Yuyan Cui

Yuyan Cui

  • Assistant Research Professor
405 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email: yqc5573@psu.edu


  1. 2008-2013 Ph.D., Meteorology, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Saint Louis University
  2. 2004-2008 B.S., Atmospheric Sciences, School of Atmospheric Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, China


Professional Experiences: 

May.2017 - Jan 2020, Air Pollution Specialist

Research Division, California Air Resources Board (CARB), Sacramento, CA

Nov.2014 - Apr.2017, Research Scientist I

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)/University of Colorado Boulder; Chemical Science Division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Earth System Research Laboratory (NOAA/ESRL), Boulder, CO 

Oct.2013 - Oct.2014, NRC Postdoctoral Fellow                                

National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, NOAA/ESRL/CSD, Boulder, CO

Jun.2012 - Mar.2013, ASP Graduate Visitor

Advance Student Program (ASP)-Graduate student visitor program,  

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)/Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling Laboratory, Boulder, CO

Sep.2008 - Sep.2013, Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO



Cui, Y. Y., A. Vijayan, M. Falk, Y. K. Hsu, D. Yin, X. Chen, Z. Zhao, J. Avise, Y. Chen, K. Verhulst, RM. Duren, V. Yadav, C. E. Miller, R. F. Weiss, R. Keeling, J. Kim, L. T. Iraci, T. Tanaka, M. S. Johnson, E. A. Kort, L. Bianco, M. L. Fischer, K. Stroud, J. Herner, and B. Croes: A multiplatform inversion estimation of statewide and regional methane emissions in California during 2014-2016, Environ. Sci. Technol. 53, 9636-9645, 2019.


Cui, Y. Y., D. A. Henze, J. Brioude, W. Angevine, Z. Liu, N. Bousserez, J. Guerrette, S. A. McKeen, J. Peischl, B. Yuan, T. B. Ryerson, G. J. Frost, and M. Trainer: Inversion estimates of lognormally distributed methane emission rates from the Haynesville-Bossier oil and gas production region using airborne measurements, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 124. 3520-3531. 2019.

Cui, Y. Y., S. Liu, Z. Bai, J. Bian, D. Li, K. Fan, S. McKeen, L. Watts, S. Ciciora, and R. S. Gao: Religious burning as a potential major source of atmospheric fine aerosols in Lhasa city on the Tibetan Plateau, Atmos. Environ., 181, 186-191, 2018.

Cui, Y. Y., J. Brioude , W. Angevine, J. Peischl, S.McKeen , S.-W. Kim, J. Neuman, D. Henze , N. Bousserez , M. Fischer , S. Jeong , H. Michelsen , R. P. Bambha , Z. Liu , G. Santoni , B. Daube , E. Kort , G. Frost , T. Ryerson , S. C. Wofsy, and M. Trainer: Top-down estimate of methane emissions in California using a mesoscale inverse modeling technique: The San Joaquin Valley, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, 3686–3699, 2017.

Cui, Y. Y., J. Brioude, S. A. McKeen, W. M. Angevine, S.-W. Kim, G. J. Frost, R. Ahmadov, J. Peischl, N. Bousserez,Z. Liu, T. B. Ryerson, S. C. Wofsy, G. W. Santoni, E. A. Kort, M. L. Fischer, and M. Trainer: Top-down estimate of methane emissions in California using a mesoscale inverse modeling technique: The South Coast Air Basin. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 6698–6711. 2015.

Cui, Y. Y., A. Hodzic, J. N. Smith, J. Ortega, J. Brioude, H. Matsui, A. Turnipseed, P. Winkler, and B. de Foy: Modeling ultrafine particle growth at a pine forest site influenced by anthropogenic pollution during BEACHON-RoMBAS 2011, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 11011-11029, 2014.

Cui, Y. Y., and B. de Foy: Seasonal Variations of the Urban Heat Island at the Surface and the Near-Surface and Reductions due to Urban Vegetation in Mexico City. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 51, 855–868, 2012.

Li C., X. Han, S. Kang, F. Yan, P. Chen, Z. Hu, J. Yang, D. Ciren, S. Gao, M. Sillanpää, Y. Han, Y.Y. Cui, S. Liu, K. Smith, Heavy near-surface PM2.5 pollution in Lhasa, China during a relatively static winter period, Chemosphere, 214, 314-318, 2019.

McDonald, B. C., S. A. McKeen, Y.Y. Cui, R. Ahmadov, S. W. Kim, G. J. Frost, I. B. Pollack, T. B. Ryerson, J. S. Holloway, M. Graus, C. Warneke, J. A. de Gouw, J. Kaiser, F. N. Keutsch, T. F. Hanisco, G. M. Wolfe, and M. Trainer, Modeling ozone in the Eastern U.S. using a fuel-based mobile source emissions inventory, Environ. Sci. Technol., 52, 7360-7370, 2018.

McDonald B. C., J. A. de Gouw, J. B. Gilman, S. H. Jathar, A. Akherati, C. D. Cappa, J. L. Jimenez, J. Lee-Taylor, P.L. Hayes, S. A. McKeen, Y.Y. Cui, S.-W Kim, D. R. Gentner, G. I.-V. Wertz, A. H. Goldstein, R.A. Harley, G.J. Frost, J. Roberts, T.B. Ryerson, and M. Trainer (2018): Volatile Chemical Products Emerging as Largest Petrochemical Source of Urban Organic Emissions, Science, Vol. 359, Issue 6377, pp. 760-764, 2018.

de Foy, B., Y. Y. Cui, J. J. Schauer, M. Janssen, J. R. Turner, and C. Wiedinmyer: Estimating sources of elemental and organic carbon and their temporal emission patterns using a Least Squares Inverse model and hourly measurements from the St. Louis-Midwest Supersite, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 2405-2427, 2015.

Ortega, J., Turnipseed, A., Guenther, A. B., Karl, T. G., Day, D. A., Gochis, D., Huffman, J. A., Prenni, A. J., Levin, E. J. T., Kreidenweis, S. M., DeMott, P. J., Tobo, Y., Patton, E. G., Hodzic, A., Y.Y. Cui, Harley, P. C., Hornbrook, R. S., Apel, E. C., Monson, R. K., Eller, A. S. D., Greenberg, J. P., Barth, M. C., Campuzano-Jost, P., Palm, B. B., Jimenez, J. L., Aiken, A. C., Dubey, M. K., Geron, C., Offenberg, J., Ryan, M. G., Fornwalt, P. J., Pryor, S. C., Keutsch, F. N., DiGangi, J. P., Chan, A. W. H., Goldstein, A. H., Wolfe, G. M., Kim, S., Kaser, L., Schnitzhofer, R., Hansel, A., Cantrell, C. A., Mauldin, R. L., and Smith, J. N.: Overview of the Manitou Experimental Forest Observatory: site description and selected science results from 2008 to 2013, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 6345-6367, 2014.