|August 21-24, 2017 ||Dr. Yang Zhang will be co-chairing the 2017 Summer School on Atmospheric Environment and Public Health. The event will be co-organized by North Carolina State University and Hebei University of Engineering.
Details on the event can be found in this link.|
|March 22-24, 2017 ||Dr. Yang Zhang, Dr. Chinmay Jena, and Alberth Nahas attended the first annual SEARCH (Solutions for Energy, Air, Climate, and Health) meeting at Yale University,
New Haven, Connecticut. See photos.|
|January 30, 2017 ||Welcoming a visiting scholar, Mario, from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
joining AQFL for a 3-month period. His biodata can be found here.|
|August 29-September 2, 2016||Dr. Zhang attended the 17th IUAPPA World
Clean Air Congress and 9th CAA Better Air Quality Conference, Busan,
South Korea. She gave an
oral presentation on WRF-CAM5 Modeling.|
|August 19, 2016 ||Welcome 3 new members
joining AQFL: Alberth
Nahas (PhD student), Chen Yuan (MS
student) and Peilin Yang (MS student). |
|August 8-26, 2016 ||Dr. Zhang visited Tsinghua University, Peking
University, Zhejiang University (ZJU), the Institute of Atmospheric Research
(IAP), and China National Environmental Monitoring Center (CNEMC) to discuss
potential collaboration. She also gave a
seminar and introduce our research at IAP, CNEMC, and ZJU. |
|August 8, 2016 ||Dr. Zhang had dinner with former AQFLers
including Wei Wang (visiting PhD student), Xin Zhang (MS student), Xuyan Liu
(visiting PhD student), and Dr. Shai Zhu (postdoc) and his family. See a photo. |
|August 1-5, 2016 ||Dr. Zhang attended the AOGS 13th
Annual Meeting, Beijing, China. She gave an oral presentation on dust modeling.|
|May 13, 2016 ||Khairun Yahya passed her
PhD final exam unconditionally, congratulations!|
|May 9, 2016 ||Tim Glotfelty passed his
PhD final exam unconditionally, congratulations!|
|October 5, 2015||Jian He started her postdoc
position at the U.S. EPA.|
|October 05 -07, 2015||Dr. Zhang, Chaopeng and Khairunnisa attended the 14th Annual CMAS Conference in Chapel Hill, NC. She gave an oral presentation
and Application of a Technology-Driven Earth System Model to Link
Energy, Emissions, Air Quality, and Climate Change. Chaopeng gave a
poster presentation titled |
Evaluation of WRF/Chem-MADRID for Real-Time Air Quality Forecasting for
Multiple Years over the Southeastern United States Using Observations
from Surface Networks and
Satellites", and Khairunnisa gave a poster presentation titled "Downscaling
CESM using WRF/Chem: Decadal Application for Regional Air Quality
and Climate Modeling over the U.S. under the Representative
Concentration Pathway Scenarios".
|October 1, 2015||Welcome a new member
joining AQFL’s atmospheric modeling team: Dr. Chinmay Jena (postdoc). |
|September 15, 2015||
Hongquan Song, An Assistant Professor from Henan University, has joined AQFL
for 1-yr visit to collaborate with members in AQFL on dust emission modeling.
|September 13-25, 2015||
AQFL hosted visit of Ms. Lili Zhu and
Ms. Ning lu from China National Environmental Monitoring Center (CNEMC). They participated the air quality modeling
training program designed by Dr. Zhang and met a number of members in AQFL
including Dr. Kai Wang, Dr. Patrick Campbell, Dr. Kai Duan, Ms. Jian He, Ms.
Khairunnisa Yahya, and Mr. Chaopeng Hong to discuss relevant research
projects. They also met all members in
AQFL on Sept. 18 (See photo) and gave two seminars on the research programs and
activities at CNEMC.
|September 01-03, 2015||
Dr. Zhang attended the 7th International Workshop on
Air Quality Forecasting Research (IWAQFR), College
Park, MD. She gave an oral presentation
on Multi-Year Application and Evaluation of WRF/Chem-MADRID for
Real-Time Air Quality Forecasting over Southeastern United States.
|August 31-September 2, 2015||
Dr. Zhang attended the
third Annual Meeting of the NSF, DOE and USDA jointly sponsored Earth System
Modeling (EaSM) activity, Bethesda, MD, U.S. She
gave two oral presentations to report progress on our EaSM projects
co-sponsored by U.S. NSF, USDA and DOE.
|August 24, 2015||
Ms. Jian He, a PhD student of
AQFL, successfully passed the final examination for her PhD degree. Jian is
co-advised by Dr. Yang Zhang and Ruoying He. Her PhD dissertation title is Development
and Evaluation of Earth System Models on Global and Regional Scales: Aerosol
Chemistry and Dynamics, Air-Sea Interactions, and Retrospective Decadal
|August 16, 2015 ||Welcome 3 new members
joining AQFL: Qi
Li, Mike Madden, and Mike Pirhalla. They
are all PhD students. |
|August 14, 2015||Jian he passed her PhD
final exam unconditionally, congratulations!|
|August 02-07, 2015
||Dr. Zhang and Khairunnisa Yahya attended the
12th Annual Meeting of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS), August
02-07, 2015, Singapore. Dr. Zhang gave an invited presentation on WRF-CAM5
application over East Asia and co-chaired a session Air
Quality Modeling and Monitoring. Khairunnisa Yahya received the
best poster award for her presentation entitled the
Evaluation for Multi-Year Simulations of WRF/Chem over Continental U.S. and
Impacts of Emissions and Boundary Conditions on Air Quality and Meteorology. See photo
|July 29-August 4, 2015||Dr. Zhang visited several universities in
Thailand. She gave a seminar at Chulalongkorn University and met Dr.
Surat Bualert, Dean of Faculty, at Kasetsart University and Dr. Achariya
Suriyawong at Chulalongkorn University (see photo) to explore potential
opportunities for collaboration. See photo|
|August 5-August 6, 2015||Dr. Zhang and Khairunnisa Yahya visited
National Environment Agency to explore potential opportunities for
collaboration and both gave a seminar on regional air quality/climate modeling. They also visited the National
University of Singapore and met Dr. Rajasekhar Balasubramanian (See photo) to discuss current status of air quality studies in Singapore and
potential collaboration opportunities. Dr. Zhang also visited
Nanyang Technological University and met Dr. Richard Webster (See photo) to
learn the PM measurements by his group in the past five years and to explore
potential collaboration opportunities. In addition, Dr. Zhang met Dr. Chien Wang,
MIT, who has been a key project PI under the SMART program at Singapore to
discuss research activities and collaborations of mutual interest. |
|July 23-August 11, 2015||
Dr. Zhang visited Tsinghua university and met Dr. Jiming Hao, the
president of the National Academy of Engineering of China, Dr. Kebin He, the
Dean of the School of Environment, and Dr. Shuxiao Wang, the Director of Atmospheric
Research Institute to review progress for ongoing collaborative projects and discuss
collaborative proposals. See photo.
|July 24, 2015||Dr. Zhang visited the IBM Research in
Beijing, China and gave a seminar to introduce |
System Modeling Program at NCSU. She also met Dr. Shuai Zhu, a former post-D
researcher who works as a research scientist at the IBM, China.
|June 22-September 18, 2015||
Glotfelty, a PhD student of AQFL, was selected as a summer intern at the U.S.
|June 22-25, 2015||
Ms. Jian He, a PhD student, and Dr.
