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Yan Feng

Department Head, Atmospheric Science and Climate Research

Aerosols and interactions with radiation, chemistry and clouds. Global and regional climate modeling. Wildfire prediction.


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 a principal atmospheric and climate scientist at Argonne. She also holds a scientist at large appointment with Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering, University of Chicago and a Graduate Faculty Scholar appointment at the Northern Illinois University. Currently, Yan serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES), and committee member for the AGU James R. Holton Award.

Her research focuses on global and regional modeling of aerosols, clouds, and interactions with climate change, air pollution, and biogeochemical cycle. She has 40+ peer-reviewed journal publications including Nature Geoscience, PNAS, Environmental Research LettersGeophysical Research Letters, and co-authored three book chapters. Her work has 5400+ citations in Google Scholar and she has a H-index of 31. Yan joined Argonne as an assistant Atmospheric Scientist in 2010, after she did the postdoctoral study at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego.



Wan H., K. Zhang , C. J. Vogl , C. S. Woodward , R. C. Easter , P. J. Rasch, Y. Feng, and H. Wang, Numerical coupling of aerosol emissions, dry removal, and turbulent mixing in the E3SM Atmosphere Model version 1 (EAMv1), part I: dust budget analyses and the impacts of a revised coupling scheme. Submitted to Geoscientific Model Development, in revisions.

Yu, G., Y. Feng, J. Wang, and D. Wright: Performance of Fire Danger Indices and Their Utility in Predicting Future Wildfire Danger over the Conterminous United States. Earth’s Future, accepted, 2023.

Getter, D., J. Bessac, J. Rudi, and Y. Feng, Statistical treatment of convolutional neural network super-resolution of inland surface wind for subgrid-scale variability quantification, Artificial Intelligence for Earth Systems, accepted, 2023.

Wu, X., Y. Feng, C. He, R. Kumar, C. Ge, D. Painemal, Y. Xu, Implementing CBMZ-MAM3 Chemistry and Aerosol Modules in the Regional Climate Model WRF-CAM5: an evaluation over Western US and Eastern North Pacific. Atmosphere, 14, 1122. https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​3​3​9​0​/​a​t​m​o​s​1​4​0​71122, 2023.

Tang, Q., Golaz, J.-C., Van Roekel, L. P., Taylor, M. A., Lin, W., Hillman, B. R., Ullrich, P. A., Bradley, A. M., Guba, O., Wolfe, J. D., Zhou, T., Zhang, K., Zheng, X., Zhang, Y., Zhang, M., Wu, M., Wang, H., Tao, C., Singh, B., Rhoades, A. M., Qin, Y., Li, H.-Y., Feng, Y., Zhang, Y., Zhang, C., Zender, C. S., Xie, S., Roesler, E. L., Roberts, A. F., Mametjanov, A., Maltrud, M. E., Keen, N. D., Jacob, R. L., Jablonowski, C., Hughes, O. K., Forsyth, R. M., Di Vittorio, A. V., Caldwell, P. M., Bisht, G., McCoy, R. B., Leung, L. R., and Bader, D. C.: The fully coupled regionally refined model of E3SM version 2: overview of the atmosphere, land, and river results, Geosci. Model Dev., 16, 3953–3995, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​5​1​9​4​/​g​m​d​-​1​6​-​3​9​5​3​-2023, 2023.

Chang, I., L. Gao, C. J. Flynn, Y. Shinozuka, S. J. Doherty, M. S. Diamond, K. M. Longo, G. A. Ferrada, G. R. Carmichael, P. Castellanos, A. M. da Silva, P. E. Saide, C. Howes, Z. Xue, M. Mallet, R. Govindaraju, Q. Wang, Y. Cheng, Y. Feng, S. P. Burton, R. A. Ferrare, S. E. LeBlanc, M. S. Kacenelenbogen, K. Pistone, M. Segal-Rozenhaimer, K. G. Meyer, J-M Ryoo, L. Pfister, A. A. Adebiyi, R. Wood, P. Zuidema, S. A. Christopher, and J. Redemann, On the differences in the vertical distribution of modeled aerosol optical depth over the southeast Atlantic, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 23, 4283–4309, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​5​1​9​4​/​a​c​p​-​2​3​-​4​2​8​3​-2023.


Golaz,et al. (including Y. Feng): The DOE E3SM Model Version 2: Overview of the physical model. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 14, e2022MS003156, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​2​9​/​2​0​2​2​M​S​0​03156, 2022.

