Argonne National Laboratory

Yan Feng

Atmospheric and Climate Scientist (EVS) & Fellow (Computation Institute, University of Chicago)

Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2005

M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2002

Dr. Feng is an atmospheric and climate scientist. Her research focuses on global and regional modeling of aerosols, clouds, and interactions with climate change, air pollution, and biogeochemical cycles. Dr. Feng has 30+ peer-reviewed journal publications including Nature Geoscience, PNAS, and Geophysical Research Letters, and co-authored three book chapters. Her work has more than +2100 citations in Google Scholar, and she has a H-index of 16. Prior to coming to Argonne in 2010, she did postdoctoral study at Center for Clouds, Chemistry, and Climate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.



Ito, A. et al., Constraints on attribution of labile iron in aerosols to combustion and mineral dust sources from observations and models, submitted to Nature Communications, 2018.

Brown, H., X. Liu, Y. Feng, S. J. Ghan, Y. Jiang, M. Wu, Z. Lu, C. Wu, S. Murphy, and R. Pokhrel, Radiative forcing and climate impacts of Brown Carbon with the Community Atmosphere Model (CAM5), submitted to Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss..

Feng, Y., J.E. Penner, S. Smith and S. Tilmes, Understanding Short Lived Climate Forcers: Progress and Uncertainties, submitted to the Annual Review of Environment and Resources (invited paper), in revision.

Ingall, E., Y. Feng, A. Longo, B. Lai, R. Shelley, W. Landing, P. Morton, A. Nenes, N. Mihalopoulos, K. Violaki, Y. Gao, S. Sahai, and E. Castorina, 2018: Enhanced Iron Solubility at Low pH in Global Aerosols, Atmosphere, 9, 201; doi:10.3390/atmos9050201

Creamean, J. M., Maahn, M., de Boer, G., McComiskey, A., Sedlacek, A. J., and Feng, Y.: The influence of local oil exploration and regional wildfires on summer 2015 aerosol over the North Slope of Alaska, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 555-570,, 2018.

Mirocha, J. D., Churchfield, M. J., Muñoz-Esparza, D., Rai, R. K., Feng, Y., Kosović, B., Haupt, S. E., Brown, B., Ennis, B. L., Draxl, C., Sanz Rodrigo, J., Shaw, W. J., Berg, L. K., Moriarty, P. J., Linn, R. R., Kotamarthi, V. R., Balakrishnan, R., Cline, J. W., Robinson, M. C., and Ananthan, S.: Large-Eddy Simulation Sensitivities to Variations of Configuration and Forcing Parameters in Canonical Boundary-Layer Flows for Wind Energy Applications, Wind Energ. Sci., accepted, 2018.


Cai, H., J. Wang, Y. Feng, M. Wang, Z. Qin, and J. B. Dunn, Consideration of Land Use Change-Induced Surface Albedo Effects in Life-Cycle Analysis of Biofuels, Energy & Environmental Science, doi: 10.1039/C6EE01728B, 2016.

Feng, Y., V. R. Kotamarthi, R. Coulter, C. Zhao, and M. Cadeddu, Radiative and Thermodynamic Responses to Aerosol Extinction Profiles during the Pre-monsoon Month over South Asia, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 247–264, doi:10.5194/acp-16-247-2016, 2016.

Longo, A. F., Y. Feng, B. Lai, W. M. Landing, R. U. Shelley, A. Nenes, N. Mihalopoulos, K. Violaki, and E. Ingall, Influence of Atmospheric Processes on the Solubility and Composition of Iron in Saharan Dust, Environ. Sci.  Technol., 50 (13), 6912–6920, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.6b02605, 2016.

Feng, Y., M. Cadeddu, V. R. Kotamarthi, R. Renju and C. Suresh Raju, Humidity Bias and Effect on Simulated Aerosol Optical Properties during the Ganges Valley Experiment, Current Science, Vol. 111, No. 1, 93-100, 2016.


Feng, Y., V. R. Kotamarthi, R. Coulter, C. Zhao, and M. Cadeddu, Radiative and Thermodynamic Responses to Aerosol Extinction Profiles during the Pre-monsoon Month over South Asia, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 15, 16901–16943, doi:10.5194/acpd-15-16901-2015, 2015.

Lu, Z., D. G. Streets, E. Winijkul, F. Yan, Y. Chen,T. Bond, Y. Feng, M. Dubey, S. Liu, J. Pinto, and G. Carmichael, Light Absorption Properties and Radiative Effects of Primary Organic Aerosol Emissions, Environ. Sci.  Technol., DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00211, 2015.


Manoharan, V. S., R. Kotamarthi, Y. Feng., and M. P. Cadeddu, Increased absorption by coarse aerosol particles over the Gangetic–Himalayan region, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 1159-1165, doi: 10.5194/acp-14-1159-2014, 2014.


