School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences


Fei Yao

[A photo of me taken in Cambodia]


I am a PhD student working with Prof. Paul Palmer in the Atmospheric Composition Modeling Group at School of GeoSciences, the University of Edinburgh. My research interests lie in the area of modeling global, regional and urban-scale air pollution from satellite remotely sensed data. My current project focuses on unveiling the spatiotemporal distribution of PM2.5 pollution in China through assimilation of multi-source satellite-retrieved AOD, GEOS-Chem models, statistical models, and machine learning models.

Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, I obtained my Master’s degree at Peking University, where my research activities centered on using VIIRS AOD to interpret the spatiotemporal distribution of PM2.5 in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. At Peking University, I also engaged in a collaborative research on correcting the saturation problem of DMSP/OLS Nighttime Lights Data based on relative NDVI, in which I performed the experiments, analyzed the data, and contributed analysis tools. I received my Bachelor’s degree from the East China Normal University (ECNU), where my research career started thanks to several research training programs ECNU provided. I was born in Chizhou of Anhui Province in central China, a small and peaceful city adjacent to the Yangtze River.

Download my curriculum vitae (CV) here.


2018-present: Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (Supervisor: Prof. Paul Palmer), School of GeoSciences, The University of Edinburgh
2015-2018: Geography: Urban and Regional Planning (Supervisor: Prof. Jiansheng Wu), School of Urban Planning and Design, Peking University
2011-2015: Geographical Information System (Supervisor: Prof. Xuepei Han), School of Geography, East China Normal University


Google Citation:
Stack Overflow:

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (* denotes corresponding author)

6. Yao Fei, Wu Jiansheng*, Li Weifeng, Peng Jian, 2019, Estimating Daily PM2.5 Concentrations in Beijing Using 750-m VIIRS IP AOD Retrievals and a Nested Spatiotemporal Statistical Model. Remote Sensing. 11(7), 841. DOI: 10.3390/rs11070841. (SCI)


5. Yao Fei, Wu Jiansheng*, Li Weifeng*, Peng Jian, 2019, A spatially structured adaptive two-stage model for retrieving ground-level PM2.5 concentrations from VIIRS AOD in China. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. 151: 263-276. DOI: 10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2019.03.011. (SCI)

[fei2019isprs1] [fei2019isprs2]

4. Yao Fei, Si Menglin, Li Weifeng*, Wu Jiansheng*, 2018, A multidimensional comparison between MODIS and VIIRS AOD in estimating ground-level PM2.5 concentrations over a heavily polluted region in China. Science of The Total Environment. 618: 819-828. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.08.209. (SCI)

3. Wang Zheng, Yao Fei, Li Weifeng, Wu Jiansheng*, 2017, Saturation Correction for Nighttime Lights Data Based on the Relative NDVI. Remote Sensing. 9(7): 759. DOI: 10.3390/rs9070759. (SCI)

2. Wu Jiansheng, Yao Fei, Li Weifeng*, Si Menglin, 2016, VIIRS-based remote sensing estimation of ground-level PM2.5 concentrations in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei: A spatiotemporal statistical model. Remote Sensing of Environment. 184: 316-328. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2016.07.015. (SCI, my supervisor is the first author)

1. Yao Fei, Ye Kang, Zhou Jianhua, 2015, Automatic image classification and retrieval by analyzing plant leaf features. Journal of Zhejiang A & F University. 32(3): 426-433. Link: (In Chinese)

Conference Presentations

2019. The 9th International GEOS-Chem Meeting, hosted by Harvard University, Cambridge, US, 6-9 May, 2019. Poster title: PM2.5 over China inferred from MAIAC AOD and GEOS-Chem: preliminary results.

2019. The 4th regular meeting of the NCEO ATM-BIO group, hosted by NCEO at University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 1-2 May, 2019. Presentation title: PM2.5 over China inferred from MAIAC AOD and GEOS-Chem: preliminary results.

2018. The 3rd regular meeting of the NCEO ATM-BIO group, hosted by Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Oxford, UK, 1-2 November, 2018. Presentation title: PM2.5 over China during 2000-2018 inferred from MAIAC AOD: my PhD project description.

2016. The 10th International Association for China Planning (IACP) Conference, organized by IACP and Peking University, Beijing, China, 30 June - 3 July, 2016. Presentation title: Remote sensing estimation of ground-level PM2.5 concentrations in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei: A spatiotemporal statistical model. (Won the Best Student Paper Award)

Honors & Awards (Selected)

  • China Scholarships Council/University of Edinburgh Scholarships, 2018.06
  • National Scholarship, 2017.11, 2016.12, 2013.11
  • Academic Innovative Award, 2017.11, 2016.12
  • Shanghai Excellent Graduate Title, 2015.06

Service & Activities

  • Demonstrator for: Visual Analytics (Spring 2019)
  • Reviewer for Academic Journals: Remote Sensing of Environment (2017-present), Environmental Science & Technology (2017-present), Aerosol and Air Quality Research (2018-present)
    My ACS Reviewer Certificate
  • Volunteer for: the 8th National Youth Ecological Worker Symposium (2016.11) and the 10th International Association for China Planning Conference (2016.07)
  • Short-term visiting at: Nanjing University (2013.07), University of Science and Technology of China (2013.07), and The University of Hong Kong (2014.01) as a part of the Innovative Training Program for Excellent Undergraduates of East China Normal University
  • Participant of: The 5th Cross-Regional Joint Field Trip of the National Training Base, Geography (2013.08)

Summary of my life

During my personal time after work, I spend most time alone or with my friends in hiking, reading, movie watching, and world exploring. I consider that life and academy are mutually beneficial. Academy essentially serves for better life. Here is a map showing the places that I have visited.

[Places that I have ever visited][Places that I have ever visited in China]


School of GeoSciences
The University of Edinburgh
Room Attic
Crew Building
The King's Buildings
Alexander Crum Brown Road
Edinburgh, EH9 3FF

Updated: 22-May-2019