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Joshua Fu

Joshua S. Fu

John D. Tickle Professor


Joshua S. Fu is the John D. Tickle Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an Inaugural Professor of the UT-ORNL Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, Faculty Affiliate at the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Joint Appointment Professor in the Climate Change Science Institute and Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The focus of 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 on air quality, energy assessment, land use (satellite applications) and emission flux, diesel track emission effects, and energy optimization planning.

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 one of the initiators for the Air Benefit and Attainment Assessment Cost System (ABaCAS). Fu has published more than 110 referred journal articles and 100 peer reviewed conference proceedings. He has been an invited speaker and lecture for more than 100 times in Asia, Europe and US. Also, and has been interviewed or reported on Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Science Daily, @EurekAlert!, Red Orbitand more than 30 media to discuss issues of international and national importance on climate change/extreme events and air quality. 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


Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University
MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Los Angeles
BS in Environmental Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Awards and Recognitions

Dr. David W. Goodpasture Endowed Faculty Award, 2017

Research Achievement Award, College of Engineering, The University of Tennessee, 2016

Research Fellow Award, College of Engineering, The University of Tennessee, 2010, 2012, 2013

Scholar Recognition Award, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Tennessee, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016

Research Recognition Award, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Tennessee, 2011, 2014

Most Cited Article Award, Atmospheric Environment, Elsevier Limited, 2013

Significant Event Award, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; for accomplishments on the Arctic Black Carbon program, 2013

Chancellor Award for Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement, The University of Tennessee, 2012

Shanghai Air Quality Forecasting System, named a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate, 2012

Honorary Professorship, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, China, 2005-present

Who’s Who in America, 2007-present


Full list:

Stowell, J. D., Y.-M. Kim, Y. Gao+, J. S. Fu, H. H. Chang, Y. Liu (2017). The impact of climate change and emissions control on future ozone levels: Implications for human health. Environment International. Vol. 108, 41-50.

Sun+, J., J. S. Fu*, K. Huang+, J. A. Lynch, Y. Gao+ (2017). Climate-driven exceedance of total (wet + dry) nitrogen (N) + sulfur (S) deposition to forest soil over the conterminous US. Earth’s Future. DOI:10.1002/2017EF0005

Sun+, J., J. S. Fu*, J. B. Drake, J-F Lamarque, S. Tilmes, F. Vitt (2017). Improvement of the prediction of surface ozone concentration over conterminous U.S. by a computationally efficient second-order Rosenbrock solver in CAM4-Chem. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. DOI:10.1002/2016MS000863

Tan+, J., J. S. Fu*, K. Huang+, C.-E. Yang+, J. Sun+ (2017). Effectiveness of SO2 emission control policy on power plants in the Yangtze River Delta, China – Post-assessment of the 11th five-year plan. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 24(9), 8243-8255. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-017-8412-z

Galmarini, S., B. Koffi, E. Solazzo, T. Keating, C. Hogrefe, M. Schulz, A. Benedictow, J. J. Griesfeller, G. Janssens-Maenhout, G. Carmichael, J. S. Fu, and F. Dentener (2017). Harmonization of the multi-scale multi-model activities HTAP, AQMEII and MICS-Asia: simulations, emission inventories, boundary conditions and output formats. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 17, 1543-1555. doi:10.5194/acp-17-1543-2017

Allen+, M., S. J. Fernandez, J. S. Fu*, and M. M. Olama (2016). Impacts of Climate Change on Sub-regional Electricity Demand and Distribution. Nature Energy. 1, 16103. DOI: 10.1038/NENERGY.2016.103

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. (SCI, IF=3.11)

Sun+, J., J. S. Fu*, K. Huang+ (2016). Organic nitrates and other oxidized nitrogen compounds contribute significantly to the total nitrogen depositions in the United States. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, 113 (31) E4433-E4434. doi/10.1073/pnas.1608717113

Liu, T.+, G. Zhuang, K. Huang+, J. Lin, Q. Wang, C. Deng, S. J Fu (2017). A typical formation mechanism of heavy haze-fog induced by coal combustion in an inland city in north-western China, Aerosol and Air Quality Research. 17: 98–107. doi:10.4209/aaqr.2016.04.0143.

