Qiang Sun

M.S., Water Resource Management, Environmental and Coastal Engineering, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany.
B.Eng., Structural Engineering, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, China.

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Research interesting:
Influences of freshwater fluxes on Atlantic meridional overturning circulation; variability of ocean circulation and its impact on climate; process-oriented parameterization to improve predictability of earth system models; climatology data analysis and measurement array designing.

1. Sun, Q.; Whitney, M.M.; Bryan, F.O. and Tseng, Y.H. (2017): A Box Model for Representing Estuarine Physical Processes in Earth System Models. Ocean Modelling, 112C, pp. 139-153
2. Bung, B.; Sun, Q.; Meireles, I.; Matos, J. and Viseu, T. (2012): USBR Type III Stilling Basin Performance for Steep Stepped Spillways, 4th IAHR International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures, 9-11 February 2012, Porto, Portugal, ISBN: 978-989-8509-01-7

Publications in preparation:
1. Sun, Q.; Whitney, M.M.; Bryan, F.O. and Tseng, Y.H., (2018): Assessing the Community Earth System Model (CESM) performance in the coastal ocean relative to a new climatology, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. (in review)
2. Sun, Q.; Whitney, M.M.; Bryan, F.O. and Tseng, Y.H., (2018): Remote Riverine Freshwater Influences on the North Atlantic Deep Water Formation (writing manuscript)

Professional background:
07/16-08/16 Visiting scientist, Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, U.S.
09/12-present Graduate research assistant, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut, Groton, CT, U.S.
03/11-04/11 Visiting scientist, water resources and hydraulic structures division, National Laboratory for Civil Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal.
04/10-04/12 Graduate research assistant, Ludwig Franzius Institute of Hydraulic, Estuarine and Coastal Engineering, Leibniz University Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany.

Skill Sets:
Language: Chinese, English and German
Programming languages: FORTRAN, Java.
Computational packages: MATLAB, Python, IDL, NCL, AcrGIS, LaTeX, AutoCAD
Large data analysis and collections: World Ocean Atlas (WOA), World Ocean Database (WOD), Shipboard measurements, data collection and analysis, Physical model design, data collection and analysis.
Professional numerical modeling: Community Earth System Model (CESM), Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS), Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF), Ocean-Atmosphere-Wave-Sediment Transport (COAWST), Rainfall-Runoff-Modeling (ArcGIS & HEC-HMS), Groundwater modeling (MODFLOW), Urban drainage modeling (UDS), HydroGeoSphere (HGS).

2018, CESM Graduate Student Award, for parameterizing estuary processes in the CESM2
2017, William A. Lund Jr. Scholarship, student paper award
2013, UCONN pre-doctoral dissertation research award