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Jian Zhao

Jian Zhao

Guest Investigator

Physical Oceanography

Office Phone: +1 508 289 2768

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 21

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


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


I am currently an Assistant Professor at Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. More information can be found at



Research Interests


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.

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.

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.