Environmental Sustainability

Renewable energy sources such as hydropower, wind, solar, and biomass are important technology options for reducing green-house gas emissions and local air pollutants associated with the burning of fossil fuels. They provide stable sources of electricity supply, and are expected to play an important role in future energy systems and environmental sustainability. We are investigating renewable energy resources from regional to global scales including: Wind, Solar, Hydropower, Biomass, etc.

Relevant Publications

  1. Wang, Y., Y. Zhou*, K. J. Franz, X. Zhang, J. Qi, G. Jia & Y. Yang (2022) Irrigation plays significantly different roles in influencing hydrological processes in two breadbasket regions. Science of The Total Environment, 157253.
  2. Wang, F., B. Zheng, J. Zhang, Y. Zhou* & M. Jia (2022) Potential heat-risk avoidance from nationally determined emission reductions targets in the future. Environmental Research Letters. Doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/ac66f4
  3. Zhang, T., Y. Zhou*, K. Zhao, Z. Zhu, G.R. Asrar, and X. Zhao, (2022) Gap-filling MODIS daily aerosol optical depth products by developing a spatiotemporal fitting algorithm. GIScience & Remote Sensing. 59(1), 762-781.
  4. Wang, Y., Y. Zhou*, K. Franz, X. Zhang, K. J. Ding, G. Jia & X. Yuan (2021) An agent-based framework for high-resolution modeling of domestic water use. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 169, 105520.
  5. Xu, D., F. Yang, L. Yu, Y. Zhou, H. Li, J. Ma, J. Huang, J. Wei, Y. Xu, C. Zhang & J. Cheng (2021) Quantization of the coupling mechanism between eco-environmental quality and urbanization from multisource remote sensing data. Journal of Cleaner Production, 321, 128948.
  6. Arbuckle, E. J., M. Binsted, E. G. R. Davies, D. V. Chiappori, C. Bergero, M.-S. Siddiqui, C. Roney, H. C. McJeon, Y. Zhou & N. Macaluso (2021) Insights for Canadian electricity generation planning from an integrated assessment model: Should we be more cautious about hydropower cost overruns? Energy Policy, 150, 112138.
  7. Zhou, S., Wang, Y., Zhou, Y.*, Clarke, L., Edmonds, J., 2018. The impacts of wind technology advancement on future global energy. Applied Energy, doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.01.025
  8. Zhang, X., Ma, C., Song, X., Zhou, Y., Chen, W., 2016. The impacts of wind technology advancement on future global energy. Applied Energy 184, 1033-1037.
  9. Zhou, Y., M. Hejazi, S. Smith, J. Edmonds, H. Li, L. Clarke, K. Calvin & A. Thomson (2015), A comprehensive view of global potential for hydro-generated electricity. Energy & Environmental Science, 8, 2622-2633
  10. Zhou, Y., and S. Smith, 2013. Spatial and temporal patterns of global onshore wind speed distribution. Environmental Research Letters. 8 (03402), 9 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/3/034029
  11. Zhou, Y., Luckow, P., Smith, S., Clarke, L., 2012. Evaluation of Global Onshore Wind Energy Potential and Generation Costs. Environmental Science & Technology. 46 (14), 7857-7864

Global Hydropower Potential and Climate Change Impact

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