Atmosphere-Biosphere Interactions Group

Research Focus

Our current research projects focus on: (1) How forest resilience responds to on-going climate change? (2) How can we quantify forest resilience and tipping point? And (3) what is the future of forests with on-going climate change? We try to answer these questions by using nonlinear dynamic models, numerical simulations, and statistical models based on global tree-ring, remote sensing, and FLUXNET databases. My Lab has a broad spectrum of research projects across Forest Ecology, Remote Sensing, Bioclimatology, Micrometeorology, Climate Change, Paleoclimate, and Hydrology. The overall goal is to use nonlinear system theory, stability analysis approach, resilience and tipping points concepts to predict the potential critical transition of nature and society in facing warming-climate-induced extremes.




If you would like to lean more about our research, please go to our lab website or contact Professor Chuixiang Yi.

Chuixiang Yi


Professor of Meterology

George Hendrey


Distinguished Professor of Climate Change

Dr. Wei Fang
Research Associate



Dr. Zhenkun Tian
Visiting Professor



Eric Kutter
PhD Student



Spencer Gould
Masters Student



Michelle Park
Undergraduate Student



Natascha Hey
Undergraduate Student



Joel Dhaness
Undergraduate Student



Nathan Jackson
High School Student


Gao, S., R. Liu, T. Zhou, W. Fang, C. Yi, R. Lu, X. Zhao, H. Luo, Dynamic responses of tree-ring growth to multiple dimensions of drought, Global Change Biology, DOI:10.1111/gcb.14367 (2018).

Xu, P., T. Zhou, C. Yi, W. Fang, G. Hendrey, and X. Zhao, Forest drought resistance distinguished by canopy height, Environ. Res. Lett. 13 (2018) 075003 (2018).

Xu, P., T. Zhou, C. Yi, H. Luo, X. Zhao, W. Fang, S. Gao, X. Liu, Impacts of Water Stress on Forest Recovery and Its Interaction with Canopy Height, Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 15, 1257; doi:10.3390/ijerph15061257 (2018).

Luo, H., T. Zhou, C. Yi, P. Xu, X. Zhao, S. Gao, X. Liu,  Stock volume dependency of forest drought responses in Yunnan, China, Forests, 9(4), 209; doi:10.3390/f9040209 (2018).

Yi, C., G. Mu, G. Hendrey, S. M. Vicente-Serrano, W. Fang, T. Zhou, S. Gao, P Xu. Bifurcated Response of a Regional Forest to Drought,  Expert Opin Environ Biol, 7:2, 10.4172/2325-9655.1000153 (2018).

Andujar, E., N. Y. Krakauer, C. Yi, F. Kogan, Ecosystem Drought Response Timescales from Thermal Emission versus Shortwave Remote Sensing, Advances in Meteorology, Volume 2017, Article ID 8434020, 10 pages https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/8434020, (2017).

Kutter, E., C. Yi, G. Hendrey, H. Liu, T. Eaton, and W. Ni-Meister (2017), Recirculation over complex terrain, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, doi:10.1002/2016JD026409.

Wei, S., C. Yi, W. Fang, and G. Hendrey. A global study of GPP focusing on light-use efficiency in a random forest regression model. Ecosphere 8(5):e01724. 10.1002/ecs2.1724 (2017).

Xu, X., C. Yi, L. Montagnani, E. Kutter, Numerical Study of the interplay between thermo-topographic slope flow and synoptic flow on canopy transport processes, Agric. Forest Meteorol., doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.03.004. (2017).

Xu, X., C. Yi, and E. Kutter, Stably stratified canopy flow in complex terrain, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 7457-7470, doi:10.5194/acp-15-7457-2015, 2015.

Yi, C., E. Pendall &  P. Ciais, Focus on extreme events and the carbon cycle. Environ. Res. Lett. 10 070201 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/7/070201 (2015).

