As a SGRP fellow, Yuanchao works on quantifying the impact of solar geoengineering on terrestrial ecosystems, including forests and agriculture, and their biophysical and biogeochemical feedbacks to climate. This is part of the effort to bridge the gap between the communities of climate modeling and ecosystem studies towards better understanding the effects of solar geoengineering on nature and society. He has experience in studying vegetation dynamics and carbon, nutrient, water and energy cycles of ecosystems across temperate, tropical and the Arctic regions. He uses remote sensing, ecosystem modelling and Earth system modeling as main research tools plus model development for better monitoring and modelling terrestrial ecosystem processes and land-atmosphere interactions.
Yuanchao received his PhD degrees in Bioclimatology from the University of Göttingen, Germany and Functional Ecology and Agricultural Sciences from AgroParisTech, France. Prior to joining Harvard SGRP, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian Research Centre and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research in Bergen, Norway.