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Joshua Fu

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Dr. Joshua S. Fu is an Inaugural Professor of the UT-ORNL Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education Energy Science and Engineering Ph.D. Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty Affiliate at the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences, Joint Faculty Appointment in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Honorary Professor of the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences. The focus of Dr. Fu’s research work includes climatic changes, air pollution modeling, air quality impact assessments, the impacts of extreme events on health, the impacts of transportation planning and energy usages on air quality, land use (satellite applications) and emissions, diesel track emission effects, and energy optimization planning. Dr. Fu has served as a co-author of the Final Report of the Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN Task Force Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution) and reviewing committee member for air quality status in East Asia for the EANET, a governmental consortium in East Asia and located in Japan. He also was a co-author of Technical Report, Climate Change and Infrastructure, Urban System and Vulnerability, to Department of Energy and White House in the support of the National Climate Assessment in 2012. He served as an international adviser/expert on East Asia/China air quality modeling assessment such as Beijing and Shanghai air quality modeling assessment for the 2008 Olympic Games and 2010 Shanghai World Expo, a modeling lead of the Model Intercomparison Study (MIS-Asia) and a modeling lead for HTAP on air quality and climate change. He provided climate modeling results to IPCC AR5 based on RCP 4.5 and 8.5 scenarios. He develops and provides scientifically sound, cost-effective analysis tools to design and develop complex climate and environmental model applications. Currently, he is the PI for the Air Benefit and Attainment Assessment Cost System (ABaCAS). Dr. Fu has published more than 70 referred journal articles and 90 peer reviewed conference proceedings. He also has been an invited speaker and lecture for more than 80 times in Asia, Europe and US. Dr. Fu obtained his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, MS from UCLA and BS from Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University.


Energy, climate change and air quality

Assessment of intercontinental transport and climatic effects of air pollutants: Global and Regional Modeling of Ozone and Particular Matter

Transportation and air quality

Air Toxics Modeling – link to homeland and international security

Develop environmental modeling and decision support tools for complex multi-discipline ecosystem

Genetic algorithm and stochastic based optimization applications in a high performance computing

Data management and information technology applications in environmental management systems

Reliability, uncertainty, and risk analysis in civil and environmental systems

Large scale simulation and implementation in Environmental Systems

Human dimension and sustainability in environmental systems


Streets, D. G., J. S. Fu, C. Jang, J. Hao, K. He, X. Tang, Y. Zhang, Z. Li, Q. Zhang, L. Wang, B. Wang, and C. Yu (2007) Air quality during the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. Atmospheric Environment, 41, (3), 480-492.*

*Highlighted in Editor’s Choice on Atmospheric Science Research: Clean Competition, Science, vol 314, November 24.; Awarded and certificated “Most Cited Article” Atmospheric Environment 2007-2012. One of the Top 10 downloaded articles in Atmospheric Environment journal since the journal started.

Gao, Y., J. S. Fu, J. B. Drake, J.-F. Lamarque, and Y. Liu (2013). The Impact of Emissions and Climate Change on Ozone in the United States under Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs). Atmos. Chem. Phys.13, 9607-9621. doi:10.5194/acp-13-9607-2013

Wu, J., Y. Zhou, Y. Gao, J. S. Fu, B. Johnson, C. Huang, Y-M, Kim, Y. Liu (2013). Estimation and Uncertainty Analysis of Impacts of Future Heat Waves on Mortality in the Eastern United States. Environmental Health Perspectives. DOI:10.1289/ehp.1306670

Gao, Y., J. S. Fu, J. B. Drake, Y. Liu and J.-F. Lamarque (2012). Projected changes of extreme weather events in the Eastern United States based on a high-resolution climate modeling system. Environmental Research Letters, 7, 044025 (12pp). doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/4/044025

Fu, J. S., X. Dong, Y. Gao, D. C. Wong, Y. F. Lam (2012). Sensitivity and Linearity Analysis of Ozone in East Asia: the Effects of Domestic Emission and Intercontinental Transport. Journal of Air and Waste Management Association, Volume 62, Issue 9, pages 1102-1114. DOI:10.1080/10962247.2012.699014

Allen, M., D. Erickson, W. Kendall, J. S. Fu, L. Ott, S. Pawson (2012). The Influence of Internal Model Variability in GEOS-5 on Interhemispheric CO2 Exchange. Journal of Geophysical Research. OL. 117, D10107, 20 PP. doi:10.1029/2011JD017059.

Lam, Y. F., J. S. Fu, S. Wu, L. J. Mickley (2011). Impacts of future climate change and effects of biogenic emissions on surface ozone and particulate matter concentrations in the U.S. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11, 4789–4806, doi:10.5194/acp-11-4789-2011

Lam, Y. F. and J. S. Fu (2010). Corrigendum to "A novel downscaling technique for the linkage of global and regional air quality modeling". Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 4013-4031.

Kim, Y., J. S. Fu, and T. L. Miller (2010). Improving Ozone Modeling in Complex Terrain at a Fine Grid Resolution: Part I-Examinations of Analysis Nudging and all PBL Schemes associated with LSMs in Meteorological Model. Atmospheric Environment, 44, 523-532.

Kim, Y. and J. S. Fu (2010). Improving Ozone Modeling in Complex Terrain at a Fine Grid Resolution-Part ?: Influence of schemes in MM5 on Daily Maximum 8-hour ozone concentrations and RRF (Relative Reduction Factors) for SIPs in the nonattainment areas. Atmospheric Environment, 44, 2116-2124.

Li, C., S. C. Tsay, J. S. Fu, R. Dickerson, Q. Ji, S. Bell, Y. Gao, W. Zhang, J. Huang, Z. Li, H. Chen (2010). Anthropogenic Air Pollution Observed near Dust Source Regions in Northwestern China during Springtime 2008. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, D00K22, doi:10.1029/2009JD013659.

Zhou, Y., J. S. Fu, G. Zhuang, J. I. Levy (2010). Risk-Based Prioritization Among Air Pollution Control Strategies in the Yangtze River Delta, China. Environmental Health Perspectives, 118:1204-1210. doi:10.1289/ehp.1001991.

Fu, J. S., E. D. Brill, Jr., and S. Ranjithan (2006). Conjunctive Use of Models to Design Cost-Effective Ozone Control Strategies. Journal of Air and Waste Management Association 56:800-809.

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