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Personal profile

Yijian Zeng received his PhD cum laude on 16 February 2012. His PhD research focussed on analysing coupled transport of moisture and heat in soil, with consideration of airflow mechanism.

His research interests include:

  • Land-atmosphere interaction via hydrologic processes and how the interaction affects the climate system;
  • Generation of consistent climate data record using multi-sources of geo-datasets;
  • Physical mechanisms of land surface models;
  • Application of data assimilation.

Current activities

  • NWO-GO SMAP Freeze/Thaw Project

Academic memberships

  • AGU student membership since 2006
  • INTERPORE student membership since 2009
  • EGU membership since 2009
  • IAMG student membership since 2010
  • EMS membership since 2014

Other academic activities

  • NCCR Summer School, Locarno, Switzerland, September 9-14, 2012;
  • CAHMDA-V organizing committee member, ITC Faculty, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands, July 9-13, 2012;
  • Participation in the first SMOS Science Workshop, Arles, France, September 27-29, 2011;
  • Chairman of the Organizing Committee for Second China-Japan Graduated Student Forum (over 130 participants from 17 universities and 6 institutes in China and Japan), CUGB, Beijing, China, September 24-27, 2009;
  • Granted participation in Summer school on role of interfacial area in two-phase flow and transport in Porous Media, University Utrecht, Netherlands, July 19-24, 2009;
  • Participation in ESA-MOST Dragon 2 Cooperation Programme: Land Training Course, Wuhan University, China, October 13-18, 2008.

Invited talks

  • Invited speaker for the Boussinesq Lecture 2012, "Coupled dynamics in soil: understanding the transport mechanisms by field experiments and numerical simulation", Boussinesq Center for Hydrology, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) Amsterdam, October 11, 2012 (;
  • Invited presentation for the 2010 PhD meeting of the Boussinesq Center for Hydrology, "Analysis of Thermal and Air Effect on Evaporation using a Two-phase Heat and Mass Flow Model", Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) Amsterdam, October 7, 2010 (




Prizes and awards


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Research Output 2006 2018

An overview of European efforts in generating climate data records

Su, Z., Timmermans, W. J., Zeng, Y., Schulz, J., John, V. O., Roebeling, R. A., Poli, P., Tan, D., Kaspar, F., Kaiser-Weiss, A., Swinnen, E., Tote, C., Gregow, H., Manninen, T., Riihela, A., Calvet, J. C., Ma, Y. & Wen, J. 1 Feb 2018 In : Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 99, 2, p. 349-359 11 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

climate cycle
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Assessment of the SMAP Level-4 Surface and Root-Zone Soil Moisture Product Using In Situ Measurements

Reichle, R. H. , De Lannoy, G. J. M. , Liu, Q. , Ardizzone, J. V. , Colliander, A. , Conaty, A. , Crow, W. , Jackson, T. J. , Jones, L. A. , Kimball, J. S. , Koster, R. D. , Mahanama, S. P. , Smith, E. B. , Berg, A. , Bircher, S. , Bosch, D. , Caldwell, T. G. , Cosh, M. , Holifield Collins, C. D. , Jensen, K. H. & 17 others Livingston, S., Lopez-baeza, E., Martínez-fernández, J., Mcnairn, H., Moghaddam, M., Pacheco, A., Pellarin, T., Prueger, J., Rowlandson, T., Seyfried, M., Starks, P., Su, B., Thibeault, M., Van Der Velde, R., Walker, J., Wu, X. & Zeng, Y. 1 Oct 2017 In : Journal of hydrometeorology. 18, 10, p. 2621-2645

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

soil moisture
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4 Citations

First Assessment of Sentinel-1A Data for Surface Soil Moisture Estimations Using a Coupled Water Cloud Model and Advanced Integral Equation Model over the Tibetan Plateau

Bai, X., He, B., Li, X., Zeng, J., Wang, X., Wang, Z., Zeng, Y. & Su, Z. 2017 In : Remote sensing. 9, 7, p. 1-20 20 p., 714

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

cloud water
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2 Citations