Zheng Lu

Zheng Lu

Associate Research Scientist



  Eller O&M 1110A


I am interested in modeling many aspects of anthropogenic and natural aerosols, including their emissions, transportation, and formation, as well as their impacts on climate. The spatial resolutions of modeling tools span several order of magnitudes (WRF-LES, WRF-Chem, CESM, and E3SM).

Selected Publications

Lu Z., X. Liu, Z. Zhang, C. Z., K. Meyer., C. Rajapakshe., C. Wu., Z. Yang., J. E. Penner. (2018). Biomass smoke from southern Africa can significantly enhance the 4 brightness of stratocumulus over the southeastern Atlantic Ocean. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 115 (12) 2924-2929. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1713703115.

Lu, Z., and I. N. Sokolik, (2018). The Impacts of Smoke Emitted from Boreal Forest Wildfires on the High Latitude Radiative Energy Budget—A Case Study of the 2002 Yakutsk Wildfires. Atmosphere, 9(10), 410.

Lu Z., and I.N. Sokolik. (2017). Examining the impact of smoke on clouds and precipitation under different fire regimes: A case study of Yakutsk wildfires of 2002, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, 12,765–12,785. DOI: 10.1002/2017JD027001. (Cover page paper)

Lu, Z., and I. N. Sokolik. (2013). The effect of smoke emission amount on changes in cloud properties and precipitation: A case study of Canadian boreal wildfires of 2007. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 118. DOI:10.1002/2013JD019860.

Brown, H., Liu, X., Feng, Y., Jiang, Y., Wu, M., Lu, Z., Wu, C., Murphy, S., and Pokhrel, R.: Radiative effect and climate impacts of brown carbon with the Community Atmosphere Model (CAM5), Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 17745-17768, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-17745-2018, 2018.

Grandey, B. S., Rothenberg, D., Avramov, A., Jin, Q., Lee, H.-H., Liu, X., Lu, Z., Albani, S., and Wang, C.: Effective radiative forcing in the aerosol–climate model CAM5.3-MARC-ARG, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 15783-15810, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-15783-2018, 2018.

Wu, C., Lin, Z., Liu, X., Li, Y., Lu, Z., & Wu, M. (2018). Can climate models reproduce the decadal change of dust aerosol in East Asia?. Geophysical Research Letters, 45(18), 9953-9962.

Wu, M., Liu, X., Zhang, L., Wu, C., Lu, Z., Ma, P.-L., et al. (2018). Impacts of aerosol dry deposition on black carbon spatial distributions and radiative effects in the Community Atmosphere Model CAM5. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 10. DOI: 10.1029/2017MS001219.

Wu, C., Liu, X., Lin, Z., Rahimi-Esfarjani, S. R., and Lu, Z. (2018). Impacts of absorbing aerosol deposition on snowpack and hydrologic cycle in the Rocky Mountain region based on variable-resolution CESM (VR-CESM) simulations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 511-533. DOI: 10.5194/acp-18-511-2018.

Wu, C., Liu, X., Lin, Z., Rhoades, A. M., Ullrich, P. A., Zarzycki, C. M., Lu, Z., Rahimi-Esfarjani, S. R. (2017). Exploring a variable‐resolution approach for simulating regional climate in the Rocky Mountain region using the VR‐CESM. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122, 10,939–10,965. DOI: 10.1002/2017JD027008.

Jiang, Y., Z. Lu, X. Liu, Y. Qian, K. Zhang, Y. Wang, and X.-Q. Yang. (2016). Impacts of Global Wildfire Aerosols on Direct Radiative, Cloud and Surface-Albedo Forcings Simulated with CAM5, Atmos. Chem. Phys.DOI:10.5194/acp-2016-167.


Ph. D. in Atmospheric Science Aug. 2007 – June. 2014
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology

Bachelor in Atmospheric Sciences June 2003 – June 2007
Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Nanjing University, China

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