Tsengel Nergui

Atmospheric Modeler

P: 847-720-7881
@: nergui@ladco.org


Ph.D., Engineering Science, Washington State University, 2017
Dissertation: The Effects of Climate Variability and Meteorological Conditions on the Atmospheric Nitrogen Cycle in the United States

M.S., Meteorology, National University of Mongolia, 1997
Thesis Title: Assessments of the NOAA/TOVS Data Retrievals for Meteorological Fields over Mongolia

B.S., Meteorology, National University of Mongolia, 1995
Emphasis: Synoptic meteorology and numerical weather forecasting

Professional Experience

Atmospheric Modeler, Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium, Rosemont, IL, Jan 2018 – present

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Jun 2017 – Dec 2017

Research Assistant, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Aug 2011 – May 2017

Climate Change Officer, Ministry for Environment and Green Development, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Jan 2010 – Feb 2011

Quality System Analyst & Inspector, COBE Cardiovascular/SORIN Group, Arvada, CO, Aug 2001 – Mar 2008

Research Scientist, Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Jul 1995 – Dec 2000


Paul A. Weir Scholarship, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, 2014

Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship, administered by U.S. Embassy in Mongolia, 2011


American Geophysical Union

American Meteorological Society

American Society for Quality

Research Interests

Weather, air quality, climate, and their interactions, with emphasis in following research and development areas:

  • Global change impacts on air quality and natural resources
  • Atmospheric modeling for air quality research and regulatory applications
  • Hybrid tool/model development for atmospheric sciences using numerical and statistical models
  • High Performance Computing and AWS Cloud Computing
  • Extreme events and statistics for extreme values


Pierce, R. B., Harkey, M., Lenzen, A., Cronce, L. M., Otkin, J. A., Case, J. L., Henderson, D. S., Adelman, Z., Nergui, T., and Hain, C. R.: High resolution CMAQ simulations of ozone exceedance events during the Lake Michigan Ozone Study, EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-152, 2023.

Acdan, J. J. M., Pierce, R. B., Dickens, A. F., Adelman, Z., and Nergui, T.: Examining TROPOMI formaldehyde to nitrogen dioxide ratios in the Lake Michigan region: implications for ozone exceedances, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 23, 7867–7885, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-23-7867-2023, 2023.

Jason A. Otkin, Lee M. Cronce, Jonathan L. Case, R. Bradley Pierce, Monica Harkey, Allen Lenzen, David S. Henderson, Zac Adelman, Tsengel Nergui, and Christopher R. Hain, Meteorological modeling sensitivity to parameterizations and satellite-derived surface datasets during the 2017 Lake Michigan Ozone Study, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 23, 7935–7954, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-23-7935-2023, 2023

Nergui T., Lamb B. K. and S. H. Chung, An Atmospheric Reactive Nitrogen Budget for the Western United States during the 1997-99 El Niño Southern Oscillation, Target journal: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (in prep).

Nergui T., R. D. Evans, J. C. Adam, and S. H. Chung (2016), Relationships between the El Niño Southern Oscillation, precipitation, and nitrogen wet deposition rates in the contiguous United States, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 30, doi:10.1002/2016GB005439.

Liu, M., Rajagopalan, K., Chung, S. H., Jiang, X., Harrison, J., Nergui, T., Guenther, A., Miller, C., Reyes, J., Tague, C., Choate, J., Salathé, E. P., Stöckle, C. O. and J. C. Adam (2014), What is the importance of climate model bias when projecting the impacts of climate change on land surface processes? Biogeosciences, 11(10), 2601–2622, doi:10.5194/bg-11-2601-2014.

Adam, J. C., Stephens, J. C., Chung, S. H., Brady, M. P., Evans, R. D., Kruger, C. E., Lamb, B. K., Liu, M., Stöckle, C. O., Vaughan, J. K., Rajagopalan, K., Harrison, J. A., Tague, C. L., Kalyanaraman, A., Chen, Y., Guenther, A., Leung, F.-Y., Leung, L. R., Perleberg, A. B., Yoder, J., Allen, E., Anderson, S., Chandrasekharan, B., Malek, K., Mullis, T., Miller, C., Nergui, T., Poinsatte, J., Reyes, J., Zhu, J., Choate, J. S., Jiang, X., Nelson, R., Yoon, J.-H., Yorgey, G. G., Johnson, K., Chinnayakanahalli, K. J., Hamlet, A. F., Nijssen, B. and V. Walden (2014), BioEarth: Envisioning and developing a new regional earth system model to inform natural and agricultural resource management, Climatic Change, 1–17, doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1115-2.