Patrick Campbell, a post-D researcher, attended at the Annual Meeting of A&WMA, June 22-25,
NC. Jian gave a poster presentation
entitled Multi-Year Comprehensive Evaluation of WRF-CAM5 over East Asia. Dr.
Campbell gave a poster presentation entitled Impacts of Changes in Emissions
from the Transportation Sector on Future U.S. Air Quality in a Changing
|June 13-16, 2015||
Dr. Zhang attended the 2015 AEESP Research and
Education Conference, June 13-16, New Haven, Connecticut. She gave an oral
presentation on the Decadal Simulations of Air
Quality, Climate, and Their Interactions using the Community Earth System Model
over globe and downscaled WRF/Chem over Continental U.S.
|May 1, 2015||
Mr. Chaohong Peng, a PhD student from
Tsinghua University, has joined AQFL for 1-yr visit for collaborative research
as part of his PhD dissertation research.
Welcome a new member
joining AQFL’s hydrology modeling team: Dr. Kai Duan (postdoc).
|June 16-19, 2014
Jian He presented a poster entitled "Evaluation of CESM/CAM5.2 with Advanced Representations of Gas-Phase Chemistry,Aerosol
Microphysics, and Aerosol-Cloud Interactions" based on NCSU's
collaborative work with NCAR cosponsored by NCAR's ASP and NCSU's
EaSM project at the 18th Annual CESM Workshop, June 16-19, 2014, Breckenridge, CO.
|May 11- 16, 2014
||Dr. Zhang attended the DOE’s Integrated Climate Modeling PI meeting, Potomac, MD.
She presented a poster on Multi-Year Simulation of Aerosol Indirect Effects using
WRF-CAM5 with Improved Aerosol‐Cloud‐Precipitation Representations
She also met two project co-PIs, Drs. Ruby Leung and Jiwen Fan at the
meeting and discussed the next step of work for our project. See photo
|Jan. 27-29, 2014
||Dr. Zhang attended the 2014 Annual NSF/USDA/DOE
EaSM PI Meeting, Jan. 27-29, 2014, Washington DC. She had two oral
presentations and two posters on our NSF/USDA EaSM project and DOE EaSM
project. She also met two project co-PIs, Dr. David Streets, ANL, and
Dr. Ge Sun, USDA at the meeting to discuss our current and future work
as well as upcoming proposal development activities.
|December 3-7, 2012
Brett Gantt attended the 45th American Geophysical Union Annual Fall
Meeting, San Francisco, CA and gave a presentation based on his PhD
Glotfelty received a travel award ($) from AMS to attend the 93rd
American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting and give an oral
|November 12-13, 2012
Ruby Leung, a Laboratory Fellow at Pacific Northwest National
Laboratory, visited AQFL for a collaborative project. She gave a
departmental seminar on Mega-Droughts of the Future: The Role of
Biosphere-Atmosphere Feedbacks and also attended our 3rd semi-annual
Dr. Leung had a Pizza lunch with graduate students in MEAS, see photos
|October 22, 2012
|| Dr. Alexander Baklanov, Deputy Director of the Danish Strategic Research Centre for Energy,
Environment and Health, the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI)
visited AQFL/MEAS and gave a departmental seminar. All members of
AQFL each also gave a brief presentation on their research work. Drs.
Zhang and Baklanov discussed ongoing collaboration and topics of
potential collaborations (see photo).
Dr. Baklanov also had a Pizza lunch with graduate students in MEAS (see photos).
|October 15-17, 2012
Glotfelty (a PhD student) and Xin Zhang (a Master student) from AQFL
attended the 11th Annual CMAS Conference in University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tim gave an oral presentation on the
impact of changes in climate and emission on global air quality using
GU-WRF/Chem. Xin gave a poster presentation on the
application of WRF/Chem over East Asia.
|October 9-12, 2012
Wang (a visiting scholar from Chinese Academy of Science) and Dr. Qi
Fan (a visiting professor from Sun Yat-Sen University, China) attended
the 31th Annual AAAR conference. Wei gave an oral presentation on
source appointment of fine particles and Prof. Fan gave a poster
presentation on 3-D CMAQ application over the Pearl Delta River region.
3 new members joining AQFL: Ms. Ying Chen for her begining of Master
Study, Dr. Brett Gantt and Dr. Catalina Segura for their post-doc
|July 30-August 3, 2012
||Tim Glotfelty (a PhD student), from AQFL, attented the CESM Tutorial in Boulder, CO.
|June 18-21, 2012
Shuai Zhu, a post-Doctoral researcher from AQFL, presented a poster
entitled Incorporation of a New Gas-phase Mechanism and its Coupling
with Aerosol Modules in CESM/CAM5 at the 17th Annual CESM Workshop in
Breckenridge, CO. Tim Glotfelty (a PhD student), from AQFL, attented
the 17th Annual CESM Workshop in Breckenridge, CO.
|May 23- August 10, 2012
Glotfelty (a PhD student), from AQFL, visited NCAR under Advanced
Studies Program (ASP) Fellowship in Boulder, CO. His research focuses
on completing the NUDAPT implementation into WRF, mapping urban canopy
parameters to local climate zones in the WRF model, and other aspects
of fine scale modeling.
|April 4-6, 2012
Yang Zhang, visited Brookhaven National Laboratory and explored
potential collaboration with colleagues and gave a presentation
entitled WRF/Chem Model Development and Application: Urban Pollution,
Global Warming, and Earth System Degradation
|March 27-28, 2012
Rabin Bhattarai, a post-Doctoral researcher from AQFL, gave an oral
presentation entitled Potential impacts of climate and land use change
on water quantity and quality in North Carolina at the 14th Annual
Water Resources Research Institute Conference, Raleigh, NC.
|March 20, 2012
Penrod, an MS student from AQFL, presented a poster entitled Future Air
Quality: Degradation or Improvement due to Climate and Emissions? at
the 7th Annual NC State University Graduate Student Research Symposium,
McKimmon Center, NCSU, Raleigh, NC
|December 5-9, 2011
Dr. Kai Wang, a post-Doctoral researcher from AQFL, presented a poster
entitled Modeling gas-phase glyoxal and associated secondary organic
aerosol formation in a megacity using WRF/Chem at the AGU Fall Meeting,
San Francisco, CA.
|Oct. 24-26, 2011
Zhang (an MS student) and Tim Glotfelty (a PhD student), from AQFL,
attended the 10th Annual CMAS Conference, Chapel Hill, NC. Nan
presented a poster entitled Forecasting O3 and PM2.5 during Summer and
Winter with WRF/Chem-MADRID over the Southeastern United States. Tim
presented a poster entitled Implementing NUDAPT Urban Canopy Parameters
for 44 cities in WRF.
