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Tian's Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Ph.D. in oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, 2002.
  • M.S. in meteorology, Department of Geophysics, Peking University, 1996.
  • B.S. in meteorology, Department of Geophysics, Peking University, 1992.

Professional Experience

  • 2009-present: Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.
  • 2008-present: Visiting Assistant/Associate Researcher, Project Scientist, Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 2004-2007: Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.
  • 2002-2004: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Program in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton University.
  • 1996-2002: Graduate Student Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.
  • 1993-1996: Graduate Student Researcher, Department of Geophysics, Peking University.
  • 1992-1993: Research Assistant, Department of Geophysics, Peking University.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the NASA AIRS science team since 2005: L3 and Obs4MIPs product development, testing, and validation.
  • Member of the NASA CYGNSS science team since 2017.
  • Member of American Geophysical Union.
  • Member of American Meteorological Society.
  • Panelist of NASA ROSES proposal review panels (e.g., ACMAP, AURAST, and Weather)
  • Panelist of JPL RT&D and SURP proposal review panels.
  • Reviewer for NSF CLD, NOAA CPPA, and DOE ASR proposals.
  • Session convener and chair, CMIP6 climate model evaluation (A048), 2019 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Session chair, Advances in Satellite Observations for Earth Science and Observing Technologies, 2018 AMS Annual Meeting, Austin, TX.
  • Session chair, Climate Processes and Other Research Applications Enabled by Satellite Sounders, Imagers and Profilers, 2010 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Session chair, 20th Conference on Climate Variability and Change, 2008 AMS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  • Reviewer of manuscripts for for various academic journals for topics including, but not limited to, satellite data products, climate model evaluation, tropical large-scale circulation and deep convection, double-ITCZ bias, clouds, cloud radiative forcing, aerosols, trace gases, tropical waves, diurnal cycle, MJO, ENSO, climate sensitivity, global warming, and climate change.

Selected Awards

  • JPL Team Award for assessing the consequences of the loss of AMSU-A2 on the AIRS mission, 2017
  • JPL IPCC AR5 Team Award, 2012
  • JPL EVI-1 Proposals Team Award, 2012

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