Current Projects


Coupling biocrusts and vegetation dynamics to improve predictions of dryland change 

Yufang Jin (Co-PI) with Xiaoli Dong (PI) and other Co-PIs.

Funded by NSF (2023 - 2027)


Collaborative Research: New mathematical approaches for understanding spatial synchrrony in Ecology

Yufang Jin (Co-PI) with Alan Hasting (Lead PI) and other Co-PIs.

Funded by NSF (2024 - 2025)


Linking climate change impacts on forest health, fire risk, and vegetation and snow dynamics in Claifornia

Yufang Jin (Non-Agency PI) with Agency PIs (Kyle Knipper and Steven Ostajo)

Funded by USDA  ARS and Climate Hub (2023 - 2025)

Optimizing K fertilization management in almond and pistachio orchards

Yufang Jin (PI) with Patrick Brown (Lead PI) and Elia Scudiero (PI).

Funded by CDFA (2024 - 2026)


Resilient and Equitable Urban Stream Corridors 

Yufang Jin (Co-PI) with Gregory Pasternack  (Lead PI) and other Co-PIs (Costanza Rampini and Serena Alexander) .

Funded by UCOP  (2023 - 2026)

Integrated field and satellite based decision support system for climate-resilient and sustainable ranches and rangelands across California

Yufang Jin (PI) with Co-PIs: Leslie Roche, Matthew Shapero, Royce Larsen, and Steven Steven Ostoja

Funded by Western SARE Research and Education Program (2022 - 2025)


Yield Prediction for Resource Management and Yield Optimization in Almond

 Co-PI Yufang Jin with Patrick Brown (PI) and others

 Funded by Almond Board of California (2021 - 2024)


Tree-based multilevel spatial decision support systems to close the yield gap in almond orchards

Y. Jin (PI in US) with Ahmad Hakim-Elahi (PI in Israel)

Funded by the US-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund, (2021 - 2024)


Multi-source Wildland Urban Interface Characterization Enhanced with Machine Learning Technique: Dynamics and Hazard Assessment

Yufang Jin (PI) with Yong Jae Lee (Co-PI)

Funded by NASA LCLUC (2021 -2023)


AI Institute for Next Generation Food Systems

Yufang Jin (Co-I) with (Lead PI) Illias Tagkopoulos and Co-PIs: Nitin Nitin, Mason Earles, Xin Liu, Qing Zhao, and Tarek Zohdi

Funded by NSF NAIRI (2020 -2025)


Innovation Center for Advancing Ecosystem Climate Solutions

Yufang Jin (Co-PI) with Michael Goulden (Lead PI) and other Institutional Co-PIs: Roger Bales, John Battles, Christopher Field, and Walter Oechel

Funded by California Strategic Growth Council (2019 -2022)


Future of California Drought, Fire, and Forest DiebackYufang Jin (Co-PI) with Alex Hall (PI) and Co-PIs: Rong Fu, Michael Goulden, Lara Kueppers, Max Moritz, James Randerson, and Chonggang Xu 

 Funded by UC Multicampus - National Lab Collaborative Research (2018-2022)


Completed Projects

A Multispectral and Thermal Imaging sUAS System for Monitoring Crop Water Use and Detecting Water Stress 

Yufang Jin (PI) with Co-Is: YangQuan Chen (UC Merced) and Ken Shackel (UC Davis)

 Funded by CITRIS Seed Funding Program (2017-2018)


Remote Data Collection for Adaptive Rangeland Management on Public Lands

Yufang Jin (Co-I) with Leslie Rochie (PI), and other Co-I(s): Elise Gornish, Sean Hogan, David Lile, and Laura Snell

 Funed by the Russell L. Rustici Rangeland and Cattle Research Endowment (2017-2019)


Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Postfire Ecosystem Management Prioritization and Implementation 

Yufang Jin (Co-I) with Mark Schwartz (PI) and Co-Is: James Thorne, Jeffrey Clary, and Vix Claassen

Funded by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) (2016-2021)


Mapping Evapotranspiration for Improved Data-driven Water Management 

Yufang Jin (PI)

Funded by NASA JPL ECOSTRESS (2016 - 2017) 


Data-driven Block-level Yield Prediction for Seasonal N Fertilization Strategies in California's Almond Orchards

Yufang Jin (PI), Co-Is: Patrick Brown and Elina Nino

Funded by USDA California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) (2017 - 2019)


Statewide Remote Sensing Crop Mapping 

Yufang Jin in collaboration with LandIQ, NASA Ames, and CalPoly

California Department of Water Resources (DWR) (2017 - 2021)


A data-driven decision support system for monitoring and predicting forage production in California's rangeland

Yufang Jin (PI), Co-I: Anthony O'Geen and Leslie Roche

Funded by the Russell L. Rustici Rangeland and Cattle Research Endowment (2016-2017)


Crop Consumptive Use Estimation in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta 
Yufang Jin (Co-PI), PI: Josue Medellin-Azuara and other Co-Is

Funed by the Delta Watermaster (2015-2017) 


Preparing for Water Scarcity: Learning from California’s Recent Drought

Yufang Jin (Co-PI), PI (Ellen Hanak and Jay R. Lund) and other Co-Is

Funded by EPA (2015-2018) 


Updating Crop Water Use and Crop Coefficients of Mature Pistachio Orchards in the San Joaquin Valley

Yufang Jin (Co-PI), Daniele Zaccaria (PI)

Funded by California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) (2015 - 2018) 

Fires in Southern California: Interactions Between Climate Change, Ecosystems, and Humans
Yufang Jin (PI), Co-PIs: James Randerson, Michael Goulden, Alex Hall, Qinbin Li, and Simon Hook
NASA Interdisciplinary Science (2010-2014)

Fire-induced Changes in Albedo and the Associated Radiative Forcing: a Comparison of Boreal Canada and Australia Tropical Savannas
Yufang Jin (PI)
NASA New Investigator Program (2008-2012)

Quantifying Changes in Northern High Latitude Ecosystems and Associated Feedbacks to the Climate System
Yufang Jin (Co-I) with S. Goetz (PI), Co-Is: Michelle Mack, James Randerson, and Pieter Beck
NASA Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems (2008-2011)