|Oct. 12, 2011
Earth System Modeling Project Kickoff Meeting was held successfully at
NCSU from 11 am-5 pm on Oct. 12, 2011. This is a 4-year project jointly
sponsored by NSF and USDA under the research program entitled Decadal
and Regional Climate Prediction using Earth System Models established
by NSF, USDA, and US DOE. It is a collaborative effort among NCSU, ANL,
and USDA Forest Service to estimate the decadal impacts of global
climate changes on the global-through-urban earth system, including air
quality, water supply, and forest carbon and nitrogen cycles, using an
innovative technology-driven earth system model in support of air
quality and agro-ecosystem policy analyses and management planning. A
total of 21 project team members attended the meeting including the
four project co-PIs (Yang Zhang of NCSU, David Streets of ANL, and
Steve McNulty and Ge Sun of USDA Forest Service), two project co-Is
(Eric Sills of NCSU and Peter Caldwell of USDA, Forest Service), four
post-Doctoral fellows (Fang Yan of ANL and Shuai Zhu, Kai Wang, and
Rabin Bhattarai of NCSU), and 11 graduate students (Changjie Cai,
LeeAnna Chapman, Yaosheng Chen, Tim Glotfelty, Masilin Gudoshava, Jian
He, Ashley Penrod , Wei Wang, Khairunnisa Yahya, Nan Zhang, and Xin
Zhang), see photos for the project team (see photo) and during the meeting (see photos).
The team members bring together expertise in atmospheric sciences,
energy/emissions, hydrology, forest/agri-ecosystem, and computer
sciences to tackle the grand challenges in simulating the Earth system
processes and interactions among atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere,
and lithosphere, aiming at reducing the uncertainties in climate
predictions identified by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) and the U.S. National Research Council (NRC). The four co-PIs
each gave a presentation outlining objectives and scope of work for
respective technical areas (see photos)
|Oct. 6-7, 2011
Yang Zhang, gave invited presentation on WRF/Chem Modeling Activities
at NCSU at the COST Action ES1004 (EuMetChem) Technical Committee
Meeting, Kos Island, Greece
|Sept. 29-30, 2011
||Dr. Shuai Zhu, a team leader of our Earth System Modeling Project, offered
two tutorial sessions on NCAR's Community Earth System Model (CESM) to our group members.
All the project team members attended and gained some hands-on experience on CESM.
|Sept. 29, 2011
Rabin Bhattarai, recently graduated with a PhD degree in Soil and Water
Resources Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
joined our group as a post-doctoral fellow to study the impact of
global change on hydrology and ecosystem. Dr. Bhattarai, welcome!
|Sept. 26-28, 2011
||Dr. Zhang attended a Panel Review at the NSF (see photo).
She took this opportunity to meet several Project Directors including
Dr. Jay Fein from Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics Division (see Photo) and Drs. Alex Pszenny (right) and William Keene (left) from Atmospheric and Geospace Science Division (see Photo) to thank their great support and discuss some project- and program-related issues.
|Sept. 18-21, 2011
Zhang attended the DOE's Climate and Earth System Modeling PI meeting
in DC and presented a poster entitled Towards Improved
Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation Representations ina Coupled Climate-Aerosol
Model: Some Preliminary Results.
|Sept. 13-16, 2011
Zhang co-authored a presentation entitled Comparison of Exposure
Estimation Methods for Air Pollutants: Ambient Monitoring Data and
Regional Air Quality Modeling,
the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) 2011 conference,Barcelona, Spain.
|August 17-20, 2011
former member of AQFL, Dr. Ming-Tung Chuang gave an oral presentation
on air quality forecasting entitled "PM2.5 Real-time Forecasting over
the Southeastern United States with WRF/Chem-MADRID" that was based on
his work performed at AQFL at the 7th Asian Aerosol Conference, Xian,
|August 17, 2011
new members, Changjie Cai, Jian He, LeeAnna Young, Khairunnisa Yahya,
Masilin Gudoshava, and Xin Zhang joined AQFL for their graduate
studies. They came from diversified backgrounds including atmospheric
science, marine sciences, natural resource/ecological sciences,
chemical engineering, and computer sciences. Their research will
involve some aspects of Earth system modeling to study interactions
among atmosphere, hydrosphere (including both fresh water systems and
oceans), biosphere, and lithosphere that requires interdisciplinary
background and learning.
|August 15, 2011
NCSU Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Department 1st Annual Graduate
Student Symposium was held in Jordan Hall. Ms. Ashley Penrod attended
the symposium ans presented a poster entitled "3-D Agricultural Air
Quality Modeling: The State of the Science, Fine-Scale Applications,
and Policy Implications Part II: Impacts of Future Climate and
Emissions on Air Quality".
| June 1 - August 7, 2011
Glotfelty (a PhD student), from AQFL, was part of an NCAR Advanced
Studies Program (ASP) Fellowship in NCAR Boulder, CO. His research
focuses on implementing the urban canopy parameters from the National
Urban Database and Access Portal Tool (NUDAPT) into the WRF model.
Kai Wang visited NCAR during this summer. His summer research focuses
on improving the capability of WRF/Chem in predicting glyoxal and its
associated SOA formation by updating the gas-phase yields of glyoxal
and implementing the SOA formation in the aqueous aerosol phase. The
updated version of WRF/Chem is assessed over the Mexico City and the
surrounding region during March 2006 using the MILAGRO campaign data
|August 1-5, 2011
Yang Zhang visited the Atmospheric Chemistry Division and Research
Applications Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research,
Boulder, CO. She gave an invited seminar on WRF/Chem Model Development
and Application: from Urban Pollution to Global Climate Change. She
discussed an ongoing collaboration on the improvement of secondary
organic aerosol model in WRF/Chem with Drs. Mary Barth and Alma Hodzic
who hosted an AQFL PhD student, Mr. Kai Wang's visit during summer
2011. She also discussed another ongoing collaboration on the
incorporation of high-resolution urban land-use, building morphology,
and anthropogenic heating data using the National Urban Database and
Access Portal Tool (NUDAPT) into WRF urban models with Dr. Fei Chen who
hosted an AQFL MS student, Mr. Tim Gloftfelty 's visit during summer
2011 together with Dr. Jason Ching, a visiting scientist from CMAS, NC
who supervised Tim's research at NCAR. She discussed with these
scientists on potential opportunities to continue ongoing research work
and explore new areas of collaborations. On August 3, she visited the
forest experimental site during the summer intensive field campaign
under the NCAR Biosphere Exchange of Energy, Aerosols, Carbon, H2O,
Organics, and Nitrogen (BEACHON) program. See some photos from her
visit to the BEACHON forest site (see photos)
|Aug 1-5, 2011
||Dr. Shuai Zhu attended the CESM tutorial held in National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO.
|August 1-2, 2011
Yang Zhang gave an invited keynote speech entitled "Modeling Transport,
Chemistry, and Climatic Impacts of Particulate Matter at Regional and
Global Scales: Model Capabilities, Deficiencies, and Uncertainties" at
the 2011 Bouyoucos Conference on Synchrotrons for Soils, Estes Park,
CO. and discussed with a number of scientists in soil sciences on
potential collaborations and joint proposal efforts. See a photo of a
black bear on a pine tree outside her dinner restaurant in Estes Park,
CO (see photo).