Zhang, K., W. Zhang, H. Wan, P. J. Rasch, S. J. Ghan, R. C. Easter, X. Shi, Y. Wang, H. Wang, P-L Ma, S. Zhang, J. Sun, S. Burrows, M. Shrivastava, B. Singh, Y. Qian, X. Liu, J.-C. Golaz, Q Tang, X. Zheng, S. Xie, W. Lin, Y. Feng, M. Wang, J.-H Yoon, and R. L. Leung, Effective radiative forcing of anthropogenic aerosols in E3SMv1: historical changes, causality, decomposition, and parameterization sensitivities. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 9129–9160, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​5​1​9​4​/​a​c​p​-​2​2​-​9​1​2​9​-2022, 2022.

Feng, Y., H. Wang, P. J. Rasch, K. Zhang, W. Lin, Q. Tang, S. Xie, D. S. Hamilton, N. Mahowald and H. Yu, Global dust cycle and direct radiative effect in the E3SM version 1: Impact of increasing model resolution. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 14, e2021MS002909. https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​2​9​/​2​0​2​1​M​S​0​02909, 2022.


Brown, E., J. Wang and Y. Feng, U.S. Wildfire Potential: a Historical View and Future Projection using High-resolution Climate Data, Environ. Res. Lett.16 034060, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​8​8​/​1​7​4​8​-​9​3​2​6​/​a​ba868, 2021.


Wu, M., Liu, X., Yu, H., Wang, H., Shi, Y., Yang, K., Darmenov, A., Wu, C., Wang, Z., Luo, T., Feng, Y., and Ke, Z.: Understanding Processes that Control Dust Spatial Distributions with Global Climate Models and Satellite Observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 13835-13855, https://​acp​.coper​ni​cus​.org/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​s​/​2​0​/​1​3​8​3​5​/​2020/, 2020.

Shinozuka, Y., P. E. Saide, G. A. Ferrada, S. P. Burton, R. Ferrare, S. J. Doherty, H. Gordon, K. Longo, M. Mallet, Y. Feng, et al., Modeling the smoky troposphere of the southeast Atlantic: a comparison to ORACLES airborne observations from September of 2016, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 11491-11526, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​5​1​9​4​/​a​c​p​-​2​0​-​1​1​4​9​1​-2020, 2020.

Painemal, D., F. Chang, R. Ferrare, S. Burton, Z. Li, W. L. Smith Jr., P. Minnis, Y. Feng, and M. Clayton, Reducing uncertainties in satellite estimates of aerosol-cloud interactions over the subtropical ocean by integrating vertically resolved aerosol observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 7167–7177, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​5​1​9​4​/​a​c​p​-​2​0​-​7​1​6​7​-2020, 2020.

Zheng, G., A. J. Sedlacek, A. C. Aiken, Y. Feng, T. B. Watson, S. Raveh-Rubin, J. Uin, E. R. Lewis and J. Wang, Long-range transported North American wildfire aerosols observed in marine boundary layer of eastern North Atlantic, Environment International, 139, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​1​6​/​j​.​e​n​v​i​n​t​.​2​0​2​0​.​1​05680, 2020.


Wang, H., R. C. Easter, R. Zhang, P.‐L. Ma, B. Singh, K. Zhang, D. Ganguly, P. J. Rasch, S. M. Burrows, S. J. Ghan, S. Lou, Y. Qian, Y. Yang, Y. Feng, M. Flanner, L. R. Leung, X. Liu, M. Shrivastava, J. Sun, Q. Tang, S. Xie, and J. Yoon: Aerosols in the E3SM version 1: New developments and their impacts on radiative forcing, J. Adv. Mod. Earth Sys., doi:10.1029/2019MS001851, 2019.

Caldwell, P. M., Mametjanov, A., Tang, Q., Van Roekel, L. P., Golaz, J. C., Lin, W. Y., Bader, D. C., Keen, N. D., Feng, Y., Jacob, R., Maltrud, M. E., Roberts, A. F., Taylor, M. A., Veneziani, M., Wang, H. L., Wolfe, J. D., Balaguru, K., Cameron-Smith, P., Dong, L., Klein, S. A., Leung, L. R., Li, H. Y., Li, Q., Liu, X. H., Neale, R. B., Pinheiro, M., Qian, Y., Ullrich, P. A., Xie, S. C., Yang, Y., Zhang, Y. Y., Zhang, K., and Zhou, T., : The DOE E3SM coupled model version 1: Description and results at high resolution, J. Adv. Mod. Earth Sys., 11, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​2​9​/​2​0​1​9​M​S​0​01870, 2019.

