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Jonathan H. Jiang

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-701

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Aerosols And Clouds

Group Supervisor, Principal Scientist


  • B.Sc. Astrophysics, Beijing Normal University (1985)
  • M.Sc. Astrophysics, York University (1991)
  • Ph.D. Atmospheric Physics, York University (1996)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (1999-present)
    • Supervisor, Aerosol and Cloud group (2015-present)
    • Principal Scientist (2015-present)
    • Research Scientist (2004-2014)
    • Scientist (2002-2003)
      • Current Active Projects:
        • NASA XRP: Principal Investigator (2019-present)
        • NASA DSCOVR-ST: Principal Investigator (2019-present)
        • NASA TerraAquaNPP: Co-Investigator (2018-present)
        • NASA MAP: Co-Investigator (2017-present)
        • MISR (2016-present)
        • NASA IIP: Co-Investigator (2014-present)
        • Aura MLS (1999-present)
    • Chair, AMS Atmospheric Chemistry Committee (2020-present)
    • Vice-Chair, AMS Atmospheric Chemistry Committee (2017-2019)
    • Chair, AGU Fall Meeting Atmospheric Science Program Committee (2017)
    • Chair, AMS Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry (2015-2020)
    • AGU Editor in Chief, Earth and Space Science Open Archive (2021-Present)
    • AGU Editor, Earth and Space Science (2014-present)
    • Project Scientist, UCLA-JPL Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering (2014-present)
  • Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar (1999-2001)
  • Research Associate, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada (1997-1998)
  • Physics Lecturers, University of Waterloo, Canada (1996 and 1999); Trent University, Canada (1997-1998)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1996-1997)
  • Research Assistant, Centre for Research in Earth and Space Sciences, York University, Toronto, Canada (1991-1995)
  • Assistant Astronomer, Space Astrophysics Lab, Toronto, Canada (1989-1990)
  • Physics Lecturer, Nanking Institute of Technology (1985-1989)

Research Interests

  • Satellite mission design, simulation, and management
  • Satellite remote sensing of clouds, water vapor, and trace gases
  • Global climate model simulation, analysis, and evaluation using satellite observations
  • Processes studies of pollution transport, aerosols, clouds, water vapor, and their climate impacts using satellite observations
  • Radiative transfer modeling for atmospheric science and astrophysics applications
  • Astrophysics, Exoplanet Studies, Life in the Universe

Selected Awards

  • NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (2019)
  • Ed Stone Award for Outstanding Research Paper (2019)
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (2013)
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (2010)
  • NASA TC4 Team Achievement Award (2008)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for Aura MLS Team (2006)
  • Co-author, Ed Stone Award for Outstanding Research Paper (2006)
  • Space Act Award for Significant Contribution to National Space Program (2005)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for the Aura Project (2005)
  • GSFC Group Achievement Award for the Aura Team (2005)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for Aura Microwave Limb Sounder Ground Data System Development Team (2005)
  • Canadian NSERC Research Scholarship Award (1999)
  • AMS Global Change Scholarship Award (1996)

