Yuekui Yang

Yuekui Yang

  • Rsch AST, Climate and Radiation Std
  • 301.614.6313
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 613
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Yuekui Yang is a Research Physical Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His research includes studies of blowing snow over ice sheets, polar radiation budget, atmospheric effects on ice sheet altimetry, and satellite cloud property retrievals. He is currently a member of the Science Definition Team of NASA's Ice, Cloud,and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) mission, the lead of the EPIC Cloud Algorithm Team for the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission, and a member of the CloudSat/CLIPSO Science Team.

    Dr. Yang started working at the Climate and Radiation Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center in 2007. Prior joining the NASA civil service in 2016, he worked as a Research Scientist and Group Lead (Manager II) at the Universities Space Research Association, where his affiliation began in 2011. From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Yang was associated with the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.

    Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. from the Unversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Atmospheric Sciences. He had 10 years of pre-doctoral working experience, holding positions from a researcher in atmospheric sciences, a meteorological radar software engineer, to a software project manager.

    Research Interests

    Active and Passive Remote Sensing; Atmospheric Radiative Transfer; Polar Radiation Budget

    Current Projects

    Ice, Cloud,and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2)

    Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR)

    Cryospheric Sciences Program

    CloudSat/CLIPSO Science Team

    Grants

    10/01/2016 - 09/30/2019 CloudSat and CLIPSO Science Team Recompete, NASA

    "Study of Longwave Radiative Effects of Antarctic Blowing Snow: a Synergy among CALIPSO, CERES, MODIS and Model Data"

    ; PI
    10/01/2014 - 09/30/2017 DSCOVR Earth Science Algorithms, NASA

    "EPIC Cloud Algorithms"

    ; PI
    02/01/2015 - 01/31/2018 ICESat-2 Science Definition Team, NASA

    “A Holistic Approach to Improve ICESAT-2 Daytime Cloud Retrievals and Reduce Uncertainty in Surface Elevation Measurements”

    ; PI
    01/01/2014 - 12/31/2016 Cryospheric Science Program, NASA

    “Blowing Snow Over Antarctica: Implications for Ice Sheet Mass Balance, Sea Ice Thickness and Laser Altimetry”

    ; Co-I

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Lu, X., Y. Hu, Y. Yang, et al. M. Vaughan, Z. Liu, S. Rodier, W. Hunt, K. Powell, P. Lucker, and C. Trepte. 2018. "Laser pulse bidirectional reflectance from CALIPSO mission." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 11 (6): 3281-3296 [10.5194/amt-11-3281-2018]

    Davis, A. B., G. Merlin, C. Cornet, et al. L. C. Labonnote, J. Riédi, N. Ferlay, P. Dubuisson, Q. Min, Y. Yang, and A. Marshak. 2018. "Cloud information content in EPIC/DSCOVR’s oxygen A- and B-band channels: An optimal estimation approach." Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 216: 6-16 [10.1016/j.jqsrt.2018.05.007]

    Palm, S. P., V. Kayetha, and Y. Yang. 2018. "Toward a Satellite-Derived Climatology of Blowing Snow Over Antarctica." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, [10.1029/2018jd028632]

    Marshak, A., J. Herman, A. Szabo, et al. K. Blank, S. Carn, A. Cede, I. Geogdzhayev, D. Huang, L.-K. Huang, Y. Knyazikhin, M. Kowalewski, N. Krotkov, A. Lyapustin, R. McPeters, K. Meyer, O. Torres, and Y. Yang. 2018. "Earth Observations from DSCOVR/EPIC Instrument." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, BAMS-D-17-0223.1 [10.1175/bams-d-17-0223.1]

    Ganeshan, M., and Y. Yang. 2018. "A Regional Analysis of Factors Affecting the Antarctic Boundary Layer During the Concordiasi Campaign." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, [10.1029/2018jd028629]

    Davis, A. B., N. Ferlay, Q. Libois, et al. A. Marshak, Y. Yang, and Q. Min. 2018. "Cloud information content in EPIC/DSCOVR’s oxygen A- and B-band channels: A physics-based approach." Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 220: 84-96 [10.1016/j.jqsrt.2018.09.006]

