Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Cheng Zhou

Cheng Zhou

Assistant Research Scientist

Office: 1214 SRB
Phone: 734-647-5401


  • Ph.D, Univesity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2010
  • M.S(2005), B.S(2002), Peking University, Beijing, China


Aerosol direct/indiret effect on climate

Cloud and aerosol interactions and cloud microphysics

Climate model development 


[Selected publications with J.E. Penner]

  • Zhou, C. and Penner, J. E.: Why do general circulation models overestimate the aerosol cloud lifetime effect? A case study comparing CAM5 and a CRM, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 21-29, doi:10.5194/acp-17-21-2017, 2017.
  • Zhou, C. and Penner, J. E.: Zhou, C., Penner, J. E., Lin, G., Liu, X., and Wang, M.: What controls the low ice number concentration in the upper troposphere?, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 12411-12424, doi:10.5194/acp-16-12411-2016, 2016.
  • Zhou, C., and J. E. Penner (2014), Aircraft soot indirect effect on large-scale cirrus clouds: Is the indirect forcing by aircraft soot positive or negative?, J. Geophys. Res.Atmos., 119, doi:10.1002/2014JD021914.
  • Zhou, C., J. E. Penner, M. G. Flanner, M. M. Bisiaux, R. Edwards, and J. R. McConnell (2012), Transport of black carbon to polar regions: Sensitivity and forcing by black carbon, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L22804, doi:10.1029/2012GL053388..
  • Zhou, C., Penner, J. E., Ming, Y., and Huang, X. L.: Aerosol forcing based on CAM5 and AM3 meteorological fields, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 9629-9652, doi:10.5194/acp-12-9629-2012, 2012.
  • Penner, J. E., C. Zhou, and X. Liu (2015), Can cirrus cloud seeding be used for geoengineering?, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 8775–8782, doi:10.1002/2015GL065992.
  • Penner, J. E., C. Zhou, and L. Xu (2012), Consistent estimates from satellites and models for the first aerosol indirect forcing, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L13810, doi:10.1029/2012GL051870.
  • Penner, J.E. C. Zhou, L. Xu, and M. Wang, Reply to Quaas et al.: Can satellites be used to estimate indirect climate forcing by aerosols?, PNAS, 108:E1100-E1101, 2011.

[Selected publications with J.P. Boyd]

  • Zhou, C., Boyd J.P., Cross-equatorial structures of equatorially trapped nonlinear Rossby waves, Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans, 64, 53-61, doi:10.1016/j.dynatmoce.2013.08.001,2013.
  • Zhou, C., Boyd J.P., Nonlinear shallow water tropical instability waves on the equatorial beta-plane: Genesis of two distinct types of waves, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L23605, doi:10.1029/2009GL040499,2009.
  • Boyd J.P., Zhou, C., Three ways to solve the Poisson equation on a sphere with Gaussian forcing, Journal of Computational Physics, 228(13), 4702-4713, 2009.
  • Boyd J.P., Zhou, C., Kelvin waves in the nonlinear shallow water equations on the sphere: nonlinear travelling waves and the corner wave bifurcation , Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 617, 187-205, 2008.
Updated: 2017-02-14