Selected Publications

  1. Jiang, J.H., R. Burn, K. Fahy, X. Ji, P. Eggenberger, Angular momentum distributions for observed and modeled exoplanetary systems, The Astrophysics Journal, accepted, 2021.
  2. Li, J., J.H. Jiang, H. Yang, D.S. Abbot, R. Hu, T. Komacek, S. Bartlett, Y. Yung, Rotation Period Detection for Earth-like Exoplanets, The Astronomical Journal, accepted, 2021.  
  3. Jiang, J.H., P. Rosen, K. Fahy, Avoiding the “Great Filter”: A Projected Timeframe for Human Expansion Off-World, Galaxies, 9(3), 53; Doi: 10.3390/galaxies9030053, 2021.
  4. Patel., P., J.H. Jiang, Cloud condensation nuclei characteristics at the Southern great Plains site: role of particle size distribution and aerosol hygroscopicity, Environ. Res. Commun. 3, No. 7, 2021.
  5. Jiang, J.H., H. Su, L. Wu, C. Zhai, K. Schiro, Improvements in cloud and water vapor simulations over the tropical oceans in CMIP6 compared to CMIP5, Earth and Space Science, doi: 10.1029/2020EA001520, 2021.
  6. Jiang, J.H., D. Zhao, X. Ji, B. Hu, Revisiting the Planet Mass and Stellar Metallicity Relation for Low-Mass Exoplanets Orbiting GKM Class Stars, Universe, 7, 88., doi:10.3390/universe7040088 , 2021.
  7. Cai, X, J.H. Jiang, K.A. Fahy, Y.L. Yung, A Statistical Estimation of the Occurrence of Extraterrestrial Intelligence in the Milky Way Galaxy, Galaxies, Vol 9, Issue 1, doi:10.3390/galaxies9010005, 2021.
  8. Chakraborty, S., J.H. Jiang, H. Su, R. Fu., Deep convective evolution from shallow clouds over the Amazon Congo rainforests, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 125, Issue 1, 2020
  9. Yue, Q., J.H. Jiang, A. Heymsfield, K-N. Liou, Y. Gu, A. Sinha, Combining In-Situ and Satellite Observations to Understand the Vertical Structure of Tropical Anvil Cloud Microphysical Properties During the TC4 Experiment, Earth and Space Science, Vol. 7, Issue 4, 2020.
  10. Jiang, J.H., Q. Yue, H. Su, P. Kangaslahti, et al., Simulation of remote sensing of clouds and humidity from space using a combined platform of radar and multi-frequency microwave radiometers, Earth and Space Science, Vol. 6, Issue 7., doi:10.1002/ 2017EA000296, 2019.
  11. Jiang, J.H., X. Ji, N. Cowan, R. Hu, Z. Zhu, Empirical Predictions for the Period Distribution of Planets to be Discovered by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, The Astronomical Journal, Vol. 158, No. 2,, 2019.
  12. Jiang, J.H., H. Su, L. Huang, Y. Wang, S. Massie, B. Zhao, A. Omar, Z. Wang, Contrasting Effects on Deep Convective Clouds by Different Types of Aerosols, Nature Communications, 9, 3874, doi:10.1038/ s41467-018-06280-4, 2018.
  13. Jiang, J.H. and S. Zhu, A Planetary Mass and Stellar Radius Relationship for Exoplanets Orbiting Red Giants, Res. Notes AAS, 2, 4, doi:10.3847/2515-5172/aae48c, 2018.
  14. Jiang, J.H., A.J. Zhai, J. Herman, C. Zhai, R. Hu, H. Su, V. Natraj, J. Li, F. Xu, Y.L.Yung, Using Deep Space Climate Observatory Measurements to Study the Earth as An Exoplanet, Astronomical Journal, Vol. 156, 10.3847/1538-3881/aac6e2, 2018.
  15. Jiang, J.H., et al., A Simulation of Ice Cloud Particle Size, Humidity and Temperature Measurements from the TWICE CubeSat, Earth and Space Science, 4, doi:10.1002/ 2017EA000296, 2017.
  16. Su, H., J.H. Jiang, J.D. Neelin, T. Shen, C. Zhai, Q. Yue, Z. Wang, L. Huang, Y. Choi, G. Stephens, Y. Yung, Tightening of tropical ascent and high clouds key to precipitation change in a warmer climate, Nature Communications, doi: ncomms15771, 2017.
