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Cheng-Zhi Zou

Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division

Environmental Monitoring Branch
Research Scientist


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photo: Cheng-Zhi ZouCheng-Zhi Zou received his B.S. degree in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1982 and his PhD in Climatology from the University of Oklahoma in 1995. Dr. Zou joined the NOAA/NESDIS/Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) in 2001. Dr. Zou’s research area has been mainly in satellite climatology. Dr. Zou has been engaged in measuring and detecting long-term changes in the atmospheric temperatures using satellite observations. Hs has also been involved in data product evaluation for climate change studies from different data sources including satellite retrievals, climate reanalyses, and climate model simulations. Dr. Zou has developed an innovative intercalibration technique using simultaneous nadir overpasses and recalibrated observations from the Microwave Sounding Unit (MSU) and its follow-on satellite microwave sounders, the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A (AMSU-A) and Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS), onboard historical and currently operating NOAA, NASA, and MetOp satellites. Dr. Zou also recalibrated Stratospheric Sounding Unit (SSU) and merged its observations with AMSU-A and ATMS. Dr. Zou and colleagues had developed a set of atmospheric temperature climate data records using the recalibrated and merged MSU/SSU/AMSU-A/ATMS observations for detection of climate variability and trends from the lower troposphere to the upper stratosphere during the satellite era. The following link provides more detailed information on his work in the area of microwave and infrared sounder calibration and trends: MSCAT.

Dr. Zou has published more than 50 articles in AMS, AGU, and other leading journals including Nature, Science, and PNAS. He was a former Co-Chair of the Climate Working Group within the International TOVS Working Group and a former Chair of the GSICS Microwave Subgroup. He has received the Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award and NOAA Administrator's Award for advancement of satellite calibration and development of atmospheric temperature climate data records. He is a referred reviewer for many journals in the atmospheric science and satellite remote sensing fields.