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Qing Yang

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


Dr. Yang's research focuses on regional climate, aerosol-cloud interaction, air quality, and wind energy applications. Her current research addresses a wide range of cutting edge climate-related science questions related to the representation of organized convective systems in regional climate models, scale-dependency of precipitation extremes, hydrostatic limit of climate models, and aerosol transport and wet-removal processes in convective clouds. Her broad research interests also include atmospheric remote sensing and the application of statistical methods in the atmospheric sciences. She has contributed to the development and application of the chemistry version of Weather Research and Forecasting model.

Research Interests

  • Precipitation extremes
  • Wind Energy
  • Cloud physics and dynamics
  • Aerosol-cloud interactions
  • Air pollution and its impacts on local to global scales
  • Remote sensing of the atmosphere

Education and Credentials

  • PhD, Atmospheric Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Statistics, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming
  • B.S., Atmospheric Physics and Atmospheric Environment, Lanzhou University, China

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Meteorological Society (AMS)
  • European Geosciences Union (EGU)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Performance Award in recognition of exceptional contributions and commitment to the success of the Atmospheric Science & Global Change Division, FCSC, PNNL, 2015
  • Outstanding Performance Award in recognition of the publication feature as cover article of the JGR: Atmosphere, FCSD, PNNL, 2015
  • Research Excellence Award, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008
  • Women's Forum Scholarship, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005
  • Helen Bishop Dunnewald International Student Scholarship, University of Wyoming, 2002
  • Honor student, four years in a row during the undergraduate years, Lanzhou University

PNNL Publications





  • Saide P, SN Spak, G Carmichael, MA Mena-Carrasco, Q Yang, SG Howell, D Leon, JR Snider, AR Bandy, JL Collett, Jr, KB Benedict, S de Szoeke, L Hawkins, G Allen, I Crawford, J Crosier, and SR Springston. 2012. "Evaluating WRF-Chem aerosol indirect effects in Southeast Pacific marine stratocumulus during VOCALS-REx." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 12(6):3045-3064.  doi:10.5194/acp-12-3045-2012


Selected Publications


  • Yang Q, DM Cunnold, Y Choi, Y Wang, H-J Wang, L Froidevaux, A Thompson, and P Bhartia. 2010. "A Study of Tropospheric Ozone Column Enhancements over North America using Satellite Data and a Global Chemical Model."  Journal of Geophysical Research 115: Art. No. D08302. DOI:10.10.29/2009JD012616.

  • Zhao C, Y Wang, Q Yang, R Fu, D Cunnold, and Y Choi. 2010. "The Impact of East Asian Summer Monsoon on the Air Quality over China: The View from Space." Journal of Geophysical Research 115: Art. No. D09301. DOI:10.1029/2009JD012745.


  • Choi Y, Y Wang, Q Yang, D Cunnold, T Zeng, C Shim, M Luo, A  Eldering,  E Bucsela, and J Gleason. 2008.  "Spring to Summer Northward Migration of High O3 over the Western North Atlantic." Geophysical Research Letters 35: Art. No. L04818. DOI:10.1029/2007GL032276.


  • Yang Q, DM Cunnold, H-J Wang, L Froidevaux, H Claude, J Merrill, M Newchurch, and SJ Oltmans.  2007.  "Mid-latitude Tropospheric ozone Columns Derived from the Aura Ozone Monitoring Instrument and Microwave Limb Sounder Measurements." Journal of Geophysical Research 112: Art. No. D20305. DOI:10.1029/2007JD008528.

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