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Qiu Yang

Computational Climate Science
Earth Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-30
Richland, WA 99352


Qiu Yang is an atmospheric scientist with expertise in tropical meteorology, geophysical fluid dynamics, and applied math. Before joining PNNL at 2020 Fall, he was a Postdoc associate working with Andrew Majda (NYU), Mitchell Moncrieff (NCAR), and Boualem Khouider (UVic) at New York University. In 2017 spring, Qiu got his Ph.D. from the Center for Atmosphere-Ocean Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, at New York University.

One key topic of his past research is to understand the scale interactions of organized tropical convection across multiple spatio-temporal scales, such as the intraseasonal impact of the diurnal cycle of tropical convection on the Madden-Julian Oscillation, and the upscale impact of mesoscale convective systems on the large-scale circulation. After joining PNNL, Qiu will work on two research projects, including 1) understanding the multi-scale interactions between convection and large-scale circulation, and 2) developing the superparameterization version of the E3SM.

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Research Interests

  • Multi-scale interactions of organized tropical convection
  • Geophysical fluid dynamics
  • Numerical computing

Education and Credentials

  • 2012-2017 Ph.D. in Atmosphere-Ocean Science and Mathematics from New York University, USA
  • 2008-2012 B.S. in Applied Math (major) and physics (minor) from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

PNNL Publications


  • Chen X., L. Leung, Z. Feng, and Q. Yang. 2022. "Precipitation-Moisture Coupling Over Tropical Oceans: Sequential Roles of Shallow, Deep, and Mesoscale Convective Systems." Geophysical Research Letters 49, no. 7:Art. No. e2022GL097836. PNNL-SA-178872. doi:10.1029/2022GL097836
  • Song F., L. Leung, Z. Feng, X. Chen, and Q. Yang. 2022. "Observed and Projected Changes of Large-Scale Environments Conducive to Spring MCS Initiation Over the US Great Plains." Geophysical Research Letters 49, no. 15:Art. No. e2022GL098799. PNNL-SA-177007. doi:10.1029/2022GL098799


  • Chen X., L. Leung, Z. Feng, F. Song, and Q. Yang. 2021. "Mesoscale Convective Systems Dominate the Energetics of the South Asian Summer Monsoon Onset." Geophysical Research Letters 48, no. 17:e2021GL094873. PNNL-SA-161336. doi:10.1029/2021GL094873
  • Yang Q., L. Leung, Z. Feng, F. Song, and X. Chen. 2021. "A Simple Lagrangian Parcel Model for the Initiation of Summertime Mesoscale Convective Systems over the Central United States." Journal of Atmospheric Sciences 78, no. 11:3537-3558. PNNL-SA-162977. doi:10.1175/JAS-D-21-0136.1

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