Dr. Tianjun ZHOU 

Deputy Director-General & Professor 

Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Research Areas

  • Coupled atmosphere-ocean modeling and climate dynamics
  • East Asian climate change and climate variability
  • Air-sea interaction and Asian-Australian monsoon predictability
  • Numerical simulation of ocean circulation


  • Ph.D. (1999), Meteorology, Peking University, China
  • M. S. (1994), Meteorology, Nanjing University, China 
  • B. S. (1991), Atmospheric Physics, Nanjing University, China


Work Experience
  • Sep - Dec, 2009: Visiting professor, Hydrospheric Atmospheric Research Center (HyARC), Nagoya University, Japan
  • 2004 - present: Professor, Meteorology, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Jan - Feb 2009: Visiting scientist, Climate Research Division, Environment Canada, Canada
  • May 2008-July 2008: Visiting Professor, Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Switzerland
  • 9 Jun 2006-9 Aug 2006: Visiting scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), USA
  • Jul. 2001- 2003: Associate professor, Meteorology, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Nov. 2001-Feb. 2002: Visiting scientist, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center and Geophysical Institute of Bergen University, Norway 
  • Jul. 1999-Jun. 2001: Postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • May 2000 - Jan 2001: Postdoctoral fellow, Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique (LMD), CNRS, France
  • Jul. 1994-Aug. 1996: Research assistant, Chinese Meteorological Administration
Teaching Experience
  • 2004-present, Numerical simulation of ocean general circulation and air-sea interaction (three chapters) ,Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2006, Air-sea interaction in Ocean-Atmosphere coupled models, ECCE Summer School for Advanced Study in Climate and Environment, July 30 - August 12, 2006, Beijing, China
  • 2001-2002: Atmospheric Science: An Introduction , Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Honors & Distinctions

Boards and Committees

  • 2010 - present: Lead Author (LA), IPCC WG1 AR5
  • 2011.06 - 2015.10: Member, GEWEX Radiation Panel (GRP), GEWEX/WCRP
  • 2010.01 - 2015.12: Regular Associate of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)
  • 03/2009 - present: Member, Asian-Australian Monsoon Panel (AAMP), CLIVAR/WCRP
  • 2007 - present: Member, China National Committee for International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS)
  • 2011 - present: Editor, Asian Pacific Journal of Atmosphric Sciences (APJAS)
  • 2011 - present: Editor, Acta Meteorologica Sinica
  • 2010- present: Editor, Chinese JAS
  • 2008 - present: Editor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Letters (AOSL)
  • 2009 - present: Editor of Chinese Journal of Atmospheric Sciences



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