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Yufei Zou

Regional and Cloud Modeling
Post Doctorate RA B
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-24
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Zou joined PNNL in September 2019. Before that, he earned his PhD degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2017 and then worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Washington in Seattle for two years. His research mainly focuses on global climate change, extreme weather events, and interactions between air pollution and climate variability. Specifically, he developed a region-specific fire model (RESFire) in the Community Earth System Model (CESM) with fully interactive feedbacks between land and atmosphere components of the Earth system to understand complex climate-fire-ecosystem interactions in a changing climate. He has also been working on drastic environmental changes in the high-latitude regions and their profound climatic impacts on the globe using earth system modeling and data-driven analysis approaches. He has rich experience in regional chemical transport models (CTMs) and global climate models and is dedicated to using these advanced modeling techniques for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Research Interests

  • Air Pollution and Its Environmental and Health Impacts
  • Extreme Weather Event Identification and Attribution
  • Physically-based Climate Modeling and Data-driven Deep Learning Techniques

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Atmospheric Sciences, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • B.S., Environmental Sciences, Peking University, China
  • B.Ec., Economics, Peking University, China

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)
  • Eos Science Adviser Panel Member of the AGU Natural Hazards Section

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2018, Glen Cass Award, Georgia Tech

PNNL Publications


  • Zou Y., Y. Wang, Y. Qian, H. Tian, J. Yang, and E. Alvarado. 2020. "Using CESM-RESFire to Understand Climate-Fire-Ecosystem Interactions and the Implications for Decadal Climate Variability." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 20, no. 2:995-1020. PNNL-SA-150222. doi:10.5194/acp-20-995-2020

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