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  • Dr. Fuqing Zhang was awarded the 2019 Joanne Simpson Medal for Mid-Career Scientists by AGU Union, which is the world’s largest organization of Earth and space scientists. More information about the 2019 AGU Union Medal, Award, and Prize on AGU NEWS is available here...

  • Now a new approach developed at Penn State’s Center for Advanced Data Assimilation and Predictability Techniques (ADAPT Center) can forecast the intensity and trajectory of Hurricane Harvey, according to researchers at Penn State and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. PENN STATE NEWS, August 15, 2019.
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  • Penn State to celebrate naming of building after science pioneer. Warren Washington made history at Penn State by becoming the second African-American to earn a doctoral degree in meteorology nationwide. He's making history again, becoming the first Penn State innovator or pioneer to have a building named after him: The Warren M. Washington Building at Innovation Park. PENN STATE NEWS, Friday, May 17, 2019. Warren M. Washington Building dedication ceremony was held on May 17, 2019. Photos from PENN STATE NEWS (Tuesday, May 21, 2019).

  • ADAPT Center's Research and Center director Dr. Fuqing Zhang is on taday's ( Tuesday, April 16, 2019 ) Penn State News .

    Article Title: Predictability limit: Scientists find bounds of weather forecasting.

  • Center Graduate student Man-Yau (Joseph) Chan from Fuqing's group has been selected to receive the 2019 Hans Neuberger Award for excellent teaching of meteorology.
  • This award is given to the top Teaching Assistant(s) for excellent teaching of meteorology at the elementary level. The fund was established in 1972 by the Penn State Meteorology faculty in honor of Professor Hans Neuberger, who guided the growth of the department over a period of 33 years from its embryonic beginnings to a position of world eminence. Professor Neuberger established excellence in teaching as a key element of that growth, and demonstrated that skill by his own example.

  • Center Graduate student Robert Nystrom from Fuqing's group has been selected to receive the Al and Betty Blackadar Graduate Scholarship in Meteorology for 2018-2019.
  • This scholarship is to recognize and provide financial assistance to Meteorology and Atmospheric Science graduate students who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success.

  • Dr.Fuqing Zhang etal's paper Improving Harvey forecasts with next-generation weather satellites published at Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society is featured in Nature News : Latest US weather satellite highlights forecasting challenges - Researchers begin to tackle the technical obstacles to incorporate observations from space into weather models. Nature News 02 MARCH 2018 by Jeff Tollefson

  • Richard B. Alley1, Kerry A. Emanuel2, Fuqing Zhang's paper published at Science is featured in Earth Sciences Geoscientists insist weather forecasting is more accurate than ever and could get even better January 25, 2019 by Bob Yirka, Phys.org

  • Dr. Fuqing Zhang's JAS article on limits of weather predictability is featured in Science Magazine news release. Feb. 14, 2019 , 9:30 AM How far out can we forecast the weather? Scientists have a new answer.

  • ADAPT center director Prof. Fuqing Zhang received Award of 2019 distinguished professors at Penn State. More information...

  • Second ADAPT Symposium on Advanced Understanding, Monitoring and Prediction of Weather, Climate and Environmental systems was held on December 16-18, 2018, at Rm112 Walker Building, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania. More information...

  • Director Prof. Zhang was selected as a Fellow of American Geophysical Union “for fundamental understanding of multiscale predictability and dynamics and for breakthroughs in hurricane prediction through ensemble data assimilation". More information...

  • New weather model could increase tornado-warning times

  • Director Prof. Zhang was elected as 2018 Fellow of American Geophysical Union

  • Director Prof. Zhang received Penn State University 2018 Faculty Scholar Medal in Physical Sciences

  • The 8th EnKF Data Assimilation Workshop co-chaired by center director Prof. Fuqing Zhang was held in Montreal, Canada. More information...
  • The 7th EnKF Data Assimilation Workshop was held in Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center, State College, during May 24-27, 2016. More information...

  • Graduate student Yue (Michael) Ying from Fuqing's group receives Al and Betty Blackadar Graduate Scholarship in Meteorology 2018
  • This scholarship is to recognize and provide financial assistance to Meteorology and Atmospheric Science graduate students who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success.

  • Graduate Student Wenjie Li from Fuqing's group receives Hans Neuberger Award 2018
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    Speaker: Dr. Takemasa Miyoshi (Team Leader, Data Assimilation Research Team, RIKEN Center for Computational Science, Japan)
    Topic: "Big Data Assimilation: A New Science for Weather Prediction and Beyond "

    Room: 529 Walker Building (refreshments served)
    Time: Monday, March 25, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm
    Abstract: i>This award is given to the top Teaching Assistant for exellent teaching of meteorology at the elementay level. Six other graduate students (Christopher Melhauser, Benjamin Green, Hans Chen, Junhong Wei, Erin Munsell, Robert Nystrom) in Fuqing's group have received this award.

  • Director Prof. Fuqing Zhang receives the Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal in Physical Sciences for his pioneering work in data assimilation that has led to improvements in hurricane intensity forecasts.