Huang+, K. and J. S. Fu* (2016). A global gas flaring black carbon emission rate dataset during 1994 – 2012. Nature - Scientific Data. 3:160104. DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2016.104

Chuang+, M.-T., J. S. Fu*, C.-T. Lee, N.-H. Lin, Y. Gao+, S.-H. Wang, G.-R. Sheu, T.-C. Hsiao, J.-L. Wang, M.-C. Yen, T.-H. Lin, N. Thongboonchoo (2016). Simulating the long-range transport biomass burning plume approaching a high-mountain observatory in East Asia during the 7-SEAS/2010 Dongsha Experiment. Aerosol and Air Quality Research. 16: 2933–2949. doi: 10.4209/aaqr.2015.07.0440

Minoura, H., J. C. Chow, J. G. Watson, J. S. Fu, X. Dong+, and C-E Yang+ (2016). Vertical circulation of atmospheric pollutants near mountains during a southern California ozone episode. Aerosol and Air Quality Research. 16: 2396–2404. doi:10.4209/aaqr.2015.09.0554

Yu, E., J. A. Larson, B. C. English, J. S. Fu, J. Calcagno+, B. Wilson (2016). Dedicated Energy Crops Supply Chains and Associated Feedstock Transportation Emissions: A Case Study of Tennessee. Journal of Transportation Research Forum. 55(1):51-66.

Dong+, X, J. S. Fu*, K. Huang+, D. Tong, G. Zhuang (2016). Model development of dust emission and heterogeneous chemistry within the Community Multiscale Air Quality modeling system and it's application over East Asia. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 16, 8157–8180. doi:10.5194/acp-16-8157-2016

Zhong, J., E. T. Yu, J. A. Larson, B. C. English, J. S. Fu, J. Calcagno+ (2016). Analysis of Environmental and Economic Tradeoffs in Switchgrass Supply Chains for Biofuel Production. Energy. Volume 107, Pages 791–803. doi:10.1016/

Li, C., N. C. Hsu, A. M. Sayer, N. A Krotkov, J. S. Fu; L. N. Lamsal, J. Lee, S.-C. Tsay (2016). Satellite observation of pollutant emissions from gas flaring activities near the Arctic. Atmospheric Environment. Volume 133, 1–11. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.03.019

Dian Ding, Yun Zhu, Carey Jang, Che-Jen Lin, Shuxiao Wang, Joshua S. Fu, Jian Gao, Shuang Deng, Junping Xie, Xuezhen Qiu. (2016). Evaluation of Health Benefit Using BenMAP-CE with an integrated scheme of Model and Monitor Data during Guangzhou Asian Games. Journal of Environmental Sciences. vol. 42, 9-18. doi:10.1016/j.jes.2015.06.003

Wang, Q., G. Zhuang, K. Huang+, T.  Liu+, C.  Deng, Q. Fu+, J. S. Fu, J. Chen (2016). Evolution of particulate sulfate and nitrate along the Asian dust pathway: secondary transformation and primary pollutants via long-range transport. Atmospheric Research. Volume 169, Part A, 86–95. doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2015.09.013

Yu, E., B. English, L. Xia, J. Larson, J. Calcagno+, J. S. Fu, B. Wilson (2016). Analyzing Economic and Environmental Performance of Switchgrass Biofuel Supply Chains. BioEnergy Research. 1-12. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-015-9699-6

Li+, J., Q. Fu+, J. Huo, D. Wang, W. Yang, Q. Bian, Y. Duan, Y. Zhang, J. Pan, Y. Lin, K. Huang+. S-H Wang, J. S. Fu*, P. K.K.  Louie (2015). Tethered Balloon-Based Black Carbon Profiles within the Lower Troposphere of Shanghai in the 2013 East China Smog. Atmospheric Environment. Volume 123, Part B, 327-338. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.08.096

Wang, J., S. X. Wang, S. A. Voorhees, B. Zhao+, C. Jang, J. Jiang, J. S. Fu, D. Dian, Y. Zhu, J. M. Hao (2015). Assessment of short-term PM2.5-related mortality due to different emission sources in the Yangtze River Delta, China. Atmospheric Environment. Volume 123, Part B, 440- 448. DOI:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.05.060

Huang+, K. J. S. Fu*, V.Y. Prikhodko, J. M. Storey, A. Romanov, E. L. Hodson, J. Cresko, I. Morozova, Y. Ignatieva (2015). Russian anthropogenic black carbon: Emission reconstruction and Arctic black carbon simulation. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres. 120 (21):11306-11333. DOI: 10.1002/2015JD023358

Wang+, L., Z. Wei, W. Wei, J. S. Fu*, C. Meng and S. Ma (2015). Source Apportionment of PM2.5 in Top Polluted Cities in Hebei, China Using the CMAQ Model. Atmospheric Environment. 122, 723-736 doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.10.041

Qiu, X., Y. Zhu, C. Jang, C.-J. Lin, S.X. Wang, J. S. Fu, J. Xie, J. Wang, D. Ding, S. Long (2015). Development of an integrated policy making tool for assessing air quality and human health benefits of air pollution control. Front. Environ. Sci. Eng. December 2015, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 1056-1065. doi: 10.1007/s11783-015-0796-8

