Yijie Zhu



Current Position

Assistant Professor

Department of Geosciences

Florida Atlantic University


I am an FAU Geosciences assistant professor focusing on inland hurricane intensity decay. Over the past few years, I have been studying the spatial and temporal patterns of this intensity decay process and using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model to investigate the physical factors, including the impact of changing climate, that contribute to the weakening of hurricanes as they move inland. 

My goal is to deepen our understanding of the relationships between changing climate and the post-landfall weakening of hurricanes, especially for inland communities, and to provide valuable insights that can help improve our ability to mitigate the impacts of these inland moving storms. 

I used to work at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University as a post-doctoral researcher, where I was involved in an operational project using the cyclone phase space to better determine extratropical transition while also investigating the impact of pre-storm ocean conditions on the change of tropical cyclone (TC) intensity by using TC tracks from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 6 (CMIP6) model data.


Ph.D. (2022) Geography and Environmental Science and Policy, University of South Florida

M.EnvSci. (2017) Climate Change Impact Assessment, University of Toronto

B.Sc. (2016) Earth Science/Business, University of Waterloo & China University of Geosciences (2+2)

Featured Projects

Investigating Key Environmental Factors that Control the Slow Movement of Hurricane Harvey (2017) using the WRF Model

Ongoing Project

Accumulated Cyclone Energy-Based Tropical Cyclone Return Periods in Florida

Annals of the American Association of Geographers (Accepted) 

Publication List