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January 2013

Feng Receives Thesis Award from Chinese-American Ocean-Atmosphere Association

Dr. Zhe Feng

Congratulations to Dr. Zhe Feng, postdoctoral researcher in atmospheric sciences at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He received a Graduate Thesis Award from the Chinese-American Ocean-Atmosphere Association (COAA). Given to oceanic and atmospheric professionals, the award promotes young talent conducting innovative and independent research. The winning thesis paper, "Life Cycle and Radiative Impact of Mid-Latitude Deep Convective Systems," was listed in The Top 3 Best Dissertations of the competition. The award was presented at the 2013 American Meteorological Society annual meeting held in Austin, Texas.

Feng is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Dakota. Among his many accomplishments, he teamed to develop two innovative techniques for advancing understanding of the structure and evolution of deep convective, or storm cloud systems. The techniques produced seamless fusion datasets from various state-of-the-art remote sensing instruments. The two techniques are applicable to the Millimeter Wavelength Cloud Radar system, operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, a U.S. DOE user facility, and the U.S. national weather radar network and geostationary satellite, operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Feng has published four peer-reviewed journal articles from his graduate research work in the Journal of Geophysical Research and Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology.

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