Dr. Yang Zhang visited seven universities in China, including Tsinghua
University, Peking University, Guangxi Normal University, Sun Yat-sen
University, the South China University of Technology (SCUT), The Hong
Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU), and Hong Kong University of Science
and Technology (HKST) . She gave seven invited seminars on different
topics and discussed ongoing and potential collaborations with
colleagues at these universities. See photos with Prof. Junyu (Allen)
Zheng at SCUT (see photo), Prof. Tao Wang and his student Qiaozhi Zha at HKPU (see photo) and Prof. Chak Chan at HKST (see photo). Also photos for Day and Night Views of Hong Kong (see photos).
|June 20-24, 2011
Dr. Kai Wang attended 12th WRF Users's Workshop held in Bouler, CO and
he gave a presentation entitled "Simulating the April 2001 Asian dust
storm episode with WRF/CMAQ: Dust module development and initial
|June 15-18, 2011
Dr. Yang Zhang gave an invited presentation entitled “Impact of
Regional Climate/Emission Changes on Air Quality over U.S.:
Concentration, Deposition, and Visibility” and cochair one technical
session at the 8th International Conference on Acid Deposition (Acid Rain 2011), Beijing, China.
|June 7, 2011
Yang Zhang and Ms. Ashley Penrod attended the Air Quality Program
Project Directors’ Meeting for the USDA in Washington D.C. Dr. Zhang
presented a poster entitled "3-D Agricultural Air Quality Modeling: The
State Of The Science, Fine-Scale Applications, and Policy Implications.
Part I. Impacts of Bidirectional Exchange of NH3 and Reactions
involving NH3/H2S". Ashley presented a poster entitled "3-D
Agricultural Air Quality Modeling: The State of the Science, Fine-Scale
Applications, and Policy Implications Part II: Impacts of Future
Climate and Emissions on Air Quality" that is based on her research.
|April 2-10, 2011
||Dr. Yang Zhang attended the European Geophysical Union Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria (see photos
taken at a dinner with conference session organizagers and colleagues
at the EGU meeting and the Cathedral St. Stephan and Sissi Museum in
downtown Vienna). She gave one invited presentation on Application of
WRF/Chem-MADRID over Europe co-authored with
Y.-S. Chen, S.-Y. Wu,
S. Zhu, K. Sartelet, P. Tran, and C. Seigneur and one oral/poster
presentation on Intercomparison of WRF/Chem Simulations with Three
Aerosol Modules over U.S. with Dr. Shuai Zhu as the first author at the
EGU meeting. She also visited the Centre for Atmospheric and
Instrumentation Research, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, U.K.,
for collaborative research on climate-air quality feedbacks and gave an
ininvted seminar on regional air quality-climate modeling.
Glotfelty presented at the 2011 Graduate Student Research Symposium
held at the McKimmon Center on NC State's Campus. His poster
presentation was entitled "Impacts of Future Climate and Emissions on
Air Quality". (See photo)
|March 13-16, 2011
Yang Zhang attended at the Alaska Weather Symposium I and gave a
keynote speech on Air Quality Modeling: Sciences, Tools, and Challenges
(see photos taken at a dinner with symposium organizagers and colleagues and a black bear in Alaska).
undergraduate research assistant positions and graduate RA positions at
the University of Alaska Fairbanksare currently available .
Undergraduate RA positions for spring/summer 2011 in AQF lab are
starting on March 1, 2011.
Jason Ching, from the Institute of the Environment at UNC, is going to
give a topic on Modeling urban meteorology and air quality at fine
scales and prototypic generation of sub-grid scale variability
descriptions of CMAQ on Monday, Feb. 28.
Feb. 9-24, 2011
Naga Oshima visits AQFL for a new collaborative project during Feb.
9-24, 2011. He gave a speech on Vertical transport of black carbon over
East Asia in spring during the A-FORCE aircraft campaign on Feb 11th.
Dr. Naga Oshima is currently a Researcher at the Meteorological
Research Institute, Japan Meteorological Agency, Japan. He used
to be a Visiting Scholar at MEAS, NCSU during Nov. 2005-Jan. 2006, and
he conducted collaborative research on an integrated field and modeling
study of the aging process of black carbon with Dr. Yang Zhang, which
led to two collaborative publications on JGR-atmosphere.
Feb. 1, 2011
Feb. 1, 2011, Three post-D openings on air quality, climatology, and hydrology modeling are now available, please click here for more detailed info.
|Jan. 23-27, 2011
Chen was awarded first place best student poster presentation at the
2011 AMS Annual Meeting in Seattle for his presentation entitled
"Evaluation of Nucleation Algorithms and Their Impacts on Simulated
Aerosol Number and Size Distributions and Cloud Properties".
Jan. 23-27, 2011
AQFL members, Yaosheng Chen and Dr. Yang Zhang, attended the AMS 2011
Annual meeting in Seattle, WA. Yaosheng presented a poster based on his
thesis research (see photo) . Dr. Zhang gave an oral presentation and a poster presentation. They both
attended the AMS Banquet (see photo)
. As the chairperson of the Atmospheric Chemistry Committee of the AMS,
she chaired the 13th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry and the 3rd
Symposium on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interaction as part of the AMS 2011
Dec. 5, 2010
Wei Wang, a PhD student from Prof. Zifa Wang’s group at Institute of
Atmospheric Phusics, joined AQFL to conduct one-year PhD thesis
Nov. 23, 2010
Zhang visited Environmental Software and Modelling Group Computer
Science School - Technical University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain. She
gave a seminar on AQFL's past and going research. She discussed
potential collaboration with Dr. Roberto San José, Professor and
Director. See photo of the Cibeles, Madrid, Spain
Nov. 22, 2010
Zhang visited Centre for Atmospheric and Instrumentation Research
(CAIR) University of Hertfordshire College Lane, Hatfield and gave a
seminar on modeling interactions between air quality and climate
change. She discussed potential collaboration with Prof. Ranjeet S
Sokhi and his group, see photo with Prof. Sokhi.
Nov. 2-7, 2010
with Dr. Christian Seigneur, the Director of CEREA, Dr. Zhang visited
Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (FJG), Juelich, and Max Planck Institute
for Chemistry (MPIC), Mainz, the two major research organizations in
Germany. She gave a seminar on air quality and climate change at FJG
and a seminar on review of nucleation parameterizations for
new particle formation at MPIC. Drs. Seigneur and Zhang also
discussed potential collaboration with German colleagues. See
photo with Dr. Martin Schultz at FJG (see photo) and Dr. Mark Lawrence at MPIC (see photo).
They also visited the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, the
oldest University in Germany founded in 1386 and the fourth university
established in the Holy Roman Empire (see photos).
