May 24, 2023
Staff Accomplishment

Qian an Editor at the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres

Yun Qian was selected to serve as an editor of atmospheric science journal

Photograph of Yun Qian

Yun Qian began his editorial role for a flagship atmospheric science journal in March 2023.

(Photo by Andrea Starr | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Yun Qian, an Earth scientist and Lab Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), was selected to serve as an editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Atmospheres. Qian assumed his new role in March 2023.

JGR Atmospheres is one of seven discipline-specific journals that sit under the JGR umbrella. Published by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), JGR Atmospheres focuses on original research articles “that advance and improve the understanding of atmospheric properties and processes.” These include both modeling and observation-based studies. JGR Atmospheres contains articles about interactions of the atmosphere with other parts of the Earth system and the climate.

“I’m excited to play a role at JGR Atmospheres,” said Qian. “Throughout my career, I’ve found the research published in JGR Atmospheres to be top tier. I’ve published around 50 articles in this journal myself and feel like it’s my turn to serve the community now. I hope that I can help JGR Atmospheres continue in its position as a flagship atmospheric science journal, containing consistently impactful work.”

Qian has broad research interests across atmospheric sciences and climate modeling. As an editor, Qian will cover various areas, including regional and global climate modeling and analysis, air pollution (aerosol) and climate interactions, snow impurities, atmosphere–land–cloud interactions, and modeling of urban and coastal environments.

Qian currently leads over 80 staff and scientists in the Earth System Modeling group. At PNNL since 2000, his research centers on developing and using models of the atmosphere and land surface to understand human influences on the environment. Some of Qian’s recent work focuses on the human–coastal–urban interface, a region particularly vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate.