Youtong Zheng (郑又通)

I am an atmospheric scientist. I study clouds,  a complex system that is adaptive, resilient, self-organized, multi-scale, and filled with emergent properties. I am interested in many aspects of clouds including (1) the vertical air motions that form and maintain the clouds; (2) their underlying surfaces that feed moisture, energy, and mass to them; (3) their interactions with aerosols, the tiny particles suspended in the atmosphere, upon which cloud droplets form; and (4) how they respond and feed back to the large-scale meteorology. I use whatever tools that are appropriate to solve the problem: observations (satellite and experiments), theory (mostly simple ones that capture the "coarse-grain" behavior), and, recently, numerical models (large-eddy simulations). 


I enjoy watching all kinds of sports (soccer, MMA, basketball, table tennis ...) although I am good at none of them.  

​Research interest

  • Boundary layer and cloud dynamics

  • Satellite remote sensing of clouds and aerosols

  • Aerosol-cloud interactions

Cloud image of the day 


Source: Worldview

Date: Jan 14, 2021

University of Maryland at College Park

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