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Dr. Jun A. Zhang
Scientist
Hurricane Research Division-CIMAS
phone: 305-361-4557
fax: 305-361-4402
Jun.Zhang@noaa.gov

NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

Professional Interests

Jun Zhang's main research interests are hurricane boundary layer structure and dynamics, turbulence observations, air-sea interaction, numerical modeling and physical parameterizations. He has recently studied turbulent fluxes in the hurricane boundary layer using research aircraft and portable wind tower observations, dissipative heating in the surface layer both over the ocean and land, hurricane boundary layer height using dropsonde data, air-sea thermodynamic exchange using buoy observations, vertical and horizontal turbulence mixing processes in the low-level troposphere of intense hurricane eyewall, and evaluation and improvement of the planetary boundary layer (PBL) schemes used in the WRF and HWRF models simulating hurricanes.

Current Research Projects

        Recently Published Peer-Reviewed Papers

        1. Aberson, S.D., J.A. Zhang, and K. Nunez-Ocasio. An extreme event in the eyewall of Hurricane Felix on 2 September 2007. Monthly Weather Review, 145(6):2083-2092, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-16-0364.1 2017
        2. Aksoy, A., J.A. Zhang, B.W. Klotz, E.W. Uhlhorn, and J.J. Cione. Axisymmetric initialization of the atmosphere and ocean for idealized coupled hurricane simulations. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, doi:10.1002/2017MS000977 2017
        3. Bryan, G.H., R.P. Worsnop, J.K. Lundquist, and J.A. Zhang. A simple method for simulating wind profiles in the boundary layer of tropical cyclones. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 162(3):475-502, doi:10.1007/s10546-016-0207-0 2017

            Awards and Honors

            2015NASA Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel Group Achievement Award for HS3NASA
            2015University of Miami Gold Medal equivalent to NOAA Gold MedalUniversity of Miami
            2011NOAA Outstanding Research Paper AwardNOAA/Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
            2008-2010Postdoctoral Research Associate FellowshipNational Research Council
            2002-2005University of Miami FellowshipUniversity of Miami
            1999-2000 Bao Gang FellowshipShanghai Baogang Fellowship Sponsor
            1996-1999First Prize ScholarshipDalian University of Technology
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