Nergui T. and B. Simon (1999), Retrieval and Validation of Atmospheric Temperature and Humidity Profiles from the NOAA/TOVS Satellite Sounding Data in India, Journal of Meteorological Issues in Mongolia, Report 4.

Tsengel Nergui (1999), Automatic Processing and Visualization of Atmospheric Vertical Soundings, Research papers #19 of the Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, Mongolia.

Selected Presentations

Tsengel Nergui and Zac Adelman, Ozone Enhancement Due to the Lake Breeze and Upwind Wildfires in the Great Lakes Basin, Meteorology and Climate – Modeling for Air Quality Conference, UC Davis, CA, September 13-15, 2023

Tsengel Nergui and Zac Adelman, Machine Learning for Investigating Photochemical Model Errors in Urban Ozone Simulations, AGU Fall Meeting 2022, Chicago, IL & Online, December 12-16, 2022

Tsengel Nergui and Zac Adelman, Satellites, Machine Learning, and Numerical Weather Prediction: Applications to Lake Breeze Events in the Great Lakes Basin, 2022 CMAS Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, October 17-19, 2022

Zac Adelman and Tsengel Nergui, Meteorology and Air Quality Modeling Using the AWS Parallel Cluster Cloud Service, 2021 CMAS Conference, Virtual, November 1-5, 2021

Tsengel Nergui and Zac Adelman, Seven Ways to Configure WRF for Simulating Land-Water Interfaces, and How to Pick Just One, AGU Fall Meeting 2019, San Francisco, CA, December 9-13, 2019

Tsengel Nergui, Selecting the Best Performing WRF Configuration for the Great Lakes Region, Region 5 States’ Air Dispersion Modeling Meeting, EPA Region 5 Office, Illinois, November 13-14, 2019

Tsengel Nergui, Zac Adelman, Mark Janssen, Donna Kenski, Inter-state Transport Modeling for the 2015 Ozone Standard in the Midwest and the Northeast,The 17th Annual CMAS Conference, UNC-Chapel Hill, October 22-24, 2018

Tsengel Nergui, Yunha Lee, Serena H Chung, Brian K Lamb, Robert J Yokelson, and Kelley Barsanti, Integrating Measurement Based New Knowledge on Wildland Fire Emissions and Chemistry into the AIRPACT Air Quality Forecasting for the Pacific Northwest, AGU Fall Meeting 2017, New Orleans, LA, December 11-15, 2017

Tsengel Nergui, Understanding of Nitrogen and Fire Plume Dynamics in the Atmosphere to Support Natural Resource Management, Invited Seminar at the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory, Seattle, WA, August 14, 2017

Nergui T., Yunha L., Lamb B.K., and S.H. Chung, Temporal Scale Analysis of the AIRPACT Performance for Ozone and Particulate Matters Concentrations in the Pacific Northwest, The NW-AIRQUEST Annual Meeting, Richland, WA, June 14-16, 2017

Nergui T., Lamb B.K., and S.H. Chung, An Atmospheric Nitrogen Budget in the Pacific Northwest during the 1997-98 El Niño Southern Oscillation, The NW AIRQUEST annual meeting -2016, Pullman, WA, June 15-17, 2016; AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 12-16, 2016

Nergui T., Anderson S.M., Poinsatte J., Reyes J.J., Miller C.C., Chung S.H., Evans R.D., Harrison J.A., Lamb B.K., and Adam J.C., Understanding Excess Reactive Nitrogen in the Environment, Project Directors Meeting for the NIFA/Agriculture and Food Research Initiative on Climate Variability and Change Program, Washington D.C., April 7-9, 2015

Nergui, T., Thomas, N., Liu, M., Lamb, B.K., Adam, J.C., and Chung, S.H., Evaluating inter-annual climate variability of nitrogen wet deposition in the United States using wavelet analysis, National Atmospheric Deposition Program Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium, Portland, ME, October 2012