[image-51]Fuqing Zhang is a weather prediction expert in Department of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University. He is a principal investigator for improving severe weather forecasting using data from the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission.
Working with NASA scientists, Zhang uses observations from the High-altitude Imaging Wind and Rain Profiler, or HIWRAP, Doppler radar on the unmanned Global Hawk aircraft. The HIWRAP Doppler radar scans the ground and gathers wind and rain measurements that Zhang uses to learn more about the initial conditions of the storm and derive information about the storm’s structure. He uses this data to create initial weather conditions for mathematical weather prediction models. By knowing the initial conditions of the storm, Zhang can then more accurately predict the behavior and character of the storm, specifically on when and how the storm will intensity. This leads to improved severe weather and hurricane forecasting.
Zhang earned his B.S. and M.S. in meteorology from Nanjing University in China and his Ph.D. in atmospheric science from North Carolina State University. He previously worked with the NOAA/AOML Hurricane Research division on the P3-aircraft Doppler radar. He has also worked at Texas A&M University, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Navy Research Laboratory, Chinese State Key Laboratory of Severe Weather in Beijing, China and Laboratoire de Meteorolgie Dynamique, École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. In addition to tropical cyclones, his research areas also include atmospheric dynamics and predictability, gravity waves, warm-season convection and regional-scale climate.