Nov. 1, 2010
Shuai Zhu, who received a PhD degree in July, 2010 from the Chinese
Academy of Meteorological Sciences, Beijing, China, joined AQFL as a
Oct. 28-29, 2010
|Dr. Zhang visited European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (VA), Italy .
She gave a seminar and also discussed potential collaborations with Dr. Frank Dentener and his colleagues.
Oct. 23-26, 2010
with Dr. Christian Seigneur, the Director of CEREA, Dr. Zhang visited
the Niels Bohr Institute (CEEH) of the University of Copenhagen and
Danish Meteorological Institute, DMI, Copenhagen,
Denmark. Drs. Seigneur and Zhang gave a seminar at
CEEH and also discussed potential collaborations with Prof. Alexander
Baklanov and his group at DMI.
Oct. 8, 2010
|Dr. Zhang arrived Paris, Europe. She will spend 3-month at the Atmospheric Research Center (CEREA), University of Paris,
France for collaborative research. See photos for lunch together with her colleagues at CEREA.
Sept. 29-30, 2010
Toyota delegation, consisting of Dr. Hiroaki Minoura, Toyota Central
R&D Labs. Inc, Mr. Yoshiaki Shibata, Toyota Motor Cooperation, and
Mrs. Susan Collet, Toyota Technical Center, visited our group to
discuss major air quality issues of mutual interest. They met Dr. John
Fountain, our Department Head and all AQFL members during their visit. (see photos)
|September 1, 2010
Xuyan Liu, a PhD student from Prof. Kebin He’s group at Tsinghua
University, joined AQFL to conduct one-year PhD thesis research.
|August 23-24, 2010
Yang Zhang gave an oral presentation on Agricultural Air Quality
Modeling: Impact of Revised Modules and Future Climate Change at the
2010 AFRI Air Quality Project Directors (PD) Meeting, Amarillo, TX.
|August 17, 2010
||Three new members, Tim Glotfelty, Ashley Penrod and Nan Zhang joined AQFL for their MS studies
|June 29-August 21, 2010
Dr. Yang Zhang visited China and participated in a number of scholarly activities:
served as an Invited Panel Reviewer, the International Academic Program
Review, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shanghai
Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China, July 1-4, 2010 (see photo with President Jie Zhang and Dean Yanqing Wu, SJTU and Review Panel members).
gave six seminars and discussed potential collaborations with
colleagues at several top universities and research organizations
including Tsinghua University (THU), Beijing; Peking University
(PKU), Beijing; the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP), Chinese
Academy of Sciences Beijing; National Climate Center, Beijing (NCC);
Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU), Shanghai; and the Shanghai Chinese
Academy of Sciences, Shanghai. At Tsinghua, she attended a
special dinner banquet invited by Dr. Jining Cheng, Vice President of
Tsinghua to discuss research priorities and directions on Global Change
and Earth System Sciences (see photo)
and met Dr. Jiming Hao, a member of Chinese Academy of Engineering and
Delegation of Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) led by Mr.
Quan Zhang, Director of Shanghai EPB (see photo).
At Peking Univ., she, together with Dr. Steve Ghan, her former group
manager at PNNL, gave a seminar and met Dr. Yuanhang Zhang, Dean of
School of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and former AQFL
member, Dr. Xin-Yu Wen, now a Lecturer at PKU (see photos).
At IAP/CAS, she gave a seminar, met Dr. Zifa Wang, the Director of
Nansen-Zhu International Research Center and discussed areas of
collaborations (see photo). At NCC, she met Profs. Zongci Zhao and Yong Lou and discussed climate change in China (see photo).
In Shanghai, she had dinner with Director Quan Zhang of Shanghai EPB
and Dr. Dan Wu, Vice President of SJTU, and Dr. Yanqing Wu, Dean of
School of Environmental Engineering and Science (see photo).
gave oral presentation on Development of an Online Dust Module in CMAQ
and its Application to Simulate the Trans-Pacific Transport of Asian
Dust at the international symposium on Asian dust/aerosol and its
impact on global climate change, August 8-10, 2010, Shanghai, China.
participated in the National 973 Project on the Development and
Improvement of the Eco-Environment Process System Models under the
Global Change Research Initiative of Ministry of National Science and
Technology of China (see photo).
As an international Advisor for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo Ambient
Air Quality Monitoring & Development of Air Pollution Forecasting
System, Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center, Dr. Yang Zhang
visited Shanghai Expo and had a lunch with Mr. Chun Lin Yang, Chief of
Science, Technology & Standards Division, Shanghai EPB and Mr.
Changming Jiang, Vice Chairman of Chinese Communist Party of Shanghai
Academy of Environmental Sciences (see photo).
|June 22-25, 2010
Wu, gave a poster presentation on Impact of Projected Future Climate
Change on Regional Air Quality in the U.S.at the 2010 Western Pacific
Geophysics Meeting, Taipei, Taiwan.
|May 15, 2010
||Mike Burr graduated and started a new position at ERG, Inc., NC.
|May 5-23, 2010
Yang Zhang gave an oral presentation on Continuous Development and
Application of Global-Through-Urban WRF/Chem at the International
Specialty Conference: Leapfrogging Opportunities for Air Quality
Improvement, May 10-14, 2010, Xi’an (see photo with
Prof. Jiming Hao, Tsinghua Univ. amd Dr. Christian Seigneur, Director
of Atmospheric Environment Research, Univ. of Paris, France). She
gave an invited presentation on Combat Air Pollution in a Changing
Climate: Sciences, Modeling Tools, and Strategies at the 3rd
International Conference on Environmental Technology and Knowledge
Transfer (3rd ICET), May 13-14, 2010, Hefei (see photo).
She, together with her former boss at AER, Inc., Dr. Christian
Seigneur, gave seminars and discussed potential collaborations with
colleagues at several top universities including Tsinghua University,
Beijing (see photo with Prof. Yongliang Ma and Dr. Christian Seigneur); Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an (see photo
with Dr. Zhaolin Gu, Dean of School of Human Settlements and Civil
Engineering); University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei (see photo with Prof. Yunfei Fu and Dr. Christian Seigneur); and Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai (see photo
with Prof. Yanqing Wu, Dean of School of Environmental Engineering,
Prof. Naiqi Yan, and Dr. Ping Liu, a former AQFL member, now a Lecturer
|April 21, 2010
||Mike Burr passed his M.S. Oral exam entitled Source
Apportionment of PM2.5 using 3-Dimensional Air Quality Models: Analysis
and Intercomparison of Two Source Apportionment Methods.
|January 17-21, 2010
Wang was awarded third place best student oral presentation at the 12th
conference on Atmospheric Chemistry of the 2010 AMS Annual Meeting in
Atlanta for his presentation entitled "Implementation of dust
treatments into CMAQ and initial application to the April 2001 Asian
|January 17-21, 2010
members (past and present) gave presentations at the 12th conference on
Atmospheric Chemistry of the 2010 AMS Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA:
Oral presentations by Dr. Yang Zhang, Mike Burr, and Kai Wang.
