Ping Yang

Ping Yang

Professor, David Bullock Harris Chair in Geosciences

Interim Associate Dean for Research

Atmospheric radiative transfer, remote sensing, numerical modeling of the optical properties of nonspherical particles and its application

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Ping Yang and his group are interested in four research areas: (1) the single-scattering properties of particles in the atmosphere and the development of numerical algorithms to compute the optical properties of these particles, (2) the transfer of solar radiation and terrestrial thermal emission in the atmosphere, (3) remote sensing of cloud properties, and (4) various theoretical topics in light scattering and radiative transfer. Because understanding of the radiative budget of the Earth-Atmosphere system must begin with the fundamental scattering and absorption properties of cloud and aerosol particles, we have made a significant effort to simulate the optical properties of various nonspherical aerosol particles and ice crystals within cirrus clouds. Our research group and external collaborators have developed a database of the single-scattering properties of individual ice crystals with various shapes and sizes. Many other research groups have used this database in various studies involving ice clouds.

To implement advanced remote sensing techniques, fast radiative transfer models are often required. A major portion of our group's current research effort is concentrated on the development of several fast models for the transfer of solar and infrared radiation under cloudy and aerosol-dusty conditions.

Our research group has been studying cloud properties and forcing on the basis of data sets acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES), the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS), and the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) instruments. We are especially interested in the microphysical and optical properties of ice clouds. We wish to contribute to improving the current knowledge about the radiative forcing of ice clouds using modeling capabilities and satellite-based cloud retrievals.

Selected Publications

Publication list


Ph.D., University of Utah


NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (2017)

University-level Distinguished Achievement Award in the category of Research (2017), The Association of Former Students (AFS) and Texas A&M University.

Elected (2015) fellow of the American Geophysical Union

Ascent Award (2013) by AGU (American Geophysical Union) Atmospheric Sciences Section

Elected (2013) fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)

Elected (2010) fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA)

Holder of the David Bullock Harris Chair in Geosciences (1/1/2010--), College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University

The Association of Former Students’ (AFS) College-level Teaching Award, Texas A&M University, 2008

Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty Research, College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University, 2004

National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, 2003

Best Paper Award, Climate and Radiation Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight  Center, 2000

Additional Information

  • Professor, September 2008–present,  Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • Associate Professor, September 2005–August 2008,  Deptartment of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • Assistant Professor, September 2001–August 2005, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • Associate Research Scientist, March 2001–September 2001, Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Research Scientist, January 1999–February 2001, Science and System Application, Inc., Lanham, Maryland (worked on-site in code 913, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland)
  • Assistant Research Scientist, December 1997–January 1999, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Research Associate, January 1996–November 1997, Department of Meteorology/Center for Atmospheric Remote Sensing Study, University of Utah


  • Member of American Geophysical Union
  • Member of the Optical Society of America (fellow)
  • Member of the American Meteorology Society (fellow)

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