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Min Chen

Human-Earth Sys Sci: Develpmnt
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


  • Chen M., and K. Caldeira. 2020. "Climate change as an incentive for future human migration." Earth System Dynamics 11, no. 4:875-883. PNNL-SA-156977. doi:10.5194/esd-11-875-2020
  • Chen M., C.R. Vernon, N.T. Graham, M.I. Hejazi, M. Huang, Y. Cheng, and K.V. Calvin. 2020. "Global land use for 2015-2100 at 0.05° resolution under diverse socioeconomic and climate scenarios." Scientific Data 7, no. 1:320. PNNL-SA-155943. doi:10.1038/s41597-020-00669-x
  • Cheng Y., M. Huang, M. Chen, K. Guan, C. Bernacchi, B. Peng, and Z. Tan. 2020. "Parameterizing perennial bioenergy crops in Version 5 of the Community Land Model based on site-level observations in the Central Midwestern United States." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 12, no. 1:Article No. e2019MS001719. PNNL-SA-143259. doi:10.1029/2019MS001719
  • Graham N.T., M.I. Hejazi, M. Chen, E. Davies, J.A. Edmonds, S.H. Kim, and S. Turner, et al. 2020. "Humans drive future water scarcity changes across all Shared Socioeconomic Pathways." Environmental Research Letters 15, no. 1:Article No. 014007. PNNL-SA-151297. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab639b
  • Hao D., G.R. Asrar, Y. Zeng, Q. Zhu, J. Wen, Q. Xiao, and M. Chen. 2020. "DSCOVR/EPIC-derived global hourly and daily downward shortwave and photosynthetically active radiation data at 0.1° x 0.1° resolution." Earth System Science Data 12, no. 3:2209-2221. PNNL-SA-156293. doi:10.5194/essd-12-2209-2020
  • Ito A., C. Reyer, A. Gadeke, P. Ciais, J. Chang, M. Chen, and L. Francois, et al. 2020. "Pronounced and unavoidable impacts of low-end global warming on northern high-latitude land ecosystems." Environmental Research Letters 15, no. 4:Article number 044006. PNNL-SA-151785. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab702b
  • Weber M.A., D. Hao, G.R. Asrar, Y. Zhou, X. Li, and M. Chen. 2020. "Exploring the Use of DSCOVR/EPIC Satellite Observations to Monitor Vegetation Phenology." Remote Sensing 12, no. 15:Article No. 2384. PNNL-SA-154776. doi:10.3390/rs12152384
  • Zeng Y., G. Badgley, M. Chen, J. Li, L. Anderegg, A. Kornfeld, and Q. Liu, et al. 2020. "A radiative transfer model for solar induced fluorescence using spectral invariants theory." Remote Sensing of Environment 240. PNNL-SA-152043. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2020.111678
  • Zeng Y., J. Li, Q. Liu, A.R. Huete, B. Xu, G. Yin, and W. Fan, et al. 2020. "A Radiative Transfer Model for Patchy Landscapes Based on Stochastic Radiative Transfer Theory." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 58, no. 4:2571 - 2589. PNNL-SA-150100. doi:10.1109/TGRS.2019.2952377


  • 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. 5:1753-1764. PNNL-SA-143284. doi:10.5194/gmd-12-1753-2019
  • Hao D., G.R. Asrar, Y. Zeng, Q. Zhu, J. Wen, Q. Xiao, and M. Chen. 2019. "Estimating Hourly Land Surface Downward Shortwave and Photosynthetically Active Radiation from DSCOVR/EPIC Observations." Remote Sensing of Environment 232. PNNL-SA-142174. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2019.111320
  • 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
  • Zeng Y., G. Badgley, B. Dechant, Y. Ryu, M. Chen, and J. Berry. 2019. "A practical approach for estimating the escape ratio of near-infrared solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence." Remote Sensing of Environment 232. PNNL-SA-145734. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2019.05.028


  • 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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