Quan Gan
Quan Gan
Quan Gan



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Research Scientist


Dr. Gan is a research scientist in LASP at CU Boulder, who has been a team member on NASA's GOLD mission since 2019. His research interests primarily include atmospheric wave dynamics in the middle and upper atmosphere, coupling of the atmosphere-ionosphere (A-I) system, the Ionosphere-Thermosphere (I-T) system responses to geomagnetic storms, and long-term changes of the middle and upper atmosphere. He has extensive experience in satellite data analysis (LEO and GEO) and simulations with state-of-the-art community models. He has been dedicated to studying global wave dynamics (e.g., Rossby waves, tides, and Kelvin waves) and the considerable effects on the space weather of the I-T system.

Current projects:

1) Exploring day-to-day variability of the ionosphere-thermosphere system driven by planetary wave-tide interactions (NASA)

2) Annual and semi-annual variations of thermosphere composition (NASA)

3) Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (NASA)

Most recent publications
1. Q. Gan*, RW Eastes, YJ Wu, L Qian, X Cai, W Wang, SL England, and W. E. Mcclintock (2024) Thermospheric responses to the 3 and 4 November 2021 geomagnetic storm during the main and recovery phases as observed by NASA's GOLD and ICON missions, Geophysical Research Letters 51 (1), e2023GL106529

2. Q. Gan*, J. Oberheide, L. Goncharenko, L Qian, J Yue, W Wang, WE McClintock, RW Eastes (2023) GOLD Synoptic Observations of Quasi‐6‐Day Wave Modulations of Post‐Sunset Equatorial Ionization Anomaly During the September 2019 Antarctic Sudden Stratospheric Warming, Geophysical Research Letters 50 (12), e2023GL103386

3. Q. Gan*, L. Qian, N. M. Pedatella, Y-J Wu, J. Correira, W. Wang, W.E. McClintock, R.W. Eastes (2023) GOLD synoptic observations of thermospheric annual and semiannual variations in composition during solar minimum years, Geophysical Research Letters 50 (4), e2022GL101215

4. S Aryal,* Q Gan*, JS Evans, FI Laskar, DK Karan, X Cai, KR Greer, W Wang, WE McClintock, RW Eastes (2023), Tongan Volcanic Eruption Induced Global‐Scale Thermospheric Changes Observed by the GOLD Mission, Geophysical Research Letters 50 (12), e2023GL103158

5. Q. Gan*, RW Eastes, ABurns, W.Wang, L.Qian, SC Solomon, MV Codrescu, J McInerney, WE McClintock (2020), First synoptic observations of geomagnetic storm effects on the global‐scale OI 135.6‐nm dayglow in the thermosphere by the GOLD mission, Geophysical Research Letters 47 (3), e2019GL085400

Additional Information

Wuhan Univ. , Ph.D., 2012
Wuhan Univ. , B.S., 2006