New Paper

January 2021

Excited to see our paper “Global multi-model projections of local urban climates” is out in Nature Climate Change today! Our new machine learning- & process- based urban climate modeling technique provides the global multi-model urban projections. Check out our university news.

Our Whole Group in AGU

December 2020

All students from Zhao Research Group are presenting their research in AGU Fall Meeting 2020 (virtually) in various sessions from urban to hydrology, from Earth system modeling to AI in Earth science. Please stop by our presentations!

New Article

June 2020

Our new paper is out in JPRS: Large-scale point cloud contour extraction via 3D guided multi-conditional generative adversarial network.

Cathy Wins YEE Fellowship

April 2020

Congratulations to my 1st-year Ph.D. student Cathy Li who just won the prestigious YEE Fellowship Award!

Zhonghua Presents at AGU Fall Meeting

December 2019

My Ph.D. student Zhonghua Zheng presents his work on urban heatwaves at the AGU Fall Meeting 2019 at San Francisco! Please stop by our urban session: Urban Areas and Global Change!

New Members

August 2019

A group of talented people joined us! Welcome Bowen, Cathy, Joyce, Laura, and Yiwen! Looking forward to working with you!

New Article

March 15th, 2019

Check out our new paper: Toward building a transparent statistical model for improving crop yield prediction: Modeling rainfed corn in the U.S.

New Article

November 12th, 2018

Dr. Zhao’s News & Views article on urban growth and climate adaptation is published on Nature Climate Change.

New Member

November 6th, 2018

Zhonghua Zheng has joined our group as a Ph.D. student co-advised by Dr. Nicole Riemer in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Welcome on board, Zhonghua!

Joining our group

October 18th, 2018

Dr. Zhao’s lab is actively looking for highly motivated graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to join the group. Please contact me for questions about potential projects or about the application process at our department. Please see Opportunities for more information.

New Member

October 16th, 2018

Dr. Lei Zhao joins the faculty of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.