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Zhao Yang

Land System Modeling
Earth Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-24
Richland, WA 99352

Research Interests

  • Moisture transport
  • Land-atmosphere interaction
  • Heatwaves
  • Low-level jets
  • Irrigation
  • Urbanization

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. Hydrometeorology Univ. of Arizona
  • M.S. Hydro. and Water Res. Eng. Univ. of California, Los Angeles
  • B.S. Hydro. and Water Res. Eng. Hohai Univ., Nan Jing, China

PNNL Publications


  • Chakraborty T., J. Wang, Y. Qian, W. Pringle, Z. Yang, and P. Xue. 2023. "Urban versus lake impacts on heat stress and its disparities in a shoreline city." Geohealth 7, no. 11:Art. No. e2023GH000869. PNNL-SA-185909. doi:10.1029/2023GH000869
  • Jiang P., Z. Yang, J. Wang, C. Huang, P. Xue, T. Chakraborty, and X. Chen, et al. 2023. "Efficient Super-Resolution of Near-Surface Climate Modeling Using the Fourier Neural Operator." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 15, no. 7:Art. No. e2023MS003800. PNNL-SA-186550. doi:10.1029/2023MS003800
  • Li J., Y. Qian, L. Leung, X. Chen, Z. Yang, and Z. Feng. 2023. "Potential weakening of the June 2012 North American derecho under future warming conditions." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 128, no. 2:Art. No. e2022JD037494. PNNL-SA-175153. doi:10.1029/2022JD037494
  • Lin G., L. Leung, J. Lee, B.E. Harrop, I. Baker, M. Branson, and S. Denning, et al. 2023. "Modeling land-atmosphere coupling at cloud-resolving scale within the Multiple Atmosphere Multiple Land (MAML) framework in SP-E3SM." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 15, no. 2:Art. No. e2022MS003101. PNNL-SA-181539. doi:10.1029/2022MS003101
  • Yang Z., A.C. Varble, L.K. Berg, Y. Qian, S. Tai, J. Chen, and W.I. Gustafson, et al. 2023. "Sensitivity of Precipitation Displacement of a Simulated MCS to Changes in Land Surface Conditions." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 128, no. 10:Art. No. e2022JD037642. PNNL-SA-176807. doi:10.1029/2022JD037642
  • Yang Z., Y. Qian, P. Xue, J. Wang, T. Chakraborty, W. Pringle, and J. Li, et al. 2023. "Moisture Sources of Precipitation in the Great Lakes Region: Climatology and Recent Changes." Geophysical Research Letters 50, no. 5:Art. No. e2022GL100682. PNNL-SA-170910. doi:10.1029/2022GL100682


  • Chand D., L.K. Berg, J.D. Tagestad, B. Putzenlechner, Z. Yang, S. Tai, and J.D. Fast. 2022. "Fine Scale Variability in Green Vegetation Fraction Over the Southern Great Plains Using Sentinel-2 Satellite: A Case Study." Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment 27. PNNL-SA-164656. doi:10.1016/j.rsase.2022.100799
  • Chug D., F. Dominguez, and Z. Yang. 2022. "The Amazon and La Plata River Basins as Moisture Sources of South America: Climatology and Intraseasonal Variability." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 127, no. 12:Art. No. e2021JD035455. PNNL-SA-163471. doi:10.1029/2021JD035455
  • Dominguez F., J. Eiras-Barca, Z. Yang, D. Bock, R. Nieto, and L. Gimeno. 2022. "Amazonian Moisture Recycling Revisited Using WRF with Water Vapor Tracers." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 127, no. 4:Art. No. e2021JD035259. PNNL-SA-162460. doi:10.1029/2021JD035259
  • Li J., Y. Qian, L. Leung, Z. Feng, C. Sarangi, Y. Liu, and Z. Yang. 2022. "Impacts of large-scale urbanization and irrigation on summer precipitation in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States." Geophysical Research Letters 49, no. 8:Art. No. e2022GL097845. PNNL-SA-169659. doi:10.1029/2022GL097845
  • Sakaguchi K., L.K. Berg, J. Chen, J.D. Fast, R.K. Newsom, S. Tai, and Z. Yang, et al. 2022. "Determining Spatial Scales of Soil Moisture - Cloud Coupling Pathways using Semi-Idealized Simulations." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 127, no. 2:Art. No. e2021JD035282. PNNL-SA-162397. doi:10.1029/2021JD035282


  • Wang C., Y. Qian, Q. Duan, M. Huang, Z. Yang, L.K. Berg, and W.I. Gustafson, et al. 2021. "Quantifying physical parameterization uncertainties associated with land-atmosphere interactions in the WRF model over Amazon." Atmospheric Research 262. PNNL-SA-161024. doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2021.105761
  • Yang Z., M. Huang, L.K. Berg, Y. Qian, W.I. Gustafson, Y. Fang, and Y. Liu, et al. 2021. "Impact of Lateral Flow on Surface Water and Energy Budgets over the Southern Great Plains - A Modeling Study." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 126, no. 12:e2020JD033659. PNNL-SA-157977. doi:10.1029/2020JD033659


  • Berg L.K., C.N. Long, E.I. Kassianov, D. Chand, S. Tai, Z. Yang, and L.D. Riihimaki, et al. 2020. "Fine-Scale Variability of Observed and Simulated Surface Albedo Over the Southern Great Plains." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 125, no. 7:Article No. e2019JD030559. PNNL-SA-141429. doi:10.1029/2019JD030559
  • Devanand A., M. Huang, D.M. Lawrence, C. Zarzucki, Z. Feng, P. Lawrence, and Y. Qian, et al. 2020. "Land use and land cover change strongly modulates land-atmosphere coupling and warm-season precipitation over the Central United States in CESM2-VR." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 12, no. 9:e2019MS001925. PNNL-SA-148842. doi:10.1029/2019MS001925
  • Qian Y., Z. Yang, Z. Feng, Y. Liu, W.I. Gustafson, L.K. Berg, and M. Huang, et al. 2020. "Neglecting Irrigation Contributes to the Simulated Summertime Warm-and-Dry Bias in the Central United States." npj Climate and Atmospheric Science 3. PNNL-SA-154322. doi:10.1038/s41612-020-00135-w
  • Yang Z., Y. Qian, Y. Liu, L.K. Berg, W.I. Gustafson, Z. Feng, and K. Sakaguchi, et al. 2020. "Understanding Irrigation Impacts on Low-Level Jets over the Great Plains." Climate Dynamics 55, no. 3-4:925-943. PNNL-SA-146743. doi:10.1007/s00382-020-05301-7


  • Yang Z., and F. Dominguez. 2019. "Investigating land surface effects on the moisture transport over South America with a moisture tagging model." Journal of Climate 32, no. 19:6627-6644. PNNL-SA-141786. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0700.1
  • Yang Z., Y. Qian, Y. Liu, L.K. Berg, H. Hu, F. Dominguez, and B. Yang, et al. 2019. "Irrigation Impact on Water and Energy Cycle During Dry Years over the United States using Convection-permitting WRF and Dynamical Recycling Model." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 124, no. 21:11220-11241. PNNL-SA-141462. doi:10.1029/2019JD030524

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