Xiangdong Zhang

Xiangdong Zhang
Professor: IARC/CNSM
affiliations: IARC
location: 313 Akasofu Building
email: xdz attsymbol for nospam iarc [dot] uaf [dot] edu
phone: 907-474-2675



Professional Interests

  • Weather extremes in the present and projected future climate
  • Arctic freshwater and sea ice and their roles in global climate
  • Development of climate model and improvement of physical treatments


Storm Track Dynamics

Animations of Arctic Sea Ice Coverage Simulated and Projected by the IPCC AR4 Climate Models

Arctic Rapid change Pattern (ARP) and ARP Index

Weather Forecast and Regional Data


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, Nanjing University


  • ATM 644/444: Synoptic Analysis and Forecasting
  • ATM 613/413: Atmospheric Radiation
  • ATM 621: Introduction to Computational Meteorology
  • ATM 697: Arctic Water and Energy Cycle

Selected Services

  • Editorial Board member, Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group
  • Editor, Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Science
  • Co-Chair, Arctic-Midlatitude Working Group, U.S. Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Program
  • Member, Phenomena, Observations and Synthesis (POS) Panel, the US Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Program
  • Member,  Arctic Environmental Science Review Panel, National Science Foundation
  • Expert Reviewer, Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report
  • Member, Oversight Panel for the Arctic Ocean Model Intercomparison Project (AOMIP), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Research in the News and Highlights

Selected Publications