Jian Yuan



Career Overview

Dr. Yuan is a professor of atmospheric sciences at Nanjing University. He received his B.S. in atmospheric sciences and M.S. in atmospheric physics & environment from Peking University. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington-Seattle. Prior to joining NJU in 2012, he was a research associate in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at University of Washington-Seattle. His research focuses on physical processes related to clouds, including microphysics processes occurring in clouds, dynamics and thermodynamics processes governing both cloud-scale kinematics and large-scale motions interacting with clouds along with climate processes controlling cloud radiative effects that are both important to the general circulation and the Earth’s energy budget. His research primarily involves analyzing remote sensing measurements derived from both passive and active satellite sensors, applications of radiative transfer models on calculating cloud radiative effects and Single-column model simulations on clouds. His current research focuses on characteristics of deep convective systems in multiple scales, processes controlling the properties and radiative effects of the upper level ice clouds and meteorological conditions constraining PBL clouds.

 2007Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington
 2000M.Sc. in Atmospheric physics and environment, Peking University
 1997B.Sc. in Atmospheric Sciences, Peking University
Work Experience
 2012-presentProfessor, Nanjing University
 2008-2012Research Associate, University of Washington
Research Interests

   Cloud structure
   Cloud-Radiation-Climate processes
   Mesoscale convective systems
   Remote Sensings

Teaching Interests

   Atmospheric Physics
   Atmospheric Radiation
   Objective analysis

Selected Publications

 Wang, Z., Yuan*, J., Wood, R., Chen, Y., and Tong, T., 2023: Profile-based estimated inversion strength, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 23, 3247–3266, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-23-3247-2023.


 Yuan*, J., 2016, Variability of Oceanic Deep Convective System Vertical Structures Observed by CloudSat in Indo-Pacific Regions Associated with the Madden-Julian Oscillation, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, doi:10.1002/2016JD025262.


Yuan*, J. and Robert A. Houze, Jr., 2013: Deep Convective Systems Observed by ATrain in Regions Affected by the Madden-Julian Oscillation, J. Atmos. Sci., 70,465-486.

 4.Yuan*, J., R. A. Houze, Jr. and A. Heymsfield, 2011: Vertical structures of anvil clouds of tropical mesoscale convective systems observed by CloudSat. J. Atmos. Sci., 68, 1653-1674.
 5.Yuan*, J., and R. A. Houze, Jr., 2010: Global variability of mesoscale convective system anvil structure from A-train satellite data. J. Climate, 23, 5864-5888.
 6.Yuan*, J., and D. L. Hartmann, 2008: Spatial and temporal dependence of clouds and their radiative impacts on the large-scale vertical velocity profile, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D19201, doi:10.1029/2007JD009722.
 7.Yuan*, J., D.L. Hartmann and R. Wood, 2008: Dynamic Effects on Tropical Mean Cloud Radiative Forcing and Radiation Budget. J. Climate, 21, 2337-2351.
 8.Yuan*, J., Q. Fu, and N. McFarlane, 2006: Tests and improvements of GCM cloud parameterizations using the CCCMA SCM with the SHEBA dataset. Atmos. Res., 82, 222-238.
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