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Wei Wu

Associate Scientist

Dr. Wei Wu is an Associate Scientist at the Atmospheric Sciences Division of the Environmental & Climate Sciences Department in Brookhaven National Laboratory. Her current scientific work focuses on understanding cloud-radiation-climate interaction and atmosphere-ecosystem interaction. Emphasis has been on using observations and models to investigate the variations of cloud-radiation properties, cloud modeling deficiencies, radiation entropy, and the interaction between atmospheric system and terrestrial ecosystem. Current programs in which she has had a major role include the U.S. DOE Earth System Modeling program via the FAst-physics System TEstbed and Research (FASTER) project and the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program on an investigation of atmosphere-ecosystem interaction.


  • Texas A&M University, Ph.D., Oceanography
  • Ocean University of China, M.S., Environmental Oceanography
  • Ocean University of China, B.S., Applied Mathematics


  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society

Areas of Interest

  • Cloud-radiation-climate interaction
  • Atmosphere-ecosystem interaction


  • Associate Scientist, Atmospheric Sciences Division, 2011-present.
  • Assistant Scientist, Atmospheric Sciences Division, 2009-2011.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Atmospheric Sciences Division, 2007-2009.

External Service

  • Reviewer for Journal of Climate, Climate Dynamics, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, Quaternary Research, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology

Publications (since 1995)

Liu Y., W. Wu, and Z. Li,  A new formalism considering radiation entropy in retrieval of the Earth’s properties.  Geophys. Res. Lett. (submitted).

Collow, T. W., Robock, A., and Wu, W. Influences of soil moisture and vegetation on convective precipitation forecasts over the United States Great Plains. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., online, doi:10.1002/2014JD021454 (2014).

Wu, W., Y. Liu, M. P. Jensen, T. Toto, M. J. Foster, and C. N. Long, A comparison of multiscale variations of decade-long cloud fractions from six different platforms over the Southern Great Plains in the United States, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, doi:10.1002/2013JD019813 (2014).

Wu, W., Y. Liu and A. K. Betts, Observationally based evaluation of NWP reanalyses in modeling cloud properties over the Southern Great Plains, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D12202, doi:10.1029/2011JD016971 (2012).

Liu, Y., W. Wu, M. P. Jensen, and T. Toto, Relationship between cloud radiative forcing, cloud fraction and cloud albedo, and new surface-based approach for determining cloud albedo, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 7155-7170, doi:10.5194/acp-11-7155-2011 (2011).

Wu, W. and Y. Liu, Radiation entropy flux and entropy production of the Earth system. Rev. Geophys., 48, RG2003, doi:10.1029/2008RG000275 (2010).

Wu, W. and Y. Liu, A new radiative equilibrium model for investigating atmospheric radiation entropy flux. Philos. Trans. R. Soc. B, 365, 1367–1376, doi:10.1098/rstb.2009.0301 (2010).

Wu, W. and G. R. North, Thermal decay modes of a 2D energy balance climate model. Tellus, 59A, 618-626 (2007).

Wu, W., A. E. Dessler and G. R. North, Analysis of the correlations between atmospheric boundary-layer and free-tropospheric temperatures in the tropics. Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L20707, doi:10.1029/2006GL026708 (2006).

Wu, W., Linear Analysis of Surface Temperature Dynamics and Climate Sensitivity (Dissertation), Texas A&M University (2005).

Fang, X. and W. Wu, Analyses of Random Oceanographic Data, Qingdao Ocean University Press, Qingdao, China (in Chinese with English Contents), 200 pp., 2002.

Wu, W., M. Tomczak, X. Fang, and D. Wu, The Barrier Layer in the South China Sea. Chinese Science Bulletin, 46, 1388-1392 (in English issue) & 46, 590-593 (in Chinese issue) (2001).

Wu, W., X. Fang and D. Wu, The methods of determining the depths of thermocline, halocline and pycnocline. Transactions of Oceanology and Limnology, 2, 1-7 (in Chinese with English abstract) (2001).

Du, T., W. Wu and X. Fang, The generation and distribution of ocean internal waves. Marine Science. 2, 46-50 (in Chinese with English abstract) (2001).

Fang, X., W. Wu, Y. Liu and X. Bao, On the Gaussianity test of temperature finestructure in a region surrounding the Nansha Islands. Journal of Ocean University of Qingdao, 30 (2), 189-194 (in Chinese with English abstract) (2000).

Fang, X., W. Wu and D. Qiu, On internal waves and finestructure in the regions surrounding the Nansha Islands. Journal of Ocean University of Qingdao, 29 (4), 537-542 (in Chinese with English abstract) (1999).

Wu, W., Tidal wave calculations in the BOHAI Sea considering bottom friction and other factors. Journal of Ocean University of Qingdao, 25 (3), 286-294 (in Chinese with English abstract) (1995).

Wu, W., and W. Sun, The calculation of storm surge inundations along some coasts of the BOHAI Sea. Journal of Ocean University of Qingdao, 25 (2), 146-152 (in Chinese with English abstract) (1995).