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Tian Zhou

Earth Systems Analysis & Modeling
Earth Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-24
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Zhou received his Ph.D. degree from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) Water Resources Engineering program in 2012. After spending three years as a postdoc in Land Surface Hydrology Group in University of Washington, Dr. Zhou joined the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 2015 studying multi-scale hydrologic processes through numerical modeling and field/lab approaches.

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Research Interests

  • Large scale hydrological modeling
  • Human impacts on water resources
  • Surface water - groundwater interactions

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Water Resources Engineering, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Association with Syracuse University
  • M.S., Quaternary Geology, Lanzhou University
  • B.S., Geological Science, Lanzhou University

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Geophysical Union

Awards and Recognitions

  • PNNL Exceptional Contribution Program (ECP) Award (2018)
  • EBSD Best Award, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2017)
  • AEES Conference Travel Grant (2011)
  • Tuition Scholarship Award, SUNY ESF, NY (2007-2010)

PNNL Publications


  • Shah H.L., T. Zhou, M. Huang, and V. Mishra. 2019. "Strong Influence of Irrigation on Water Budget and Land Surface Temperature in Indian Subcontinental River Basins." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 124, no. 3:1449-1462. PNNL-SA-133951. doi:10.1029/2018JD029132


  • Bao J., T. Zhou, M. Huang, Z. Hou, W.A. Perkins, S.F. Harding, and P. Titzler, et al. 2018. "Modulating factors of hydrologic exchanges in a large-scale river reach: Insights from three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics simulations." Hydrological Processes 32, no. 23:3446-3463. PNNL-SA-123673. doi:10.1002/hyp.13266
  • Sun N., M.S. Wigmosta, T. Zhou, J. Lundquist, S.E. Dickerson-Lange, and N. Cristea. 2018. "Evaluating the Functionality and Streamflow Impacts of Explicitly Modelling Forest-Snow Interactions and Canopy Gaps in a Distributed Hydrologic Model." Hydrological Processes 32, no. 13:2128-2140. PNNL-SA-131081. doi:10.1002/hyp.13150
  • Voisin N., M. Kintner-Meyer, D. Wu, R. Skaggs, T. Fu, T. Zhou, and T.B. Nguyen, et al. 2018. "Opportunities for joint water-energy management: sensitivity of the 2010 Western U.S. electricity grid operations to climate oscillations." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 99, no. 2:299-312. PNNL-SA-121241. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0253.1
  • Wartenburger R., S.I. Seneviratne, M. Hirschi, J. Chang, P. Ciais, D. Deryng, and J. Elliott, et al. 2018. "Evapotranspiration simulations in ISIMIP2a - Evaluation of spatio-temporal characteristics with a comprehensive ensemble of independent datasets." Environmental Research Letters 13, no. 7:075001. PNNL-SA-135063. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aac4bb
  • Zhang Y., M. Pan, J. Sheffield, A. Siemann, C. Fisher, M. Liang, and H. Beck, et al. 2018. "A Climate Data Record (CDR) for the global terrestrial water budget: 1984-2010." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 22, no. 1:241-263. PNNL-SA-129750. doi:10.5194/hess-22-241-2018
  • Zhou T., J. Bao, M. Huang, Z. Hou, E.V. Arntzen, X. Song, and S.F. Harding, et al. 2018. "Riverbed Hydrologic Exchange Dynamics in a Large Regulated River Reach." Water Resources Research 54, no. 4:2715-2730. PNNL-SA-123666. doi:10.1002/2017WR020508
  • Zhou T., N. Voisin, G. Leng, M. Huang, and I.P. Kraucunas. 2018. "Sensitivity of regulated flow regime to climate change in the Western United States." Journal of Hydrometeorology 19, no. 3:499-515. PNNL-SA-126508. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-17-0095.1


  • Bisht G., M. Huang, T. Zhou, X. Chen, H. Dai, G. Hammond, and W. Riley, et al. 2017. "Coupling a Three-Dimensional Subsurface Flow and Transport Model with a Land Surface Model to Simulate Stream-Aquifer-Land Interactions (CP v1.0)." Geoscientific Model Development 10, no. 12:4539-4562. PNNL-SA-123895. doi:10.5194/gmd-10-4539-2017
  • Yuan X., M. Zhang, L. Wang, and T. Zhou. 2017. "Understanding and Seasonal Forecasting of Hydrological Drought in the Anthropocene." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 21, no. 11:5477-5492. PNNL-SA-129868. doi:10.5194/hess-21-5477-2017
  • Zhou T., M. Huang, J. Bao, Z. Hou, E.V. Arntzen, R.D. Mackley, and A.R. Crump, et al. 2017. "A New Approach to Quantify Shallow Water Hydrologic Exchanges in a Large Regulated River Reach." Water 9, no. 9:703. PNNL-SA-123562. doi:10.3390/w9090703

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