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Jinbo Wang

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-323C

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Ocean Circulation And Air Sea Interaction


Employed By



  • B.S., Meteorology, Lanzhou University, China (2002)
  • M.S., Atmospheric Sciences, Peking University, China (2005)
  • M.S., Physical Oceanography, MIT/WHOI Joint Program (2008)
  • Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, MIT/WHOI Joint Program (2011)

Professional Experience

  • Project Scientist, NASA PO.DAAC, 2021 - present
  • Lead scientist and task manager, SWOT postlaunch oceanography in-situ CalVal, 2020 – present
  • Deputy Project Scientist, NASA PO.DAAC, 2020 – 2021
  • Research Scientist, November, 2015 – present

Research Interests

Hydrodynamic instability, Quasi-geostrophic flow, eddy dynamics, application of satellite data in studying ocean circulation, Southern Ocean Circulation, Lagrangian particle simulation

Selected Publications

  1. Wang, J., and coauthors (2022): Reconstructing the near inertial oscillation from the future Wind and Current Mission (WaCM). (in prep).
  2. Wang, J., 2022: A plausible way of separating balanced motions and internal waves: combine sea surface height and sea surface velocity. (JGR, in prep).
  3. Wang, J., L-L Fu, 2022: A note on the sea surface height, steric height, and bottom pressure (JPO, submitted).
  4. H. S. Torres, P. Klein, E. D’Asaro, J. Wang, A. Thompson, L. Siegelman, D. Menemenlis, E. Rodriguez, (2022): Separating energetic internal gravity waves and small-scale frontal dynamics (GRL, accepted).
  5. Archer, M. R., Li, Z., Wang, J., & Fu, L.-L. (2022). Reconstructing fine-scale ocean variability via data assimilation of the SWOT pre-launch in situ observing system. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 127, e2021JC017362. https://doi. org/10.1029/2021JC017362
  6. Z. Li, M. Archer, J. Wang, L.-L. Fu, (2022): Reanalysis and sensitivity experiments using a multi-scale data assimilation system during a field campaign in the California current system
  7. Wang J., L-L Fu, B. Haines, and coauthors, 2022: On the development of SWOT in-situ Calibration/Validation of the short-wavelength ocean topography, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology,
  8. Li, Z., J. Wang, L.L. Fu, 2019; An Observing System Simulation Experiment for Ocean State Estimation to Assess the Performance of the SWOT Mission: Part 1-A Twin Experiment, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, DOI: 10.1029/2018JC014869.
  9. F. d'Ovidio, A. Pascual, J. Wang, A. Doglioli, Z. Jing, S. Moreau, G. Gregori, S. Swart, S. Speich, F. Cyr, B. Legresy, Y. Chao, L. L. Fu, R. A. Morrow, 2019: Frontiers in fine scale in-situ studies: opportunities during the SWOT fast sampling phase, Frontiers, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00168.
  10. Rosemary M., L.L. Fu, F. Ardhuin, M. Benkiran, B. Chapron, E. Cosme, F. d'Ovidio, J. T. Farrar, S. T. Gille, G. Lapeyre, P.-Y. Le Traon, A. Pascual, A. Ponte, B. Qiu, N. Rascle, R. Samelson, C. Ubelmann, J. Wang, E. D. Zaron. 2019: Global observations of fine-scale ocean surface topography with the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) Mission, Frontier, DOI:10.3389/fmars.2019.00232.
  11. Zhao, Z., J. Wang, D. Menemenlis, L. Fu, S. Chen, and B. Qiu, 2019: Decomposition of the Multimodal Multidirectional M2 Internal Tide Field. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol.,36, 1157-1173,
  12. Torres H., P. Klein, L. Siegelman, C. Ubelmann, B. Qiu, S. Chen, D. Menemenlis, J. Wang, O. Vergara, 2019: Interactions between Balanced Motions and Internal Gravity Waves: Can we diagnose them from space? Doi: 10.1029/2019GL083675, GRL.
  13. Wang, J., Lee-Lueng Fu, H. S. Torres, S. Chen, B. Qiu, D. Menemenlis, 2019: On the spatial scales to be resolved by the surface water and ocean topography Ka-band Radar interferometer, J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-18-0119.1.
  14. Wang, J., Lee-Lueng Fu, 2019: On the long-wavelength validation of the SWOT KaRIn measurement, J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol, 10.1175/JTECH-D-18-0148.1.