Feng, Y., Ramanathan, V., and Kotamarthi, V. R., Brown Carbon: a Significant Atmospheric Absorber of Solar Radiation?, Atms. Chem. Phys., 13, 8607–8621, 2013.


Ito, A., J. F. Kok, Y. Feng, and J. E. Penner, Does a theoretical estimation of the dust size distribution at emission suggest more bioavailable iron deposition? Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2011GL050455, 39, 5807-5807, 2012.


Ito, A., and Y. Feng. Iron mobilization in North African dust, Procedia Environmental Sciences, 6, 27-34, doi:10.1016/j.proenv.2011.05.004, 2011.

Bahadur, R., Y. Feng, L. M. Russell, and V. Ramanathan, Response to comments on “Impact of California’s Air Pollution Laws on Black Carbon and its Direct Radiative Forcing” by R. Bahadur et al., Atmos. Environ., Vol 45, 24, 4119-4121, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2011.04.043, 2011.

Bahadur, R., Y. Feng, L. M. Russell, and V. Ramanathan, Impact of California’s Air Pollution Laws on Black Carbon and its Direct Radiative Forcing, Atmos. Environ., Vol 45, 5, 1162-1167, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2010.10.054, 2011.


Ramana, M. V., V. Ramanathan, Y. Feng, S.-C. Yoon, S.-W. Kim, G. R. Carmichael, and J. J. Schauer, Warming influenced by the ratio of black carbon to sulphate and the black-carbon source, Nature Geoscience, DOI: 10.1038/ngeo918, 2010.

Ito A., and Y. Feng, Role of dust alkalinity in acid mobilization of iron, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 9237-9250, 2010.

Feng Y., and V. Ramanathan “Investigation of aerosol-cloud interactions using a chemical transport model constrained by satellite observations”, Tellus B – Chemical and Physical Meteorology, 62, 69-86, 2010.

Rotstayn, L. D., M. A. Collier, M. R. Dix, Y. Feng, H. B. Gordon, S. P. O'Farrell, I. N. Smith, J. Syktus. Improved simulation of Australian climate and ENSO-related climate variability in a GCM with an interactive aerosol treatment. Int. J. Climatol., 30, 1067-1088, doi: 10.1002/joc.1952, 2010.


Stith, J. L., V. Ramanathan, W. A. Cooper, G. Roberts, P. J. DeMott, G. Carmichael, C. D. Hatch, B. Adhikary, C. H. Twohy, D. C. Rogers, D. Baumgardner, A. J. Prenni, T. Campos, R. Gao, J. Anderson, and Y. Feng “An overview of aircraft observation from the Pacific Dust Experiment campaign”, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D05207, doi:10.1029/2008JD010924, 2009.

Ramanathan, V., and Y. Feng “Air pollution, greenhouse gases and climate change: global and regional perspectives”, Atmos. Environ., 43, 37-50, 2009.


Ramanathan, V., and Y. Feng “On avoiding dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system: formidable challenges ahead”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 105, 14245-14250, 2008.


Feng Y., and J. E. Penner “Global modeling of nitrate and ammonium: Interaction of aerosols and tropospheric chemistry”, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D01304, doi:10.1029/2005JD006404, 2007.

Rotstayn, L. D., W. Cai, M. R. Dix, G. D. Farquhar, Y. Feng, P. Ginoux, M. Herzog, A. Ito, J. E. Penner, M. L. Roderick, and M. Wang “Have Australian rainfall and cloudiness increased due to the remote effects of Asian anthropogenic aerosols?” J. Geophys. Res., 112, D09202, doi:10.1029/2006JD007712, 2007.

Liu, X., J. E. Penner, B. Das, D. Bergmann, J. M. Rodriguez, S. Strahan, M. Wang, and Y. Feng “Uncertainties in global aerosol simulations: Assessment using three meteorological data sets”, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D11212, doi:10.1029/2006JD008216, 2007.


Liu, H., J.H. Crawford, R.B. Pierce, P. Norris, S.E. Platnick, G. Chen, J.A. Logan, R.M. Yantosca, M.J. Evans, C. Kittaka, Y. Feng, and X. Tie “Radiative effect of clouds on tropospheric chemistry in a global three-dimensional chemical transport model”, J. Geophys. Res., 111, D20303, doi:10.1029/2005JD006403, 2006.

Feng, Y., J.E. Penner, S. Sillman, and X. Liu “Effects of Cloud Overlap in Photochemical Models”, J. Geophys. Res., 109, D4, D0431010.1029/2003JD004040, 2004.

Penner, J.E., S.Y. Zhang, M. Chin, C.C. Chuang, J. Feichter, Y. Feng, et al., “A comparison of model- and satellite-derived aerosol optical depth and reflectivity”, J. Atmos. Sci., 59, 441-460, 2002.