Hello, I am Meng Zhao, an Earth Data Scientist

I use satellite observations in combination with ground measurements and Earth system models to study global water, energy and carbon cycles


Press Release of GRACE-DSI


The UCI News and the Phys.Org reported my newly developed global drought severity index (DSI) from the GRACE satellite mission in December 2017. The GRACE-DSI dataset is now available here.

NASA Fellowship

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My proposal titled "Characterizing ecosystem response to hydro-climatic constraints using satellite and in situ observations" is funded by the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for 3 years. Check here.

Glacier Melt and Sea Ice

ERL paper

The Environmental Research Web published a press release for my Master's degree work in the Russian High Arctic. Melting Arctic sea ice could be boosting snowfall.

Detecting Haze in China

ERL paper

Co-authored paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research introduced and evaluated a new haze detection method in China based on Ditial Terrain Models.