Kaiyu Guan

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Founding Director; Blue Waters Professor of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences; CHIEF SCIENTIST, NASA ACRES PROGRAM

Research Focus: Agroecosystem modeling and sensing, Ecohydrology, Terrestrial Remote Sensing, Crop Modeling and Forecasting, Agriculture Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change

Biography: Dr. Kaiyu Guan is a Blue Waters Associate Professor in ecohydrology and remote sensing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He got his PhD at Princeton University and was a postdoc fellow at Stanford University before he joined UIUC in Feb 2016. Guan has published 100+ papers in leading scientific journals. Guan serves as PI and Co-PI for 20+ federal grants from NASA, NSF, DOE, and USDA. Guan is the awardee of NSF CAREER Award, NASA New Investigator Award, AGU Early Career Award in Global Environmental Change, Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientist Finalist, Hyperion Research High-Performance-Computing Innovation Excellence Award, SoAR Foundation’s National Selection of U.S. Agricultural Research, FFAR Seeding Solution Award, etc.  

Mission Statement: Dr. Guan provides solutions for real-life problems, such as large-scale crop monitoring and forecasting, water management and sustainability, and global food security. He uses satellite data, computational models, field work, and machine learning approaches to address how climate and human practices affect crop productivity, water resource availability, and ecosystem functioning.