  17. Jiang, J.H., H. Su, C. Zhai, L. Wu, K. Minschwaner, A.M. Molod, and A.M. Tompkins, An assessment of upper-troposphere and lower-stratosphere water vapor in MERRA, MERRA2 and ECMWF reanalyses using Aura MLS observations, Journal of Geophysical Research:Atmospheres 120, 2015.
  18. Jiang, J.H. et al., Evaluating the diurnal cycle of upper tropospheric ice clouds in climate models using SMILES observations, J. Atmos. Sci. 72, 1022–1044, doi:, 2015.
  19. Stanfield, R., J.H. Jiang, X. Dong, B. Xi, H. Su, L. Donner, L. Rotstayn, T. Wu, J. Cole, E. Shindo, A Quantitative Assessment of Precipitation Associated With the ITCZ in the CMIP5 GCM Simulations Climate Dynamics, Climate Dynamics, 10.1007/s00382-015-2937-y, 2015.
  20. Wang, Y., J.H. Jiang, and H. Su, Atmospheric Responses to the Redistribution of Anthropogenic Aerosols,J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1002/2015JD023665, 2015.
  21. Zhai, C., J.H. Jiang, and H. Su, Long term cloud change imprinted in seasonal cloud variation: more evidence of high climate sensitivity, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2015GL065911, 2015.
  22. Su, H., J.H. Jiang, C. Zhai, T.J. Shen, J.D. Neelin, G.L. Stephens, and L.Y. Yung, Weakening and Strengthening Structures in the Hadley Circulation Change under Global Warming and Implications for Cloud Response and Climate Sensitivity ,J. Geophys. Res., 119, 10, doi:10.1002/2014JD021642, 2014.
  23. Jiang, J.H., H. Su, C. Zhai, V.S. Perun, et al., Evaluation of Cloud and Water Vapor Simulations in CMIP5 Climate Models Using NASA A-Train Satellite Observations, J. Geophys. Res. 117, D1410, 24 PP, 10.1029/2011JD017237, July 2012.
  24. Huang, L., J.H. Jiang, J.L. Tackett, H. Su, R. Fu, Seasonal and diurnal variation of aerosol extinction profile and type distribution from CALIPSO 5-year observation, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/ 2013JD019720, 2013.
  25. Su, H., J.H. Jiang, C. Zhai, V.S. Perun, J.T. Shen, et al., Diagnosis of Regime-dependent Cloud Simulation Errors in CMIP5 Models Using A-Train Satellite Observations, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 7, 2762-2780, 10.1029/2012JD018575, 2013.
  26. Small, J.D., J.H. Jiang, H. Su, and C. Zhai, Relationship between aerosol and cloud fraction over Australia, Geophys. Res. Lett. 38, L23802, doi:10.1029/2011GL049404, 2011.
  27. Jiang, J.H., H. Su, C. Zhai, S.T. Massie, M.R. Schoeberl, P.R. Colarco, S. Platnick, Y. Gu, K.N. Liou, Influence of convection and aerosol pollution on ice cloud particle effective radius, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 11, 457-463, doi:10.5194/acp-11-457-2011, 2011.
  28. L'Ecuyer, T., J.H. Jiang, Touring the atmosphere aboard the A-Train, Physics Today 63, 7, 36-41, 2010.
  29. Jiang, J.H. et al., Five-year (2004-2009) Observations of Upper Tropospheric Water Vapor and Cloud Ice from MLS and Comparisons with GEOS-5 analyses, J. Geophys. Res. 115, D15103, doi:10.1029/2009JD013256, 2010.
  30. Jiang, J.H., H. Su, S.T. Massie, P.R. Colarco, M.R. Schoeberl, and S. Platnick, Aerosol-CO relationship and aerosol effect on Ice cloud particle size: Analyses from Aura Microwave Limb Sounder and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer observations, J. Geophys. Res. 114, D20207, doi:10.1029/2009JD012421, 2009.