    Palm, S. P., Y. Yang, V. Kayetha, and J. P. Nicolas. 2018. "Insight into the Thermodynamic Structure of Blowing-Snow Layers in Antarctica from Dropsonde and CALIPSO Measurements." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 57 (12): 2733-2748 [10.1175/jamc-d-18-0082.1]

    Markus, T., T. Neumann, A. Martino, et al. W. Abdalati, K. Brunt, B. Csatho, S. Farrell, H. Fricker, A. Gardner, D. Harding, M. Jasinski, R. Kwok, L. Magruder, D. Lubin, S. B. Luthcke, J. Morison, R. Nelson, A. Neuenschwander, S. Palm, S. Popescu, C. Shum, B. E. Schutz, B. Smith, Y. Yang, and J. Zwally. 2017. "The Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2): Science requirements, concept, and implementation." Remote Sensing of Environment, 190: 260-273 [10.1016/j.rse.2016.12.029]

    Yang, Y., A. Marshak, M. Han, S. P. Palm, and D. J. Harding. 2017. "Snow grain size retrieval over the polar ice sheets with the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) observations." Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, [10.1016/j.jqsrt.2016.03.033]

    Xu, X., J. Wang, Y. Wang, et al. J. Zeng, O. Torres, Y. Yang, A. Marshak, J. Reid, and S. Miller. 2017. "Passive remote sensing of altitude and optical depth of dust plumes using the oxygen A and B bands: First results from EPIC/DSCOVR at Lagrange-1 point." Geophysical Research Letters, 44 (14): 7544-7554 [10.1002/2017gl073939]

    Palm, S. P., V. Kayetha, Y. Yang, and R. Pauly. 2017. "Blowing snow sublimation and transport over Antarctica from 11 years of CALIPSO observations." The Cryosphere, 11 (6): 2555-2569 [10.5194/tc-11-2555-2017]

    Holdaway, D., and Y. Yang. 2016. "Study of the Effect of Temporal Sampling Frequency on DSCOVR Observations Using the GEOS-5 Nature Run Results (Part I): Earth’s Radiation Budget." Remote Sens., 8 (2): 98 [10.3390/rs8020098]

    Meyer, K., Y. Yang, and S. Platnick. 2016. "Uncertainties in cloud phase and optical thickness retrievals from the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC)." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 9 (4): 1785-1797 [10.5194/amt-9-1785-2016]

    Holdaway, D., and Y. Yang. 2016. "Study of the Effect of Temporal Sampling Frequency on DSCOVR Observations Using the GEOS-5 Nature Run Results (Part II): Cloud Coverage." Remote Sensing, 8 (5): [10.3390/rs8050431]

    Yu, H., M. Chin, H. Bian, et al. T. L. Yuan, J. M. Prospero, A. H. Omar, L. A. Remer, D. M. Winker, Y. Yang, Y. Zhang, and Z. Zhang. 2015. "Quantification of Trans-Atlantic Dust Transport from Seven-year (2007-2013) Record of CALIPSO Lidar Measurements." Remote Sens. Environ, 159: 232-249 [10.1016/j.rse.2014.12.010]

    Yu, H., M. Chin, T. L. Yuan, et al. H. Bian, L. A. Remer, J. M. Prospero, A. Omar, D. Winker, Y. Yang, Y. Zhang, Z. Zhang, and C. Zhao. 2015. "The fertilizing role of African dust in the Amazon rainforest: A first multiyear assessment based on data from Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations." Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (6): 1984-1991 [10.1002/2015GL063040]

    Yang, Y., S. P. Palm, A. Marshak, et al. D. L. Wu, H. Yu, and Q. Fu. 2014. "First satellite-detected perturbations of outgoing longwave radiation associated with blowing snow events over Antarctica." Geophys. Res. Lett, 41 (2): 730-735 [10.1002/2013GL058932]

    Yang, Y., A. Marshak, J. Mao, A. I. Lyapustin, and J. R. Herman. 2013. "A method of retrieving cloud top height and cloud geometrical thickness with oxygen A and B bands for the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission: Radiative transfer simulations." Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 122: 141-149 [10.1016/j.jqsrt.2012.09.017]

