Zhifeng Yang

Zhifeng Yang (Graduate Student in Atmospheric Physics)

Education History:B.S.,  Atmospheric Sciences, Lanzhou University, ChinaM.S.,  Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, ChinaM.S.,  Meteorology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, US

Research Interests: 

My current research interests focus on the air quality, which is mainly about atmospheric constituents, including trace gases (ozone, NOx, etc) and aerosol particles (smoke, dust). With the help of models and observations, it is possible for us to study the trace gases and aerosol thoroughly. The model I use is Weather Research and Forecast model with Chemistry (WRF-Chem). The observations are from both ground-based (AERONET, airnow, lidar) and space-borne (MODIS, CALIOP, SEVIRI) measurements. Recently, I am working on the influence of Canadian wildfire on the air quality in the eastern US and the influence of the Chesapeake Bay on the local ozone pollution.


Lu, Z., Liu, X., Zhang, Z., Zhao, C., Meyer, K., Rajapakshe, C., Wu, C., Yang, Z. and Penner, J.E., (2018). Biomass smoke from southern Africa can significantly enhance the brightness of stratocumulus over the southeastern Atlantic Ocean. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201713703.

Yang, Z., J. Wang, C. Ichoku, E. Hyer, J. Zeng (2013). Mesoscale modeling and satellite observation of transport and mixing of smoke and dust particles over Northern Sub-Saharan African Region, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 118, 12139–12157, doi:10.1002/2013JD020644.

W Qu, J Wang, X Zhang, Z Yang, S Gao (2015), Effect of cold wave on winter visibility over eastern China, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 120 (6), 2394-2406

Wang, J., C. Ge, Z. Yang, E. J. Hyer, J. S. Reid, B.-N. Chew, M. Mahmud, Y. Zhang, and M. Zhang (2013): Mesoscale modeling of smoke transport over the Southeast Asian Maritime Continent: interplay of sea breeze, trade wind, typhoon, and topography, Atmospheric Research, 122, 486-503, doi: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2012.05.009.

Zhang F., J. Wang, C. Ichoku, E. J Hyer, Z. Yang, C. Ge, S. Su, X. Zhang, S. Kondragunta, J. W Kaiser, C. Wiedinmyer, A. da Silva (2014), Sensitivity of mesoscale modeling of smoke direct radiative effect to the emission inventory: a case study in northern sub-Saharan African region, Environmental Research Letters 9 (7), 075002.

Che, H., Z. Yang, X. Zhang, C. Zhu, Q. Ma, H. Zhou, and P. Wang (2009), Study on the aerosol optical properties and their relationship with aerosol chemical compositions over three regional background stations in China, Atmospheric Environment, 43(5), 1093-1099.

Yang, Z., Zhang Xiaoye, Che Huizheng, Zhang Xiaochun, Hu Xiuqing, Zhang Lijun. An Introductory Study on the Calibration of CE318 Sunphotometer[J]. Journal of Applied Meteorological Science, 2008, 19(3):297~306.

Selected Presentations

Yang Z., B. Demoz, R. Delgado, D. U. Emerson, B. Carroll, Comprehensive Study on the role of the Chesapeake Bay to ozone pollution in Maryland, NOAA-EPP Forum, Washington D.C., Mar., 2018;

Yang Z., J. Wang, C. Ichoku, L. Ellison, F. Zhang, and Y. Yue, Mesoscale modeling of smoke radiative feedback over the Sahel region, GC007, AGU 2013 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Dec., 2013;

Yang, Z.J. Wang, C. Ichoku, E. Hyer Mesoscale Modeling of Smoke Transport over Sahel Region: Influences of Trade Winds, Subtropical High, ITCZ, Dust and Vertical Statistics, GC44A-01, AGU 2012 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Dec., 2012;

Zeng J., J. Wang, Y. Liu, Z. YangX. Xu, Application of VIIRS data for remote sensing of surface particulate matter in Atlanta city, AGU 2012 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Dec., 2012;

Yang Z.X. Zhang, H. Che, X. Zhang, X. Hu, L. Zhang, An Introductory Study on the Calibration of CE318 Sunphotometer. Chinese Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Guangzhou, China, 2007.