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Full-time Academic Staff: Teaching Staff

Professor Peng Zhu
朱鵬 助理教授

ZHU Peng.jpg

Room 10.05

391 72830

Assistant Professor

PhD (Purdue University); MS (Chinese Academy of Sciences); BE (Wuhan University)




HKU Scholar Hub

Professor Zhu received the B.Eng. degree in remote sensing from Wuhan University and the M.S. degree in geographic information science from Chinese Academy of Science, respectively, and earned the Ph.D. degree in earth and atmosphere science from Purdue University. Prior to joining HKU, he was working in University of California, San Diego, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement and Sun Yat-sen University. His research interests are agroecosystem modeling, climate change impacts and adaptation, remote sensing, food-water-carbon nexus. Through integrating field observations, remote sensing, data-driven and process models, he aims to help stakeholders to better tackle climate risks, design effective climate adaptation strategies and finally achieve agricultural sustainability.

Research Interests
  • Agroecosystem modeling

  • Climate change impacts and adaptation

  • Environmental remote sensing

  • Food-water-carbon nexus



Global change and sustainable development



Annual; 2nd Semester


Geospatial Data for Environmental Change



Annual; 2nd Semester

Selected Publications


  • Zeng, Y., Hao, D., Park, T., Zhu, P., Huete, A., Myneni, R., ... & Chen, M. 2023. Structural complexity biases vegetation greenness measures. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1-9.

  • Pan, Y., Peng, D., Chen, J. M., Myneni, R. B., Zhang, X., Huete, A. R., Wu, C. 2023. Climate-driven land surface phenology advance is overestimated due to ignoring land cover changes. Environmental Research Letters, 18(4), 044045.

  • Abramoff, R. Z., Ciais, P., Zhu, P., Hasegawa, T., Wakatsuki, H., & Makowski, D. 2023. Adaptation strategies strongly reduce the future impacts of climate change on simulated crop yields. Earth's Future, 11(4), e2022EF003190.


  • Zhu, P., Burney, J., Chang, J., Jin, Z., Mueller, N.D., Xin, Q., Xu, J., Yu, L., Makowski, D. and Ciais, P., 2022. Warming reduces global agricultural production by decreasing cropping frequency and yields. Nature Climate Change, pp.1-8.

  • Zhu, P., Kim, T., Jin, Z., Lin, C., Wang, X., Ciais, P., Mueller, N.D., Aghakouchak, A., Huang, J., Mulla, D. and Makowski, D., 2022. The critical benefits of snowpack insulation and snowmelt for winter wheat productivity. Nature Climate Change, 12(5), pp.485-490.

  • Zhu, P. and Burney, J., 2022. Untangling irrigation effects on maize water and heat stress alleviation using satellite data. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 26(3), pp.827-840.

  • Yang, Y., Liu, L., Zhou, W., Guan, K., Tang, J., Kim, T., Grant, R.F., Peng, B., Zhu, P., Li, Z. and Griffis, T.J., 2022. Distinct driving mechanisms of non-growing season N2O emissions call for spatial-specific mitigation strategies in the US Midwest. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 324, p.109108.

  • Hao, D., Zeng, Y., Zhang, Z., Zhang, Y., Qiu, H., Biriukova, K., Celesti, M., Rossini, M., Zhu, P., Asrar, G.R. and Chen, M., 2022. Adjusting solar-induced fluorescence to nadir-viewing provides a better proxy for GPP. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 186, pp.157-169.


  • Zhu, P., Abramoff, R., Makowski, D. and Ciais, P., 2021. Uncovering the past and future climate drivers of wheat yield shocks in Europe with machine learning. Earth's Future, 9(5), p.e2020EF001815.

  • Zhu, P. and Burney, J., 2021. Temperature‐driven harvest decisions amplify US winter wheat loss under climate warming. Global Change Biology, 27(3), pp.550-562.


  • Zhu, P., Zhuang, Q., Archontoulis, S.V., Bernacchi, C. and Müller, C., 2019. Dissecting the nonlinear response of maize yield to high temperature stress with model‐data integration. Global Change Biology, 2019, 25(7): 2470-2484.

  • Zhu, P., Zhuang, Q., Welp, L., Ciais, P., Heimann, M., Peng, B., Li, W., Bernacchi, C., Roedenbeck, C. and Keenan, T.F., 2019. Recent warming has resulted in smaller gains in net carbon uptake in northern high latitudes. Journal of Climate, 32(18), pp.5849-5863.

  • Xu, X., Hu, H., Tan, Y., Yang, G., Zhu, P. and Jiang, B., 2019. Quantifying the impacts of climate variability and human interventions on crop production and food security in the Yangtze River Basin, China, 1990–2015. Science of the Total Environment, 665, pp.379-389.


  • Zhu, P., Jin, Z., Zhuang, Q., Ciais, P., Bernacchi, C., Wang, X., Makowski, D. and Lobell, D., 2018. The important but weakening maize yield benefit of grain filling prolongation in the US Midwest. Global Change Biology, 24(10), pp.4718-4730.


  • Zhu, P., Zhuang, Q., Eva, J. and Bernacchi, C., 2017. Importance of biophysical effects on climate warming mitigation potential of biofuel crops over the conterminous United States. Gcb Bioenergy, 9(3), pp.577-590.

  • Zhu, P., Zhuang, Q., Ciais, P., Welp, L., Li, W. and Xin, Q., 2017. Elevated atmospheric CO2 negatively impacts photosynthesis through radiative forcing and physiology‐mediated climate feedback. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(4), pp.1956-1963.


  • Xin, Q., Broich, M., Zhu, P. and Gong, P., 2015. Modeling grassland spring onset across the Western United States using climate variables and MODIS-derived phenology metrics. Remote Sensing of Environment, 161, pp.63-77.


  • Zhu, P. and Gong, P., 2014. Suitability mapping of global wetland areas and validation with remotely sensed data. Science China Earth Sciences, 57(10), pp.2283-2292.

  • Yu, L., Liang, L., Wang, J., Zhao, Y., Cheng, Q., Hu, L., Liu, S., Yu, L., Wang, X., Zhu, P. and Li, X., 2014. Meta-discoveries from a synthesis of satellite-based land-cover mapping research. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 35(13), pp.4573-4588.


  • Gong, P., et al (including Peng Zhu)., 2013. Finer resolution observation and monitoring of global land cover: First mapping results with Landsat TM and ETM+ data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34(7), pp.2607-2654.

Journal Reviews

Nature Food, Nature Communications, Global Change Biology, Global Food Security, Global Change Biology Bioenergy, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Climate Risk Management, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of geophysical research, Agronomy Journal, Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, International Journal of Remote Sensing

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