    Yang, Y., A. Marshak, S. P. Palm, Z. Wang, and C. Schaaf. 2013. "Assessment of Cloud Screening With Apparent Surface Reflectance in Support of the ICESat-2 Mission." IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 51 (2): 1037-1045 [10.1109/TGRS.2012.2204066]

    Yu, H., Y. Zhang, M. Chin, et al. Z. Liu, A. Omar, L. A. Remer, Y. Yang, T. L. Yuan, and Z. Jianglong. 2012. "An integrated analysis of aerosol above clouds from A-Train multi-sensor measurements." Remote Sens Environ, 121: 125-131 [10.1016/j.rse.2012.01.011]

    Yang, Y., A. Marshak, S. P. Palm, T. Varnai, and W. J. Wiscombe. 2011. "Cloud Impact on Surface Altimetry From a Spaceborne 532-nm Micropulse Photon-Counting Lidar: System Modeling for Cloudy and Clear Atmospheres." IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 49 (12): 4910-4919 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1109/TGRS.2011.2153860]

    Palm, S. P., Y. Yang, J. D. Spinhirne, and A. Marshak. 2011. "Satellite remote sensing of blowing snow properties over Antarctica." Journal of Geophysical Research, 116 (D16): D16123 [10.1029/2011jd015828]

    Yang, Y., A. Marshak, T. Varnai, W. J. Wiscombe, and P. Yang. 2010. "Uncertainties in Ice-Sheet Altimetry From a Spaceborne 1064-nm Single-Channel Lidar Due to Undetected Thin Clouds." IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 48 (1): 250-259 [10.1109/TGRS.2009.2028335]

    Yang, Y., A. Marshak, J. Chiu, et al. W. Wiscombe, S. Palm, A. Davis, D. Spangenberg, L. Nguyen, J. Spinhirne, and P. Minnis. 2008. "Retrievals of Thick Cloud Optical Depth from the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) by Calibration of Solar Background Signal." J. Atmos. Sci., 65 (11): 3513-3526 [10.1175/2008JAS2744.1]

    Yang, Y., and L. Di Girolamo. 2008. "Impacts of 3-D radiative effects on satellite cloud detection and their consequences on cloud fraction and aerosol optical depth retrievals." Journal of Geophysical Research, 113 (D4): D04213 [10.1029/2007jd009095]

    Yang, Y., L. Di Girolamo, and D. Mazzoni. 2007. "Selection of the automated thresholding algorithm for the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer Radiometric Camera-by-Camera Cloud Mask over land." Remote Sensing of Environment, 107 (1-2): 159-171 [10.1016/j.rse.2006.05.020]

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Yuekui Yang is a Research Physical Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His research includes studies of blowing snow over ice sheets, polar radiation budget, atmospheric effects on ice sheet altimetry, and satellite cloud property retrievals. He is currently a member of the Science Definition Team of NASA's Ice, Cloud,and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) mission, the lead of the EPIC Cloud Algorithm Team for the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission, and a member of the CloudSat/CLIPSO Science Team.

    Dr. Yang started working at the Climate and Radiation Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center in 2007. Prior joining the NASA civil service in 2016, he worked as a Research Scientist and Group Lead (Manager II) at the Universities Space Research Association, where his affiliation began in 2011. From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Yang was associated with the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.

    Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. from the Unversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Atmospheric Sciences. He had 10 years of pre-doctoral working experience, holding positions from a researcher in atmospheric sciences, a meteorological radar software engineer, to a software project manager.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Lu, X., Y. Hu, Y. Yang, et al. M. Vaughan, Z. Liu, S. Rodier, W. Hunt, K. Powell, P. Lucker, and C. Trepte. 2018. "Laser pulse bidirectional reflectance from CALIPSO mission." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 11 (6): 3281-3296 [10.5194/amt-11-3281-2018]

