Ning Zhang joined the California Climate Hub in September 2022 as a postdoctoral scholar to support the Southwest Groundwater CAP project. She has research experience on drought monitoring, crop yield prediction and soil water estimation using field, modeled and remote sensing data. In this role, she will use her expertise to conduct climate analysis and crop system modeling for assessing the sustainability of groundwater and irrigated agriculture.
Prior to joining the Climate Hub, Ning was a project scientist at the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources focusing on applied research on climate dynamics and its impact on sustainable agriculture to improve crop management decisions. Ning received her doctorate in Geography from The Ohio State University. Her dissertation research focused on developing new soil moisture products by combining in situ, remote sensing and modeled data over South Central United States. Her research training includes another PhD degree in Cartography and GIS from Peking University, China, and a bachelor’s in Geographic Information System from Chang’an University, China.