Singapore Government
Dr Yanyan CHENG

Dr Yanyan CHENG

Research Scientist
Department of Weather Research
Core Modelling Development Branch


Dr Yanyan CHENG

Dr Yanyan Cheng’s current research specialises in the development of next-generation Earth system models, with a focus on the assessment of land surface processes in the Maritime Continent. She is an Earth system modeller and hydrologist, with extensive research experience in developing and optimising hydrological and Earth system models. She has been working on advancing our understanding of water, carbon, and energy cycle dynamics associated with climate and land use/land cover changes across various scales.


    • 2014–2018
    • PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Wyoming, USA
    • 2012–2015
    • MS in Hydrology and Water Resources, Hohai University, China
    • 2008–2012
    • BEng in Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, Hohai University, China

Working Experience

    • 2024-present
    • Research Scientist, Centre for Climate Research Singapore, MSS
    • 2021–2024
    • Senior Research Fellow, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    • 2018–2020
    • Postdoc Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Research Interests

  • Earth system modelling
  • Nature-based climate solutions
  • Tropical ecohydrology
  • Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage
  • Modern optimisation algorithms

Dr Cheng’s full publication record can be accessed here.