People Directory : Jian Zhao

Jian Zhao

Jian Zhao

Postdoctoral Investigator

Physical Oceanography

Office Phone: +1 508 289 2768

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WHOI Mailing Address:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 21

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050



Ph.D.  Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, University of Miami                  


M.S.     Physical Oceanography, Ocean University of China


B.S.     Marine Science, Ocean University of China 


2017(Jun) –Present       Postdoctoral Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

2015(Dec)–2017(Jun)    Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

2014 - 2015                    Postdoctoral Research Scientist, LDEO/Columbia University  

Research Interests

I am a physical oceanographer seeking to understand the multi-scale oceanic processes and their roles in the global climate system. My approach is observational, using both traditional and modern innovative instrument platforms – such as autonomous underwater vehicle– coupled with numerical modeling, to explore fundamental physical processes.

My previous and current studies are primarily centered on the following topics:

1, interactions between deep ocean and shallow waters.

2, Mesoscale and sub-mesoscale processes and their influences on the biogeochemistry.

3, Abyssal circulation and its role in climate change.


Selected Publications

Zhao, Jian, Jiayan Yang, Stefanie Semper, Robert S. Pickart, Kjetil Våge, Hedinn Valdimarsson, Steingrimur Jonsson (2018). A numerical study of variability in the North Icelandic Irminger Current, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. (in revision)

Zhao, Jian, Amy Bower, Jiayan Yang, Xiaopei Lin and Chun Zhou (2018). Structure and Formation of Anticyclonic Eddies in the Iceland Basin. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. in press.

Zhao, Jian, Amy Bower, Jiayan Yang, Xiaopei Lin and N. Penny Holliday(2018), Meridional heat transport variability induced by mesoscale processes in the subpolar North Atlantic. Nature Communications, 9:1124, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03134-x

Zhao, Jian and Andreas Thurnherr (2018)Changes in bottom water physical properties above the Mid-Atlantic Ridge Flank in the Brazil Basin. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, doi:10.1002/2017JC013375.

Zhao, Jian (2017), Basinwide response of the AMOC to interannual wind forcing, Climate Dynamics, 49:4263–4280, DOI : 10.1007/s00382-017-3568-2

Lozier, Susan, and co-authors (2017), Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program: a new international ocean observing system, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, DOI: (J. Zhao was responsible for glider data analysis and writing of a section on mesoscale eddies in the Iceland Basin)

 Zhao, Jian, and William Johns (2014), Wind-forced interannual variability of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation at 26.5°N, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 119, 2403–2419, doi:10.1002/2013JC009407. (EOS research spotlight)

Zhao, Jian, and William Johns (2014), Wind-Driven Seasonal Cycle of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 44, 1541–1562. doi:

Zhao, Jian, X. Chen, J. Xu, W. Hu, J. Chen, and T. Pohlmann (2013), Assimilation of surface currents into a regional model over Qingdao coastal waters of China, Acta Oceanologica Sinica32, 7, 21

Zhao, Jian, X. Chen, W. Hu, J. Chen, and M. Guo (2011), Dynamics of surface currents over Qingdao coastal waters in August 2008, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans. 116, C10020, doi:10.1029/2011JC006954.