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

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. Ming, J., J.A. Zhang, R.F. Rogers, F.D. Marks, Y. Wang, and N. Cai. Multiplatform observations of boundary layer structure in the outer rainbands of landfalling typhoons. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences-Atmospheres, 119(13):7799-7814, doi:10.1002/2014JD021637 2014
    2. Montgomery, M.T., J.A. Zhang, and R.K. Smith. An analysis of the observed low-level structure of rapidly intensifying and mature Hurricane Earl (2010). Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 140(684):2132-2146, doi:10.1002/qj.2283 2014
    3. Nolan, D.S., J.A. Zhang, and E.W. Uhlhorn. On the limits of estimating the maximum wind speeds in hurricanes. Monthly Weather Review, 142(8):2814-2837, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-13-00337.1 2014

        Awards and Honors

        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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