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Qing Yang

Qing Yang

Earth Systems Analysis & Modeling
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-30
Richland, WA 99352

Research Interests

  • Precipitation extremes
  • Wind Energy
  • Cloud physics and dynamics
  • Aerosol-cloud interactions
  • Air pollution and its impacts on local to global scales
  • Remote sensing of the atmosphere

Education and Credentials

  • PhD, Atmospheric Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Statistics, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming
  • B.S., Atmospheric Physics and Atmospheric Environment, Lanzhou University, China

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Meteorological Society (AMS)
  • European Geosciences Union (EGU)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Research Excellence Award, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008
  • Women’s Forum Scholarship, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005
  • Helen Bishop Dunnewald International Student Scholarship, University of Wyoming, 2002
  • Honor student, four years in a row during the undergraduate years, Lanzhou University

PNNL Publications


  • Lu J, LYR Leung, Q Yang, G Chen, WD Collins, F Li, Z Hou, and X Feng. 2014. "The Robust Dynamical Contribution to Precipitation Extremes in Idealized Warming Simulations across Model Resolutions." Geophysical Research Letters 41(8):2971-2978.  doi:10.1002/2014GL059532
  • Yang Q, LYR Leung, S Rauscher, T Ringler, and M Taylor. 2014. "Atmospheric Moisture Budget and Spatial Resolution Dependence of Precipitation Extremes in Aquaplanet Simulations." Journal of Climate 27(10):3565-3581.  doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00468.1
  • Fast JD, JD Allan, R Bahreini, JS Craven, L Emmons, RA Ferrare, PL Hayes, A Hodzic Roux, J Holloway, CA Hostetler, JL Jimenez, H Jonsson, S Liu, Y Liu, A Metcalf, AM Middlebrook, J Nowak, MS Pekour, A Perring, L Russell, A Sedlacek, JH Seinfeld, A Setyan, JE Shilling, MKB Shrivastava, S Springston, C Song, R Subramanian, JW Taylor, V Vinoj, Q Yang, RA Zaveri, and Q Zhang. 2014. "Modeling regional aerosol and aerosol precursor variability over California and its sensitivity to emissions and long-range transport during the 2010 CalNex and CARES campaigns." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 14(18):10013-10060.  doi:10.5194/acp-14-10013-2014
  • Martini M, WI Gustafson, Jr, Q Yang, and H Xiao. 2014. "Impact of Resolution on Simulation of Closed Mesoscale Cellular Convection Identified by Dynamically Guided Watershed Segmentation." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 119(22):12,674-12,688.  doi:10.1002/2014JD021962
  • Newsom RK, LK Berg, MS Pekour, JD Fast, Q Xu, P Zhang, Q Yang, WJ Shaw, and JE Flaherty. 2014. "Evaluation of Single-Doppler Radar Wind Retrievals in Flat and Complex Terrain." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 53(8):1920-1931.  doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-13-0297.1


  • Yang Q, LK Berg, MS Pekour, JD Fast, RK Newsom, M Stoelinga, and C Finley. 2013. "Evaluation of WRF predicted near hub-height winds and ramp events over a Pacific Northwest site with complex terrain." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 52(8): 1753-1763.  doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-12-0267.1


  • Saide P, SN Spak, G Carmichael, MA Mena-Carrasco, Q Yang, SG Howell, D Leon, JR Snider, AR Bandy, JL Collett, Jr, KB Benedict, S de Szoeke, L Hawkins, G Allen, I Crawford, J Crosier, and SR Springston. 2012. "Evaluating WRF-Chem aerosol indirect effects in Southeast Pacific marine stratocumulus during VOCALS-REx." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 12(6):3045-3064.  doi:10.5194/acp-12-3045-2012
  • Yang Q, WI Gustafson, Jr, JD Fast, H Wang, RC Easter, Jr, M Wang, SJ Ghan, LK Berg, LYR Leung, and H Morrison. 2012. "Impact of natural and anthropogenic aerosols on stratocumulus and precipitation in the Southeast Pacific: A regional modeling study using WRF-Chem." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 12(18):8777-8796.  doi:10.5194/acp-12-8777-2012


  • Yang Q, WI Gustafson, Jr, JD Fast, H Wang, RC Easter, Jr, H Morrison, YN Lee, EG Chapman, SN Spak, and MA Mena-Carrasco. 2011. "Assessing regional scale predictions of aerosols, marine stratocumulus, and their interactions during VOCALS-REx using WRF-Chem." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 11(23):11951-11975.  doi:10.5194/acp-11-11951-2011
  • Yang Q, Y Wang, C Zhao, Z Liu, WI Gustafson, Jr, and M Shao. 2011. "NOx Emission Reduction and its Effects on Ozone during the 2008 Olympic Games." Environmental Science & Technology 45(15):6404-6410.  doi:10.1021/es200675v

Selected Publications


  • Yang Q, DM Cunnold, Y Choi, Y Wang, H-J Wang, L Froidevaux, A Thompson, and P Bhartia. 2010. "A Study of Tropospheric Ozone Column Enhancements over North America using Satellite Data and a Global Chemical Model."  Journal of Geophysical Research 115: Art. No. D08302. DOI:10.10.29/2009JD012616.

  • Zhao C, Y Wang, Q Yang, R Fu, D Cunnold, and Y Choi. 2010. "The Impact of East Asian Summer Monsoon on the Air Quality over China: The View from Space." Journal of Geophysical Research 115: Art. No. D09301. DOI:10.1029/2009JD012745.


  • Choi Y, Y Wang, Q Yang, D Cunnold, T Zeng, C Shim, M Luo, A  Eldering,  E Bucsela, and J Gleason. 2008.  "Spring to Summer Northward Migration of High O3 over the Western North Atlantic." Geophysical Research Letters 35: Art. No. L04818. DOI:10.1029/2007GL032276.


  • Yang Q, DM Cunnold, H-J Wang, L Froidevaux, H Claude, J Merrill, M Newchurch, and SJ Oltmans.  2007.  "Mid-latitude Tropospheric ozone Columns Derived from the Aura Ozone Monitoring Instrument and Microwave Limb Sounder Measurements." Journal of Geophysical Research 112: Art. No. D20305. DOI:10.1029/2007JD008528.

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