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Dr. Ming Zhao

Curriculum Vitae

Project Scientist III
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory / NOAA
Princeton University Forrestal Campus / US Route 1
201 Forrestal Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540

Research Interests

  • Moist convection, clouds, atmospheric boundary layer turbulence and their parameterizations in global climate models
  • Tropical cyclone and climate
  • Convection-cloud-climate feedback
  • Weather and climate extremes in a changing climate
  • Numerical simulations and numerical methods


  • University of British Columbia                     Atmospheric Sciences                 Ph.D.  2003
  • Nanjing Institute of Meteorology               Atmospheric Remote Sensing      M.S.,  1993
  • Nanjing Institute of Meteorology               Atmospheric Physics                    B.S.,. 1990

Professional Employment/Experience/Responsibilities

  • Co-lead (with Chris Golaz) of GFDL Model Development Team Atmospheric Working Group (AWG) for the development of GFDL AM4/CM4 (2013-present).
  • Co-lead (with Chris Golaz) of GFDL Convection Cloud and Climate Initiative (CCCI) for advancement in understanding the connections among convection, clouds and climate sensitivity in GCMs (2012-present).
  • Member of the U.S CLIVAR Hurricane Working Group (2011-present)
  • Member of NOAA CPO CMIP5 Task Force MAPP Program
  • Member of NOAA CPO MAPP Climate Model Development Task Force
  • Member of NOAA CPO MAPP Climate Prediction Task Force 
  • Co-organizer, Global High-Resolution Modelling of the Atmosphere and Ocean, European Geosciences Union, General Assembly 2014, Vienna, Austria, April 27 - May 2, 2014
  • Session chair, Climate III, 31st AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, San Diego, USA, March 30 - April 04, 2014
  • Session chair, Precipitation in a Changing Climate, CFMIP/EUCLIPSE Meeting on Cloud Processes and Climate Feedbacks, Hamburg, Germany, 10-14th June, 2013
  • Project scientist III (02/2013-present)
  • Project scientist II (11/2007-02/2013), GFDL/UCAR, core member of Global Atmospheric Model Development Team (GAMDT) for developing GFDL HIgh Resolution Atmospheric Model (HIRAM) and AM3.
  • Associate research scholar (2006-2007), GFDL/Princeton University, core member of GAMDT for developing GFDL HIRAM and AM3.
  • Research associate (2004-2006), GFDL/Princeton University, GFDL liaison scientist for the atmospheric CPT project and also working on idealized radiative convective equilibrium with and without ambient rotation using GCM physics.
  • Post doctoral fellow (2003-2004), Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, Victoria, Canada, work on large-eddy simulation of convection and clouds for a project entitled Modelling Clouds and Climate (MOC2).
  • Meteorologist and head of short-range weather forecast branch (1993-1998), Shanghai Meteorological Center, Shanghai, China.

Grant and Journal Review Experiences

  • NASA Grant Proposal and Review Panelist (MAP, Nov. 27-29, 2012)
  • DOE Grant Proposal and Review Panelist (RGCM-ASR, May 21-22, 2012)
  • National Science Foundation Grant Proposal
  • NOAA Climate Program Funding Proposal
  • Nature Climate Change
  • Nature Communications
  • Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
  • Journal of Climate
  • Journal of Atmospheric Sciences
  • Journal of Geophysical Research
  • Climate Dynamics
  • Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
  • Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans
  • International Journal of Climatology
  • Advances in Atmospheric Sciences