Dust and biomass burning aerosols play a key role in the Earth’s energy and nutrition budget, influencing global and regional environment. The variations in dust and wildfire activities, namely the emission/activation, transport/spread, and deposition/termination processes, are largely driven by variations in regional climate and anthropogenic activity. Deeper understanding on the human-climate-dust/wildfires will aid successful prediction and projection of changes in dust/wildfire activities and their environmental influences. In this presentation, I will cover my research on the human-climate-dust/wildfire interactions based on satellite observations and statistical or dynamical modeling approaches.
Yan Yu received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2010. She completed two master’s degrees in Environmental Studies in 2013 and Statistics in 2016, as well as doctor’s degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences in 2017 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Yan was awarded a NASA Postdoc Program Fellowship at California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her research focuses on land-atmosphere interactions and dust/fire-climate interactions.