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.

Publications:
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).

Awards:
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