• Distinguished Professor, Pennsylvania State University
  • Director, Penn State Center for Advanced Data Assimilation and Predictability Techniques
  • Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, and Department of Statistics
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 Fuqing Zhang's full CV or Link to his book and journal publications

Dr. Fuqing Zhang is a university distinguished professor in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science with a joint appointment in the Department of Statistics at the Pennsylvania State University. He also directs the Penn State Center on Advanced Data Assimilation and Predictability Techniques (ADAPT). He has made major contributions to the fundamental understanding of atmospheric dynamics and predictability, and he has made significant contributions to the analysis and prediction of severe weather and hurricanes through incorporating high-resolution radar and satellite observations into cloud-resolving, state-of-the-art numerical weather prediction models with advanced ensemble-based data assimilation methodologies that have been widely adopted by NOAA, and other agencies and researchers in the world. He has authored about 2500 peer-reviewed journal publications with a h-index of 54. 

He has given over 300 invited or keynote talks at various institutions and professional meetings. He has also given US congressional briefings on science’s impacts on weather prediction and economy, and his research has been featured in published interviews by Nature, Science, Reuters, Washington Post, and other science or media outlets. He is one of the three editors for the most recent, 6-volume edition of the Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences published by Academic Press, along with editorship for various journals. He also served on various advisory boards and expert panels for numerous organizations which include NSF, NASA, NOAA, UCAR, NCAR/EOL, UK Met Office, Office of Naval Research, American Meteorological Society, World Meteorological Organization, and National Academies, as well as serving as consultant for several weather-related private businesses. He has mentored more than 50 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who are now becoming emerging leaders in their respective professions including university professors, government researchers, and private-sector innovators. He has received numerous awards for his research.

Selected Honors and Awards 

  • 2019 Distinguished Professor, Penn State University
  • 2018 Elected Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • 2018 Faculty Scholar Medal, Penn State University
  • 2018 Distinguished Chair, Gothenburg Chair Programme for Advanced Studies (GoCAS), Sweden
  • 2017 Burgers Keynote Lecturer, The Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics, University of Maryland
  • 2016 The Nordenskjöld Lecturer, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 2015 Elected fellow, American Meteorological Society
  • 2015 Banner Miller Award, American Meteorological Society 
  • 2015 Group Achievement Award, NASA
  • 2015 Houghton Lecturer, Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, MIT
  • 2015 Rossby Fellow, International Meteorology Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2012 Paul F. Robertson Award for the EMS Breakthrough of the Year, Penn State
  • 2011 E. Willard & Ruby S. Miller Faculty Fellow, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State
  • 2011 Distinguished Lecturer, Florida International University
  • 2009 The Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award, American Meteorological Society 
  • 2007 Outstanding Publication Award, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty Research, College of Geosciences, Texas A&M
  • 2004 Young Investigator Award, Office of Navy Research, Department of Navy

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

Website for the Penn State experimental Hurricane Analysis and Prediction System

Website for Fuqing Zhang's research team