  15. L. D. Talley, I. Rosso, I. Kamenkovich, M. E. Mazloff, J. Wang, E. Boss, A. R. Gray, K. S. Johnson, R. Key, S. C. Riser, N. L. Williams, and J.L. Sarmiento, 2019, Southern Ocean biogeochemical float deployment strategies, with example from the Greenwich Meridian line (GO-SHIP A12), Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans,
  16. Torres, H., P. Klein, D. Menemenlis, B. Qiu, Z. Su, J. Wang, S. Chen, Lee-Lueng Fu, 2018, Partitioning ocean motions into balanced motions and internal gravity waves from space, JGR, doi: 10.1029/2018JC014438.
  17. V. Tamsitt, R. P. Abernathey, M. R. Mazloff, J. Wang, and L. D. Talley, 2018: Transformation of deep water masses along Lagrangian upwelling pathways in the Southern Ocean, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 10.1002/2017JC013409.
  18. Qiu, B., S. Chen, P. Klein, J. Wang, H. Torres, L.-L. Fu, and D. Menemenlis, 2018: Seasonality in Transition Scale from Balanced to Unbalanced Motions in the World Ocean. J Phys Oceanogr, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-17-0169.1.
  19. Su, Z., J. Wang, P. Klein, A. F. Thompson, and D. Menemenlis, 2018: Ocean submesoscales as a key component of the global heat budget. Nature Communications, 9, 775, doi:10.1038/s41467-018-02983-w.
  20. Tamsitt, V. and Coauthors, 2018: Spiraling pathways of global deep waters to the surface of the Southern Ocean. Nat Commun, 8, 172, doi:10.1038/s41467-017-00197-0.
  21. Sebille, E. van and Coauthors, 2018: Lagrangian ocean analysis: fundamentals and practices. Ocean Model, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2017.11.008.
  22. Wang, J., L.-L. Fu, B. Qiu, D. Menemenlis, J. T. Farrar, Y. Chao, A. Thompson, and M. Flexas, 2018: An observing system simulation experiment for the calibration and validation of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography sea surface height measurement using in-situ platforms. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., doi:10.1175/JTECH-D- 17-0076.1.
  23. Wang, J., M. R. Mazloff, and S. T. Gille, 2016: The effect of the Kerguelen Plateau on the ocean circulation. doi:10.1175/jpo-d-15-0216.1.
  24. LaCasce J., J. Wang, 2015: Estimating Subsurface Velocities from Surface Fields with Idealized Stratification. J Phys Oceanogr, 45, 2424-2435, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-14-0206.1.
  25. Wang, T., Y. Du, W. Zhuang, J. Wang (2015), Connection of Sea Level Variability between Tropical Western Pacific and Southern Indian Ocean during Recent Two Decades. Science China-D.
  26. Liu, L., Peng, S., Wang, J., & Huang, R. X. (2014). Retrieving density and velocity fields of the ocean's interior from surface data. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 119, 8512-8529, doi:10.1002/2014JC010221.
  27. Wang, J., M. R. Mazloff, S. T. Gille (2014), Pathways of Agulhas Waters poleward of 29S, Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, doi:10.1002/2014JC010049.
  28. Wang, J., G. Flierl, J. LaCasce, J. McClean, A. Mahadevan (2013), Reconstructing the ocean's interior from surface data, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 43, 16111626, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-12-0204.1.
  29. Wang, J., M. Spall, G. Flierl, P. Malanotte-Rizzoli (2013), Nonlinear radiating instabilities of an eastern boundary current, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 43(7), 14391452, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-12-0174.1.
  30. Wang, J., M. Spall, G. Flierl, P. Malanotte-Rizzoli (2012), A new mechanism for the generation
of quasi-zonal jets in the ocean, Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L10601, doi:10.1029/2012GL051861.
  31. Wang, J., W.H. Qian, and X. Zhang (2007), Relationship between the tropical cyclone genesis over the Northwest Pacific and sea surface temperature anomalies. Progress in Natural Sciences, 17(11): 69-73.
  32. Wang, J., and W.H. Qian (2005), Statistical analysis of tropical cyclone impact on the China mainland during the last half century. Chinese Journal of Geophysics, 48(5): 1069-1077.