GFDL - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Dr. Ming Zhao

Project Scientist III

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory / NOAA 

Princeton University Forrestal Campus / US Route 1

201 Forrestal Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Parameterization of atmospheric moist convection in global climate models
  • Global atmospheric model development with emphasis on the representations of convection, clouds, atmospheric boundary layer turbulence, and their interactions with radiation, surface processes, circulation and climate
  • Cloud feedback and climate sensitivity and their connections to atmospheric convection
  • Simulation of global hurricane climatology, variability and future change using global high resolution climate models.
  • Weather and climate extremes in a changing climate
  • Numerical simulations and numerical methods


  • 11/2003: Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Science, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • 06/1993: Master of Science in Meteorology, Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, China
  • 07/1990: Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, China

Professional Employment/Experience/Responsibilities

  • Co-lead of GFDL MDT (Model Development Team) Coupled Working Group (CWG) for developing GFDL CM4 (2013-present).
  • Lead of GFDL MDT (Model Development Team) Atmospheric Working Group (AWG) for developing GFDL AM4 (2013-present).
  • Lead of GFDL Cloud and Climate Initiative (CCI) for improving understanding of the connections among convection, clouds and climate sensitivity (2012-present). 
  • Member of NOAA CPO MAPP Climate Model Development Task Force
  • Member of NOAA CPO MAPP Climate Prediction Task Force 
  • Member of NOAA CPO MAPP Model Diagnostics Task Force
  • Member of NOAA CPO MAPP CMIP5 Task Force
  • Member of U.S CLIVAR Hurricane Working Group (2011-2014)
  • Co-organizer, Global High-Resolution Modelling of the Atmosphere and Ocean, European Geosciences Union, General Assembly 2014, Vienna, Austria, April 27 – May 2, 2014
  • Session chair, Climate III, 31st AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, San Diego, USA, March 30 – April 04, 2014
  • Session chair, Precipitation in a Changing Climate, CFMIP/EUCLIPSE Meeting on Cloud Processes and Climate Feedbacks, Hamburg, Germany, 10-14th June, 2013
  • Project scientist III (02/2013-present)
  • Project scientist II (11/2007-02/2013), GFDL/UCAR, core member of Global Atmospheric Model Development Team (GAMDT) for developing GFDL HIgh Resolution Atmospheric Model (HIRAM) and AM3.
  • Associate research scholar (2006-2007),
    GFDL/Princeton University, core member of GAMDT for developing GFDL HIRAM and AM3.

  • Research associate (2004-2006), GFDL/Princeton University, GFDL liaison scientist for the atmospheric CPT project and also working on idealized radiative convective equilibrium with and without ambient rotation using GCM physics.
  • Post doctoral fellow (2003-2004), Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, Victoria, Canada, work on large-eddy simulation of convection and clouds for a project entitled Modelling Clouds and Climate (MOC2).
  • Meteorologist and head of short-range weather forecast branch (1993-1998), Shanghai Meteorological Center, Shanghai, China.

Grant and Journal Review Experiences

  • NASA Grant Proposal and Review Panelist 
  • DOE Grant Proposal and Review Panelist
  • National Science Foundation Grant Proposal
  • NOAA Climate Program Funding Proposal
  • Nature Climate Change
  • Nature Communications
  • Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
  • Journal of Climate
  • Journal of Atmospheric Sciences
  • Journal of Geophysical Research
  • Geophysical Research Letters
  • Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems
  • Climate Dynamics
  • Climate Change
  • Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
  • Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan
  • Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans
  • International Journal of Climatology
  • Advances in Atmospheric Sciences