Zhiming Kuang

Zhiming Kuang

Gordon McKay Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science
Zhiming Kuang

Research Interests

The main goal of my current research is to better understand and simulate how tropical convection interacts with the large-scale flow. This interaction is key to the tropical circulation, particularly the rainfall distribution and its variability. These are important issues to society. Variations in the Asian monsoon rain, for example, can bring droughts or floods and affect the lives of billions of people. Despite its well appreciated importance, our understanding of how tropical convection interacts with the large-scale flow remains poor, so is our ability to simulate this interaction. In our research, we use novel high resolution numerical model experiments, together with observational data analysis, to guide development of theoretical models. Besides the meteorological implications of tropical convection, I'm also interested in its role in global chemistry.

Related Publications

Andersen J. A., Z. Kuang, Moist Static Energy Budget of MJO-like disturbances in the atmosphere of a zonally symmetric aquaplanet, J. Climate, submitted. (2011)

Romps, D. M., Z. Kuang, A transilient matrix for moist convection, J. Atmos. Sci., accepted, (2011)

Kuang, Z., The wavelength dependence of the gross moist stability and the scale selection in the instability of column integrated moist static energy, J. Atmos. Sci., 68, 61-74, (2011)

Solodoch A., W. R. Boos, Z. Kuang, E. Tziperman, Excitation of intraseasonal variability in the equatorial atmosphere by Yanai wave-group via WISHE-induced convection, J. Atmos. Sci., 68, 210-225, (2011)

Blossey, P. N., Z. Kuang, D. M. Romps, Isotopic composition of water in the TTL in cloud-resolving simulations of an idealized tropical circulation, J. Geophys. Res., 115, D24309, doi:10.1029/2010JD014554 (2010)

Boos, W.R., Z. Kuang, Mechanisms of poleward-propagating, intraseasonal convective anomalies in cloud-system resolving models, J. Atmos. Sci., 67, 3673-3691 (2010)

Nie J., W. R. Boos, Z. Kuang, Observational Evaluation of a Convective Quasi-Equilibrium View of Monsoons, J. Climate, 23, 4416-4428, (2010)

Romps, D. M., Z. Kuang, Nature versus nurture in shallow convection, J. Atmos. Sci., 67, 1655-1666, (2010)

Kuang, Z., Linear response functions of a cumulus ensemble to temperature and moisture perturbations and implication to the dynamics of convectively coupled waves, J. Atmos. Sci., 67, 941-962, (2010)

Romps, D. M., Z. Kuang, Do undiluted convective plumes exist in the upper tropical troposphere? J. Atmos. Sci., 67, 468-484, (2010)

Boos, W. R., Z. Kuang, Dominant control of the South Asian monsoon by orographic insulation versus plateau heating, Nature, 463, 218-222, (2010)

Environmental Courses


Harvard Climate Group

Faculty Department

Earth & Planetary Sciences


Jennifer Lee (617) 384-9005

Contact Information

Geological Museum 455

Research Areas

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