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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. Gramer, L.J., J.A. Zhang, G. Alaka, A. Hazelton, and S. Gopalakrishnan. Coastal downwelling intensifies landfalling hurricanes. Geophysical Research Letters, 49(13):e2021GL096630 , https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GL096630 2022
        2. Hazelton, A., J.A. Zhang, and S.G. Gopalakrishnan. Comparison of the performance of the observation-based hybrid EDMF and EDMF-TKE PBL schemes in 2020 tropical cyclone forecasts from the Global-nested Hurricane Analysis and Forecast System. Weather and Forecasting, 37(4):457-476, https://doi.org/10.1175/WAF-D-21-0124.1 2022
        3. Li, X., Z. Pu, J.A. Zhang, and G.D. Emmitt. Combined assimilation of Doppler wind lidar and tail Doppler radar data over a hurricane inner core for improved hurricane prediction with the NCEP regional HWRF system. Remote Sensing, 14(10):2367, https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14102367 2022

            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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