McDaniel, M. F.; Ingall, E.; Morton, P.; Castorina, E.; Weber, R.; Shelley, R.; Landing, W.; Longo, A.; Feng, Y.; Lai, B., Relationship between atmospheric aerosol mineral surface area and iron solubility, ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, DOI: 10.1021/
acsearthspacechem.9b00152, Publication Date (Web): 18 Sep, 2019.

Meskhidze, N., C. Voelker, H. Al-Abadleh, K. Barbeau, M. Bressac, C. Buck, R. Bundy, P. Croot, Y. Feng, A. Ito, A. M. Johansen, W. Landing, J. Mao, S. Myriokefalitakis, Daniel Ohnemus, Benoît Pasquier, and Y. Ye, 2019: Perspective on Identifying and Characterizing the Processes Controlling Iron Speciation and Residence Time at the Atmosphere-Ocean Interface, Marine Chemistry, Volume 217, 103704, doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2019.103704, 2019.

Hamilton, D. S., Scanza, R. A., Feng, Y., Guinness, J., Kok, J. F., Li, L., Liu, X., Rathod, S. D., Wan, J. S., Wu, M., and Mahowald, N. M.: Improved methodologies for Earth system modelling of atmospheric soluble iron and observation comparisons using the Mechanism of Intermediate complexity for Modelling Iron (MIMI v.1.0), Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 3835-3862. doi:10.5194/gmd-12-3835-2019, 2019.

Sullivan, R. C., V. R. Kotamarthi, and Y. Feng, Recovering evapotranspiration trends from biased CMIP5 simulations and sensitivity to changing climate over North America, Journal of Hydrometeorology, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​1​7​5​/​J​H​M​-​D​-​1​8​-​0​259.1, 2019.

A. Ito, S. Myriokefalitakis, M. Kanakidou, N. M. Mahowald, R. A. Scanza, D. S. Hamilton, A. R. Baker, T. Jickells, M. Sarin, S. Bikkina, Y. Gao, R. U. Shelley, C. S. Buck, W. M. Landing, A. R. Bowie, M. M. G. Perron, C. Guieu, N. Meskhidze, M. S. Johnson, Y. Feng, J. F. Kok, A. Nenes, R. A. Duce, Pyrogenic iron: The missing link to high iron solubility in aerosols. Science Advances, 5, eaau7671, 10.1126/sciadv.aau7671, 2019.

Golaz, J.-C., P.M. Caldwell, L.P. Van Roekel, M.R. Petersen, Q. Tang, J.D. Wolfe, G. Abeshu, V. Anantharaj, X. S. Asay‐Davis, D. C. Bader, S. A. Baldwin, G. Bisht, P. A. Bogenschutz, M. Branstetter, M. A. Brunke, S. R. Brus, S. M. Burrows, P. J. Cameron‐Smith, A. S. Donahue, M. Deakin, R. C. Easter, K. J. Evans, Y. Feng et al: The DOE E3SM coupled model version 1: Overview and evaluation at standard resolution, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 11. https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​2​9​/​2​0​1​8​M​S​0​01603, 2019.

Sullivan, R. C., D. R. Cook, V. P. Ghate, V. R. Kotamarthi, Y. Feng, Improved Spatiotemporal Representativeness and Bias Reduction of Satellite-Based Evapotranspiration Retrievals via Use of In Situ Meteorology and Constrained Canopy Surface Resistance, JGR-Biogeosciences, 124. https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​2​9​/​2​0​1​8​J​G​0​04744, 2019.


Brown, H., X. Liu, Y. Feng, 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), Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 17745-17768, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​5​1​9​4​/​a​c​p​-​1​8​-​1​7​7​4​5​-2018, 2018.

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, Enhanced Iron Solubility at Low pH in Global Aerosols, Atmosphere, 9, 201; doi:10.3390/atmos9050201, 2018.

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, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​5​1​9​4​/​a​c​p​-​1​8​-​5​5​5​-2018, 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., 3, 589-613, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​5​1​9​4​/​w​e​s​-​3​-​5​8​9​-2018, 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.