Shasha Zou

Associate Professor

Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan


Research areas for Professor Shasha Zou

The Sun’s extended atmosphere, i.e., solar wind, and the Earth’s magnetic field interact, giving rise to an integrated system in the near-Earth space driven by the transfer of mass, momentum, and energy from the Sun. This complex system is characterized by coupling and feedbacks as well as preconditioning and memory.

I study interactions between the solar wind, magnetosphere and ionosphere, in particular, space-weather disturbances (e.g., storm, substorm, dynamic pressure variations), global plasma circulation, and large-scale current systems, using a combination of data analysis and numerical simulation.

What's Happening in the Group?

  • Mar. 06, 2020: Congratulations to Zihan as a winner of the 2020 Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement.
  • Feb. 26, 2020: Congratulations to Zihan as a winner of the 2019 AGU Outstanding Paper Award! The presentation title is "Segmentation of Storm-Enhanced Density by Boundary Flows Associated with Westward Drifting Partial Ring current".
  • Feb. 26, 2020: Congratulations to Alanah as a winner of the 2020 Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) Fellowship! Her project title is "Polar Cap Patches impact on Ionosphere Scintillation".