Dandan Tao

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I am a Research Scientist at Colorado State University, working with Prof. Michael Bell and Prof. Peter Jan van Leeuwen. My research interests are all about tropical cyclones. Currently I’m working on the observation module of a hurricane data assimilation system (Parallel Data Assimilation Framework [PDAF] and Weather and Research Forecasting Model [WRF]).


2010-2015          Ph.D. Meteorology,            Pennsylvania State University

2006-2010        B.S. Atmospheric Sciences,           Peking University


Journal Publications

  1. Liu, S., D. Tao, K. Zhao, M. Minamide, and F. Zhang, 2018: Dynamics and Predictability of Rapid Intensification of Super Typhoon Usagi (2013). Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmosphere, 123, 7462-7481.
  2. Cohen Y., N. Harnik, E. Heifetz, D. S. Nolan, D. Tao, and F. Zhang, 2017: On the Violation of Gradient Wind Balance at the top of Tropical Cyclones. Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 8017-8026.
  3. Zhang, F., D. Tao, Y. Q. Sun, and J. D. Kepert, 2017: Dynamics and predictability of secondary eyewall formation in sheared tropical cyclones. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES), 9, 89-112.
  4. Tao, D., and F. Zhang, 2015: Effects of Vertical Wind Shear on the Predictability of Tropical Cyclones: Practical versus Intrinsic Limit. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES), 7, 1534-1553.
  5. Tao, D., and F. Zhang, 2014: Effect of environmental shear, sea-surface temperature and ambient moisture on the formation and predictability of tropical cyclones: an ensemble-mean perspective. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES), 6, 384-404.
  6. Zhang, F., and D. Tao, 2013: Impacts of vertical wind shear on the predictability of tropical cyclones. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 70, 975-983.

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