Yuyu Zhou

Yuyu Zhou

Assistant Professor
Physical Geography, GIS, Remote Sensing, Geospatial Modeling, Sustainability

3019 Agronomy
Dept. of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
phone: 515-294-2842

B.Sc., Geography, Beijing Normal University, 2001
M.Sc., Cartography and GIS, Beijing Normal University, 2004
Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, University of Rhode Island, 2008

Home Page: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~yuyuzhou/


My research interests lie in the applications of geospatial technologies including remote sensing, GIS, geovisualization, spatial analytic tools, and integrated assessment modeling to understanding the problems of environmental change and their potential solutions for a sustainable environment. Currently, I am working in research areas concerning Sustainability including:

  • Land cover/land use change (e.g. urbanization) across a variety of spatial and temporal scales
  • Energy supply (e.g. wind and hydropower) and demand (e.g. building)
  • High spatial and temporal greenhouse gas emissions
  • Water-energy nexus
  • Climate change and its impacts on energy, emissions, and carbon cycle

Research Projects

  • NASA, Atmospheric Composition: Modeling and Analysis, “Improved Information on Recent Aerosol Emissions and Trends Within A Community Emissions Data System Using Satellite Data”, PI: Dr. Smith
  • DOE, “Big Data” for IAMs: Work towards an Integrated Multi-layered Data Information System – Urban Example”, PI: Dr. Imhoff
  • NASA, Land-Cover/Land-Use Change for Early Career Scientists, “Understanding and Simulating Global Urban Expansion in the Context of Climate Change”, PI: Dr. Zhou

Recent Publications

Zhou, Y., M. Hejazi, S. Smith, J. Edmonds, H. Li, L. Clarke, K. Calvin & A. Thomson (2015), A comprehensive view of global potential for hydro-generated electricity. Energy & Environmental Science, 8, 2622-2633

M. Hejazi, N. Voisin, L. Liu, L. Bramer, D. Fortin, M. Huang, J. Hathaway, P. Kyle, L.R. Leung, H.Y. Li, Y. Liu, P. Patel, T. Pulsipher, J. Rice, T. Tesfa, C. Vernon, Y. Zhou, 2015. Climate change mitigation exacerbates water deficits in the United States. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 112 (34) 10635-10640

Scott, M. J., D. S. Daly, J. E. Hathaway, C. S. Lansing, Y. Liu, H. C. McJeon, R. H. Moss, P. L. Patel, M. J. Peterson, J. S. Rice & Y. Zhou, 2015 Calculating impacts of energy standards on energy demand in U.S. buildings with uncertainty in an integrated assessment model. Energy, doi:10.1016/j.energy.2015.06.127

Zhou, Y., S. J. Smith, K. Zhao, M. Imhoff, A. Thomson, B. Bond-Lamberty, G. R. Asrar, X. Zhang, C. He & C. D. Elvidge (2015) A global map of urban extent from nightlights. Environmental Research Letters, 10, 054011

Zhao, K., M. García, S. Liu, Q. Guo, G. Chen, X. Zhang, Y. Zhou & X. Meng, 2015, Terrestrial lidar remote sensing of forests: Maximum likelihood estimates of canopy profile, leaf area index, and leaf angle distribution. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 209–210, 100-113.

McFarland, J., Y. Zhou, L. Clarke, P. Sullivan, J. Colman, W. Jaglom, M. Colley, P. Patel, J. Eom, S. Kim, G. P. Kyle, P. Schultz, B. Venkatesh, J. Haydel, C. Mack & J. Creason (2015) Impacts of rising air temperatures and emissions mitigation on electricity demand and supply in the United States: a multi-model comparison. Climatic Change, 131, 111-125.

Collins, W. D., A. P. Craig, J. E. Truesdale, A. V. Di Vittorio, A. D. Jones, B. Bond-Lamberty, K. V. Calvin, J. A. Edmonds, S. H. Kim, A. M. Thomson, P. Patel, Y. Zhou, J. Mao, X. Shi, P. E. Thornton, L. P. Chini & G. C. Hurtt (2015) The integrated Earth system model version 1: formulation and functionality. Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 2203-2219.

Liu, L., M. Hejazi, P. Patel, P. Kyle, E. Davies, Y. Zhou, L. Clarke & J. Edmonds, 2015, Water demands for electricity generation in the US: Modeling different scenarios for the water–energy nexus. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 94, 318–334.

Calvin, K., B. Bond-Lamberty, J. Edmonds, M. Hejazi, S. Waldhoff, M. Wise & Y. Zhou, 2015, The effects of climate sensitivity and carbon cycle interactions on mitigation policy stringency. Climatic Change, 131, 35-50.

Bond-Lamberty, B., K. Calvin, J. Mao, X. Shi, A. Thomson, P. Thornton, Y. Zhou, 2014. On linking an Earth system model to the equilibrium carbon representation of an economically optimizing land use model. Geoscientific Model Development. 7, 2545-2555.

