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Personal profile

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 (www.boussinesqcenter.nl/bc/?p=283);
  • 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 (www.boussinesqcenter.nl/bc/?p=81).


STEMMUS Model: http://blogs.itc.nl/stemmus/

ISMC Link for STEMMUS: https://soil-modeling.org/resources-links/model-portal/stemmus 

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Research Output

Assimilation of cosmic‐ray neutron counts for the estimation of soil ice content on the eastern Tibetan Plateau

Mwangi, S., Zeng, Y., Montzka, C., Yu, L. & Su, Z., 16 Feb 2020, In : Journal of geophysical research : Atmospheres. 125, 3, p. 1-23 23 p., e2019JD031529.

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    Quantifying long-term land surface and root zone soil moisture over Tibetan Plateau

    Zhuang, R., Zeng, Y., Manfreda, S. & Su, Z., 5 Feb 2020, In : Remote sensing. 12, 3, p. 1-20 20 p., 509.

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    A Closed-Form Expression of Soil Temperature Sensing Depth at L-Band

    Lv, S., Zeng, Y., Su, Z. & Wen, J., 1 Jul 2019, In : IEEE transactions on geoscience and remote sensing. 57, 7, p. 4889-4897 9 p., 8648474.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    An experimental study on separating temperature and emissivity of a nonisothermal surface

    Du, Y., Cao, B., Li, H., Xiao, Q., Liu, Q., Zeng, Y. & Su, Z., 1 Oct 2019, In : IEEE geoscience and remote sensing letters. 16, 10, p. 1610-1614 5 p.

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  • Parameter Optimization of a Discrete Scattering Model by Integration of Global Sensitivity Analysis Using SMAP Active and Passive Observations

    Bai, X., Zeng, J., Chen, K. S., Li, Z., Zeng, Y., Wen, J., Wang, X., Dong, X. & Su, Z., 1 Feb 2019, In : IEEE transactions on geoscience and remote sensing. 57, 2, p. 1084-1099 16 p., 8457483.

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    An Air-to-Soil Transition Model for Discrete Scattering–Emission Modelling of L-Band Radiometry at Maqu site, the Eastern Tibetan Plateau

    Zhao, H. (Creator), Zeng, Y. (Creator), Su, B. (Creator), Wang, X. (Creator), Wang, Z. (Creator), Wen, J. (Creator), 4TU.Centre for Research Data, 12 Aug 2019