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Full-time Academic Staff: Teaching Staff

Professor Yuyu ZHOU


Room 10.15

3917 7109


BSc, MSc (BNU); PhD (URI)




HKU Scholar Hub

Professor Yuyu Zhou earned his BS and MS degrees from Beijing Normal University and Ph.D degree from University of Rhode Island. Prior to his current position, he held roles as a research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and a professor at the Iowa State University. His research focuses on urban environmental change and potential solutions, utilizing geospatial technologies including remote sensing, GIS, geovisualization, spatial analytic tools, and integrated assessment modeling. He has published over 180 papers in prestigious journals such as Energy & Environmental Science and PNAS. He serves as the Chief Editor of Earth System Science Data and Associate Editor of Ecological Processes, and has been recognized as a 2022 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate.

Research Interests
  • Urbanization mapping and modeling

  • Urban heat island

  • Urban energy use and emissions

  • Urban phenology

  • Urban air pollution

  • Urban sustainability

  • Water-energy-food nexus

  • Climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability



Introduction to Geographic Information Systems #



Annual; 2nd Semester

Selected Publications


  • He, W., X. Li*, Y. Zhou*, Z. Shi, G. Yu, T. Hu, Y. Wang, J. Huang, T. Bai, Z. Sun, X. Liu & P. Gong (2023) Global urban fractional changes at a 1 km resolution throughout 2100 under eight SSP-RCP scenarios. Earth Syst. Sci. Data, in Press.

  • Hu, J., Y. Zhou*, Y. Yang, G. Chen, W. Chen & M. Hejazi (2023) Multi-city assessments of human exposure to extreme heat during heat waves in the United States. Remote Sensing of Environment, 295, 113700.


  • Zhang, T., Y. Zhou*, K. Zhao, Z. Zhu, G. Chen, J. Hu & L. Wang (2022) A global dataset of daily maximum and minimum near-surface air temperature at 1km resolution over land (2003–2020). Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 14, 5637-5649.

  • Zhou, Y.*, X. Li, W. Chen, L. Meng, Q. Wu, P. Gong & K. C. Seto (2022) Satellite mapping of urban built-up heights reveals extreme infrastructure gaps and inequalities in the Global South. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119, e2214813119.

  • Zhang, T., Y. Zhou*, L. Wang, K. Zhao & Z. Zhu (2022) Estimating 1 km gridded daily air temperature using a spatially varying coefficient model with sign preservation. Remote Sensing of Environment, 277, 113072.

  • Meng, L., Y. Zhou*, M. O. Román, E. C. Stokes, Z. Wang, G. R. Asrar, J. Mao, A. D. Richardson, L. Gu & Y. Wang (2022) Artificial light at night: an under-appreciated effect on phenology of deciduous woody plants. PNAS Nexus, pgac046.

  • Zhou, Y*(2022). Understanding urban plant phenology for sustainable cities and planet. Nature Climate Change. 12, 302-304.

  • Zhang, T., Y. Zhou*, Z. Zhu, X. Li & G. R. Asrar (2022). A global seamless 1 km resolution daily land surface temperature dataset (2003-2020). Earth Syst. Sci. Data. 14, 651-664.

  • Zhao, M., C. Cheng*, Y. Zhou*, X. Li, S. Shen & C. Song (2022). A global dataset of annual urban extents (1992-2020) from harmonized nighttime lights. Earth Syst. Sci. Data. 14, 517–534.

  • Chen, W., Y. Zhou*, Y. Xie, G. Chen, K. J. Ding & D. Li (2022) Estimating spatial and temporal patterns of urban building anthropogenic heat using a bottom-up city building heat emission model. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 177, 105996.


  • Li, X., Y. Zhou*, M. Hejazi, M. Wise, C. Vernon, G. Iyer & W. Chen (2021) Global urban growth between 1870 and 2100 from integrated high resolution mapped data and urban dynamic modeling. Communications Earth & Environment, 2, 201.

  • Meng, L., Y. Zhou*, L. Gu, A. D. Richardson, J. Peñuelas, Y. Fu, Y. Wang, G. R. Asrar, H. J. De Boeck, J. Mao, Y. Zhang & Z. Wang (2021) Photoperiod decelerates the advance of spring phenology of six deciduous tree species under climate warming. Global Change Biology, 27, 2914-2927.


  • Zhao, M., Y. Zhou*, X. Li, W. Cheng*, C. Zhou, T. Ma, M. Li & K. Huang (2020) Mapping urban dynamics (1992–2018) in Southeast Asia using consistent nighttime light data from DMSP and VIIRS. Remote Sensing of Environment, 248, 111980.

  • Li, X., Y. Zhou*, Z. Zhu & W. Cao (2020) A national dataset of 30m annual urban extent dynamics (1985–2015) in the conterminous United States. Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 357-371.

  • Li, X., Y. Zhou*, P. Gong, K. C. Seto & N. Clinton (2020) Developing a method to estimate building height from Sentinel-1 data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 240, 111705.

  • Meng, L., J. Mao*, Y. Zhou*, A. D. Richardson, X. Lee, P. E. Thornton, D. M. Ricciuto, X. Li, Y. Dai, X. Shi & G. Jia (2020) Urban warming advances spring phenology but reduces the response of phenology to temperature in the conterminous United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117, 4228

  • Cao, W., Y. Zhou*, R. Li & X. Li (2020) Mapping changes in coastlines and tidal flats in developing islands using the full time series of Landsat images. Remote Sensing of Environment, 239, 111665.

  • Integrated assessments of urbanization impacts on building energy use for urban energy sustainability (PI)

  • Water Sustainability at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus under Urbanization and Climate Change (PI)

  • Improving GCAM Building Energy Use Modeling by Adding a Satellite-seeded Spatially Explicit Urban Expansion Component (PI)

  • Understanding and Simulating Global Urban Expansion in the Context of Climate Change (PI)

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