Huang, K., C. Yi, D. Wu, T. Zhou, X. Zhao, W. J. Blanford, S. Wei, H. Wu, D. Ling, and Z. Li, Tipping point of a conifer forest ecosystem under severe drought, Environ. Res. Lett. 10 024011 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/2/024011 (2015).

Yi, C., S. Wei & G. Hendrey, Warming climate extends dryness-controlled areas of terrestrial carbon sequestration. Sci. Rep. 4, 5472; DOI:10.1038/srep05472, 2014.

Yi, C., G. Rustic, X. Xu, J. Wang, A. Dookies, S. Wei, G. Hendrey, D. M. Ricciuto, T. Meyers, Z. Nagy, K. Pinter, Climate extremes and grassland potential productivity, Environmental Research Letters, 7, 035703 (6pp) doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/3/035703, 2012.

Yi, C., D. Ricciuto, R. Li, J. Wolbeck, X. Xu, M. Nilsson, L. Aires, J. D. Albertson, C. Ammann, M. A. Arain, A. C. de Araujo, M. Aubinet, M. Aurela, Z. Barcza, A. Barr, P. Berbigier, J. Beringer, C. Bernhofer, A. T. Black, P. V. Bolstad, F. C. Bosveld, M. S. J. Broadmeadow, N. Buchmann, S. P. Burns, P. Cellier, J.M. Chen, J.Q. Chen, P. Ciais, R. Clement, B. D. Cook, P. S. Curtis, D. B. Dail, E. Dellwik, N. Delpierre, A. R. Desai, S. Dore, D. Dragoni, B. G. Drake, E. Dufrêne, A. Dunn, J. Elbers, W. Eugster, M. Falk, C. Feigenwinter, L. B. Flanagan, T. Foken, J. Frank, J. Fuhrer, D. Gianelle, A. Goldstein, M. Goulden, A. Granier, T. Grünwald, L. Gu, H. Guo, A. Hammerle, S. Han, N. P Hanan, L. Haszpra, B. Heinesch, C. Helfter, D. Hendriks, L. B. Hutley, A. Ibrom, C. Jacobs, T. Johansson, M. Jongen, G. Katul, G. Kiely, K. Klumpp, A. Knohl, T. Kolb, W. L. Kutsch, P. Lafleur, T. Laurila, R. Leuning, A. Lindroth, H. Liu, B. Loubet, G. Manca, M. Marek, H. A. Margolis, T. A. Martin, W. J Massman, R. Matamala, G. Matteucci, H. McCaughey, L. Merbold, T. Meyers, M. Migliavacca, F. Miglietta, L. Misson, M. Mölder, J. Moncrieff, R. K. Monson, L. Montagnani, M. Montes-Helu, E. Moors, Ch. Moureaux, M. M Mukelabai, J. W. Munger, M. Myklebust, Z. Nagy, A. Noormets, W. Oechel, R. Oren, S. G. Pallardy, K. T. Paw U, J. S. Pereira, K. Pilegaard, K. Pintér, C. Pio, G. Pita, T. L. Powell, S. Rambal, J. T. Randerson, C. von Randow, C. Rebmann, J. Rinne, F. Rossi, N. Roulet, R. J. Ryel, J. Sagerfors, N. Saigusa, M. J. Sanz, G.S. Mugnozza, H. P. Schmid, G. Seufert, M. Siqueira, J. F. Soussana, G. Starr, M. A. Sutton, J. Tenhunen, Z. Tuba, J. P. Tuovinen, R.Valentini, C. S. Vogel, J. Wang, S. Wang, W. Wang, L. R. Welp, X. Wen, S. Wharton, M. Wilkinson, C. A. Williams, G. Wohlfahrt, S. Yamamoto, G. Yu, R. Zampedri, B. Zhao, X. Zhao, Climate control of terrestrial carbon exchange across biomes and continents, Environmental Research Letters, 5, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/5/3/034007, 2010.

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