Yanda Zhang

I am a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. I’m now working on the effects of regional emissions of anthropogenic aerosols on climate change.

I got my Bachelor's degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the Ocean University of China in June 2012. Later, I pursued my Master's degree from the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, which I completed in June 2015. I earned my Ph.D. degree from the State University of New York at Albany in July 2021. From 2021 to 2023, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) program at Princeton University.

Fields of Interest

  • Climate change in response to aerosol effects
  • Aerosol-cloud interactions and cloud microphysics
  • Climate Modeling


Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY, US (2016 - 2021)                        

M.S., in Atmospheric Science at Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, China (2012 - 2015)                  

B.S. in Atmospheric Science at  Ocean University of China, China (2008 - 2012)

Zhang, Y., Wang, D., and Yin, J. (2023) Impacts of Cloud Microphysics Schemes on an Event of Mixed Rain-Snow Storm (in preparation)

Zhang, Y., Knutson, T., Shevliakova, E., Horowitz, L., Ginoux, P., Paynter, D. and Westervelt, D. (2023) Fast response of precipitation to historical black and sulfate aerosols in the GFDL ESM4 climate model (in preparation)

Zhang, Y., Knutson, T., Shevliakova, E., and Paynter, D. (2023) The long-term trends of global land precipitation in GFDL's CM4 and ESM4 climate models, Journal of Climate, https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-22-0764.1

Henny, L., Gaudet, LC., Lupo, KM., Goods. K, Sanders, S., Zhang, Y. (2022) Recommendations for Interinstitutional and Interdisciplinary Research Informed by a PIRE Graduate Student Cohort Perspective, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society,103 (5), E1270-E1281, https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-21-0057.1

Zhang, Y., Yu, F., Luo, G., Fan, J., and Liu, S. (2021) Impacts of long-range-transported mineral dust on summertime convective cloud and precipitation: a case study over the Taiwan region, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physic, 21, 17433–17451, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-17433-2021.

Zhang, Y., Cai, Y.J., Yu, F., Luo, G., and Chou, C.C.K. (2020). Seasonal Variations and Long-term Trend of Mineral Dust Aerosols over the Taiwan Region. Aerosol and Air Quality Research. https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2020.07.0433

Zhang, Y., Yu, F., Luo, G., Chen, J. P., and Chou, C. C. K. (2020). Impact of mineral dust on summertime precipitation over the Taiwan region. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 125(19), e2020JD033120. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JD033120

Yu, F., Luo, G., Nair, A. A., Schwab, J. J., Sherman, J. P., and Zhang, Y. (2020). Wintertime new particle formation and its contribution to cloud condensation nuclei in the Northeastern United States. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20(4), 2591-2601. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-2591-2020

Zhang, Y., Luo, G., and Yu, F. (2019). Seasonal Variations and Long‐Term Trend of Dust Particle Number Concentration Over the Northeastern United States. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 124(23), 13140-13155. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JD031388

Zhang, Y., Wang, D., Yin, J., and Xu H. (2016). Impacts of Terminal Velocity and Drop Size Distribution Shape on the Numerical Simulation of Precipitation. Chinese Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 40 (4): 841-852. https://doi.org/10.3878/j.issn.1006-9895.1504.15193