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Academic Report: The Past, Present and Future of Land Surface Model

Report title: The Past, Present and Future of Land Surface Model

Reporter: Prof. Yang Zongliang (Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin)

Time: 10am June14, 2017

Room: room 320, School of Geography Science

 

Reporter profile:

Professor Yang Zongliang (PH.D. supervisor) is a famous atmospheric scientist. He is a tenured professor for the University of Texas at Austin, and the director of CIESS. He has won 'The Joseph C. Walter Jr. Excellence Award', 'CCSM Distinguished Achievement Award' from NCAR and Teching Excellence Award in the college of Natural Sciences. 

 

Dr. Yang's primary research interest is to understand the exchanges of momentum, radiation, heat, water, carbon dioxide, and other materials between the atmosphere and the Earth surface spanning from small (short) to very large (long) scales. This includes analysis of in-situ and remotely-sensed data for the Earth's surface, and modeling studies of weather, climate and hydrology at local, regional and global scales. His research is motivated by several overarching questions: How does land shape climate, or vice versa, on all time and space scales? What has been the impact of human activity on the Earth? What is the future of our environment under the changing climate? How good are climate models in simulating biosphere-hydrosphere-atmosphere interactions? How can we improve them? Are current satellite datasets alone sufficient for monitoring our environmental conditions? His publications include more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, in addition to more than 100 conference proceedings papers, research reports and presentations abstracts. Dr. Yang is the Principal Investigator of federal projects funded by NSF, EPA, NASA and NOAA. Dr. Yang's general research interests include: Global Change; Climate Modeling; Land-Surface Modeling; Snow Hydrology; Runoff; North American Monsoon; Interaction of Terrestrial and Atmospheric Hydrological Processes; Flood and Drought; Remote Sensing; Biogenic VOC Emissions and Air Quality.