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Curriculum Vitae:

Jonathan H. Jiang
Group Supervisor, Principal Scientist

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

Research Interests
  • 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


MLS - Microwave Limb Sounder Icon MLS - Microwave Limb Sounder
The Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) experiments measure naturally-occurring microwave thermal emission from the limb (edge) of Earth's atmosphere to remotely sense vertical profiles of atmospheric gases, temperature, pressure, and cloud ice.

The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument provides a unique opportunity for studying the environment and climate of Earth through the acquisition of global multiangle imagery on the daylit side of Earth.

CloudSat Icon CloudSat
CloudSat is an experimental satellite that uses radar to study clouds and precipitation from space. CloudSat flys in orbital formation as part of the A-Train constellation of satellites (Aqua, CloudSat, CALIPSO, PARASOL, and Aura).

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 Research Projects:
        • Aura MLS (1999-present)
        • MISR (2016-present)
        • NASA CCST: Principal Investigator (2016-present)
        • NASA ACMAP: Principal Investigator (2015-present)
        • NASA MAP: Co-Investigator (2017-present)
        • California EC: Co-Investigator (2015-present)
        • NASA IIP: Co-Investigator (2014-present)
        • NASA AST: Co-Investigator (2016-present)
    • AGU Editor, Earth and Space Science (2014-present)
    • Chair, AMS Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry (2015-present)
    • Vice-Chair, AMS Atmospheric Chemistry Committee (2017-2018)
    • Chair, AGU Fall Meeting Atmospheric Science Program Committee (2017)
    • 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)

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., 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Wang, Y., J.H. Jiang, and H. Su, Atmospheric Responses to the Redistribution of Anthropogenic Aerosols,J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1002/2015JD023665, 2015.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. L'Ecuyer, T., J.H. Jiang, Touring the atmosphere aboard the A-Train, Physics Today 63, 7, 36-41, 2010.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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 over 170 publications, H-Index 42, See CV for details.

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