Zhe-Min Tan


Professor
Vice-President, Nanjing University

zmtan@nju.edu.cn
Website: meso.nju.edu.cn

Career Overview

Dr. Zhe-Min Tan received his B.S. degree, M.S. degree, and Ph.D. degree in Meteorology from Nanjing University. He has been on the faculty in the Department of Meteorology, Nanjing University, since 1991. Dr. Tan has been a full professor of the School of Atmospheric Sciences, Nanjing University, since 1999.He was awarded to the Cheung-Kong Scholar Chair Professor of Meteorology by the Ministry of Education of China on 2006. Dr. Tan was the Head of the Department of Meteorology, Nanjing University from 1998-2006, and the Director of Key Laboratory of Mesoscale Severe Weather, Ministry of Education of China and Nanjing University from 2000-2010. Dr. Tan has been the Vice-President of Nanjing University since 2009.

Dr. Tan has received a number of honors and wards including the National Distinguished Young Scholar Research Foundation Award from the National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2003, and the Cheung-Kong Scholar Chair Professor of Meteorology from the Ministry of Education of China in 2006. In 1994, he was awarded the Chinese Science and Technology Award for Young Scientists from Ministry of Personnel of China and China Association for Science and Technology, and received the Science and Technology Progress Award from the State Education Commission of China. He received the Science and Technology Progress Award from the Ministry of Education of China on 1999 and 2005. He was awarded the Special Prize for National Higher Education and Teaching Achievement Award from the State Council of China on 2014, and received the Second Prize for National Higher Education and Teaching Achievement Award from Ministry of Education on 2009.

Dr. Tan has been served on numerous advisory boards. He has been the chair of the Predictability and Dynamic Processes Working Group of China National Committee for THORPEX since 2009, the president of the Severe Weather International Consortium since 2017, and a member of the China National Committee on the World Climate Research Program since 2017. Dr. Tan has been the Vice-President of China Meteorological Talent Development Alliance since 2015, and co-chair of the Discipline Evaluation Group for Atmospheric Science of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council since 2014. He served on the committee of the Discipline Development and Specialty Provision by the Ministry of Education between 2010-2017, and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Earth Science Division of National Natural Science Foundation of China between 2011-2016. Since 2012, Dr. Tan has been the chair of the Steering Committee for Atmospheric Science Education of Ministry of Education. Dr. Tan is a Honorary Member of Council of the Chinese Meteorological Society.

Dr. Tan has been awarded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China over three millions of US dollars. He is the PI of the Dynamics and Prediction of Typhoon Intensity and Structure awarded by the National Key Research and Development Program, Ministry of Science and Technology of China, the Typhoon Dynamics, Remote Sensing Data Analysis and Assimilation over Taiwan Strait funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and the Dynamics of Tropical Cyclone Intensity and its Change funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. He is a co-PI of the Observation, Predication and Impact Assessment of Landfall Typhoon awarded by the National Key Project for Basic Research, Ministry of Science and Technology of China.

Dr. Tan is author of more than 100 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and five books including Structure and Mechanism of Beta Mesoscale Severe Convective System over Southern China, Research-oriented Teaching in Research University, Frontal Processes and Mesoscale Perturbation Development, Principles of Modern Synoptic Meteorology, and Dynamic Meteorology.

Education

   Ph.D., Nanjing University

Research Interests

   Mesoscale atmospheric dynamics and predictability
   Tropical cyclone dynamics
   Atmospheric boundary layer dynamics

