Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Yasuko Yoshida



Org Code: 614

Mail Code: 614
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Brief Bio


Lead Research Scientist

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. - Lanham, MD

February 2015 - Present

Senior Research Scientist

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. - Lanham, MD

December 2009 - Present

Research Associate at the Goddard Earth Science and Technology Center (GEST)

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) - College Park, MD

June 2007 - Present

Visiting Research Associate at the Goddard Earth Science and Technology Center (GEST)

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) - College Park, MD

September 2006 - Present


2003-2006       Georgia Institute of Technology

                      Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

1999-2001       Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

                      MS in Environmental Sciences



NASA 2020 610AT Award for a Distinguished Contribution Group Award (2020)

American Meteorological Society (AMS) Special Award (2020)

Pecora Award (2019)

Outstanding Performance Award- Software Development, NASA GSFC (2010)



Feldman, A. F., Z. Zhang, Y. Yoshida, et al. P. Gentine, A. Chatterjee, D. Entekhabi, J. Joiner, and B. Poulter. 2023. A multi‐satellite framework to rapidly evaluate extreme biosphere cascades: the Western <scp>US</scp> 2021 drought and heatwave Global Change Biology 29 3634-3651 [10.1111/gcb.16725]

Feldman, A. F., Z. Zhang, Y. Yoshida, A. Chatterjee, and B. Poulter. 2023. Using Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) column CO<sub>2</sub> retrievals to rapidly detect and estimate biospheric surface carbon flux anomalies Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 23 (2): 1545-1563 [10.5194/acp-23-1545-2023]

Liu, F., Z. Tao, S. Beirle, et al. J. Joiner, Y. Yoshida, S. J. Smith, K. E. Knowland, and T. Wagner. 2022. A new method for inferring city emissions and lifetimes of nitrogen oxides from high-resolution nitrogen dioxide observations: a model study Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 22 (2): 1333-1349 [10.5194/acp-22-1333-2022]

Joiner, J., Z. Fasnacht, W. Qin, et al. Y. Yoshida, A. P. Vasilkov, C. Li, L. Lamsal, and N. Krotkov. 2022. Use of Hyper-Spectral Visible and Near-Infrared Satellite Data for Timely Estimates of the Earth’s Surface Reflectance in Cloudy and Aerosol Loaded Conditions: Part 1–Application to RGB Image Restoration Over Land With GOME-2 Frontiers in Remote Sensing 2 [10.3389/frsen.2021.716430]

Joiner, J., and Y. Yoshida. 2020. Satellite-based reflectances capture large fraction of variability in global gross primary production (GPP) at weekly time scales Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 291 108092 [10.1016/j.agrformet.2020.108092]

Joiner, J., Y. Yoshida, P. Köehler, et al. P. Campbell, C. Frankenberg, C. van der Tol, P. Yang, N. Parazoo, L. Guanter, and Y. Sun. 2020. Systematic Orbital Geometry-Dependent Variations in Satellite Solar-Induced Fluorescence (SIF) Retrievals Remote Sensing 12 (15): 2346 [10.3390/rs12152346]

Liu, F., A. Page, S. A. Strode, et al. Y. Yoshida, S. Choi, B. Zheng, L. N. Lamsal, C. Li, N. A. Krotkov, H. Eskes, R. van der A, P. Veefkind, P. F. Levelt, O. P. Hauser, and J. Joiner. 2020. Abrupt decline in tropospheric nitrogen dioxide over China after the outbreak of COVID-19 Science Advances 6 (28): eabc2992 [10.1126/sciadv.abc2992]

Jethva, H., O. Torres, and Y. Yoshida. 2019. Accuracy assessment of MODIS land aerosol optical thickness algorithms using AERONET measurements over North America Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 12 (8): 4291-4307 [10.5194/amt-12-4291-2019]

Parazoo, N. C., C. Frankenberg, P. Köhler, et al. J. Joiner, Y. Yoshida, T. Magney, Y. Sun, and V. Yadav. 2019. Towards a harmonized long‐term spaceborne record of far‐red solar induced fluorescence Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 124 (8): 2518-2539 [10.1029/2019jg005289]

