Zhining Tao, Senior Research Scientist

Zhining Tao


NASA Goddard
Bldg 33, Room E409
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Phone: 301-614-5324
Fax: 301-614-5903


Emissions characterization and modeling, atmospheric chemistry and air quality, regional transport and chemistry modeling of atmospheric constituents, satellite and ground-based data analysis and integration.


Dr. Tao obtained his MS degree in Atmospheric Sciences and PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Prior to joining GESTAR/USRA in 2011, he worked with GEST/UMBC for about two years focusing on development of the NASA Unified WRF (NU-WRF), a regional chemical transport model that is built on the community WRF with key NASA components including land information system (LIS), NASA cloud microphysics and radiation, and dust and aerosol module (GOCART). He also worked at the Illinois State Water Survey of UIUC for over 5 years, first as an assistant professional scientist and then as an atmospheric scientist. There he led and co-led multiple projects funded by USEPA and USDOE among the ones sponsored by states of Illinois and Minnesota. His major undertakings included air pollutant emissions measurement and modeling, regional modeling of air quality and its feedback from climate change, modeling of invasive species, and atmospheric modeling support for geological carbon sequestration. At GESTAR, Dr. Tao conducts research in atmospheric chemistry and regional modeling.