Poster presentation by Xiaohuan Liu.
|Dec. 7 - 11, 2009
Zhang's 2009 publications ( Probing into regional ozone and
particulate matter pollution in the United States: 1. A 1 year CMAQ
simulation and evaluation using surface and satellite data; Probing
into regional O3 and particulate matter pollution in the United
States: 2. An examination of formation mechanisms through a process
analysis technique and sensitivity study) are among the week's top 5
downloads from the Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres. http://www.agu.org/pubs/journals/most_popular.shtml
|Nov. 6-14, 2009
Zhang visited Guangzhou and Shanghai, China. She gave one oral
presentation and two training courses at the 2nd International Workshop
on Regional Air Quality Management in Rapidly Developing Economic
Regions Science, Challenges, and Solutions, Guangzhou, Guangdong,
China, November 9-10, 2009 (see Photos from the meeting). She also gave an invited seminar at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou.
In Shanghai, as an international adviser appointed by the Shanghai
Environmental Monitoring Center, she attended the progress report
meeting for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo Ambient Air Quality Monitoring
& Development of Air Pollution Forecasting Program. She also
visited Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU) where Dr. Ping Liu, a
former member of AQFL, teaches. During her visit, she met the Dean of
the School of Environmental Science & Engineering to initiate a
formal collaboration between NCSU and SJTU and discuss potential
collaborations on research and student education. She was formally
appointed as an honorable Professor of SJTU during the same trip.
|Oct. 26-30, 2009
Zhang and Jun attended the 28th Annual Meeting of AAAR, October 26-30,
2009, Minneapolis, MN. Both gave poster presentations.
|Oct. 19-21, 2009
Zhang and five members from AQFL presented their research work at the
8th annual CMAS meeting, Chapel Hill, NC. The AQFL members
include: Dr. Ming-Tung Chuang, Kai Wang, Xinyi Dong, Mike Burr, Kristen
Olsen. See Photos.
|Oct. 1, 2009
abstracts submitted to the AMS 90th Annual Meeting,17-21 January 2010
in Atlanta, GA for presentation have been accepted. These include
three oral presentations by Dr. Zhang, Kai Wang, and Mike Burr, and
three poster presentations by Dr. Ming-Tung Chuang, Yaosheng Cheng, and
|Sep. 13, 2009
Carlos Abraham Ochoa Moya, a Ph.D. student from Prof. Darrel
Baumgardner's group at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México is
visiting AQFL on a collaborative project during Sept. 13-Oct. 2.
|August 15 - Sep 2, 2009
new members joined AQFL for their MS and PhD studies. These include
Pranav Jampan (MS), Liuchun Yang (PhD), and Priya Pillai (PhD).
|August 15, 2009
members from AQFL submitted abstracts for presentation at the 12th
conference on Atmospheric Chemistry of the 2010 AMS Annual Meeting,
January 17-21, 2010, Atlanta, GA that is being organized by Dr.
Zhang. These include Mike Burr, Kai Wang, Yaosheng Chen, Xiaohuan
Liu, Dr. Roger Chuang and Dr. Zhang.
|July 29, 2010
submitted by six members from AQFL for presentation at the 8th annual
CMAS meeting, October 19-21, 2009, Chapel Hill, NC were accepted.
These members include Mike Burr, Xinyi Dong, Kai Wang, Kristen Olsen,
Dr. Roger Chuang, and Dr. Zhang.
|July 7, 2009
submitted by two members from AQFL for presentation at the 28th Annual
Meeting of AAAR, October 26-30, 2009, Minneapolis, MN were
accepted. These members include Drs. Xu and Zhang.
|July 1 - August 9, 2009
Bin Zhao, a senior undergraduate student from Tsinghua University
visited AQFL under the NCSU-Tsinghua University Visiting Scholar
Program and conducted research on evaluation of a real-time air quality
forecasting modeling system developed by AQFL. Bin gave an oral
presentation at the 2009 NCSU Symposium on the Summer Research
Experience, Raleigh, NC. See Photos: -Bin's summer research presentation. -Bin's farewell dinner.
|June 17-26, 2009
Zhang gave an invited presentation at the joint workshop of EMEP’s Task
Force on Measurements and Modeling (TFMM) and the Task Force on
Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution (TF HTAP), Paris, France.
She also gave an oral presentation at the Goldschmidt 2009, Davos,
Switzerland. She met several colleagues including Drs. Greg
Carmichael, YinNan Li, and Jian Wang and had a great time. See photos taken with her colleagues.
|June 4 - July 7, 2009
Zhang visited several universities/research organizations in China and
France to give 6 invited seminars/training lectures and discuss
potential collaborations. These include Tsinghua University (See photo),
Peking University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, the Shanghai
Environmental Monitoring Center, and the University of Paris. She
met the Director of Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB), Mr.
Quan Zhang, and the Chief for Division of International Cooperation and
Science and Technology of Shanghai EPB, Ms. Jue Wang. (See photo)
She has been appointed by the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center
as an international adviser for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo Ambient
Air Quality Monitoring & Development of Air Pollution Forecasting
System. See photos taken at the training workshop organized by the
Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center. (See photos).
She also met Dr. Ping Liu and her Dean to discuss collaborations and
helped her to resolve several issues that a new faculty member would
have to face. In France, Dr. Zhang visited her former
supervisor, Dr. Christian Seigneur and visited his research center in
Paris. She was treated with a delicious snail dinner in a very
well-known restaurant in Paris.
|May 29, 2009
Olsen has graduated with her master's degree and has completed her work
at N.C. State. Kristen is moving to Virginia where she will begin
her career with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
Congratulations and good luck to Kristen.
|May 18-22, 2009
Zhang gave three oral presentations at the 30th NATO/SPS International
Technical Meeting on Air Pollution Modelling and its Application, San
Francisco, CA. She also visited AER, Inc. that has been relocated
in San Francisco and met several former colleagues including Dr.
Prakash Karamchandani, Mr. Krish Vijayaraghavan, and Dr. Betty
Bun. She also visited Dr. Mark Jacobson at Stanford University to
discuss existing projects and future collaborations. See photos.
|May 2, 2009
AQFL is now posting real time air quality forecasts for PM2.5, PM10,
and Ozone for the southeastern United States. Forecasts can be seen here.
|April 1, 2009
Liu and Shuhui Cheng have completed their stay at N.C. State as
visiting scholars, and have returned to china to continue their
studies. Best wishes to Xiaohuan and Shuhui.
March 18, 2009
|Joshua Hemperly gave a poster presentation titled The Evaluation
of the Global Weather Research and Forecasting (GWRF) Model with
Surface-Based and Remotely-Sensed Observations at the 4th Annual NC State
University Graduate Research Symposium. See photo.
|March 13, 2009
||Kristen Olsen passed her M.S. Oral exam entitled entitled Fine Scale
Modeling of Agricultural Air Quality over the Southeastern United
States: Application and Evaluation of Two Air Quality Models.
|Feb. 20, 2009
||Jai Xing finished his work at AQFL and returned to China to continue his career. Best wishes to Jai.
