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Zhe Feng

Atmospheric Measurement & Data Sciences
Earth Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-24
Richland, WA 99352


Dr Feng's research interest focuses on using multi-platform remote sensing observations (e.g. radar and satellite) and high resolution model simulations to understand the structure, life cycle, processes and impact of convective cloud systems, to retrieve cloud microphysical properties and their radiative impact, to evaluate and improve high resolution model simulation of convective clouds.

Research Interests

  • Analysis of radar/satellite observations and high resolution simulations of convective clouds
  • Impact of climate change to mesoscale organized convection and extreme precipitation
  • Interactions between convection and boundary layer through cold pools
  • Environment and lifecycle of tropical and mid-latitude convection
  • Remote sensing of clouds and cloud property retrievals

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, University of North Dakota
  • M.S., Atmospheric Sciences, University of North Dakota
  • B.S., Atmospheric Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Geophysical Union

Awards and Recognitions

  • American Geophysical Union Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing Award for Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 2013.
  • Best Graduate Dissertations Award, Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (COAA), 2013.
  • Peter V. Hobbs Prize, American Meteorological Society 13th Conference on Cloud Physics, 2009.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Overall, Department of Atmospheric Science, University of North Dakota, 2009.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher, Department of Atmospheric Science, University of North Dakota, 2007.
  • Sun Yet-Sen University Scholarship, 2000-2003.

PNNL Publications


  • Houze R.A., J. Wang, J. Fan, S. Brodzik, and Z. Feng. 2019. "Extreme convective storms over high latitude continental areas where maximum warming is occurring." Geophysical Research Letters 46, no. 7:4059-4065. PNNL-SA-142559. doi:10.1029/2019GL082414
  • Shrivastava M.B., M.O. Andreae, P. Artaxo, H. Barbosa, L.K. Berg, J. Brito, and J. Ching, et al. 2019. "Urban pollution greatly enhances formation of natural aerosols over the Amazon rainforest." Nature Communications 10, no. 1:Article No. 1046. PNNL-SA-133689. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-08909-4


  • Burleyson C.D., S.M. Hagos, Z. Feng, B. Kerns, and D. Kim. 2018. "Large-scale Environmental Characteristics of MJOs that Strengthen and Weaken Over the Maritime Continent." Journal of Climate 31, no. 14:5731-5748. PNNL-SA-128529. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0576.1
  • Fan J., D. Rosenfeld, Y. Zhang, S. Giangrande, Z. Li, L. Machado, and S.T. Martin, et al. 2018. "Substantial Convection and Precipitation Enhancements by Ultrafine Aerosol Particles." Science 359, no. 6374:411-418. PNNL-SA-126490. doi:10.1126/science.aan8461
  • Hagos S.M., J.A. Ijampy, F. Sima, S. Francis, and Z. Feng. 2018. "West Africa [in "State of the Climate in 2017"]." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 99, no. 8:S214 - S216. PNNL-SA-138430. doi:10.1175/2018BAMSStateoftheClimate.1
  • Hagos S.M., L. Leung, C. Zhao, Z. Feng, and K. Sakaguchi. 2018. "How do microphysical processes influence large-scale precipitation variability and extremes?." Geophysical Research Letters 45, no. 3:1661-1667. PNNL-SA-130576. doi:10.1002/2017GL076375
  • Hagos S.M., Z. Feng, R.S. Plant, R.A. Houze, and H. Xiao. 2018. "A stochastic framework for modeling the population dynamics of convective clouds." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 10, no. 2:448-465. PNNL-SA-130047. doi:10.1002/2017MS001214


