Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Zhining Tao

(Research Scientist)

Zhining Tao's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.5324
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



2024. "High-resolution mapping of nitrogen oxide emissions in large US cities from TROPOMI retrievals of tropospheric nitrogen dioxide columns." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 24 (6): 3717-3728 [10.5194/acp-24-3717-2024] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Article in Book]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Integrated modeling of aerosol, cloud, precipitation and land processes at satellite-resolved scales." Environmental Modelling and Software 67 149-159 [Full Text] [doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.01.007] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]