Dr Jian Zhong PhD

Dr Jian Zhong

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Zhong's current research focuses on modelling the flow and thermal structures of the urban atmospheric boundary layer using a Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) model and a Large Eddy Simulation (LES) model. Favourable weather conditions for measurement campaigns (i.e. the deployment of the biotelemetry/bio-aerial-systems) will be identified via pre-deployment modelling, primarily using a mesoscale meteorological model (WRF, Weather Research and Forecasting) and a WRF-LES model. Subsequent analysis and interpretation of measured data will be conducted with the aid of post-deployment modelling for the measurement periods.


  • BSc (Hons) in Safety Engineering, Central South University, P.R. China, 2006-2010
  • MSc courses (Integrated PhD) in Safety Technology and Engineering, Central South University, P.R. China, 2010-2011
  • PhD in Geography & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK, 2011-2015


Recent publications


Zhong, J, Cai, X & Xie, ZT 2021, 'Implementation of a synthetic inflow turbulence generator in idealised WRF v3.6.1 large eddy simulations under neutral atmospheric conditions', Geoscientific Model Development, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 323-336. https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-14-323-2021

Dai, Y, Cai, X, Zhong, J & MacKenzie, AR 2021, 'Modelling chemistry and transport in urban street canyons: comparing offline multi-box models with large-eddy simulation', Atmospheric Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2021.118709

Bannister, EJ, Cai, X, Zhong, J & Mackenzie, AR 2021, 'Neighbourhood-Scale Flow Regimes and Pollution Transport in Cities', Boundary-Layer Meteorology, vol. 179, no. 2, pp. 259-289. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10546-020-00593-y

Zhong, J, Nikolova, I, Cai, X, Mackenzie, AR, Alam, MS, Xu, R, Singh, A & Harrison, RM 2020, 'Neighbourhood-scale dispersion of traffic-induced ultrafine particles in central London: WRF large eddy simulations', Environmental Pollution, vol. 266, no. Part 3, 115223. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2020.115223

Zhong, J, Nikolova, I, Cai, X, MacKenzie, AR, Alam, S, Xu, R, Singh, A & Harrison, R 2020, 'Traffic-induced multicomponent ultrafine particle microphysics in the WRF v3.6.1 large eddy simulation model: general behaviour from idealised scenarios at the neighbourhood-scale', Atmospheric Environment, vol. 223, 117213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.117213

Harrison, RM, Mackenzie, A, Xu, H, Alam, MS, Nikolova, I, Zhong, J, Singh, A, Zeraati-Rezaei, S, Stark, C, Beddows, DCS, Liang, Z, Xu, R & Cai, X 2018, 'Diesel exhaust nanoparticles and their behaviour in the atmosphere', Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, vol. 474, no. 2220, 20180492. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2018.0492

Zhong, J, Nikolova, I, Cai, X, MacKenzie, AR & Harrison, RM 2018, 'Modelling traffic-induced multicomponent ultrafine particles in urban street canyon compartments: Factors that inhibit mixing', Environmental Pollution, vol. 238, pp. 186-195. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2018.03.002

Nikolova, I, Cai, X, Alam, MS, Zeraati-rezaei, S, Zhong, J, Mackenzie, AR & Harrison, RM 2018, 'The influence of particle composition upon the evolution of urban ultrafine diesel particles on the neighbourhood scale', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, pp. 1-39. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2017-1018

Nikolova, I, Cai, X, Alam, MS, Zeraati-Rezaei, S, Zhong, J, Mackenzie, AR & Harrison, R 2018, 'The influence of particle composition upon the evolution of urban ultrafine diesel particles on the neighbourhood scale', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 18, no. 23, pp. 17143-17155. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-17143-2018