Jan. 11-15, 2009
|Ying Pan won best student oral presentation at the 89th annual AMS meeting for her presentation titled Sensitivity of gaseous and aerosol predictions to aerosol treatments in three-dimensional atmospheric models. Xinyu Wen also gave an oral presentation titled CCN
predictions from Global WRF/Chem: Sensitivity to activation
parameterizations, gas-phase mechanisms, and aerosol modules. Xiaohuan Liu won best student poster presentation for her poster titled Simulating Air Quality in the Southeastern U. S.: Process Analysis and Responses to Future-Year Emissions.
|Oct. 24, 2008
||Xiaohuan Liu gave a poster presentation at the 27th annual AAAR conference titled The Impact of Emission Redudctions on Future Air Quality over North Carolina.
|Oct. 6-8, 2008
||Kristen Olsen and Joshua Hemperly gave oral presentations at the 7th annual CMAS conference. Kristen's presentation was titled Impact of Reduced Nitrogen on Air Quality: Fine Scale
Simulation, Evaluation, and Sensitivity Study. Joshua's presentation was titled Retrospective
Aplication and Evaluation of the Global Weather Research and Forecasting (GWRF) System. Xioahuan Liu gave a poster presentation titled Simulating Aerosol Mass and Size Distributions over California Using CMAQ-MADRID. Yaosheng Chen gave a poster presentation titled Application of WRF/Chem over China and Intercomparison with MM5/CMAQ. Ying Pan also gave a poster presentation titled Impact of gas-phase chemistry on WRF/Chem predictions of O3 and PM2.5: mechanism implementation and comparative evaluation. Pictures from the conference can be seen here.
|Aug. 18, 2008
Two group members recently graduated and went back to China to continue
their career: Ping Liu and Shaojun Zhang. Here are the photos after the
group dinner (Pic 1) and Shaojun's graduation presentation (Pic 2). Best wishes to them.
|July 06, 2008
Zhang, Xinyu and Xiaoming attended the 9th WRF workshop in Boulder, CO.
in the week of June 23 - 27, 2008. They presented 3 posters:
Zhang, Y., et al., 2008, Updates on the Development and Application of WRF/Chem-MADRID.
Wen, X.-Y., et al., 2008, Using Global WRF/Chem to Study Climate-Chemistry Interactions.
Hu, X.-M., et al., 2008, Application of WRF/Chem-MADRID with
Updated Emissions to the July 2004 New England Air Quality Study
See photo 1, photo 2, photo 3
|June 13, 2008
Dr. Zhang published a review paper entitled “Online coupled meteorology
and chemistry models: history, current status, and outlook” on
Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry. This paper ranks the first in the
most commented papers by Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry Discussion
since its first publication in 2001, with a total of 18 comments during
the 8-week online open discussions. More details can be found at
|May 31, 2008
A&WMA Student Chapter at North Carolina State University has been
awarded the Third Place Student Chapter award. Evelyn Frazier is the
president of the A&WMA student chapter. Several AQFL group members
are the member of the student chapter and contribute to the chapter.
|May 8, 2008
Hu passed his Ph.D. Oral Exam, entitled "Development and Application of
a Research-Grade Air Quality Forecasting System."
|May 2, 2008
Liu passed her Ph.D. Oral Exam, entitled "Three-Dimensional Modeling of
Ozone and Particulate Matter: Application, Evaluation, and Model
|April 17-18, 2008
Yang Zhang gave a keynote presentation on Coupled Regional Climate and
Air Quality Modeling: History, Current Status, and Challenges, at
the International Workshop on Regional and Urban Air Quality in Yangtze
River Delta Region, April 17-18, Shanghai, China (see photos taken at the workshop).
|April 16, 2008
Yang Zhang visited Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Fudan University
on April 16. She introduced past and ongoing research at AQFL and
explored potential collaborations with Prof. Yanqing Wu, Dean of School
of Environmental Science & Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong
University (see photos taken at
Jiao Tong Univ.) and Prof. Jianmin Chen, Chairman, the Department of
Environmental Science & Engineering at Fudan University (see photos taken at Fudan Univ.)
|April 15, 2008
Yang Zhang gave an invited lecture on next Generation AQ/Met Coupled
and AQ Forecasting Model: WRF/Chem, at the Training Courses on
CMAQ/BenMAP/Emission Trading, April 15, 2008, Shanghai, China.
|April 1, 2008
Yang Zhang organized a tour to Duke Forest Research Site. A total
of 15 people including 3 faculty members and 12 students from NCSU
attended this tour. Dr. John Walker of U.S. EPA and Mr. Robert
Nettles of U.S. DOE/BNL hosted our visit (see photos taken during the tour)
|March 19, 2008
Olsen presented at the 2008 Graduate Student Research Symposium held at
the McKimmon Center on NC State's Campus. Her poster presentation was
entitled "Fine-scale Modeling of Air Quality Using Two Air Quality
Models over the Southeastern United States." View a couple of the
|March 10, 2008
Pan received the Second Place Student Poster Presentation and Dr. Xinyu
Wen received the Best student oral presentation award for his talk
entitled "Climate change in China and its relationship with air quality
during the past 130 years: model simulations and correlation with
satellite observations" at the 88th AMS Annual Meeting, 20-24 Jan., in
New Orleans, LA..
|February 19, 2008
Liu presented for the February meeting of the RTP Chapter of the Air
& Waste Management Association (A&WMA) at the USEPA in Research
Triange Park. Her talk was entitled "Development and Application of A
Computationally-Efficient MADRID 2 for Simulating Secondary Organic
|February 5, 2008
David Sands, Prof. of Montana State University and Dr. Cindy Morris of
INRA in Avignon France, were the presenter for a Special Seminar hosted
by Dr. Yang Zhang. Their topic was titled, "The microbes in the air,
their ability to nucleate ice crystals, and their possible roles in
meteorological events." The seminar extended beyond the presentation,
leading into discussions of future collaborations and project
|Janauary 20-24, 2008
Air Quality Forecasting Lab members attended the 88th Annual AMS
meeting in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Zhang had 2 oral presentations entitled
"Simulating Effects of Aerosols on Regional Climate Using WRF/Chem" and
"Some Preliminary Results from the Development of Global WRF/Chem", Dr.
Wen had an oral presentation entitled "Climate Change in China and Its
Relationship with Air Quality During the Past 130 Years: Model
Simulations and Correlation with Satellite Observations", and Ying Pan
had a poster presentation entitled "Sensitivity of Gaseous and Aerosol
Predictions to Gas-Phase Chemical Mechanisms." View the photos here.
|January 20-24, 2008
Xinyu Wen and Ying Pan both received the NASA/Tropospheric Chemistry
Program Travel Award to attend the 88th AMS Annual Meeting, 20-24 Jan.,
in New Orleans, LA.
