Yufei Zou is a climate research associate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Before joining PNNL, he earned his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2017 and then worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Washington in Seattle for 2 years. His research mainly focuses on natural hazards and extreme weather events, such as large wildfires and severe air pollution related to global climate change. In particular, Zou 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-vegetation interactions in a changing climate. He also built an operational fire smoke forecasting system at the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab of the U.S. Forest Service to communicate and assess public health risks posed by fire smoke. Currently, Zou is working on research projects to study drastic environmental changes in the high-latitude regions and their profound climatic impacts on other regions 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.
Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory