Tingjun Zhang


National Snow and Ice Data Center - Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences


University of Colorado

tingjun.zhang [at] colorado.edu


708 Maroon Peak Circle
United States

Brief Biography

Dr. Tingjun Zhang is a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), at the University of Colorado Boulder. Zhang earned a B.S. in 1980 and a M.S. in 1984 in Physical Geography from Lanzhou University, and another M.S. (1989) and his Ph.D. (1993) in Geophysics from the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed journal articles and numerous peer-reviewed and referred scientific conference proceedings articles, book chapters, and book reviews.

Zhang's research interests include the following:

Permafrost, seasonally frozen ground, snow, and ice

Cold regions/cold seasons land surface processes

Soil temperature and soil thermal regime

Heat and mass transfer in porous media

Numerical modeling of geophysical phenomena in cold regions

Satellite remote sensing of the near-surface soil freeze/thaw status

Science Specialties

climatology, cryosphere, permafrost

Current Research

Interactions between the atmosphere and the land in cold regions. Atmosphere-lake ice-permafrost systems. Modeling the potential response of the active layer and permafrost to global warming.