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Wei Wu

Atmospheric Scientist

Dr. Wei Wu is an Atmospheric Scientist at the Biological, Environmental & Climate Sciences Department in Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). Her research interests include understanding land-atmosphere interactions, urban-climate interactions, extreme weather events (e.g., storms and urban heat waves), climate and environmental changes (e.g., global warming, and changes in cloud, radiation, temperature, and precipitation distributions), and quantification and improvement of weather and climate models’ deficiencies and uncertainties. Her current research is mainly focused on: 1) using models (i.e., NCAR WRF, CCNY uWRF) and observations to advance predictive understanding of land-atmosphere interactions, with focuses on the exchanges of energy and moisture fluxes; 2) using models (i.e., NCAR WRF, CCNY uWRF) and observations to understand and predict urban impacts on local and regional weather and climate, in particular temperature and precipitation distributions, and extreme weather events; 3) using statistics (e.g., climatological mean, probability density function) and thermodynamics (e.g., entropy fluxes) to understand climate and environmental changes, and quantify and improve weather and climate models’ deficiencies and uncertainties. She established the research direction on studying land-atmosphere interactions at BNL through support from the BNL’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development program.

Education

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

Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society

Research Interests

  • Understanding land-atmosphere interactions, climate change and their interactions with environments and human activities
  • Quantification and improvement of climate modeling deficiencies and uncertainties

Experience

  • Atmospheric Scientist, Biological, Environmental, and Climate Sciences Department, 2014-present.
  • Associate Scientist, Biological, Environmental, and Climate Sciences Department, 2011-2014.
  • Assistant Atmospheric 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)

Collow, T. W., A. Robock, and W. Wu, Influences of soil moisture and vegetation on convective precipitation forecasts over the United States Great Plains, J. Geophys. Res., 119, 9338-9358, 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, 3438-3459, 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, 200pp., (in Chinese with English Contents). ISBN: 7-81067-347-5 (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).