東亞水環境可持續發展研究中心 (WEEA)

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Senior Research Fellow (Zongliang Yang)
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Zongliang Yang

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin.

Professor, The Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Email: liang@jsg.utexas.edu

Work: +1 512 471 3824

Office: JGB 5.220DA

Mailcode: C1100


      Professor Zong-Liang Yang obtained his BS in meteorology from Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, China in 1984, MSc in Meteorology from University of Melbourne, Australia (under IanSimmonds) in 1989, and Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from Macquarie University, Australia (under Ann Henderson-Sellers) in 1992. He spent one year as a postdoc with Ann Henderson-Sellers to be the first coordinator of the PILPS (Projectfor Intercomparison of Land-surface Parameterization Schemes) before working with Bob Dickinson as a postdoc in 1993. He spent eight years at the University of Arizona, working with Bob Dickinson, Jim Shuttleworth and Soroosh Sorooshian, moving from a postdoc to a research associate professor. He then started as a tenure-track teaching faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) in 2001, and became a tenured associate professor in 2005, atenured full professor in 2008, and an endowed Jackson Chair in earth system science in 2011. He is the founding director of the Center for Integrated Earth System Science (CIESS).

      At UT-Austin Dr. Yang develops/ improves land surface models for accurately forecasting weather, projecting climate change, issuing hydrological warnings,and predicting environmental changes. He also develops innovative dynamic downscaling methods to generate high-resolution regional climate information for impact assessments and resource decision-making.

     Prof.Yang’s publications include more than 146 peer-reviewed articles in the first-tier journals (104 in the past 16 years at UT-Austin), in addition toabout 150 conference proceedings papers, research reports and presentations abstracts, with a total ISI citation of more than 8000 and a current ISI“Hirsch Index” of 45, and with a total Google Scholar citation of more than 15000 and a current Google Scholar H-Index of 55. He has won just over US$ 7 million total as the Principal Investigator in external funding. His graduate students have received prestigious federal fellowships from the National Science Foundation, NASA, NOAA, Department of Homeland Security, andthe AGU Hydrology Section’s Horton Research Grant. He sponsored and co-supervised a high-school student to be a semi-finalist at Siemens Competition 2013. He has received the Joseph C.Walter Jr. Excellence Award, the most prestigious award at the Jackson Schoolof Geosciences. He was a Co-Chair of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Community Earth System Model (CESM) Land Modeling Working Groupfrom 2008 to 2013. Heshared NCAR‘s Community Climate System Model (CCSM) Distinguished Achievement Award in 2008. He has been elected as a memberof China's "1000-Talents" Program since 2012. He has been appointedan Overseas Evaluation Expert by the Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2017. Heserves in the editorial board of the Environmental Modeling & Software journal, and is the guest editor of Climatic Change.

    His research group has developed the parameterizations of terrestrial hydrologyused in the cutting-edge versions of one leading US climate model, the National Center for Atmospheric Research Community Earth System Model (CESM). His group has also developed the next-generation land surface model (Noah-MP) for the Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) regional modeling system.