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Dr. Xuejin Zhang
Hurricane Research Division-CIMAS
phone: 305-361-4558
fax: 305-361-4402

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

Professional Interests

Dr. Zhang is an associate scientist employed in AOML's Hurricane Research Division and the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS), a cooperative institute of NOAA's AOML, at the University of Miami. His primary research interest is numerical model development and application. He studies tropical cyclone forecast and simulation, land-air-sea interaction, regional climate, data quality control and homogenization, and parallel computing during his more than two-decade career. His expertises are on numerical algorithm, atmospheric dynamics, and model initialization.

Dr. Zhang received a B.S. in Climatology from Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, now known as Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, in China (1991), M.S. in Synoptic Dynamics from Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences (1996), and Ph.D. in Atmosheric Science from the North Carolina State University (2007). He is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

Current Research Projects

    Recently Published Peer-Reviewed Papers

    1. Zhang, J.A., F.D. Marks, J.A. Sippel, R.F. Rogers, X. Zhang, S.G. Gopalakrishnan, Z. Zhang, and V. Tallapragada. Evaluating the impact of improvement in the horizontal diffusion parameterization on hurricane prediction in the operational Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) model. Weather and Forecasting, 33(1):317-329, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-17-0097.1 2018
    2. Alaka, G.J., X. Zhang, S.G. Gopalakrishnan, S.B. Goldenberg, and F.D. Marks. Performance of basin-scale HWRF tropical cyclone track forecasts. Weather and Forecasting, 32(3):1253-1271, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-16-0150.1 2017
    3. Zhang, X., S.G. Gopalakrishnan, S. Trahan, T.S. Quirino, Q. Liu, Z. Zhang, G. Alaka, and and V. Tallapragada. Representing multiple scales in the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting modeling system: Design of multiple sets of movable multilevel nesting and the basin-scale HWRF forecast verification. Weather and Forecasting, 31(6):2019-2034, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-16-0087.1 2016

        Awards and Honors

        2013NOAA Team Member of the Month (May 2013)NOAA
        2012Certificate of AppreciationAOML
        2009Certificate of MeritAOML
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