  • Giangrande S., Z. Feng, M. Jensen, J.M. Comstock, K. Johnson, T. Toto, and M. Wang, et al. 2017. "Cloud Characteristics, Thermodynamic Controls and Radiative Impacts During the Observations and Modeling of the Green Ocean Amazon (GoAmazon2014/5) Experiment." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17, no. 23:14519-14541. PNNL-SA-129543. doi:10.5194/acp-17-14519-2017
  • Hagos S.M., J.A. Ijampy, F. Sima, S. Francis, and Z. Feng. 2017. "West Africa [in State of the Climate in 2016]." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 98, no. 8:S193-S195. PNNL-SA-128495. doi:10.1175/2017BAMSStateoftheClimate.1
  • Yang Q., R.A. Houze, L. Leung, and Z. Feng. 2017. "Environments of Long-lived Mesoscale Convective Systems over the Central United States in Convection Permitting Climate Simulations." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 122, no. 24:13,288-13,307. PNNL-SA-125741. doi:10.1002/2017JD027033


  • Ahmed F., C. Schumacher, Z. Feng, and S.M. Hagos. 2016. "A retrieval of tropical latent heating using the 3D structure of precipitation features." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 55, no. 9:1965-1982. PNNL-SA-107838. doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-15-0038.1
  • Burleyson C.D., Z. Feng, S.M. Hagos, J.D. Fast, L. Machado, S.T. Martin, and S.T. Martin. 2016. "Spatial Variability of the Background Diurnal Cycle of Deep Convection around the GoAmazon2014/15 Field Campaign Sites." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 55, no. 7:1579-1598. PNNL-SA-111694. doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-15-0229.1
  • Carletta N., G. Mullendore, M. Starzec, B. Xi, Z. Feng, and X. Dong. 2016. "Determining Best Method for Estimating Observed Level of Maximum Detrainment based on Radar Reflectivity." Monthly Weather Review 144, no. 8:2915-2926. PNNL-SA-118425. doi:10.1175/MWR-D-15-0427.1
  • Feng Z., L. Leung, S.M. Hagos, R.A. Houze, C.D. Burleyson, and K. Balaguru. 2016. "More frequent intense and long-lived storms dominate the springtime trend in central U.S. rainfall." Nature Communications 7. PNNL-SA-122022. doi:10.1038/ncomms13429
  • Giangrande S., T. Toto, M. Jensen, M. Bartholomew, Z. Feng, A. Protat, and C.R. Williams, et al. 2016. "Convective cloud vertical velocity and mass-?ux characteristics from radar wind pro?ler observations during GoAmazon2014/5." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 121, no. 21:12,891-12,913. PNNL-SA-122876. doi:10.1002/2016JD025303
  • Hagos S.M., C. Zhang, Z. Feng, C.D. Burleyson, C. DeMott, B. Kerns, and J. Benedict, et al. 2016. "The impact of the diurnal cycle on the propagation of Madden-Julian Oscillation convection across the Maritime Continent." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 8, no. 4:1552-1564. PNNL-SA-118613. doi:10.1002/2016MS000725
  • Hagos S.M., J.A. Ijampy, F. Sima, S. Francis, and Z. Feng. 2016. "West Africa [in ”State of the Climate in 2015”]." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 97, no. 8 Special Supplement:188-189. PNNL-SA-119982. doi:10.1175/2016BAMSStateoftheClimate.1
  • Hagos S.M., Z. Feng, C.D. Burleyson, C. Zhao, M. Martini, and L.K. Berg. 2016. "Moist process biases in simulations of the Madden-Julian Oscillation episodes observed during the AMIE/DYNAMO field campaign." Journal of Climate 29, no. 3:1091-1107. PNNL-SA-110414. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0349.1
  • Qian Y., H. Yan, L.K. Berg, S.M. Hagos, Z. Feng, B. Yang, and M. Huang. 2016. "Assessing impacts of PBL and surface layer schemes in simulating the surface-atmosphere interactions and precipitation over the tropical ocean using observations from AMIE/DYNAMO." Journal of Climate 29, no. 22:8191-8210. PNNL-SA-114620. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0040.1
  • Stenz R., X. Dong, B. Xi, Z. Feng, and R.J. Kuligowski. 2016. "Improving Satellite Quantitative Precipitation Estimation Using GOES-Retrieved Cloud Optical Depth." Journal of Hydrometeorology 17, no. 2:557-570. PNNL-SA-109730. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-15-0057.1
  • Tang S., S. Xie, Y. Zhang, M. Zhang, C. Schumacher, H.M. Upton, and M. Jensen, et al. 2016. "Large-scale vertical velocity, diabatic heating and drying profiles associated with seasonal and diurnal variations of convective systems observed in the GoAmazon2014/5 experiment." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 16, no. 22:14249-14264. PNNL-SA-122875. doi:10.5194/acp-16-14249-2016