Zhao, N., Y. Zhou* (Corresponding Author), & E. L. Samson, 2015, Correcting Incompatible DN Values and Geometric Errors in Nighttime Lights Time-Series Images. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 53, 2039 – 2049.

Clarke, L., A. Fawcett, J. McFarland, J. Weyant, Y. Zhou, 2014. Technology and U.S. Emissions Reductions Goals: Results of the EMF 24 Modeling Exercise. The Energy Journal. Vol. 35, No. SI1

Liu, Z., C. He, Y. Zhou, J. Wu, 2014. How much of the world’s land has been urbanized, really? A hierarchical framework for avoiding confusion. Landscape Ecology, 29, 763-771.

Zhou, Y., SJ Smith, CD Elvidge, K Zhao, A Thomson, M Imhoff, 2014. A Cluster-based Method to Map Urban Area from DMSP/OLS Nightlights. Remote Sensing of Environment. 147, 173-185

Scott, M., D. Daly, Y. Zhou, H. McJeon, S. Kim, and L. Clarke, 2014. Sub-National Energy and Climate Policy in Residential and Commercial Buildings: An Evaluation of Uncertain Policy Impacts Using Efficient Sensitivity Testing. Energy Economics. 43, 22-33

Zhou, Y., and Y. Wang, A. Gold, P.V. August, and T. Boving, 2014. Assessing Impact of Urban Impervious Surface on Watershed Hydrology Using Simulation and Spatial Regression. GeoJournal. 79 (2), 155-166

Yu, S., J. Eom, Y. Zhou, M. Evans, L. Clarke. 2014. An Integrated Assessment of Long-term Impact of China’s Building Energy Codes. Energy. 67, 284-297

Calvin, K., B. Bond-Lamberty, J. Edmonds, M. Hejazi, S. Waldhoff, M. Wise, Y. Zhou, 2014. The Interaction between Climate Sensitivity, the Carbon Cycle, and Mitigation Effort. Climatic Change. Doi: 10.1007/s10584-013-1026-7

Zhang, J, C. He, Y. Zhou, 2014. Pre-knowledge based spectral mixture analysis for impervious surface mapping. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 28, 201–210.

Zhou, Y., L. Clarke, J. Eom, and et al., 2014. Modeling the effect of climate change on U.S. state-level buildings energy demands in an integrated assessment framework. Applied Energy, 113, 1077–1088

Chaturvedi, V., S. Kim, S. Smith, L. Clarke, Y. Zhou, P Kyle, 2013. Model evaluation and hindcasting: A zero order experiment with an integrated assessment model. Energy. 63, 479–490

Zhou, Y., and S. Smith, 2013. Spatial and temporal patterns of global onshore wind speed distribution. Environmental Research Letters. 8 (03402), 9 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/3/034029

Wang, P., D. Xie, Y. Zhou, Y. E, Q. Zhu, and J. Zhang, 2013. Simulation and Validation of Vegetation NPP based on A Processed Model in Gansu Province in Northwest China. Environmental Earth Sciences. 71 (2), 647-658

Zhou, Y., J. Eom, and L. Clarke, 2013. Coupling Building Energy Use with Spatially Explicit Scenarios of Climate Change and Population Distribution: The Case of the Two Largest Energy-Consuming Countries. Climatic Change. 119 (3-4), 979-992

Mendoza, D., K.R. Gurney, S. Geethakumar, V. Chandrasekaran, Y. Zhou, I. Razlivanov, 2013. U.S. Regional Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mitigation Implications based on High Resolution Onroad CO2 Emissions Estimation. Energy Policy. 55, 386–395

Cragg, M., Y. Zhou, K. Gurney, and M. Kahn, 2013. Carbon Geography: The Political Economy of Congressional Support for Legislation Intended to Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Production. Economic Inquiry. 51 (2), 1640–1650

Zhou, Y., Luckow, P., Smith, S., Clarke, L., 2012. Evaluation of Global Onshore Wind Energy Potential and Generation Costs. Environmental Science & Technology. 46 (14), 7857–7864

Wang, Y., J. Zhao, Y. Zhou, and H. Zhang. 2012. Variation and Trends of Landscape Dynamics, Land Surface Phenology and Net Primary Production of the Appalachian Mountains. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. 6 (1), 061708

Zhou, Y., Q. Weng, K. R. Gurney, Y. Shuai, and X. Hu, 2012. Estimation of the relationship between remotely sensed anthropogenic heat discharge and building energy use. ISPRS J. Photogram. Remote Sensing, 67, 65–72

Gurney, K., I. Razlivanov, Y. Song, Y. Zhou, B. Benes, M. Abdulmassih, 2012. Quantification of fossil fuel CO2 emissions at the building/street scale for a large US city. Environmental Science & Technology. 46(21), 12194 – 20202