Selected Publications
 1.Guo, Y.-P. and Z.-M. Tan*, 2018: The Hadley circulation regime change: Combined effect of the Western Pacific decadal warming and increased ENS amplitude. J. Climate. (in press)
 2.Xiao, J., Z.-M. Tan*, and K.-C. Chow, 2018: Structure and formation of convection of secondary rainbands in a simulated typhoon Jangmi (2008). Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., doi.org/10.1007/s00703-018-0599-0.
 3.Gu, J.-F., Z.-M. Tan*, and X. Qiu, 2018: Vortex tilt and structure Evolution of tropical cyclone in the directional shear flows. J. Atmos. Sci., 75, 3565-3578.
 4.Guo, Y.-P. and Z.-M. Tan*, 2018: On the sensitivity of the relationship between Hadley circulation asymmetry and ENSO in CMIP5 models. Geophys. Res. Lett., 45, 9253-9259.
 5.Guo, Y.-P. and Z.-M. Tan*, 2018: Relationship between El Niño-Southern Oscillation and the symmetry of the Hadley circulation: Role of the sea surface temperature annual cycle. J. Climate. 31, 5319-5332. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0788.1.
 6.Guo, Y.-P. and Z.-M. Tan*, 2018: Impacts of the boreal spring Indo-Pacific warm pool Hadley circulation on tropical cyclone activity over the western North Pacific. J. Climate. 31, 1361-1375. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0422.1.
 7.Guo, Y.-P. and Z.-M. Tan*, 2018: Westward migration of tropical cyclone rapid-intensification over the Northwestern Pacific during short duration El Niño. Nature Communications, 9, 1507. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-03945-y.
 8.Tang, X.-D., Z.-M. Tan, J. Fang, S. Y. Qiang, and F. Zhang, 2017: Impacts of diurnal radiation cycle on the secondary eyewall formation. J. Atmos. Sci., 74, 3079-3098.
 9.Guo, X. and Z.-M. Tan*, 2017: Tropical cyclone fullness: A new concept for interpreting storm intensity. Geophys. Res. Lett. 44, doi:10.1002/2017GL073680.
 10.Xu, J., Y. Wang and Z.-M. Tan, 2016: The relationship between sea surface temperature and maximum intensification rate of tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic. J. Atmos. Sci., 73, 4979-4988.
 11.Zhang, Y., Z.-M. Tan*, and K.-K. Chu, 2016: Effect of surface drag on upper-level frontogenesis within a developing baroclinic wave. J. Meteorol. Res., 30, 706-718.
 12.Liu, H. Y., Z.-M., Tan*, 2016: A dynamical initialization scheme for binary tropical cyclone. Mon. Wea. Rev., 144, 4787-4803.
 13.Yu, J., T. Li, Z.-M. Tan and Z. Zhu, 2016: Effects of tropical North Atlantic SST on tropical cyclone genesis in the western North Pacific. Clim. Dyn. 46, 865-877. doi: 10.1007/s00382-015-2618-x.
 14.Wang, Q., M. Xue and Z.-M. Tan, 2016: Convective initiation by topographically induced convergence forcing over Dabie Mountain on 24 June 2010. Adv. Atmos. Sci., 33, 1120-1136.
 15.Wu, Z., J. Feng, F.-L. Qiao, and Z.-M. Tan, 2016: Fast multi-dimensional ensemble empirical model decomposition for the analysis of big spatiotemporal data sets. Philosophical Transactions A, 374: 20150197.
 16.Gu, J.-F., Z.-M., Tan*, and X. Qiu, 2016: Quadrant-dependent evolution of low-level tangential wind speed of an idealized simulated tropical cyclone in the shear flow. J. Atmos. Sci., 73, 1159-1177.
 17.Tan, Z.-M., F. Zhang, R. Rotunon, and C. Snyder, 2004: Mesoscale predictability of moist baroclinic waves: Experiments with parameterized convection. J. Atmos. Sci., 61, 1794-1804.
 18.Tan, Z.-M., 2001: An approximate analytical solution for baroclinic and variable eddy diffusivity semi-geostrophic Ekman boundary layer. Boundary Layer Meteorology, 98, 361-385.
 19.Tan, Z. M., and M. Farahai, 1998: An analytical theory of diurnal variation of wind in a semi-geostrophic Ekman boundary layer model. Boundary Layer Meteorology, 86, 313-332.
 20.Tan, Z. M., and R. S. Wu, 1994: The Ekman momentum approximation and its application. Boundary Layer Meteorology, 68, 193-199.
Research Grants

