Dr. Jing Zhang

Department of Physics and Energy & Environmental Studies; NOAA-ISET Center
North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University, Greensboro, North Carolina
Phone: (336) 285-2337; E-mail: jingnc@gmail.com

Research Interests

Dr. Zhang's research interests lie in Arctic weather and climate studies by the means of numerical modeling and data analysis. Specifically, her recent and ongoing research studies include: regional climate modeling and analysis for the Arctic and sub-Arctic region, such as climate impacts of greener north and Arctic circulation signals during rapid change episodes; data assimilation and its application for regional reanalysis; wind field climatology study of the Arctic marginal ice zone off Alaska Coast; application of regional climate data for environmental impact study, such as the responses of glacier mass balance to future climate and the social vulnerability to climate change in the coastal zone. Her research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Interior, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Defense.


Undergraduate:  Fundamental Meteorology and Climatology & Lab

Weather Analysis & Forecasting & Lab (I & II)

Graduate:   Advanced Survey of Atmospheric Science

 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology

 Advanced Mesoscale Meteorology

 Polar Meteorology


Selected Publications (student authors underlined):

Tao, W., J. Zhang, X. Zhang, and J. Chen, 2014: Arctic Storms and their Impacts on Surface Winds over the Chukchi-Beaufort Seas. Proceeding of National Conference on Advances in Environmental Science and Technology and Program, Springer.

Zhang, J., J.R.Krieger, U.Bhatt, C.Lu, X.Zhang, 2014: Alaskan Regional Climate Changes in Dynamically Downscaled CMIP5 Simulations. Proceeding of National Conference on Advances in Environmental Science and Technology and Program, Springer.

Wu, Q., Zhang, J., Zhang, X., Tao, W. 2014: Interannual Variability and Long-Term Changes of Atmospheric Circulation over the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. J. Climate, 27, 4871–4889

Shulski, M. D., You, J., Krieger, J. R., Baule, W., Zhang, J., Zhang, X., Horowitz, W. 2014: Quality assessment of meteorological data for the Beaufort and Chukchi Sea Coastal Region using automated routines. Arctic, 67(1), 104–112.

Liu, F., Krieger, J. R., Zhang, J. 2014: Toward Producing the Chukchi-Beaufort High-Resolution Atmospheric Reanalysis (CBHAR) via the WRFDA Data Assimilation System. Monthly Weather Review, 142, 788-805.

Fan, X., Krieger, J. R., Zhang, J., Zhang, X, 2013: Assimilating QuikSCAT ocean surface winds with the Weather Research and Forecasting model for surface wind-field simulation over the Chukchi/Beaufort Seas. Boundary-layer-meteorology, 148(1), 207–226.

Zhang, X., He, J., Zhang, J., Polyakov, I., Gerdes, R., Inoue, J., Wu, P, 2013: Enhanced poleward moisture transport and amplified northern high-latitude wetting trend. Nature Climate Change, 3(1), 47–51.

Stegall, S. T., and J. Zhang, 2012: Wind Field Climatology, Changes, and Extremes in the Chukchi/Beaufort Seas and Alaska North Slope during 1979-2009, J. Climate, 25, 8075–8089.

Petrich, C., H. Eicken, J. Zhang, J. Krieger, Y. Fukamachi, and K. I. Ohshima, 2012: Coastal landfast sea ice decay and breakup in northern Alaska: Key processes and seasonal prediction, J. Geophys. Res., 117, C02003,

Zhang, J., and X. Zhang, 2010: A Soil Moisture Assimilation Scheme using Satellite-retrieved Skin Temperature in Mesoscale Weather Forecast Model, Atmosphere Research, doi: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2009.09.003.

Bourne, S.M., U.S. Bhatt, J. Zhang, and R. Thoman, 2010, Surface-based Temperature Inversions in Alaska from a Climate Perspective, Atmosphere Research, doi: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2009.09.013

Zhang, X., A. Sorteberg, J. Zhang, R. Gerdes, and J. C. Comiso, 2008: Recent radical shifts in atmospheric circulations and rapid changes in Arctic climate system. Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L22701, doi:10.1029/2008GL035607.

Bhatt U.S., J. Zhang, W.V. Tangborn, C.S. Lingle, and L.Phillips, 2007, Examining Glacier Mass Balances with a Hierarchical Modeling Approach, Computing in Science and Engineering, 9(2), 61-67.

Zhang, J. and J.E. Walsh, 2007: Relative Impacts of Vegetation Coverage and Leaf Area Index on Climate Change in a Greener North, Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L15703, doi:10.1029 /2007GL030852.

Zhang J., U.S. Bhatt, W.V. Tangborn, and C.S. Lingle, 2007: Climate Downscaling for Estimating Glacier Mass Balances in Northwestern North America: Validation with a USGS Benchmark Glacier, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2007GL031139.

Zhang, J., U.S. Bhatt, W.V. Tangborn, and C.S. Lingle, 2007: Response of Glaciers in Northwestern North America to Future Climate Change: An Atmosphere/Glacier Hierarchical Modeling Approach, Annals Glaciology, 46, 283-290.

Zhang, J., and J.E. Walsh, 2006: Thermodynamic and Hydrological Impacts of Increasing Greenness in Northern High Latitudes, Journal Hydrometeorology, 7, 1147-1163.

Zhang, X., J. E. Walsh, J. Zhang, U. S. Bhatt, and M. Ikeda, 2004: Climatology and interannual variability of Arctic cyclone activity, 1948-2002. J. Climate, 17, 2300-2317.doi:10.1029/2011JC007339.

Zhang, X., and J. Zhang, 2001: Heat and freshwater budgets and their pathways in the Arctic Mediterranean in a coupled Arctic Ocean/Sea-ice model, Journal Oceanography, 57, 207-234.