extreme weather events, have received significant attention, indirect health effects, particularly those associated with climate change–driven disruptions in ec...
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Nighttime light (NTL) data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP)/Operational Linescan System (OLS) and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite provide a great opportunity for monitoring human activities from regional to global scales. Despite the valuable re...
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Background Cellular automata (CA)-based models have been extensively used in urban sprawl modeling. Presently, most studies focused on the improvement of spatial representation in the modeling, with limited efforts for considering the temporal context of urban sprawl. In this paper, we developed a Logistic-Trend-CA model by proposing a trend-adjust...