Da-Lin Zhang

Dr. Da-Lin Zhang
Professor, Associate Chair
Email: dalin@atmos.umd.edu
Phone: (301) 405-2018
Fax: (301) 314-9482

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
2419 Atlantic Building #224
4254 Stadium Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742-2425

B.S.: Univ. of Sci. & Tech. of China

Dept. of Modern Mechanics, 1976
M. S.: The Penn. State University
Dept. of Meteorology, 1981
Ph. D.: The Penn. State University
Dept. of Meteorology, 1985
Postdoc.: National Center for Atmos.
Research (NCAR), 1986-88

Current Research Interests:
High-Resolution Numerical Weather Prediction
Mesoscale Convective Systems
Tropical and Extratropical Cyclones
Regional Climate
Urban Meteorology


Prof. Zhang received professional training from the Department of Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University where he obtained his M.S. in 1981 and Ph.D. in 1985. From 1986 to 1988, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. After spending one year in the University of Toronto, he took a faculty position in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at McGill University . He joined the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science of University of Maryland in September 1996.

Prof. Zhang works on the modeling and understanding of fundamental processes taking place in squall lines, mesoscale convective complexes, hurricanes and heavy rain- (or snow-) storms, tropical and extratropical cyclones, gravity waves, frontal circulations and topographically generated weather phenomena. His research involves simulating a variety of different severe convective systems and cyclones; examining the meso-beta-scale structures and evolution as well as the mechanism(s) whereby they develop; testing theories, hypotheses and various model physical representations; and finally interpreting, to the extent possible, the observed behaviors of these weather systems. His research interests also include the development and improvement of the planetary boundary layer and cumulus parameterization techniques, cloud representations in mesoscale numerical models, and the improvement of warm-season quantitative precipitation forecasts and severe weather warnings.

Some Results from Recent Research Projects

Tornado Hit College Park on 24 September 2001

Courses Taught

Past and Current Students

Curriculum Vitae

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