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Po-Lun Ma

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

Research Interests

  • Aerosol-cloud-climate interactions
  • Uncertainty quantification of model parameters
  • Resolution dependence of model physics
  • Climate model evaluation

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2010
  • M.S.E.L., cum laude, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT, 2002
  • M.S., Atmospheric Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2002
  • B.S., Atmospheric Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 1999

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member, American Geophysical Union
  • Member, American Meteorological Society
  • Aerosol Liaison, CESM Chemistry-Climate Working Group

Awards and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Performance Award, PNNL, 2014
  • Goddard Summer Internship, JCET/UMBC, 2006
  • Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2005
  • Certification for System Operation, Global Imaging Inc., 2003
  • Dean's Award, National Taiwan University, 2001

PNNL Publications





  • Ma PL, K Zhang, JJ Shi, T Matsui, and A Arking. 2012. "Direct Radiative Effect of Mineral Dust on the Development of African Easterly Waves in Late Summer, 2003-07." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 51(12):2090-2104.  doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-11-0215.1

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