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Career Overview

Ning ZHANG is Professor at School of Atmospheric Sciences, Nanjing University, China. He completed his undergraduate degree, graduate degree (MS and Ph D) at School of Atmospheric Sciences, Nanjing University. He worked at Zhejiang Institute of Meteorological Sciences as an applied meteorology engineer and a postdoctoral researcher at Jackson State University, MS, USA. His research interests are in areas of probing and numerical modelling of atmospheric boundary layer meteorology, urban air quality and urban meteorology/climate. He has developed numerical models for urban micro-scale climate/pollutant dispersion simulations based on different skills (e.g., empirical methods, large eddy simulation and Reynolds-averaged method). He is also a major contributor to the urban surface canopy model developed in Nanjing University. He is working on the parameterizations of urban processes in climate and weather forecasting numerical models. His researching aims at an in-depth understanding of the physical processes related to urban meteorology/climate, urban atmospheric environment and micro-scale climate.

 Sep. 2001-Jun. 2004Nanjing University Ph D of atmospheric sciences, urban meteorology
Thesis Topic: Large eddy simulations of urban buildings environment.

 Sep. 1998-Jun. 2001Nanjing University MS of atmospheric sciences, atmospheric physics.
Thesis Topic: Numerical simulations of building environment.

 Sep. 1994-Jun.1998Nanjing University Undergraduate of atmospheric sciences.

Work Experience
 Jul. 2007-currentNanjing University
Nanjing, China
Associate Professor, Professor (since January, 2014)
Teaching and researching on atmospheric physics and urban meteorology
 Mar.2005-Jan. 2007Jackson State University
Jackson, MS, USA
Postdoctoral researcher
Researching on applied meteorology
 Aug.2004-Mar.2005Zhejiang institute of meteorological science
Hangzhou, China
Researching on applied meteorology
Research Interests

   Boundary Layer Meteorology
   Urban Meteorology/Climate
   Urban Atmospheric Environment
   Atmosphere Turbulence

