Welcome to the Zhao Research Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign!
The dynamic feedbacks between land and the atmosphere play an important role in shaping the variability of climate system and climate change. By altering biogeochemical and biophysical processes at the Earth’s surface, ongoing anthropogenic activities can significantly exacerbate or reduce the impacts of climate change. These dynamics are crucial for surface-atmosphere coupling, for global atmospheric dynamics, for future climate projections, and for adaptation to climate change.
Our group’s research concern the physical and engineering processes in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer where most human activities and environmental systems are concentrated. Understanding these dynamics shed important insights into human-environment interactions, global atmospheric dynamics, climate change, and sustainable development. We combine theory, numerical modeling, remote sensing and in situ observations, and cutting-edge statistical methods to study environmental fluid mechanics and land-atmosphere dynamics that relate to urban environment, hydroclimatology, climate change, climate impacts, and adaptation.