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Atmospheric Sciences


Dr. Zhaoxia Pu is a professor of atmospheric sciences, a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and Royal Meteorological Society, and a member of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. Her research is devoted to improving the prediction of high-impact weather and climate extremes. Areas of interest include numerical weather and climate prediction, data assimilation, numerical modeling, and predictability, with specific topics on satellite and radar data assimilation, mesoscale severe weather systems, earth system modeling, coupled land-atmosphere data assimilation, observing system simulation experiments, targeting weather observations, atmospheric boundary layers over complex terrain, and applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning in numerical weather and climate prediction.

Dr. Pu has extensive experience collaborating with NOAA, NASA, DOE, ONR, and NSF and has been carrying out over 30 research projects. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed SCI journal articles and participated in over ten major field programs. Dr. Pu has served as a member of numerous national and international science teams and advisory boards, review panels, editorial boards.

Dr. Pu teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. She has supervised to graduate 10 M.S. and 12 Ph.D. students since 2007. She received an Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award from the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, University of Utah in 2012. Dr.Pu is also an Adjunct Professor at School of Computing and Affiliated Faculty of the Global Change & Sustainability Center - The University of Utah.


Understand and predict the severe drought events in the western United States and their influence on water resources and human health.

The western United States has experienced drought in recent years. In 2022, drought conditions were most severe in the States of California, Texas, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, and New Mexico. As reported in July 2022, more than 32 percent of land in ...


ZHAOXIA PU (Project Owner)College of Mines and Earth Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences
PAUL BROOKSCollege of Mines and Earth Sciences, Geology & Geophysics
Status: Funded 2023
Last Updated: 5/21/21