Fuqing Zhang

Fuqing Zhang

  • Professor of Meteorology
  • Director, Center for Advanced Data Assimilation and Predictability Techniques
  • Joint Appointment with the Department of Statistics
  • E. Willard & Ruby S. Miller Faculty Fellow
627A Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email: fzhang@psu.edu
Phone: (814) 865-0470


  1. PhD -- NCSU, 2000

Research Specialties:

Atmospheric Dynamics:

Atmospheric predictability, gravity waves, tropical cyclones, baroclinic waves, winter storms

Mesoscale Meteorology:

Gravity waves, sea breeze circulation, mountain-plains solenoid, diurnal cycle, severe storms

Numerical Weather Prediction:

Predictability, data assimilation, ensemble forecasting, parameter estimation, ensemble Kalman filter

Tropical Meteorology:

Tropical cyclones (typhoons and hurricanes), Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), tropical waves


Link to my full CV or Link to my book and journal publications or My Google Scholar 

Website for Penn State Center on Advanced Data Assimilation and Predictability Techniques (ADAPT)

Website for the Penn State experimental realtime Hurricane Analysis and Prediction System

Website for my research team 


Professional Experience

  • 2014-present Director, Penn State Center for Advanced Data Assimilation and Predictability Techniques
  • 2008-present Professor, Department of Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 2009-present Professor, Department of Statistics, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 2006-2008 Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • 2001-2006 Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • 2000-2001 Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Atmospheric Research 

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Elected Fellow, American Meteorological Society
  • 2015 Group Achievement Award, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 
  • 2015 (Sep-Dec), Visiting Professor sponsored by the Houghton Lecturer Fund, MIT
  • 2015 Rossby Fellow, International Meteorological Institute, Stockholm University
  • 2015 Banner Miller Award, American Meteorological Society
  • 2012 Paul F. Robertson Award for the EMS Breakthrough of the Year, Penn State
  • 2011 E. Willard & Ruby S. Miller Faculty Fellowship, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State 
  • 2009 The Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award, American Meteorological Society (link to press release)
  • 2007 Outstanding Publication Award, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
  • 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty Research, College of Geosciences, Texas A&M
  • 2004 Young Investigator Award, Office of Navy Research, Department of Navy 

Selected Editorship

  • 2012-  Editorial board member, Science China - Earth Science
  • 2013-  Editorial board member, Journal of Meteorological Research
  • 2010-14  Editor, Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences
  • 2008-14  Editor, Monthly Weather Review
  • 2011-12   Co-chief editor, Atmospheric Science Letters
  • 2009-11  Guest editor, Computing in Science & Engineering
  • 2008   Associate editor, Weather and Forecasting

Selected News Coverage of our Research