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Honghai Zhang


Honghai Zhang

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor, Tropical Climate Dynamics and Global Hydrological Cycle


Office: 415, SR1
Phone: 713-743-4701
Email: hzhang83@central.uh.edu

Research Interests

Climate variability and change. Expertise inlcludes tropical climate dynamics, interactions between tropics and extratropics, global hydrological cycle and numerical modeling of El Nino-Southern Oscillation

Selected Publications

  • Zhang, H., R. Seager and S. Xie, 2022: How does sea surface temperature drive the Intertropical Convergence Zone in the southern Indian Ocean? J. Climate, 35, 5415/5432. https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-21-0870.1
  • Zhang, H., R. Seager, J. He, H. Diao and S. Pascal, 2021: Quantifying Atmosphere and Ocean origins of North American Precipitation Variability. Clim Dyn 56, 4051-4076, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-021-05685-0
  • Zhang, H., 2020: Tropical Pacific intensifies June extreme rainfall over Southwestern United States/Northwestern Mexico. Clim Dyn 55, 721/737
  • Seager, R., M. Cane, N. Henderson, D.-E. Lee, R. Abernathey, and H. Zhang, 2019: Strengthening tropical Pacific zonal sea surface temperature gradient consistent with rising greenhouse gases. Nature Climate Change, 9, 517/522, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-019-0505-x
  • Zhang, H. and T. Delworth, 2018: Robustness of Anthropogenically Forced Decadal Precipitation Changes Projected for the 21st Century. Nat. Commun., 9, 1150, doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03611-3
  • Zhang, H. and T. Delworth, 2017: Detectability of Decadal Anthropogenic Hydroclimate Changes Over North America. J. Climate., 31, 2579/2597, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0366.1
  • Zhang, H., T. Delworth, F. Zeng, G. Vecchi, K. Paffendorf and L. Jia., 2016: Detection, Attribution and Projection of Regional Rainfall Changes On (Multi-) Decadal Time Scales: A Focus on Southeastern South America. J. Climate, 29, 8515-8534, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0287.1
  • Zhang, H., A. Clement and B. Medeiros, 2015: The Meridional Mode in an Idealized Aquaplanet Model: Dependence on the Mean State. J. Climate, 29, 2889-2905, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0399.1
  • Zhang, H., C. Deser, A. Clement and R. Tomas, 2014: Equatorial Signatures of the Pacific Meridional Modes: Dependence on the Mean Climate State. Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 568/574, doi:10.1002/2013GL058842
  • Zhang, H., A. Clement and P. DiNezio, 2014: The South Pacific Meridional Mode: A Mechanism for ENSO-like Variability. J. Climate, 27, 769/783. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00082.1
  • Zhang, H. and L. Wu, 2010: Predicting North Atlantic Sea Surface Temperature Variability on the basis of the First-Mode Baroclinic Rossby Wave Model. J. Geophys. Res., 115, C09030, doi:10.1029/2009JC006017