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Min Chen

Human-Earth Sys Sci: Devlpmnt
Earth Scientist


Dr. Chen joined PNNL in Oct. 2016. He was the Barbara McClintock Fellow of the Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University. He earned his Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in 2013 from Purdue University, with a focus on land surface modeling and global terrestrial carbon cycle.

Research Interests

  • Land-atmosphere interactions
  • Global Carbon Cycle
  • Remote Sensing of Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Land Surface Modeling
  • Integrated Assessment Modeling

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., 2013, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University
  • M.S., 2008, Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems, Beijing Normal University
  • B.S., 2005, Computer Science (Major) and Business Administration (Minor), Beijing Normal University

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Geophysical Union

Awards and Recognitions

  • PNNL LDRD project, 2018
  • Barbara McClintock Fellowship, Carnegie Institution for Science 2015

PNNL Publications


  • Bond-Lamberty B., K.R. Dorheim, Y. Cui, R.L. Horowitz, A.C. Snyder, K.V. Calvin, and L. Feng, et al. 2019. "gcamdata: An R Package for Preparation, Synthesis, and Tracking of Input Data for the GCAM Integrated Human-Earth Systems Model." Journal of Open Research Software 7, no. 1:Article No. 6. PNNL-SA-135553. doi:10.5334/jors.232
  • Chen M., C.R. Vernon, M. Huang, K.V. Calvin, and I.P. Kraucunas. 2019. "Calibration and analysis of the uncertainty in downscaling global land use and land cover projections from GCAM using Demeter (v1.0.0)." Geoscientific Model Development 12, no. 5:17531764. PNNL-SA-143284. doi:10.5194/gmd-12-1753-2019
  • Huang Z., M.I. Hejazi, Q. Tang, C.R. Vernon, Y. Liu, M. Chen, and K.V. Calvin. 2019. "Global agricultural green and blue water consumption under future climate and land use changes." Journal of Hydrology 574. PNNL-SA-137028. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.04.046


  • Bond-Lamberty B., V.L. Bailey, M. Chen, C. Gough, and R. Vargas. 2018. "Globally rising soil heterotrophic respiration over recent decades." Nature 560, no. 7716:80-83. PNNL-SA-124718. doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0358-x
  • Peng B., K. Guan, M. Chen, D.M. Lawrence, Y. Pokhrel, A.E. Suyker, and T. Arkebauer, et al. 2018. "Improving maize growth processes in the community land model: Implementation and evaluation." Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 250-251. PNNL-SA-133981. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.11.012
  • Sihi D., E.A. Davidson, M. Chen, K.E. Savage, A. Richardson, T. Keenan, and D. Hollinger, et al. 2018. "Merging a mechanistic enzymatic model of soil heterotrophic respiration into an ecosystem model in two AmeriFlux sites of northeastern USA." Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 252. PNNL-SA-133991. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.01.026
  • Vernon C.R., Y.L. Le Page, M. Chen, M. Huang, K.V. Calvin, I.P. Kraucunas, and C.J. Braun. 2018. "Demeter A land use and land cover change disaggregation model." Journal of Open Research Software 6, no. 1:Article No. 15. PNNL-SA-131044. doi:10.5334/jors.208
  • Wang X., J. Wu, M. Chen, X. Xu, Z. Wang, B. Wang, and C. Wang, et al. 2018. "Field evidences for the positive effects of aerosols on tree growth." Global Change Biology 24, no. 10:4983-4992. PNNL-SA-135221. doi:10.1111/gcb.14339


  • Chen M., R. Rafique, G.R. Asrar, B. Bond-Lamberty, P. Ciais, F. Zhao, and C. Reyer, et al. 2017. "Regional Contribution to Variability and Trends of Global Gross Primary Productivity." Environmental Research Letters 12, no. 10:105005. PNNL-SA-128641. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aa8978

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