Barlow, JF, Best, M, Bohnenstengel, SI, Clark, P, Grimmond, CSB, Lean, H, Christen, A, Emeis, S, Haeffelin, M, Harman, I, Lemonsu , A, Martilli, A, Pardyjak, E, Rotach, M, Ballard, S, Boutle, I, Cai, X, Carpentieri, M, Coceal, O, Di Sabatino, S, Dou, J, Drew, D, Edwards, JM, Fallmann, J, Fortuniak, K, Gornall, J, Gronemeier, T, Halios, CH, Hertwig, D, Hirano, K, Holtslag, AAM, Luo, Z, Mills, G, Nakayoshi, M, Schlünzen, KH, Smith, S, Soulhac, L, Steeneveld, G-J, Sun, T, Theeuwes, N, Thomson, D, Voogt, JA, Ward, H, Xie, Z-T & Zhong, J 2017, 'Developing a research strategy to better understand, observe and simulate urban atmospheric processes at kilometre to sub-kilometre scales', Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0106.1

Zhong, J, Cai, X & Bloss, W 2017, 'Large eddy simulation of reactive pollutants in a deep urban street canyon: Coupling dynamics with O3-NOx-VOC chemistry', Environmental Pollution. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2017.01.076

Zhong, J, Cai, X & Bloss, W 2016, 'Coupling dynamics and chemistry in the air pollution modelling of street canyons: A review', Environmental Pollution, vol. 214, pp. 690. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2016.04.052

Zhong, J, Cai, X & Bloss, W 2016, 'Modelling photochemical pollutants in a deep urban street canyon: Application of a coupled two-box model approximation', Atmospheric Environment, vol. 143, pp. 86-107. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.08.027

Commissioned report

Acton, J, Anderson, P, Andres, L, Angus, M, Amor, P, Arrowsmith, J (ed.), Asmelash, H, Bartington, S (ed.), Bengtsson, F, Bhullar, L, Bloss, W, Bonet, B, Börner, S, O Bonsu, N, Bryson, JR, Burns, V, Burrows, A, Calvert, C, Cassidy, N, Cavoski, A, Chadyiwa, M, Chapman, H, Chapman, L, Cockram, M, Degendardt, L, Dickinson, D, Ding, Y, Dobrzynski, D, Dolo, M, Dora, J, Ercolani, M, Ersoy, A, Farag, H, Ferranti, E, Fisher, R, Freer, M, Goldmann, N, Goode, CE, Greenham, S, Gulati, S, Hadfield-Hill, S, Harper, G, Hegerl, G, Hillmansen, S, Holmes, J, Huang, JJ, Huser, C, Jackson, R, Jaroszweski, D, Jefferson, I, Johnson, J, Kaewunruen, S, Kelly-Akinnuoye, F, Kettles, G, Kraftl, P, Krause, S, Leckebusch, GC, Lee, R, Lockwood, B (ed.), Lohse, J, Luna Diez, E, Lynch, I (ed.), MacKenzie, R, Maddison, D, Makepeace, J, Mann, V, Marino, R, Mavronicola, N, McDonald, M, McGowan, K (ed.), Metje, N, Ng, K, Nicol, J, O'Sullivan, C, Phalkey, N, Prestwood, E, Pyatt, N, Quinn, A, Radcliffe, J (ed.), Ravi, M, Reardon, L, Reeder, T, O’Regan, P, Remedios, L, Roberts, J, Rogers, C, Rungskunroch, P, van Schaik, W, Swan, J (ed.), Thomson, I, Toft, H (ed.), Tong, J, Botello Villagrana, F, Walton, A, Wason, C (ed.), Weir, C, Wood, R & Zhong, J 2021, Addressing the climate challenge. University of Birmingham. https://doi.org/10.25500/epapers.bham.00003451

Conference contribution

Thomas, R, Cropley, F, MacKenzie, AR, Reynolds, J, Sadler, J, Chapman, L, Quinn, A, Zhong, J & Cai, X 2018, From the shed to the skies: a journey of sensor development and deployment involving bicycles, drones and eagles. in Geophysical Research Abstracts. vol. 20, 16720, European Geosciences Union, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018, Vienna, Austria, 8/04/18. <https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2018/EGU2018-16720-1.pdf>

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