Dandan Tao


Dandan Tao
Post-Doctoral Scholar

624 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email: dvt5076@psu.edu
Phone: (814) 954-2359
Link to my CV
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2010-2015: Ph.D. in Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
2006-2010: B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences, Peking University, Beijing


2015-present: ADAPT center assistant, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
2015-present: Post-doctoral Scholar, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
2017 Jan-May: Co-lecturer for Dynamic Meteorology, Department of Meteorology, PSU
2016 May: coordinator of the 7th EnKF Data Assimilation workshop
2016 May: coordinator of Symposium on Advanced Assimilation and Uncertainty Quantification in BigData Research for Weather, Climate and Earth System Monitoring and Prediction 
2016 May: coordinator of 2016 SPARC Gravity Wave Symposium
2011 Jan-May: Teaching Assistant for Numerical Weather Prediction, Department of Meteorology, PSU

Research Interests

  • Inner core dynamics of tropical cyclones and its related mesoscale convective processes
  • Environmental influence on the predictability of tropical cyclones
  • Publications

    1. Tao, D., and F. Zhang, 2017: Evolution of thermodynamic and dynamic structures before and during rapid intensification of tropical cyclones under vertical wind shear. Monthly Weather Review, in review.
    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 CyclonesGeophysical Research Letters, 44, doi:10.1002/2017GL074552.
    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, DOI: 10.1002/2016MS000729.
    4. Zhang, F., C. Melhauser, D. Tao, Y. Q. Sun, E. B. Munsell, Y. Weng and J. A. Sippel, 2015: Predictability of Severe Weather and Tropical Cyclones at the Mesoscales. To appear in Dynamics and Predictability of Large-scale, High-impact Weather and Climate Events (eds, J. Li, R. Swinbank, H. Volkert and R. Grotjahn). Cambridge University Press.
    5. 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), DOI: 10.1002/2015MS000474.
    6. 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.
    7. Zhang, F., and D. Tao, 2013: Effects of vertical wind shear on the predictability of tropical cyclones. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 70, 975-983.
  • Penn State Center for Advanced Data Assimilation and Predictability Techniques (ADAPT)
  • PSU WRF/EnKF Real-time Atlantic Hurricane Forecast
  • Dr. Fuqing Zhang's group