Please see the photo of the travel award recipients.
|January 16, 2008
Dr. Jiming Hao, Professor and Dean of the Institute of Environmental
Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, a prestigious
member of Chinese Academy of Engineering, visited and gave a seminar at
NCSU. His talk was on Introduction of Research Programs on Air
Pollution and Control in Tsinghua University. Colleagues from
NCSU and EPA joined the roundtable to discuss the environmental issues
in China and how to address the challenges. All AQFL members had
a group meeting with Prof. Hao after the seminar. View the photos here.
|November 20, 2007
Air Quality Forecasting Lab has two new post-doctoral positions
available, which are on Air Quality/Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling and
Agricultural Air Quality Modeling. For more information, please see http://www.meas.ncsu.edu/aqforecasting/post_docs.html.
|October 5, 2007
Kebin He from Tsinghua University gave a seminar titled "Regional Air
Pollution Complex in City Clusters of China", and Mr. Satoru Chatani
from Japan Petroleum Energy Center gave a seminar titled "Multi-scale
Air Quality Study in Japan Clean Air Program (JCAP)" in MEAS, hosted by
Dr. Yang Zhang and A&WMA NCSU Student Chapter. All AQFL members had
a group meeting with the guest speakers before the seminar. View the
|October 1-3, 2007
Air Quality Forecasting Lab members including a former member attended
the 6th Annual CMAS meeting in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Zhang's talk was
titled, "Simulating Climate-Chemistry-Aerosol-Cloud-Radiation Feedbacks
in WRF/Chem: Model Development and Initial Application". Our Alumni,
Chris Misenis's talk was titled, "An Examination of WRF/Chem: Physical
Schemes, Nesting Options, and Grid Resolutions". Xiaoming Hu and Ping
Liu gave the poster presentations on their research, and Evelyn Frazier
is the co-author of Xiaoming's work. Xiaoming's poster was titled,
"Evaluation of WRF/Chem-MADRID with the July 2004 New England Air
Quality Study Episode", and Ping's poster was titled, "Development and
Application of A Computationally-Efficient MADRID 2 for Simulating
Secondary Organic Aerosol".
|September 17-21, 2007
Zhang was invited as lecturer for the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences
and Climate (ISAC) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR)
summer school of Joining transport and chemistry in air pollution
modeling at different scales in Castro Marina (Lecce), Italy.
|August 17, 2007
Chen gave an oral presentation at the Zhejiang University undergraduate
summer intern research symposium. View the photos here.
|August 16, 2007
C. Russell Philbrick from Penn State University gave a seminar titled
"Visualizing Concepts in Atmospheric Dynamics" in MEAS, hosted by Dr.
|July 26, 2007
||Evelyn Frazier gave a poster presentation on the 1st AGEP Bridging Annual Symposium. View the photos here.
|July 26, 2007
Air Quality Forecasting Lab has a post-doctoral position available,
which is on Organic Aerosol-Climate Modeling. For more information,
please see http://www.meas.ncsu.edu/aqforecasting/post_docs.html.
|June 23-July 5 , 2007
Hu visited National University of Mexico (also called UNAM), Mexico
City. He worked with Drs. Baumgardner, Graciela, Diana and Master
student Carlos to set up WRF/Chem simulation for the Salina Cruz case.
During his visit, he had a meeting with Drs. Baumgardner, Jazcilevich,
Garcia to know their ongoing research. Xiaoming also gave an informal
seminar titled "Model Development and Initial Application of
|June 11-July 5, 2007
Dr. Yang Zhang visited several universities/research organizations
including Shan Dong University, Peking University, Tsinghua University,
Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, and National
Climate Center in China. During her visit, she gave five seminars
on various topics and discussed areas of potential collaboration with
|11-15 June 2007
||Xiaoming Hu attended the 8th Annual WRF User’s Workshop
, Boulder, CO. He gave a talk titled "Gas/Particle Mass Transfer
Treatments in WRF/Chem-MADRID: Development, Application, and
|June 8, 2007
Chris Misenis, an MS graduate of AQFL, has successfully landed a job at
North Carolina Division of Air Quality. He will start as a
Meteorologist on July 9, 2007.
|May 10, 2007
Mr. Wenxin Yu from Peking University will join AQFL as a visiting
post-D researcher after he obtains a PhD degree in Atmospheric Sciences
in July 2007. He will start at NCSU on August 1, 2007.
|14-16 May 2007
|| Kai Wang, a Ph.D. student in AQFL, attended the 10th International
Conference on Atmospheric Sciences and Applications to Air Quality
(ASAAQ), Hong Kong, China. His talk was titled, "A Mechanistic Examination
of Asian Pollution Export: Process Analysis, Sensitivity Simulation, and
Satellite Data Utilization"
|April 28, 2007
Dr. Yongxin Zhang from Los Alamos National Laboratory accepted the
post-D researcher position at AQFL. He will join AQFL on Sept.
|April 15, 2007
Srinath Krishnan, an MS graduate of AQFL, has been offered a PhD
position with a full RA by Yale University, starting summer, 2007.
|April 13, 2007
Ying Pan, an MS graduate from Peking University, has accepted AQFL's
offer as a PhD student. She will join AQFL in early August, 2007.
|April 10, 2007
Ms. Evelyn Frazier, a BS graduate from MEAS, NCSU, has accepted AQFL's
offer as an MS student. She has also been accepted by NCSU's
Bridging Program and will start on May 29.
|April 5, 2007
Litao Wang, an Air Quality modeler at Tsinghua University, will visit
NCSU and work on an EPA-sponsored project on modeling of air quality in
China during the period of June 6-Nov. 5.
|March 30, 2007
Ashley Queen, an MS graduate of AQFL, has successfully landed a job at
Trinity Consultants, Dallas, TX. She will start her position as
an Environmental Consultant on June 4, 2007.
|April 23, 2007
received the following awards: SAAPAMS 1st Award for Dedication and
Service, Senior and Senior Service Awards, and the PEACE Leadership
|March 20, 2007
Ralph Cicerone, President of National Academy of Sciences, and
world-recognized expert on Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change,
visited NCSU and MEAS faculty and graduate students to discuss
atmospheric chemistry and climate research. Dr. Zhang and Mr. Xiaoming Hu represented the Air Quality Forecasting Lab and attended the lunch meeting.
|March 19, 2007
||For her presentation at the 87th Annual AMS meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Ashley Queen was awarded a first place prize for student presentations. She was awarded a certificate and cash prize.
|February 19, 2007
Jose Fuentes, distinguished professor in the the Department of
Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, visited NCSU and
the AQFL. His seminar was titled, "Emissions, Turbulent Transport, and
Chemistry of Photogenic Hydrocarbons."
|January 29, 2007
Bruce Doddridge, head of NASA's Chemistry and Dynamics Branch gave a
seminar at NCSU and also visited members of the Air Quality Forecasting
Lab. View the photo here.
|January 14-18, 2007
||Two Air Quality Forecasting Lab members attended the 87th Annual AMS meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Zhang and Ashley Queen both presented research, with Dr. Zhang also presenting research on behalf of Ping Liu.
Dr. Zhang's talk was titled, "Assessment of Long-Term Impacts of
Regional Climate Changes on Air Quality." Ashleys presentation was
titled, "Examining the Sensitivity of Meteorology and Chemical
Predictions to Explicit Microphysics Schemes." Ping's presentation was
titled, "Simulating Secondary Organic Aerosol: Accurary versus