Kaiyu Guan

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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmenal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am also a Blue Waters Professor with a joint appointment with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). I am a computational environmental scientist studying underlying processes of vegetation-hydrology interactions (i.e. ecohydrology, water-ecosystem-food nexus) for natural and agricultural ecosystems. My current research has a particular emphasis on the impacts of hydro-climate change on vegetation dynamics and crop productivity in tropical and temperate regions.The goal of my research is to increase our society’s resilience and adaptability to maintain sustainability of ecosystem services, food security and water resources under the influence of climate change and anthropogenic drivers (e.g. land use change, increased population and food demands), which directly or indirectly impacts the livelihood and wellbeing of billions of humans.

More information can be found at: http://faculty.nres.illinois.edu/~kaiyuguan/.

I have plans to recruit graduate students and postdocs with full supports in the coming years in the area of "crop remote sensing and modeling." Thus, if you are interested in these opportunities, please contact me with your CV.


  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, 2013
  • B.S. Geography, Geoinformatics, Nanjing University, 2008

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Research Output

BESS-STAIR: A framework to estimate daily, 30m, and all-weather crop evapotranspiration using multi-source satellite data for the US Corn Belt

Jiang, C., Guan, K., Pan, M., Ryu, Y., Peng, B. & Wang, S., Mar 20 2020, In : Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 24, 3, p. 1251-1273 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Deriving high-spatiotemporal-resolution leaf area index for agroecosystems in the U.S. Corn Belt using Planet Labs CubeSat and STAIR fusion data

    Kimm, H., Guan, K., Jiang, C., Peng, B., Gentry, L. F., Wilkin, S. C., Wang, S., Cai, Y., Bernacchi, C. J., Peng, J. & Luo, Y., Mar 15 2020, In : Remote Sensing of Environment. 239, 111615.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Do cover crops benefit soil microbiome? A meta-analysis of current research

    Kim, N., Zabaloy, M. C., Guan, K. & Villamil, M. B., Mar 2020, In : Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 142, 107701.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Estimating photosynthetic traits from reflectance spectra: A synthesis of spectral indices, numerical inversion, and partial least square regression

    Fu, P., Meacham-Hensold, K., Guan, K., Wu, J. & Bernacchi, C., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Plant Cell and Environment.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • From the Ground to Space: Using Solar-Induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence to Estimate Crop Productivity

    He, L., Magney, T., Dutta, D., Yin, Y., Köhler, P., Grossmann, K., Stutz, J., Dold, C., Hatfield, J., Guan, K., Peng, B. & Frankenberg, C., Apr 16 2020, In : Geophysical Research Letters. 47, 7, e2020GL087474.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

  • Datasets

    Data from: Sun-Induced chlorophyll fluorescence, photosynthesis, and light use efficiency of a soybean field

    Miao, G. (Creator) & Guan, K. (Creator), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Jan 13 2018


    Sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence of two Nebraska maize sites in 2017

    Miao, G. (Creator) & Guan, K. (Creator), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Jan 28 2020