PI, Dynamics and Prediction of Typhoon Intensity and Structure. National Key Research and Development Program, Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST), ¥16,830,000, 2018.01-2022.12
Co-PI, Observation, Predication and Impact Assessment of Landfall Typhoon, National Key Project for Basic Research, Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST), ¥1,900,000, 2015.01-2019.12.
PI, Typhoon Dynamics, Remote Sensing Data Analysis and Assimilation over Taiwan Strait, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), ¥2,000,000, 2015.01-2017.12
PI, Dynamics of Tropical Cyclone Intensity and its Change, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), ¥2,800,000, 2012.01-2016.12
Co-PI, Data Assimilation, Data Impaction and Intensity Change of Typhoon, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC),¥20,000, 2009.01-2010.12
PI, Multi-scale Predictability of Meiyu Heavy Rainfall, Ministry of Education of China (MOE), ¥6,000, 2008.01-2010.12
PI, Trigging, Evolution and Predictability of Mesoscale Convection Systems, National Special Funding Project for Meteorology. ¥1990,000, 2008.01-2010.12
PI, Observing Systems Experiment in Western Pacific Ocean and Predictability of Typhoon Research, National Special Funding Project for Meteorology, ¥720,000, 2007.01-2010.12
PI, Initial and Model Error Growth, and Mesoscale Predictability of Severe Weather, Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST), ¥400,000, 2006.10-2009.09
PI, Physics and Mechanisms of Evolution and Development of Mesoscale Heavy Rainfall in Sothern China, Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST), ¥4,200,000, 2004.01-2009.12
PI, Target Observation and Mesoscale Predictability of Typhoon, Ministry of Education of China (MOE), ¥750,000, 2004.01-2008.12
PI, Atmospheric Dynamics, National Distinguished Young Scholar Research Foundation Award, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), ¥1,200,000, 2004.01-2007.12
PI, Mesoscale Orographic Dynamics and Its Effect on Heavy Rainfall, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), ¥1,000,000, 2004.01-2007.12
PI, Dynamic Meteorology, Ministry of Education of China (MOE), ¥500,000, 2003.01-2007.12
PI, Frontal Forcing and the Evolution of Mesoscale Convection Systems, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), ¥250,000, 2001.01-2003.12
Co-PI, Dynamics and Numerical Simulation of Tropical Storm, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), ¥400,000, 2001.01-2003.12
PI, Physics and Mechanism of Evolution and Development of Mesoscale Heavy Rainfall, Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST), ¥3,200,000, 1998.01-2003.12
PI, Helicity Dynamics and Its Application to Simulation and Forecasting of Severe Storm, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), ¥100,000, 1997.01-1999.12

Awards and Honors
2014Special Prize for National Higher Education and Teaching Achievement Award, the State Council of China (SCC)
2013Second Prize for Outstanding Teaching Achievement of Jiangsu Province
2013Special Prize for Outstanding Teaching Achievement of Jiangsu Province
2011Special Prize for Outstanding Teaching Achievement of Jiangsu Province
2009Second Prize for National Higher Education and Teaching Achievement Award, Ministry of Education
2007Second Prize for Science and Technology Progress Award, Hebei Province Government
2007Scientific and Technological Leadership Award, Jiangsu Province Government
2006National Scholarship for New Century Baiqianwan Project, Ministry of Personnel of China (MOP) and Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST)
2005First Prize for Science and Technology Progress Award, Ministry of Education of China (MOE)
2003National Distinguished Young Scholar Research Foundation Award, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
2003National Award for Excellent Ph.D. Thesis, Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council (ADCSC) and Ministry of Education of China (MOE)
2002University Teaching and Research Award for Outstanding Young Teachers, Ministry of Education of China (MOE)
2002Outstanding University Teacher Award, Ministry of Education of China (MOE)
2002First Prize for the Excellent University Textbook, Ministry of Education of China (MOE)
2001Excellent Teaching Award, Jiangsu Province Government
1999Second Prize for Science and Technology Progress Award, Jiangsu Province Government
1999Science and Technology Progress Award, Ministry of Education of China (MOE)
1997Excellent Skeleton Young Teacher Award, Jiangsu Province Education Committee
1996Zhao J.-W. Science and Technology Award for Young Scientists, Committee on Zhao J.-W. Science and Technology Award of China.
1996First Prize for Teaching Course Award, Jiangsu Province Education Commission
1995Teaching Award, Nanjing University
1995Pacesetter on Scientific Researcher for Young Scientists, Jiangsu Science and Technology Commission and Jiangsu Association for Science and Technology (JSAST)
1994Chinese Science and Technology Award for Young Scientists, Ministry of Personnel of China (MOP) and China Association for Science and Technology (CAST)
1994Science and Technology Progress Award, State Education Commission of China
1994Science and Technology Award for Young Scientists, Jiangsu Association for Science and Technology (JSAST)
1992Governmental Specifically Allowance for Distinguished Achievement in Higher Education, The State Council of China (SCC)
1991Outstanding Research Award, Nanjing University
1991First Prize for Sakura-Pine Scholarship, Japan Sakura-Pine Foundation and Nanjing University
1990Tu C.-W Meteorological Science and Technology Award for Young Scientists, Chinese Meteorological Society (CMS)
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