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Jian-Hua Qian

Jian-Hua Qian

Jian-Hua Qian, Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Associate Professor
301B Olney Science Center


Weather & Climate, Non-hydrostatic Atmospheric Dynamics, Climate Dynamics, Regional Climate Modeling, Downscaling & Prediction

Research Interest

Atmospheric non-hydrostatic dynamics and modeling, regional climate modeling and downscaling, multi-scale climate process studies, and climate prediction and applications.

Educational Background

North Carolina State University, Ph.D. in atmospheric science


Dr. Jian-Hua (Joshua) Qian is an associate professor in atmospheric and climate sciences in the Department of Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at University of Massachusetts Lowell. He got his bachelor and master degree in atmospheric science from Nanjing University in China in 1983 and 1986, respectively, and his Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the North Carolina State University at Raleigh, U.S.A., in 1996. He has had the  privilege to work with some  well-known  atmospheric scientists (Akira Kasahara, Fredrick Semazzi, Filippo Giorgi, Wei-Kuo Tao, William K.M. Lau, Stephen Zebiak, et al.) on  cutting-edge  problems  in atmospheric and climate  sciences  in prestigious  institutions  such  as  the   National  Center  for  Atmospheric  Research  (NCAR),  NASA  Goddard Space Flight  Center (GSFC), and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University. 

Qian has research experience and interests in a wide spectrum of atmospheric and climate sciences. Specific areas of his research are listed below:  (1)  Multi-scale climate  process  studies;  (2)  Regional  climate downscaling  and  prediction; (3)  Regional  climate modeling  methodology; (4)  Global and regional climate model  development; (5)  Mesoscale  atmospheric modeling  of  moisture  transport, precipitation  recycling,  and  land-atmosphere interaction; (6)  Global  non-hydrostatic  semi-implicit  semi-Lagrangian  atmospheric  model development;  (7)  Theoretical  studies  of atmospheric dynamics in non-hydrostatic normal  modes; and (8) Applications of climate science in real-world problems such as forest fire and rice production.

Qian taught climate dynamics at Nanjing University, and atmospheric dynamics, methods in meteorology, and atmospheric structure and dynamics at UMass Lowell.