Yaping Zhou, Associate Research Scientist

Yaping Zhou


NASA Goddard
Bldg 33, Room C318
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Phone: 301-614-6235


Climate change and climate variability; Aerosol, cloud, radiation and precipitation interactions in large-scale and microphysical scale; Satellite remote sensing and applications.


Dr. Yaping Zhou received a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography and a M.S. in Computer Science from Stony Brook University in 1999. After graduation, she worked at NASA Langley Research Center and National Environment Prediction Center of NOAA for brief periods before she came to work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In 2004, she joined the Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as a member of the research faculty. She is currently an associate research scientist at the Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research Center and a research faculty of Morgan State University. Dr. Zhou has worked on various research topics from radiative transfer modeling, remote sensing algorithm development, to climate change diagnostics. Her current interests include using long-term satellite observations of cloud, radiation and precipitation for detecting trends in tropical hydrological cycles - from large scale precipitation distributions to extreme events, such as tropical cyclones. She also uses high-resolution satellite measurements to evaluate the performance of various numerical models.