  31. Jiang, J.H., H. Su, M. Schoeberl, S.T. Massie, P. Colarco, S. Platnick, N.J. Livesey, Clean and polluted clouds: relationships among pollution, ice cloud and precipitation in South America, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L14804, doi:10.1029/2008GL034631, 2008.
  32. Jiang, J.H., N.J. Livesey, H. Su, L. Neary, J.C. McConnell, and N.A. Richards, Connecting surface emissions, convective uplifting, and long-range transport of carbon monoxide in the upper-troposphere: New observations from the Aura Microwave Limb Sounder, Geophys. Res. Lett. 34, L18812, doi:10.1029/2007GL030638, 2007.
  33. Wu, D.L., Jiang, J.H., C.P. Davis, "EOS MLS cloud ice measurements and cloudy-sky radiative transfer model," IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 44, no. 5, 1156-1165, May 2006.
  34. Jiang, J.H., S.D. Eckermann, D.L. Wu, and D.Y. Wang, Inter-annual variation of gravity waves in the Arctic and Antarctic winter middle atmosphere, Adv. Space Res. 38, 2418-2423, 2006.
  35. Li, Q., Jiang, J.H., D.L. Wu, W.G. Read, N.J. Livesey, J.W. Waters, Y. Zhang, B. Wang, M.J. Filipiak, C.P. Davis, S. Turquety, S. Wu, R.J. Park, R.M. Yantosca, D.J. Jacob, "Convective outflow of South Asian pollution: A global CTM simulation compared with EOS MLS observations," Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L14826, doi:10.1029/2005GL022762, 2005.
  36. Jiang, J.H., S.D. Eckermann, D.L. Wu, K.Hocke, B. Wang, Y. Zhang, Seasonal variation of gravity wave sources from satellite observation, Adv. Space. Res. 35, 1925-1932, 2005.
  37. Jiang, J.H., and D.L. Wu, "Ice and Water Permittivities for Millimeter and Sub-millimeter Remote Sensing Applications," Atmos. Sci. Lett., 5, 146-151, 2004.
  38. Jiang, J.H., S.D. Eckermann, D.L. Wu, and J. Ma, "A Search for Mountain Waves in MLS Stratospheric Limb Radiances from the Winter Northern Hemisphere: Data Analysis and Global Mountain Wave Modeling," J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 109, D3, D03107, 10.1029/ 2003JD003974, 2004.
  39. Jiang, J.H., B. Wang, K. Goya, K. Hocke, S.D. Eckermann, J. Ma, D.L. Wu, and W.G. Read, "Geographical Distribution and Inter-Seasonal Variability of Tropical Deep-Convection: UARS MLS Observations and Analyses," J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 109, D3, D03111, 10.1029/ 2003JD003756, 2004.
  40. Jiang, J.H., et al, "Comparison of GPS / SAC-C and MIPAS/ ENVISAT Temperature Profiles and Its Possible Implementation for EOS MLS Observations," in CHAMP Mission Results for Gravity and, Magnetic Field Maping, and GPS Atmospheric sounding, C. Reigber, H. Luehr, P. Schwintzer, J. Wickert (eds.), Springer-Verlag, Berline/Heidelberg/New York, pp. 573-578, 2004.
  41. Jiang, J.H., D.L. Wu, S.D. Eckermann, and J. Ma, "Mountain Waves in the Middle Atmosphere, Microwave Limb Sounder Observations and Analyses," Adv. Space Res., Vol 32/5, 801-806, 2003.
  42. Jiang, J.H., D.L. Wu, and S.D. Eckermann, "Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) MLS Observation of Mountain Waves over the Andes," J. Geophys. Res., 107,D20, 8729, 10.1029/ 2002JD002091, 2002.
  43. Jiang, J.H. and D.L. Wu, UARS MLS Observations of Gravity Waves Associated with the Arctic Winter Stratospheric Vortex, Geophys. Res. Lett., 28, 527-530, 2001.
  44. Jiang, J.H. and D. Wu, Analysis of UARS MLS radiance variances and their relationship with stratospheric wind, Geosci. Remote Sens. Sym., vol 1., 213-215, doi: 10.1109/IGARSS.2000.860471, 2000.

Total 207 publications, H-Index 48, according to Web of Science