Jian-Hua Qian

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 received his bachelor and master degrees 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 was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a research staff at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), and research scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University. 

Qian has research experience and interest in a wide spectrum of atmospheric and climate sciences, including multi-scale climate process studies, regional climate downscaling  and  prediction, global and regional climate model  development, mesoscale  atmospheric modeling  of  moisture transport, precipitation  recycling,  and  land-atmosphere interaction, global non-hydrostatic  semi-implicit semi-Lagrangian  atmospheric  model development, and weather typing analysis  in Southeast Asia and Northeast United States.

Qian taught six courses (3 undergraduate and 3 graduate): Atmospheric Dynamics, Meteorology Methods I, Scientific FORTRAN Programming, Atmospheric Structure and Dynamics, Regional Weather and Climate Modeling and Mesoscale Atmospheric Dynamics.

Dr. Qian's current project is alalyzes the frequency of weather types in the Northeast U.S. as an indicator for National Climate Assessment.