Weather & Climate, Non-hydrostatic Atmospheric Dynamics, Climate Dynamics, Regional Climate Modeling, Downscaling & Prediction
Atmospheric non-hydrostatic dynamics and modeling, regional climate modeling and downscaling, multi-scale climate process studies, and climate prediction and applications.
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.