Wang, Q., G. Zhuang, K. Huang+, T. Liu+, C. Deng, J. Xu, Z. Guo, Y. Chen, Q. Fu+, J. S. Fu, J. Chen (2015). Probing the severe haze pollution in three typical regions of China: characteristics, sources and regional impacts. Atmospheric Environment. 120, 76-88. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.08.076

Pino-Cortés, Ernesto, Luis A. Díaz-Robles, Francisco Cubillos, Joshua S. Fu, and Alberto Vergara-Fernández. (2015). Sensitivity Analysis of Biodiesel Blends on Benzo[a]pyrene and main Emissions using MOVES: A case study  in Temuco, Chile. Science of the Total Environment. Vol 537, 352-359. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.07.143

Dong+, X. and J. S. Fu* (2015). Understanding biomass burning from Peninsular Southeast Asia, part I: model evaluation and analysis of systematic errors. Atmospheric Environment. 116, 293-307. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.06.026

Dong+, X. and J. S. Fu* (2015). Understanding interannual variations of biomass burning from Peninsular Southeast Asia, part II: variability and different influences in lower and higher atmosphere levels. Atmospheric Environment. 115, 9-18.

Chuang, M-T+, J. S. Fu*, Lin, N-H.,, Lee, C-T, Gao, Y., Wang, S-H, Sheu, G-R, Hsiao, T-C, Wang, J-L, Yen, M-C, Lin, T-H, Thongboonchoo, N., Chen, W-C. (2015). Simulating transport and chemical evolution of biomass burning pollutants originating from Southeast Asia during 7-SEAS/2010 Dongsha Experiment. Atmospheric Environment. 112, 294-305. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.04.055

Sun+, J., J. S. Fu*, K. Huang+, Y. Gao+ (2015). Estimation of future PM2.5- and ozone-related mortality over the continental US in a changing climate: An application of high-resolution dynamical downscaling technique. Journal of Air and Waste Management Association. Vol. 65, Issue 5, 611-623. doi:10.1080/10962247.2015.1033068

Wong, D. C., C. E. Yang+, J. S. Fu, K. Wong, and Y. Gao+ (2015).  An Approach to Enhance pnetCDF Performance in Environmental Modeling Applications. Geoscientific Model Development. 8, 1033–1046, doi:10.5194/gmd-8-1033-2015

Dong+, X., M. Tschantz, J. S. Fu* (2015). Estimating Evaporative Vapor Generation From Automobiles Based on Parking Activities. Environmental Pollution. Volume 202, 104–111, doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2015.03.010

Wang, H., Y. Zhu, C. Jang, C-J, Lin, S. Wang, J.S. Fu, J. Gao, S. Deng, J. Xie, D. Ding, X. Qiu, S. Long (2015). Design and demonstration of a next-generation air quality attainment assessment system for PM2.5 and O3. Journal of Environmental Sciences. doi: 10.1016/j.jes.2014.08.023

Zhao+, B., S. X. Wang, K. Fu, J. Xing, J. S. Fu*, C. Jang, Y. Zhu, X. Y. Dong+, Y. Gao+, W. J. Wu, and J. M. Hao (2015). Assessing the nonlinear response of fine particles to precursor emissions: development and application of an Extended Response Surface Modeling technique (ERSM v1.0). Geoscientific Model Development. 8, 115-128, doi:10.5194/gmd-8-115-2015

Zhu, Y., Y. Lao, C.J. Jang, C-J, Lin, J. Xing, S. Wang, J. S. Fu, S. Deng, J. Xie, S. Long (2015). Development and case study of a science-based software platform to support policy making on air quality. Journal of Environmental Sciences. Vol 27, 97-107. DOI: 10.1016/j.jes.2014.08.016 (SCI, IF=1.92)

Kim, Y.-M., Y. Zhou, Y. Gao+, J. S. Fu, B. A. Johnson, C. Huang, Y. Liu (2014). Spatially resolved estimation of ozone-related mortality in the United States under two Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) and their uncertainty, Climatic Change. Volume 128, Issue 1-2, pp 71-84. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1290-1

Huang+, K., J. S. Fu*, E. L. Hodson, X. Dong+, J. Cresko, V. Y. Prikhodko, J. M. Storey, M.-D. Cheng (2014). Identification of Missing Anthropogenic Emission Sources in Russia: Implication for Modeling Arctic Haze, Aerosol and Air Quality Research. 14: 1799–1811. DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2014.08.0165

Allen+, M. S., S. J. Fernandez, J. S. Fu*, K. A. Walter (2014). Electricity Demand Evolution Driven by Storm Motivated Population Movement, Journal of Geography and Natural Disaster. 4:126, 1-10. doi:10.4172/2167-0587.1000126.

