- Ph.D., MPO/RSMAS, University of Miami, 2002
- M.S., Chinese University of Meteorological Sciences, China, 1988
- B.S., Nanjing University, China, 1985
Dr. Zhu's research interests are in the atmospheric boundary layer. Using numerical simulations, in situ observations, and satellite measurements, he investigates the processes responsible for the formation, development, and dissipation of boundary layer clouds, the representation of sub-grid cloud processes in large scale models, and the cloud-radiation-climate feedback mechanisms. His research also focuses on studying hurricane boundary layer turbulent processes and investigating multi-scale interactions between large turbulent eddies, meso-vortices, deep convection, and hurricane vortex. The goal is to advance our understanding of the hurricane boundary layer processes, their up-scale impact on hurricane development, maintenance, and dissipation, and their down-scale bearing on coastal damage; to improve the parameterization of sub-scale hurricane boundary layer processes in numerical models; and to develop novel approaches to depict and predict the hurricane boundary layer wind fields at landfall for various applications in hurricane mitigation.
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