  • Director Prof. Fuqing Zhang was interviewd by Nature on the need for more investment on satellite data assimilation

  • Center affiliate Prof. Yvette Richardson is elected as Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, class 2018

  • Center affiliate Prof. Jose Fuentes receives the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology

  • Center affiliate Prof. Richard Alley was made an honorary member of American Meteorological Society (AMS) in January 2018

  • Graduate Hans Chen won the Outstanding Student Paper Award at the 20th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry, American Meteorological Society (AMS) in January 2018 for his poster presentation: "Progress toward Estimating Surface Carbon Dioxide Fluxes at the Regional Scale Using an Augmented Ensemble Kalman Filter"

  • Graduate student Yue (Michael) Ying won the Best Student Presentation at the 22nd AMS IOAS-AOLS Conference in January 2018 for his oral presentation: "On the Selection of Localization Radius in Ensemble Filtering for Multiscale Quasigeostrophic Dynamics"

  • Director Prof. Fuqing Zhang briefed Congress on how recent advances in technology have imprved severe weather forecasting. Read more

  • A special session on Multi-scale Atmospheric Predictability was held in 97th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting. The program and recorded talks are available through the link.
  • Graduate Student Yongqaing Sun from Fuqing's group receives John C. Wyngaard Graduate Research Award 2017
  • This award is to honor and recognize the outstanding research by a graduate student majoring in Meteorology.


  • Graduate Student Robert Nystrom from Fuqing's group receives Hans Neuberger Award 2017
  • This award is given to the top Teaching Assistant for exellent teaching of meteorology at the elementay level. Five other graduate students (Christopher Melhauser, Benjamin Green, Hans Chen, Junhong Wei, Erin Munsell) in Fuqing's group have received this award.


  • Graduate Student Erin Munsell from Fuqing's group receives Hans Neuberger Award
  • This award is given to the top Teaching Assistant for exellent teaching of meteorology at the elementay level. Four other graduate students (Christopher Melhauser, Benjamin Green, Hans Chen, Junhong Wei) in Fuqing's group have received this award.


  • Graduate Student Erin Munsell from Dr. Fuqing Zhang's group is on Penn State News for her excellent research on Hurricanes.
  • Director Prof.Zhang was selected as a Fellow of American Geophysical Union “for fundamental understanding of multiscale predictability and dynamics and for breakthroughs in hurricane prediction through ensemble data assimilation.”

  • New weather model could increase tornado-warning times

  • Director Prof.Zhang was elected as 2018 Fellow of American Geophysical Union

  • Director Prof.Zhang received Penn State University 2018 Faculty Scholar Medal in Physical Sciences


  • The research on GOES-R satellite data assimilation by Fuqing Zhang, Masashi Minamide and Eugene Clothiaux is on Penn State News.

  • November 2015: members from Fuqing's group (Christopher Melhauser, Erin Munsell, Dandan Tao, Scott Sieron, Yonghui Weng and Fuqing Zhang) receive the NASA Group Achievement Award for their great job in the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) project.

  • Visiting Graduate Student Yunji Zhang from Fuqing's group won the Student Presentation Competition: 1st Place Poster at 16th Conference on Mesoscale Processes.

  • Graduate Student Junhong Wei from Fuqing's group receives Hans Neuberger Award
  • This award is given to the top Teaching Assistant for exellent teaching of meteorology at the elementay level. Three other graduate students (Christopher Melhauser, Benjamin Green, Hans Chen) in Fuqing's group have received this award.

  • Graduate Student Benjamin Green from Fuqing's group receives John C. Wyngaard Graduate Research Award for 2015
  • This award is to honor and recognize the outstanding research by a graduate student majoring in Meteorology.

  • Center director Fuqing Zhang is elected as Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, class 2015
  • Dr. Zhang is being recognized "for his exceptional scientific contributions in the atmospheric sciences, specifically in the areas of atmospheric dynamics and predictability, data assimilation, and ensemble forecasting of tropical cyclones".

  • Center affiliate Paul Markowski receives the 2015 Meisinger Award from the American Meteorological Society
  • This Award is given to an individual in recognition of research achievement that is, at least in part, aerological in character and concerns the observation, theory, and modeling of atmospheric motions on all scales.

  • Center director Fuqing Zhang and assistant director Yonghui Weng received the 2014 Banner Miller Award from the American Meteorological Society
  • The Banner I. Miller Award is presented to Drs. Fuqing Zhang, Yonghui Weng, John Gamache and Frank Marks “For valuable insights into incorporating real-time airborne Doppler radar measurements via ensemble data assimilation, leading to improvements in forecasts of tropical cyclone track and intensity”.

  • 2014 NSF/TACC press release: Today's forecast: better forecasts

  • 2014 Science Daily: Hurricane prediction: Real time forecast of Hurricane Sandy had track and intensity accuracy

  • Director Prof.Zhang was selected as a Fellow of American Geophysical Union “for fundamental understanding of multiscale predictability and dynamics and for breakthroughs in hurricane prediction through ensemble data assimilation.”

  • New weather model could increase tornado-warning times

  • Director Prof.Zhang was elected as 2018 Fellow of American Geophysical Union

  • Director Prof.Zhang received Penn State University 2018 Faculty Scholar Medal in Physical Sciences

    2014 RedOrbit: New Hurricane Model Can More Accurately Predict Storm Path, Intensity

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    Title: Stability of Ensemble Kalman Filters
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