Joiner, J., Y. Yoshida, M. Anderson, et al. T. Holmes, C. Hain, R. Reichle, R. Koster, E. Middleton, and F.-W. Zeng. 2018. Global relationships among traditional reflectance vegetation indices (NDVI and NDII), evapotranspiration (ET), and soil moisture variability on weekly timescales Remote Sensing of Environment 219 339-352 [10.1016/j.rse.2018.10.020]

Joiner, J., Y. Yoshida, Y. Zhang, et al. G. Duveiller, M. Jung, A. Lyapustin, Y. Wang, and C. Tucker. 2018. Estimation of Terrestrial Global Gross Primary Production (GPP) with Satellite Data-Driven Models and Eddy Covariance Flux Data Remote Sensing 10 (9): 1346 [10.3390/rs10091346]

Joiner, J., Y. Yoshida, L. Guanter, and E. M. Middleton. 2016. New methods for the retrieval of chlorophyll red fluorescence from hyperspectral satellite instruments: simulations and application to GOME-2 and SCIAMACHY Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 9 (8): 3939--3967 [10.5194/amt-9-3939-2016]

Ott, L. E., B. N. Duncan, A. M. Thompson, et al. G. Diskin, Z. Fasnacht, A. O. Langford, M. Lin, A. M. Molod, J. E. Nielsen, S. E. Pusede, K. Wargan, A. J. Weinheimer, and Y. Yoshida. 2016. Frequency and impact of summertime stratospheric intrusions over Maryland during DISCOVER-AQ (2011): New evidence from NASA's GEOS-5 simulations J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. [10.1002/2015jd024052]

Duncan, B. N., L. N. Lamsal, A. M. Thompson, et al. Y. Yoshida, Z. Lu, D. G. Streets, M. M. Hurwitz, and K. E. Pickering. 2016. A space-based, high-resolution view of notable changes in urban NO x pollution around the world (2005-2014) J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 121 (2): 976–996 [10.1002/2015jd024121]

Joiner, J., Y. Yoshida, L. Guanter, and E. M. Middleton. 2016. New methods for retrieval of chlorophyll red fluorescence from hyper-spectral satellite instruments: simulations and application to GOME-2 and SCIAMACHY Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discussion 1-41 URL:

Yoshida, Y., J. Joiner, C. J. Tucker, et al. J. Berry, J. E. Lee, G. K. Walker, R. H. Reichle, R. D. Koster, A. I. Lyapustin, and Y. Wang. 2015. The 2010 Russian drought impact on satellite measurements of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence: Insights from modeling and comparisons with parameters derived from satellite reflectances Remote Sensing of Environment 166 163–177 [10.1016/j.rse.2015.06.008]

Lamsal, L. N., B. N. Duncan, Y. Yoshida, et al. N. A. Krotkov, K. E. Pickering, D. G. Streets, and Z. Lu. 2015. U.S. NO2 trends (2005–2013): EPA Air Quality System (AQS) data versus improved observations from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) Atmos. Env. 110 130-143 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.03.055]

Arnold, S. R., L. K. Emmons, S. A. Monks, et al. K. S. Law, D. A. Ridley, S. Turquety, S. Tilmes, J. L. Thomas, I. Bouarar, J. Flemming, V. Huijnen, J. Mao, B. N. Duncan, S. Steenrod, Y. Yoshida, J. Langner, and Y. Long. 2015. Biomass burning influence on high-latitude tropospheric ozone and reactive nitrogen in summer 2008: a multi-model analysis based on POLMIP simulations Atmos. Chem. Phys. 15 (11): 6047-6068 [10.5194/acp-15-6047-2015]

Zhu, L., D. J. Jacob, L. J. Mickley, et al. E. A. Marais, D. S. Cohan, Y. Yoshida, B. N. Duncan, G. González Abad, and K. V. Chance. 2014. Anthropogenic emissions of highly reactive volatile organic compounds in eastern Texas inferred from oversampling of satellite (OMI) measurements of HCHO columns Environmental Research Letters 9 (11): 114004 [10.1088/1748-9326/9/11/114004]

Joiner, J., Y. Yoshida, A. P. Vasilkov, et al. K. Schaefer, M. Jung, L. Guanter, Y. Zhang, S. Garrity, E. M. Middleton, K. F. Huemmrich, L. Gu, and L. Belelli Marchesini. 2014. The seasonal cycle of satellite chlorophyll fluorescence observations and its relationship to vegetation phenology and ecosystem atmosphere carbon exchange Remote Sensing of Environment 152 375-391 [10.1016/j.rse.2014.06.022]