    Davis, A. B., G. Merlin, C. Cornet, et al. L. C. Labonnote, J. Riédi, N. Ferlay, P. Dubuisson, Q. Min, Y. Yang, and A. Marshak. 2018. "Cloud information content in EPIC/DSCOVR’s oxygen A- and B-band channels: An optimal estimation approach." Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 216 6-16 [10.1016/j.jqsrt.2018.05.007]

    Palm, S. P., V. Kayetha, and Y. Yang. 2018. "Toward a Satellite-Derived Climatology of Blowing Snow Over Antarctica." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres [10.1029/2018jd028632]

    Marshak, A., J. Herman, A. Szabo, et al. K. Blank, S. Carn, A. Cede, I. Geogdzhayev, D. Huang, L.-K. Huang, Y. Knyazikhin, M. Kowalewski, N. Krotkov, A. Lyapustin, R. McPeters, K. Meyer, O. Torres, and Y. Yang. 2018. "Earth Observations from DSCOVR/EPIC Instrument." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society BAMS-D-17-0223.1 [10.1175/bams-d-17-0223.1]

    Ganeshan, M., and Y. Yang. 2018. "A Regional Analysis of Factors Affecting the Antarctic Boundary Layer During the Concordiasi Campaign." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres [10.1029/2018jd028629]

    Davis, A. B., N. Ferlay, Q. Libois, et al. A. Marshak, Y. Yang, and Q. Min. 2018. "Cloud information content in EPIC/DSCOVR’s oxygen A- and B-band channels: A physics-based approach." Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 220 84-96 [10.1016/j.jqsrt.2018.09.006]

    Palm, S. P., Y. Yang, V. Kayetha, and J. P. Nicolas. 2018. "Insight into the Thermodynamic Structure of Blowing-Snow Layers in Antarctica from Dropsonde and CALIPSO Measurements." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 57 (12): 2733-2748 [10.1175/jamc-d-18-0082.1]

    Markus, T., T. Neumann, A. Martino, et al. W. Abdalati, K. Brunt, B. Csatho, S. Farrell, H. Fricker, A. Gardner, D. Harding, M. Jasinski, R. Kwok, L. Magruder, D. Lubin, S. B. Luthcke, J. Morison, R. Nelson, A. Neuenschwander, S. Palm, S. Popescu, C. Shum, B. E. Schutz, B. Smith, Y. Yang, and J. Zwally. 2017. "The Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2): Science requirements, concept, and implementation." Remote Sensing of Environment 190 260-273 [10.1016/j.rse.2016.12.029]

    Yang, Y., A. Marshak, M. Han, S. P. Palm, and D. J. Harding. 2017. "Snow grain size retrieval over the polar ice sheets with the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) observations." Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer [10.1016/j.jqsrt.2016.03.033]

    Xu, X., J. Wang, Y. Wang, et al. J. Zeng, O. Torres, Y. Yang, A. Marshak, J. Reid, and S. Miller. 2017. "Passive remote sensing of altitude and optical depth of dust plumes using the oxygen A and B bands: First results from EPIC/DSCOVR at Lagrange-1 point." Geophysical Research Letters 44 (14): 7544-7554 [10.1002/2017gl073939]

    Palm, S. P., V. Kayetha, Y. Yang, and R. Pauly. 2017. "Blowing snow sublimation and transport over Antarctica from 11 years of CALIPSO observations." The Cryosphere 11 (6): 2555-2569 [10.5194/tc-11-2555-2017]

    Holdaway, D., and Y. Yang. 2016. "Study of the Effect of Temporal Sampling Frequency on DSCOVR Observations Using the GEOS-5 Nature Run Results (Part I): Earth’s Radiation Budget." Remote Sens. 8 (2): 98 [10.3390/rs8020098]

    Meyer, K., Y. Yang, and S. Platnick. 2016. "Uncertainties in cloud phase and optical thickness retrievals from the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC)." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 9 (4): 1785-1797 [10.5194/amt-9-1785-2016]

    Holdaway, D., and Y. Yang. 2016. "Study of the Effect of Temporal Sampling Frequency on DSCOVR Observations Using the GEOS-5 Nature Run Results (Part II): Cloud Coverage." Remote Sensing 8 (5): [10.3390/rs8050431]

