Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Zhining Tao

(Research Scientist)


Org Code: 614

Mail Code: 614
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Research Interests

Senior Research Scientist

Earth Science: Atmospheric Chemistry

Regional modeling, land-atmosphere interactions, aerosol-cloud-radiation interactions, biosphere and fire

Brief Bio


Ph.D., Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003



Liu, F., Z. Tao, S. Beirle, et al. J. Joiner, Y. Yoshida, S. J. Smith, K. E. Knowland, and T. Wagner. 2022. A new method for inferring city emissions and lifetimes of nitrogen oxides from high-resolution nitrogen dioxide observations: a model study Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 22 (2): 1333-1349 [10.5194/acp-22-1333-2022]

Shi, J. J., S. A. Braun, Z. Tao, and T. Matsui. 2021. Influence of the Saharan Air Layer on Hurricane Nadine (2012). Part I: Observations from the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) Investigation and Modeling Results Monthly Weather Review 149 3541-3562 [10.1175/mwr-d-20-0344.1]

Tao, Z., S. R. Kawa, J. P. Jacob, et al. D. Y. Liu, G. J. Collatz, J. S. Wang, L. E. Ott, and M. Chin. 2020. Application of NASA-Unified WRF model to carbon dioxide simulation- model development and evaluation Environmental Modelling & Software 132 104785 [10.1016/j.envsoft.2020.104785]

Tao, Z., H. He, C. Sun, D. Tong, and X.-Z. Liang. 2020. Impact of Fire Emissions on U.S. Air Quality from 1997 to 2016–A Modeling Study in the Satellite Era Remote Sensing 12 (6): 913 [10.3390/rs12060913]

Tao, Z., M. Chin, M. Gao, et al. T. Kucsera, D. Kim, H. Bian, J.-I. Kurokawa, Y. Wang, Z. Liu, G. R. Carmichael, Z. Wang, and H. Akimoto. 2020. Evaluation of NU-WRF model performance on air quality simulation under various model resolutions – an investigation within the framework of MICS-Asia Phase III Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 20 (4): 2319-2339 [10.5194/acp-20-2319-2020]

Tao, Z., S. A. Braun, J. J. Shi, et al. M. Chin, D. Kim, T. Matsui, and C. D. Peters-Lidard. 2018. Microphysics and Radiation Effect of Dust on Saharan Air Layer: An HS3 Case Study Monthly Weather Review 146 (6): 1813-1835 [10.1175/mwr-d-17-0279.1]

Kim, D., M. Chin, E. M. Kemp, et al. Z. Tao, C. D. Peters-Lidard, and P. Ginoux. 2017. Development of high-resolution dynamic dust source function - A case study with a strong dust storm in a regional model Atmospheric Environment 159 11-25 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.03.045]

Chin, M., H. Bian, T. Kucsera, et al. T. Diehl, Z. Tao, D. Kim, and X. Pan. 2017. Connection Between East Asian Air Pollution and Monsoon System Air Pollution in Eastern Asia: An Integrated Perspective 87-103 [10.1007/978-3-319-59489-7_5]

Tao, Z., H. Yu, and M. Chin. 2016. Impact of transpacific aerosol on air quality over the United States: A perspective from aerosol–cloud–radiation interactions Atmospheric Environment 125 48-60 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.10.083]

Peters-Lidard, C. D., E. M. Kemp, T. Matsui, et al. J. A. Santanello, S. V. Kumar, J. P. Jacob, T. L. Clune, W.-K. Tao, M. Chin, A. Hou, J. L. Case, D. Kim, K.-M. Kim, W. K. Lau, Y. Liu, J. J. Shi, D. O. Starr, Q. Tan, Z. Tao, B. F. Zaitchik, B. Zavodsky, Q. Zhang, and M. Zupanski. 2015. Integrated modeling of aerosol, cloud, precipitation and land processes at satellite-resolved scales Environmental Modelling and Software 67 149-159 [doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.01.007]

Tao, Z., H. Yu, and M. Chin. 2015. The Role of Aerosol-Cloud-Radiation Interactions in Regional Air Quality—A NU-WRF Study over the United States Atmosphere 6 (8): 1045-1068 [10.3390/atmos6081045]

Tao, Z., J. A. Santanello, M. Chin, et al. S. Zhou, Q. Tan, E. M. Kemp, and C. D. Peters-Lidard. 2013. Effect of land cover on atmospheric processes and air quality over the continental United States – a NASA Unified WRF (NU-WRF) model study Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 13 (13): 6207-6226 [10.5194/acp-13-6207-2013]

Weaver, C. P., X. Liang, J. Zhu, et al. P. J. Adams, P. Amar, J. Avise, M. Caughey, J. Chen, R. C. Cohen, E. Cooter, J. P. Dawson, R. Gilliam, A. Gilliland, A. H. Goldstein, A. Grambsch, D. Grano, A. Guenther, W. I. Gustafson, R. A. Harley, S. He, B. Hemming, C. Hogrefe, H. Huang, S. W. Hunt, D. J. Jacob, P. L. Kinney, K. Kunkel, J. Lamarque, B. Lamb, N. K. Larkin, L. R. Leung, K. Liao, J. Lin, B. H. Lynn, K. Manomaiphiboon, C. Mass, D. McKenzie, L. J. Mickley, S. M. O'Neill, C. Nolte, S. N. Pandis, P. N. Racherla, C. Rosenzweig, A. G. Russell, E. Salathé, A. L. Steiner, E. Tagaris, Z. Tao, S. Tonse, C. Wiedinmyer, A. Williams, D. A. Winner, J. Woo, S. Wu, and D. J. Wuebbles. 2009. A Preliminary Synthesis of Modeled Climate Change Impacts on U.S. Regional Ozone Concentrations Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 90 (12): 1843-1863 [10.1175/2009BAMS2568.1]