Hathaway, J. M., R. Brown, J. S. Fu, W. Hunt (2014). Bioretention Function Under Climate Change Scenarios in North Carolina, USA. Journal of Hydrology. Volume 519, Part A, Pages 503–511. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.07.037

LaClair, T., J. Calcagno+, J. S. Fu (2014). Development of a Short-Duration Drive Cycle to Represent Long-Term Measured Drive Cycle Data for the Evaluation of Truck Efficiency Technologies in Class 8 Tractor-Trailers. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. No. 2428, 63-74. DOI:

Lin, Y., K. Huang+, G. Zhuang, J. S Fu, Q. Wang, T. Liu+, C. Deng, Q. Fu+ (2014). A multi-year evolution of aerosol chemistry impacting visibility and haze formation over an Eastern Asia megacity, Shanghai. Atmospheric Environment. 92, 76-86. (SCI, IF=3.11)

Langan, R., R. Archibald, M. Plumlee, S. Mahajan, D. Ricciuto, C. Yang+, R. Mei, J. Mao, X. Shi, J. S. Fu (2014). Stochastic Parameterization to Represent Variability and Extremes in Climate Modeling, Procedia Computer Science. Volume 29, Pages 1146-1155, ISSN 1877-0509, doi:10.1016/j.procs.2014.05.103.

Buonocore, J. J., X. Dong+, J. D. Spengler, J. S. Fu, J. I. Levy (2014). Using the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) Model to Estimate Public Health Impacts of PM2.5 from Individual Power Plants. Environment International. Volume 68, 200-208. (SCI, IF=6.248)

Li+, L., C. Huang, H.Y. Huang, Y.J. Wang, R.S. Yan, G.F. Zhang, M. Zhou, S.R. Lou, S.K. Tao, H.L. Wang, L.P. Qiao, C.H. Chen, D.G. Streets, J.S. Fu* (2014). An integrated process rate analysis of a regional fine particulate matter episode over Yangtze River Delta in 2010. Atmospheric Environment. Volume 91, Pages 60–70. (SCI, IF=3.11)

Dong+, X., J. Li+, J. S. Fu*, Y. Gao, K. Huang+, G. Zhuang (2014). Inorganic aerosols responses to emission changes in Yangtze River Delta, China. Science of the Total Environment. Volume 481, Pages 522–532. (SCI=3.286)

Sun+, J., J. Schreifels, J. Wang, J. S. Fu*, S. Wang (2014). Cost estimate of multi-pollutant abatement from the power sector in the Yangtze River Delta region of China. Energy Policy. (SCI, IF=2.743)

Wu, J., Y. Zhou, Y. Gao+, J. S. Fu, B. A. Johnson, C. Huang, Y.-M. Kim, and Y. Liu (2014). The Time Trend Temperature–Mortality as a Factor of Uncertainty Analysis of Impacts of Future Heat Waves: Wu et al. Respond. Environmental Health Perspectives.  Volume: 122   Issue: 5   Pages: A118-A119. doi:10.1289/ehp.1308042R (SCI, IF=7.01)

Díaz-Robles+, L.A., J. S. Fu*, L. N. Schiappacasse, P. Etcharren, G. D. Reed, M. P. Silva (2014). Health risks caused by short term exposure to ultrafine particulate matter generated by residential wood combustion: a case study of Temuco, Chile. Environment International. Volume 66, Pages 174–181. (SCI, IF=6.248)

Jiang, Y., G. Zhuang, Q. Wang, T. Liu, K. Huang+, J. S. Fu, J. Li+, Y. Lin, R. Zhang, C. Deng (2014). Aerosol oxalate and its implication to haze pollution in Shanghai, China. Chinese Science Bulletin. 59(2):227–238. DOI 10.1007/s11434-013-0009-4 (SCI, IF=1.321)

Huang+, K., J. S. Fu*, Y. Gao+, X. Dong+, G. Zhuang, Y. Lin (2014). Role of sectoral and multi-pollutant emission control strategies in improving atmospheric visibility in the Yangtze River Delta, China. Environmental Pollution. Volume 184, Pages 426–434. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2013.09.029 (SCI, IF=3.73)

Wu, J., Y. Zhou, Y. Gao+, J. S. Fu, B. Johnson, C. Huang, Y-M, Kim, Y. Liu (2014). 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 (SCI, IF=7.01)


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