Yongyun Hu

Alma Mater:University of Chicago

[MORE] Honors and Titles:

2023-12-01  Yeqisun Mentorship Award

2023-12-01  Peking University Outstanding Postgraduate Advisor Award

2023-01-01  Fellow of the American Meterological Society

2015-01-01  Second Prize of Natural Science Award, Ministry of Education

2013-07-01  Award of Outstanding PhD thesis Advisor, Peking University

2010-01-01  Recipient of The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars

2009-01-01  Zhao Jiuzhang Award for Outstanding Young Scientists

2005-01-01  Outstanding Young Scientist of the New Century, Ministry of Education

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Planetary Climate and Habitability


Viewing Earth as a planet, we would be surprised how Earth has maintained its habitable environment, whereas Mars and Venus are uninhabitable. There is evidence showing that both Mars and Venus could have oceans in their early past. If so, Venus had experienced runaway greenhouse gas, and Mars had gone runaway freezing. Therefore, studying planetary climates and their habitability benefit our understanding Earth climate evolution.

Searching for Earth-like planets and extraterrestrial life has long been a great dream of Human Beings since the civilization. Our research in planetary climates and habitability includes planets of both the solar system and extra-solar planets. We extend our knowledge of Earth climate to studying planetary climate. We have done systematic simulations of planetary climates. These results provide the theoretical base for searching for habitable exoplanets.  


The blue colors in the left panels show open oceans of tidal-locking exoplanets, and white color shows sea ice coverage. The right panels show global surface temperature distributions, unit: °C. The upper panels are from simulations of slab ocean (no ocean motions), and the bottom panels are from simulations of dynamic ocean.


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