PhD, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science,University of Miami, Physical Oceanography and Meteorology 1999 MS, Institute of Oceanology Chinese Academy of Science, China, Physical Oceanography 1993 BS, Ocean University of China, China, Physical Oceanography 1990
Office: PMEL, Bldg 3, NOAA Sand Point Seattle, Washington 98115
Large scale ocean circulation and its role in climate and climate variability. Impacts of changing circulation on marine ecosystem and chemistry. Tropical oceanography and air-sea interaction. High latitude processes that link to Thermohaline Circulation.
Current Research Projects
- The ocean component of the NCEP ENSO Climate Forecast System
- Thermocline circulation and variability in the eastern tropical Pacific and Atlantic
- Tropical ocean circulation and hydrological cycle
Cravatte, S., T. Delcroix, D. Zhang, M. McPhaden, and J. Leloup, 2008: Observed Freshening of the Warming Western Tropical Pacific and extension of the Warm/Fresh Pool in recent decades. submitted to Clim. Dynamics.
Zhang, D., and M.J. McPhaden, 2006: Decadal variability of the shallow Pacific meridional overturning circulation: relation to tropical sea surface temperatures in observations and climate change models. Ocean Modeling, 15, 250-273, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2005.12.005.
McPhaden, M. J., and D. Zhang, 2004: Pacific Ocean circulation rebounds. Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L1830, doi:10.1029/2004GL020727.
Zhang, D., M.J. McPhaden, and W.E. Johns, 2003: Observational evidence for flow between the subtropical and tropical Atlantic: The subtropical cells. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 33, 1783-1797.
Zhang, D., W.E. Johns, T.N. Lee, 2002: The seasonal cycle of meridional heat transport at 24Â°N in the North Pacific and in the global ocean. J. Geophys. Res., 107, 10.1029/2001JC001011.
McPhaden, M.J., and D. Zhang, 2002: Slowdown of the meridional overturning circulation in the upper Pacific Ocean, Nature, 415, 603-608.