Dr. Jing Zhang

Dr. Jing Zhang

Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences

Department of Physics, Department of Energy & Environmental Systems

Phone:  (336) 285 2337

e-mail:  jzhang1@ncat.edu


1996 Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China

Dissertation: “Land Surface Processes and Regional Climate Modeling”

1993 M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China 

Dissertation: “Diagnostic and Modeling Study of Extreme Precipitation Event in Jianghuai China” 

1989 B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

Project: “Mountain Precipitation Study with Station Observations”


• Undergraduate:  Earth System Science, Fundamental Meteorology and Climatology, Meteorological Analysis Lab, Weather System, Weather Analysis & Forecasting (I & II)

• Graduate:   Advanced Survey of Atmospheric Science,  Advanced Weather Analysis,  Advanced Mesoscale Meteorology, Polar Meteorology



Wei Tao (Summer 2016, Ph.D.), Rashad Johnson (Spring 2016, M.S.), Gian Otero (Fall 2013, M.S.), Fuhong Liu (Fall 2013, Ph.D.), Steve Stegall (Fall 2013, Ph.D.)


• 2016-2019: Collaborative Research - Present and Projected Future Forcings on Antarctic Peninsula Glaciers and Ice Shelves using the Weather Forecasting and Research (WRF) Model, funded by NSF.

• 2013-2017: Collaborative Research - What Role Do Glaciers Play in Terrestrial Sub-Arctic Hydrology? funded by NSF.

• 2010-2017: Collaborative Research - Impact of Storm Activity on Recent Changes in Arctic Sea Ice Mass Balance, funded by NSF.

• 2013-2015: Alaska Climate Downscaling, funded by UAF/USGS

• 2010-2013: Collaborative Research - Present and Future Contribution of Glacial Runoff to Freshwater Discharge, funded by NSF.

• 2009-2013: Chukchi/Beaufort Seas Mesoscale Meteorology Modeling Study, Phase II, funded by DoI/MMS.

• 2006-2008: Beaufort Sea Mesoscale Meteorology Modeling Study, Phase I, funded by DoI/MMS.


• Zhang, J., F. Liu, W. Tao, J. Krieger, M. Shulski, and X. Zhang, 2016, Mesoscale Climatology and Variation of Surface Winds Over the Chukchi-Beaufort Coastal Areas, Journal of Climate, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0436.1

• Wu, Q., J. Zhang, X. Zhang, W. Tao, 2014, Interannual Variability and Long-Term Changes of Atmospheric Circulation over the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, Journal of Climate, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00610.

• Liu, F., J. R. Krieger, J. Zhang, 2014, Toward Producing the Chukchi-Beaufort High-resolution Atmospheric Reanalysis (CBHAR) via the WRFDA Data Assimilation System, Mon. Wea. Rev., 142, 788-805, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-13-00063.1.

• Fan, X., J. R. Krieger, J. Zhang, and X. Zhang, 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, doi: 10.1007/s10546-013-9805-2.

• Zhang, X., J. He, J. Zhang, I. Polaykov, R. Gerdes, J. Inone, & P. Wu, 2013, Enhanced Poleward Moisture Transport Amplifies the Northern High-Latitude Wetting Trend, Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/NCLIMATE1631.

• 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, Journal of Climate, 25, 8075–8089, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00532.1

• Petrich, C., H. Eicken, J. Zhang, J. Krieger, Y. Fukamachi, and K. I. Ohshima, 2011, Coastal landfast sea ice decay and break-up in northern Alaska: Key processes and seasonal prediction, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, C02003, doi: 10.1029/2011JC007339. 19 PP.

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

• 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, Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L22701, doi:10.1029/2008GL035607.

• 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. 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. 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, Journal of Climate, 17, 2300-2317.

• 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 of Oceanography, 57, 207-234. 

• Zhang, J., and Y. Ding, 1999: An improved land surface processes model and its simulation experiment: land surface processes model and its "off-line" tests and performance analyses, Acta Meteorologica Sinica, 13, 257-277.

• Ding, Y., J. Zhang, and Z. Zhao, 1998, An improved land surface processes model and it simulation experiment: land surface processes model and its coupled simulation experiment with regional climate model, Acta Meteorologica Sinica, 56, 385-400.

• Zhang, J., T. Wei, and X. Zhang, 1995, Moist potential vorticity diagnosis of a Meiyu frontal heavy rain process simulation during summer 1991, Acta Meteorologica Sinica, 9, 466-479.