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Linking Air Pollution, Climate Change, and Water Resources: Integrated Earth System Model Development, Application, and Evaluation

Yang Zhang
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Air pollution and climate change are two major environmental challenges that we are facing. Both have significant impacts on human, environment, and the entire Earth system that encompasses air, water, land, ocean, and ecosystem. Air pollution has become the worlds largest single environmental health risk, responsible for 7 million people deaths per year worldwide. Adverse climate change such as heat wave, drought, wildfires, or compounding climate extremes will further increase annual air pollution-related deaths. Reducing air pollution and mitigating adverse climate change will therefore save millions of lives in the world. Integrated environmental models provide powerful tools to simulate the sources, fates, and environmental impacts of air pollutants such as tropospheric ozone and fine particular matter and to assess the co-benefits of integrated strategies for air quality control, climate change mitigation, ecosystem management, and human health protection. This seminar will present the latest research at the interdisciplinary nexus of climate change, air pollution, and water-carbon cycle. It will start with a brief review of history and current status of air quality, climate, and Earth system modeling. This will be followed by a detailed presentation of model development, improvement, evaluation, and decadal-scale application of the state of the science technology-driven Earth system model to demonstrate the current models capability in reproducing atmospheric observations, studying the impacts of climate change on air quality, water resources, and forest ecosystem at various spatial scales, and supporting win-win emission control strategies in mitigating adverse climate change, air pollution, and water shortage. Finally, future research challenges and directions will be discussed in the context of global changes, energy transition, environmental sustainability, and policy implications.

Short Biography of Yang Zhang

Dr. Zhang is a Professor in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University (NC State), Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Prior to joining NC State in 2013, Dr. Zhang has 3-year research experience at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and 6-yr research and consulting experience at Atmospheric & Environmental Research (AER), Inc. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Iowa and a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University, China. Dr. Zhang specializes in 3-D numerical modeling and theoretical study of energy- and health-relevant air pollutants and their environmental and health impacts. She led or contributed to the development, improvement, application, and evaluation of a number of major 3-D atmospheric/Earth system models on urban, regional, and global scales. Her research is highly interdisciplinary and covers a wide spectrum of topics from local to global scales, for example, molecular-scale mass transfer between air and condensed surfaces, urban air pollution and health impacts, regional and continental pollution transport, global climate change and Earth system modeling, as well as interactions among energy/fuel use, climate/meteorology, air quality, water resources, human health, land, ocean, forest, and ecosystems. Dr. Zhang authored or co-authored nearly 150 peer-reviewed journal publications. The number of her publication citations from the ISI Web of Sciences is over 4300 and the h-index is 33. Dr. Zhang was a recipient of the U.S. NSF Career Award in Atmospheric Chemistry in 2004 and several international fellowship and scholarship awards in 2010 and 2017. She has served as a technical committee member or chair/co-chair for a number of international conferences/workshops and academic panels/committees including the External Advisory Committee of the Community Modeling and Analysis System center, the UNC at Chapel Hill. She is the Editor-in-Chief, Climate.

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