Yun Li is a second year PhD student in environmental engineering, advised by Dr. George Ban-Weiss. Her research focuses on the impacts of urbanization on urban climate and air quality in the Los Angeles basin. Currently, she is working on incorporating high-resolution satellite-observed land surface data into a regional climate-chemistry model, and evaluating how these model advances improve simulated urban meteorology (e.g. air temperature, wind speed), and air quality (e.g. ozone and particulate matter). Using the improved model, she will study how changes in meteorology from urbanization can in turn influence air quality through various atmospheric processes.
Yun was born and raised in Beijing, China. She joined Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Fall 2016, and is expected to graduate in 2021. She has been awarded with the Provorst’s PhD Fellowship. Before coming to USC, she has received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Peking University (China), and earned great interest in atmospheric modeling there.
In her spare time, Yun enjoys playing badminton, and cycling around the city. She also likes learning different languages. She knows some German, and a little Spanish.