  • Feng Z., S.M. Hagos, A. Rowe, C.D. Burleyson, M. Martini, and S. de Szoeke. 2015. "Mechanisms of Convective Cloud Organization by Cold Pools over Tropical Warm Ocean during the AMIE/DYNAMO Field Campaign." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 7, no. 2:357-381. PNNL-SA-105094. doi:10.1002/2014MS000384
  • Wang S., A.H. Sobel, A.M. Fridlind, Z. Feng, J.M. Comstock, P. Minnis, and M.L. Nordeen. 2015. "Simulations of cloud-radiation interaction using large-scale forcing derived from the CINDY/DYNAMO northern sounding array." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 7, no. 3:1472-1498. PNNL-SA-109635. doi:10.1002/2015MS000461


  • Deng M., P. Kollias, Z. Feng, C. Zhang, C.N. Long, H. Kalesse, and A. Chandra, et al. 2014. "Stratiform and Convective Precipitation Observed by Multiple Radars during the DYNAMO/AMIE Experiment." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 53, no. 11:2503-2523. PNNL-SA-100819. doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-13-0311.1
  • Feng Z., S.A. McFarlane, C. Schumacher, S. Ellis, J.M. Comstock, and N. Bharadwaj. 2014. "Constructing a Merged Cloud-Precipitation Radar Dataset for Tropical Convective Clouds during the DYNAMO/AMIE Experiment at Addu Atoll." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 31, no. 5:1021-1042. PNNL-SA-92803. doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-13-00132.1
  • Hagos S.M., Z. Feng, C.D. Burleyson, K. Lim, C.N. Long, D. Wu, and G. Thompson. 2014. "Evaluation of convection-permitting model simulations of cloud populations associated with the Madden-Julian Oscillation using data collected during the AMIE/DYNAMO field campaign." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 119, no. 21:12,052-12,068. PNNL-SA-100601. doi:10.1002/2014JD022143
  • Hagos S.M., Z. Feng, K. Landu, and C.N. Long. 2014. "Advection, Moistening, and Shallow-to-deep Convection Transitions During the Initiation and Propagation of Madden-Julian Oscillation." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 6, no. 3:938-949. PNNL-SA-97931. doi:10.1002/2014MS000335


  • Hagos S.M., Z. Feng, S.A. McFarlane, and L.R. Leung. 2013. "Environment and the Lifetime of Tropical Deep Convection in a Cloud-Permitting Regional Model Simulation." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 70, no. 8:2409-2425. PNNL-SA-90832. doi:10.1175/JAS-D-12-0260.1
  • Wu D., X. Dong, B. Xi, Z. Feng, A. Kennedy, G. Mullendore, and M. Gilmore, et al. 2013. "Impacts of Microphysical Scheme on Convective and Stratiform Characteristics in Two High Precipitation Squall Line Events." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 118, no. 19:11,119-11,135. PNNL-SA-90815. doi:10.1002/jgrd.50798


  • Feng Z., X. Dong, B. Xi, S.A. McFarlane, A. Kennedy, B. Lin, and P. Minnis. 2012. "Life Cycle of Midlatitude Deep Convective Systems in a Lagrangian Framework." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 117. PNNL-SA-88527. doi:10.1029/2012JD018362

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