    Yu, H., M. Chin, H. Bian, et al. T. L. Yuan, J. M. Prospero, A. H. Omar, L. A. Remer, D. M. Winker, Y. Yang, Y. Zhang, and Z. Zhang. 2015. "Quantification of Trans-Atlantic Dust Transport from Seven-year (2007-2013) Record of CALIPSO Lidar Measurements." Remote Sens. Environ 159 232-249 [10.1016/j.rse.2014.12.010]

    Yu, H., M. Chin, T. L. Yuan, et al. H. Bian, L. A. Remer, J. M. Prospero, A. Omar, D. Winker, Y. Yang, Y. Zhang, Z. Zhang, and C. Zhao. 2015. "The fertilizing role of African dust in the Amazon rainforest: A first multiyear assessment based on data from Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations." Geophysical Research Letters 42 (6): 1984-1991 [10.1002/2015GL063040]

    Yang, Y., S. P. Palm, A. Marshak, et al. D. L. Wu, H. Yu, and Q. Fu. 2014. "First satellite-detected perturbations of outgoing longwave radiation associated with blowing snow events over Antarctica." Geophys. Res. Lett 41 (2): 730-735 [10.1002/2013GL058932]

    Yang, Y., A. Marshak, J. Mao, A. I. Lyapustin, and J. R. Herman. 2013. "A method of retrieving cloud top height and cloud geometrical thickness with oxygen A and B bands for the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission: Radiative transfer simulations." Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 122 141-149 [10.1016/j.jqsrt.2012.09.017]

    Yang, Y., A. Marshak, S. P. Palm, Z. Wang, and C. Schaaf. 2013. "Assessment of Cloud Screening With Apparent Surface Reflectance in Support of the ICESat-2 Mission." IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 51 (2): 1037-1045 [10.1109/TGRS.2012.2204066]

    Yu, H., Y. Zhang, M. Chin, et al. Z. Liu, A. Omar, L. A. Remer, Y. Yang, T. L. Yuan, and Z. Jianglong. 2012. "An integrated analysis of aerosol above clouds from A-Train multi-sensor measurements." Remote Sens Environ 121 125-131 [10.1016/j.rse.2012.01.011]

    Yang, Y., A. Marshak, S. P. Palm, T. Varnai, and W. J. Wiscombe. 2011. "Cloud Impact on Surface Altimetry From a Spaceborne 532-nm Micropulse Photon-Counting Lidar: System Modeling for Cloudy and Clear Atmospheres." IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 49 (12): 4910-4919 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1109/TGRS.2011.2153860]

    Palm, S. P., Y. Yang, J. D. Spinhirne, and A. Marshak. 2011. "Satellite remote sensing of blowing snow properties over Antarctica." Journal of Geophysical Research 116 (D16): D16123 [10.1029/2011jd015828]

    Yang, Y., A. Marshak, T. Varnai, W. J. Wiscombe, and P. Yang. 2010. "Uncertainties in Ice-Sheet Altimetry From a Spaceborne 1064-nm Single-Channel Lidar Due to Undetected Thin Clouds." IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 48 (1): 250-259 [10.1109/TGRS.2009.2028335]

    Yang, Y., A. Marshak, J. Chiu, et al. W. Wiscombe, S. Palm, A. Davis, D. Spangenberg, L. Nguyen, J. Spinhirne, and P. Minnis. 2008. "Retrievals of Thick Cloud Optical Depth from the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) by Calibration of Solar Background Signal." J. Atmos. Sci. 65 (11): 3513-3526 [10.1175/2008JAS2744.1]

    Yang, Y., and L. Di Girolamo. 2008. "Impacts of 3-D radiative effects on satellite cloud detection and their consequences on cloud fraction and aerosol optical depth retrievals." Journal of Geophysical Research 113 (D4): D04213 [10.1029/2007jd009095]

    Yang, Y., L. Di Girolamo, and D. Mazzoni. 2007. "Selection of the automated thresholding algorithm for the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer Radiometric Camera-by-Camera Cloud Mask over land." Remote Sensing of Environment 107 (1-2): 159-171 [10.1016/j.rse.2006.05.020]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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