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Jiwen Fan

Jiwen Fan

Earth Systems Analysis & Modeling
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-30
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Jiwen Fan has a wide range of research experience and interests, varying from atmospheric chemistry and aerosols, to cloud physics and climate studies. Jiwen is a well-recognized expert in the field of aerosol-cloud interaction who has made significant contribution to provide better understanding of the complex processes associated with aerosol interactions with convection and cloud microphysics. Her current work contains (1) impacts of anthropogenic aerosols on convective clouds and severe weather events, particularly under the context of urban pollution, biomass burning aerosols, and biogenic emissions, (2) improving parameterizations of aerosol-cloud interactions with special emphases on cumulus convective clouds and ice nucleation in regional and global models, (3) developing scale-aware and aerosol-aware cumulus parameterizations for climate models, and (4) Impacts of dust and biological particles on clouds and snowpack in Western U.S. by acting as ice nuclei.

Research Interests

  • Aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions
  • Aerosol impact on severe weather events and regional climate
  • Parameterizations of cumulus clouds and aerosol-cloud interactions in regional/global climate models

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
  • M.S., Environmental Science, China University of Mining & Technology (Beijing Campus), 1999
  • B.S., Chemistry, Hunan University of Science & Technology, Hunan, China

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2015 American Geophysical Union (AGU) ASCENT award for mid-career scientists.
  • 2014 Ronald L. Brodzinski Award for Early Career Exceptional Achievement.
  • DOE Travel Grant for the 2011 IYC Symposium on Stratospheric Ozone and Climate Change, 2011
  • NSF ASCENT Travel Scholarship, 2010
  • NASA Earth System Science (ESS) Fellowship, 2004-2007
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, 2006
  • Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Award for Research, Texas A&M University, 2006
  • Excellent Graduate Student Award, College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University, 2005
  • Robert D. Kersten Fellowship, University of Central Florida, 2000-2002
  • IET Graduate Student Scholarship, International Engineering & Technology Educational Fund Council, 1997-1998.

PNNL Publications









  • Fan J, and R Zhang. 2008. "Density Functional Theory Study on OH-Initiated Atmospheric Oxidation of m-Xylene ." Journal of Physical Chemistry A 18(112):4314-4323.  doi:10.1021/jp077648j
  • Fan J, R Zhang, WK Tao, and KI Mohr. 2008. "Effects of aerosol optical properties on deep convective clouds and radiative forcing." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 113(D8):Art. No. D08209.  doi:10.1029/2007JD009257
  • Yuan T, Z Li, R Zhang, and J Fan. 2008. "Increase of Cloud Droplet Size with Aerosol Optical Depth: An Observational and Modeling Study." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 113:Artical Number D04201.  doi:10.1029/2007JD008632

Selected Publications


  • Fan J and R Zhang.  2008.  "Density Functional Theory Study on OH-Initiated Atmospheric Oxidation of M-Xylene."  The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 112(18):  4314-4323, DOI:  10.1021/jp077648j.
  • Fan J, R Zhang, W-K Tao, and K Mohr.  2008.  "Effects of Aerosol Optical Properties on Deep Convective Clouds and Radiative Forcing."  Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres 113(D08):  Art. No. D08209, DOI:  10.1029/2007JD009257.
  • Yuan T, Z Li, R Zhang, and J Fan.  (2008).  "Increase of Cloud Droplet Size with Aerosol Optical Depth:  An Observation and Modeling Study."  Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres 113(D04):  Art. No. D04201, DOI:  10.1029/2007JD008632.


  • Fan J, R Zhang, G Li, and W-K Tao. 2007.  "Effects of Aerosols and Relative Humidity on Cumulus Clouds."  Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres 112(D14):  Art. No. D14204, DOI:  10.1029/2006JD008136.
  • Fan J, R Zhang, G Li, W-K Tao, and X Li.  2007.  Simulations of Cumulus Clouds Using a Spectral Microphysics Cloud-Resolving Model."  Journal of Geophysical Research 112(D04):  Art. No. D04201, DOI:  10.1029/2006JD007688.
  • Li G, R Zhang, J Fan, and X Tie.  2007.  "Impacts of Biogenic Emissions on Photochemical Ozone Production in Houston, Texas."  Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres 112(D10):  Art. No. D10309, DOI:  10.1029/2006JD007924. 
  • Zhang R, G Li, J Fan, DL Wu, and MJ Molina.  2007.  "Intensification of Pacific Storm Track Linked to Asian Pollution."  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104(13):  5295-5299.

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