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Peng Zhan, PhD

Research Scientist

Research Interests

​Dr. Zhan's research focuses on physical oceanography and data assimilation, with a specific interest in exploring the physical mechanisms of mesoscale oceanic eddies and associated interdisciplinary processes, and in developing data assimilation techniques for both theory and application perspective. He is also involved in the development of a high resolution ensemble forecasting system for the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf.

Selected Publications

​Sensitivity studies of the Red Sea eddies using adjoint method
Zhan, P., Gopalakrishnan, G., Subramanian, A. C., Guo, D., & Hoteit, I.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 123(11), 8329-8345, 2018

Ensemble data assimilation in the Red Sea: sensitivity to ensemble selection and atmospheric forcing
Toye, H., Zhan, P., Gopalakrishnan, G., Kartadikaria, A. R., Huang, H., Knio, O., & Hoteit, I.
Ocean Dynamics, 67(7), 915-933, 2017

The eddy kinetic energy budget in the Red Sea
Zhan, P., Subramanian, A. C., Yao, F., Kartadikaria, A. R., Guo, D., & Hoteit, I.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 121(7), 4732-4747, 2016

Far-field ocean conditions and concentrate discharges modeling along the Saudi Coast of the Red Sea
Zhan, P., Yao, F., Kartadikaria, A. R., Viswanadhapalli, Y., Gopalakrishnan, G., & Hoteit, I.
In Intakes and Outfalls for Seawater Reverse-Osmosis Desalination Facilities (pp. 501-520), Springer, Cham, 2015

Eddies in the Red Sea: A statistical and dynamical study
Zhan, P., Subramanian, A. C., Yao, F., & Hoteit, I.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 119(6), 3909-3925, 2014

Education

  • ​Ph.D., Earth Science and Engineering, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2018
  • M.Sc., Earth Science and Engineering, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2013
  • M.Sc., Physical Oceanography, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China, 2012
  • B.Sc., Marine Science, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China, 201

Professional Profile

  • ​May-Nov 2018: Research Consultant, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia 
  • Dec 2018 - now: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabi