Shasha Zou

Associate Professor

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

Overview

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, global plasma circulation, and the formation of large-scale current systems in the magnetosphere, using a combination of remote sensing techniques, analysis of in-situ data, and numerical simulations.