Yuning Shi

  • Assistant Research Professor
206 Forest Resources Building
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Land-Atmosphere Water and Carbon Dioxide Fluxes Modeling
  • Meteorology
  • Model-Data Assimilation


  • Ph.D., Meteorology, 2012, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Atmospheric Sciences, 2007, Peking University

Yuning Shi focuses on modeling water and nutrient cycling in the river-groundwater-soil-plant-atmosphere system. He is a major developer of the coupled PIHM-Cycles-BiomeBGC modeling system. 


Observing and simulating spatial variations of forest carbon stocks in complex terrain
Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, Smeglin, Yuting, Davis, Kenneth, Shi, Yuning, Eissenstat, David, Kaye, Jason, Kaye, Margot, 2020

Soil carbon saturation, productivity, and carbon and nitrogen cycling in crop-pasture rotations
Agricultural Systems, Pravia, M. Virginia, Kemanian, Armen Ricardo, Terra, José A., Shi, Yuning, Macedo, Ignacio, Goslee, Sarah, 2019

Spatial and Temporal Variability of Root-Zone Soil Moisture Acquired from Hydrologic Modeling and AirMOSS P-Band Radar
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, Crow, Wade T., Milak, Sushil, Moghaddam, Mahta, Tabatabaeenejad, Alireza, Jaruwatanadilok, Sermsak, Yu, Xuan, Shi, Yuning, Reichle, Rolf H., Hagimoto, Yutaka, Cuenca, Richard H., 2018

Using a spatially-distributed hydrologic biogeochemistry model with a nitrogen transport module to study the spatial variation of carbon processes in a Critical Zone Observatory
Ecological Modelling, Shi, Yuning, Eissenstat, David, He, Yuting, Davis, Kenneth James, 2018

Understanding watershed hydrogeochemistry: 2. Synchronized hydrological and geochemical processes drive stream chemostatic behavior
Water Resources Research, Li, Li, Bao, Chen, Sullivan, Pamela L., Brantley, Susan, Shi, Yuning, Duffy, Christopher, 2017

Understanding watershed hydrogeochemistry: 1. Development of RT-Flux-PIHM
Water Resources Research, Bao, Chen, Li, Li, Shi, Yuning, Duffy, Christopher, 2017

Virtual Experiments Guide Calibration Strategies for a Real-World Watershed Application of Coupled Surface-Subsurface Modeling
Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, Yu, Xuan, Duffy, Christopher, Zhang, Yu, Bhatt, Gopal, Shi, Yuning, 2016

Watershed model calibration to the base flow recession curve with and without evapotranspiration effects
Water Resources Research, Jepsen, S. M., Harmon, T. C., Shi, Yuning, 2016

Simulating high-resolution soil moisture patterns in the Shale Hills watershed using a land surface hydrologic model
Hydrological Processes, Shi, Yuning, Baldwin, Douglas C., Davis, Kenneth James, Yu, Xuan, Duffy, Christopher J., Lin, Hangsheng, 2015

Parameter estimation of a physically-based land surface hydrologic model using an ensemble Kalman filter
Advances in Water Resources, Shi, Yuning, Davis, Kenneth James, Zhang, Fuqing, Duffy, Christopher J., Yu, Xuan, 2015

Designing a suite of measurements to understand the critical zone
Earth Surface Dynamics Discussions, 2015

Evaluation of the parameter sensitivities of a coupled land surface hydrologic model at a critical zone observatory
Journal of Hydrometeorology, Shi, Yuning, Davis, Kenneth J., Zhang, Fuqing, Duffy, Christopher J., 2014

Parameter estimation of a physically based land surface hydrologic model using the ensemble Kalman filter
Water Resources Research, Shi, Yuning, Davis, Kenneth J., Zhang, Fuqing, Duffy, Christopher J., Yu, Xuan, 2014

Parameterization for distributed watershed modeling using national data and evolutionary algorithm
Computers and Geosciences, Yu, Xuan, Bhatt, Gopal, Duffy, Christopher J., Shi, Yuning, 2013