Yuyu Zhou

Assistant Professor
Dept: Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
Office:3019 Agronomy

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

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:

1. Urban mapping and modeling
2. Urban heat island and its environmental impacts
3. High spatiotemporal energy use and emissions inventory
4. Global energy demand and supply
5. Water-Energy Nexus
6. Climate change

Google Scholar Profile

Research Projects
• Iowa Energy Center, Developing a Landscape of Building Energy Use for the City of Des Moines, Iowa, PI: Dr. Zhou

• NASA, Ecosystem and Human System Dynamics: Indicators of Phenology, Climate, and Urbanization, PI: Dr. Asrar

• 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, Improving GCAM Building Energy Use Modeling by Adding a Satellite-seeded Spatially Explicit Urban Expansion Component, PI: Dr. Zhou

• 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

Güneralp, B., Y. Zhou, D. Ürge-Vorsatz, M. Gupta, S. Yu, P. L. Patel, M. Fragkias, X. Li & K. C. Seto (2017) Global scenarios of urban density and its impacts on building energy use through 2050. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1606035114

Alberti, M., C. Correa, J. M. Marzluff, A. P. Hendry, E. P. Palkovacs, K. M. Gotanda, V. M. Hunt, T. M. Apgar & Y. Zhou (2017) Global urban signatures of phenotypic change in animal and plant populations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1606034114

Li, X. & Y. Zhou* (Corresponding Author) (2017) Urban mapping using DMSP/OLS stable night-time light: a review. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 1-17. Doi: 10.1080/01431161.2016.1274451

Li, X., Zhou, Y. * (Corresponding Author), Asrar, G. R., Mao, J., Li, X. and Li, W. (2016), Response of vegetation phenology to urbanization in the conterminous United States. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13562

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. 21st century United States emissions mitigation could increase water stress more than the climate change it is mitigating. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 112 (34) 10635-10640

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Zhou, Y., J. Eom, and L. Clarke, 2013. The effect of global climate change, population distribution, and climate mitigation on building energy use in the US and China. Climatic Change. 119 (3-4), 979-992

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

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