Duncan, B. N., A. I. Prados, L. Lamsal, et al. Y. Liu, D. Streets, P. Gupta, E. Hilsenrath, R. A. Kahn, J. E. Nielsen, A. Beyersdorf, S. Burton, A. Fiore, J. Fishman, D. Henze, C. Hostetler, N. A. Krotkov, P. Lee, M. Lin, S. Pawson, G. Pfister, K. E. Pickering, R. B. Pierce, Y. Yoshida, and L. Ziemba. 2014. Satellite data of atmospheric pollution for U.S. air quality applications: Examples of applications, summary of data end-user resources, answers to FAQs, and common mistakes to avoid Atmospheric Environment 94 647-662 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.05.061]

Duncan, B. N., Y. Yoshida, B. de Foy, et al. L. N. Lamsal, D. G. Streets, Z. Lu, K. E. Pickering, and N. A. Krotkov. 2013. The observed response of Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) NO2 columns to NOx emission controls on power plants in the United States: 2005–2011 Atmospheric Environment 81 102-111 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.08.068]

Joiner, J., L. Guanter, R. Lindstrot, et al. M. Voigt, A. P. Vasilkov, E. M. Middleton, K. F. Huemmrich, Y. Yoshida, and C. Frankenberg. 2013. Global monitoring of terrestrial chlorophyll fluorescence from moderate-spectral-resolution near-infrared satellite measurements: methodology, simulations, and application to GOME-2 Atmos. Meas. Tech. 6 (10): 2803-2823 [10.5194/amt-6-2803-2013]

Joiner, J., Y. Yoshida, A. P. Vasilkov, et al. E. M. Middleton, P. K. Campbell, A. Kuze, and L. A. Corp. 2012. Filling-in of near-infrared solar lines by terrestrial fluorescence and other geophysical effects: simulations and space-based observations from SCIAMACHY and GOSAT Atmos Meas Tech 5 (4): 809-829 [10.5194/amt-5-809-2012]

Joiner, J., Y. Yoshida, A. Vasilkov, et al. Y. Yoshida, L. Corp, and E. Middleton. 2011. First observations of global and seasonal terrestrial chlorophyll fluorescence from space Biogeosciences 8 (3): 637-651 [10.5194/bg-8-637-2011]

Olsen, M. A., A. R. Douglass, M. R. Schoeberl, J. M. Rodriguez, and Y. Yoshida. 2010. Interannual variability of ozone in the winter lower stratosphere and the relationship to lamina and irreversible transport J. Geophys. Res. 115 (D15): D15305 [10.1029/2009JD013004]

Duncan, B. N., Y. Yoshida, J. Olson, et al. D. Lee, C. Retscher, R. Martin, L. Lamsal, Y. Hu, K. E. Pickering, D. Allen, and C. Crawford. 2010. Application of OMI observations to a space-based indicator of NOx and VOC controls on surface ozone formation Atmos Environ 44 (18): 2213-2223 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2010.03.010]

Yoshida, Y., B. N. Duncan, C. Retscher, et al. K. E. Pickering, E. A. Celarier, J. Joiner, F. Boersma, and P. Veefkind. 2010. The impact of the 2005 Gulf hurricanes on pollution emissions as inferred from Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) nitrogen dioxide Atmos Environ 44 (11): 1443-1448 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2010.01.037]

Duncan, B., Y. Yoshida, M. Damon, A. Douglass, and J. Witte. 2009. Temperature dependence of factors controlling isoprene emissions Geophysical Research Letters 36 (5): L05813 [10.1029/2008GL037090]

Duncan, B., J. West, Y. Yoshida, A. Fiore, and J. Ziemke. 2008. The influence of European pollution on ozone in the Near East and northern Africa Atmos. Chem. Phys. 8 (8): 2267-2283 [10.5194/acp-8-2267-2008]

Duncan, B., S. Strahan, Y. Yoshida, S. Steenrod, and N. Livesey. 2007. Model study of the cross-tropopause transport of biomass burning pollution Atmos Chem Phys 7 3713-3736