Teaching Interests

   Boundary Layer Meteorology
   Urban Meteorology/Climate

Selected Publications
 1.Ao, X., C. S. B. Grimmond, H. C. Ward, A. M. Gabey, J. Tan, X.-Q. Yang, D. Liu, X. Zhi, H. Liu and N. Zhang (2018). "Evaluation of the Surface Urban Energy and Water Balance Scheme (SUEWS) at a Dense Urban Site in Shanghai: Sensitivity to Anthropogenic Heat and Irrigation." Journal of Hydrometeorology19(12): 1983-2005.
 2.Li, C. and N. Zhang (2021). "Analysis of the Daytime Urban Heat Island Mechanism in East China." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres126(12): e2020JD034066.
 3.Miao, S., W. Jiang, P. Liang, H. Liu, X. Wang, J. Tan, N. Zhang, J. Li, W. Du and L. Pei (2020). "Advances in Urban Meteorological Research in China." Journal of Meteorological Research34(2): 218-242.
 4.Shao, X., N. Zhang, Z. Peng, K. Zhao, Y. Luo and X. Song (2022). "Observed Surface Drag Coefficient Under High Wind Speed Conditions and the Relationship With Coherent Structures." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres127(3).
 5.Sun, Y., N. Zhang, S. Miao, F. Kong, Y. Zhang and N. Li (2021). "Urban Morphological Parameters of the Main Cities in China and Their Application in the WRF Model." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems13(8): e2020MS002382.
 6.Wang, L., D. Li, N. Zhang, J. Sun and W. Guo (2020). "Surface Urban Heat and Cool Islands and Their Drivers: An Observational Study in Nanjing, China." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology59(12): 1987-2000.
 7.Wang, X., H. Liu, S. Miao, Q. Wu, N. Zhang and F. Qiao (2020). "Effectiveness of Urban Hydrological Processes in Mitigating Urban Heat Island and Human Thermal Stress During a Heat Wave Event in Nanjing, China." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres125(24).
 8.Wang, X., S. Miao, H. Liu, J. Sun, N. Zhang and J. Zou (2019). "Assessing the Impact of Urban Hydrological Processes on the Summertime Urban Climate in Nanjing Using the WRF Model." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres124(23): 12683-12707.
 9.Zhang, N., Y. Chen, H. Gao and L. Luo (2019). "Influence of urban land cover data uncertainties on the numerical simulations of urbanization effects in the 2013 high-temperature episode in Eastern China." Theoretical and Applied Climatology138(3): 1715-1734.
 10.Zhang, Y., X. Ye, S. Wang, X. He, L. Dong, N. Zhang, H. Wang, Z. Wang, Y. Ma, L. Wang, X. Chi, A. Ding, M. Yao, Y. Li, Q. Li, L. Zhang and Y. Xiao (2021). "Large-eddy simulation of traffic-related air pollution at a very high resolution in a mega-city: evaluation against mobile sensors and insights for influencing factors." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics21(4): 2917-2929.
 11.Zhong, T., N. Zhang and M. Lv (2021). "A numerical study of the urban green roof and cool roof strategies’ effects on boundary layer meteorology and ozone air quality in a megacity." Atmospheric Environment264.
 12.Chen, Yan, and Ning Zhang*. (2018). 'Urban Heat Island Mitigation Effectiveness under Extreme Heat Conditions in the Suzhou–Wuxi–Changzhou Metropolitan Area, China', Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 57: 235-53.
 13.Ning Zhang*, Yan Chen, Ling Luo, and Yongwei Wang. (2017). 'Effectiveness of Different Urban Heat Island Mitigation Methods and Their Regional Impacts', Journal of Hydrometeorology, 18: 2991-3012.
 14.Ning ZHANG*, Y. Du., Shiguang MIAO (2016). 'A Microscale Model for Air Pollutant Dispersion Simulation in Urban Areas: Presentation of the Model and Performance over a Single Building.' Adv. Atmos. Sci. 33(2): 184-192.
 15.Zhang, N*., Y. Du, S. Miao and X. Fang (2016). 'Evaluation of a micro-scale wind model’s performance over realistic building clusters using wind tunnel experiments.' Advances in Atmospheric Sciences 33(8): 969-978.
 16.Zhang, N.*, X. Wang, Y. Chen, W. Dai and X. Wang (2016). 'Numerical simulations on influence of urban land cover expansion and anthropogenic heat release on urban meteorological environment in Pearl River Delta.' Theoretical and Applied Climatology 126(3): 469-479
 17.Zhang,N.,Z.Gao,Y.Liu,and D.Li(2015), “Sensitivity of a global climate model to the critical Richardson number in the boundary layer parameterization”, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 3310–3328, doi:10.1002/2014JD022015
 18.Zhang, N. and Y. Chen (2014). 'A Case Study of the Upwind Urbanization Influence on the Urban Heat Island Effects along the Suzhou–Wuxi Corridor.' Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 53(2): 333-345.
 19.Zhang, N., X. Wang and Z. Peng (2014). 'Large-Eddy Simulation of Mesoscale Circulations Forced by Inhomogeneous Urban Heat Island.' Boundary-Layer Meteorology 151(1): 179-194.
 20.Zhao, W., N. Zhang*, J. Sun and J. Zou (2014). 'Evaluation and Parameter-Sensitivity Study of a Single-Layer Urban Canopy Model (SLUCM) with Measurements in Nanjing, China.' Journal of Hydrometeorology 15(3): 1078-1090.
Awards, Honors, Positions and Services

Second-level Prize for Natural Science Achievement of the Ministry of Education, China (2003) (third contributor)-- Development and Application of a Boundary Layer Numerical Simulation System with different Turbulence Closure Schemes

Second-level Prize for Natural Science Achievement of the Ministry of Education, China (2016) (second contributor)-- Meteorological and Environmental Impacts of Typical Urbanization Processes and the Mechanisms

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