Zhi-Yong Yin, PhD
Professor, Marine Science and Environmental Studies
Zhi-Yong Yin, PhD, came to USD in 2003 after teaching at Georgia State University in Atlanta for 12 years. He offers classes in earth science, geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing. His research focus is hydroclimatology, with special interests in recent and past climate variations and the impact on hydrological systems and water resources.
Ph.D., University of Georgia
M.S., Peking University, China
B.S., Peking University, China
Scholarly and Creative Work
Trained as a geographer, Yin has a broad spectrum of research interests. Recently he has completed a NASA-sponsored project to evaluate rainfall estimates based on satellite passive microwave remote sensing over the Tibetan Plateau. He is currently involved in projects of using tree rings to reconstruct past climates in various regions in China. He has also worked on projects to examine the impact of urbanization on water quality and quantity, coastal environment, and local climate in the United States, China, and Egypt. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 research articles published in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Climate, Journal of Geophysical Research, International Journal of Climatology, and Journal of Hydrometeorology. Yin has directed both graduate and undergraduate student research in areas of hydrology and climatology.
Yin has taught Introduction to Earth Systems, Introduction to Maps and Spatial Data Analysis, Geographic Information Systems, Introduction to Remote Sensing, Surface Water Hydrology, and Climatology.