Yanyan Cheng

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Yanyan Cheng is a hydrologist and land surface modeler working on complex energy-water-land dynamics. She is currently a Postdoc at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change division. She earned a PhD in hydrology and water resources engineering from the University of Wyoming in 2018. Yanyan’s research focuses on the development and application of hydrological and land surface models to explore the complex interactions among land use and land cover changes (LULCC), vegetation dynamics, and hydrology in agro-ecosystems. Her current research at PNNL aims at improving the capability of land surface models to represent key missing vegetation types (e.g., perennial bioenergy crops) and hydrological processes (e.g., preferential flow) to investigate water, energy, and carbon cycle dynamics associated with LULCC across various scales.


  • University of Wyoming: Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering
  • Hohai University: Master of Science, Hydrology
  • Hohai University: Bachelor of Science, Hydrology
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