AOS Faculty Profile
Lecturer, Ph.D. Princeton University
Address: 251 GFDL
Phone: (609) 452-5338
Email: yi.ming at noaa.gov
Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions and Regional Climate Change
The overarching goal of my research is two-fold: (1) to elucidate the roles of atmospheric physical processes, in particular those related to aerosols, clouds and radiation, in perturbing the Earth’s energy balance primarily by improving their representations in global climate models, and (2) to understand how greenhouse gases and aerosols would impact regional climate systems, with special emphasis on precipitation changes. I strive to use numerical models of different complexities, general circulation theories and a variety of observations to gain fundamental insights into the inner working of the Earth’s climate.
Some of the issues which I have worked on in the last few years are: the relative roles of stationary and transient eddies in the poleward transport of water vapor and air pollutants; the radiative and hydrological impacts of black carbon (especially in the context of the so-called “global dimming” phenomenon); how to reduce the large uncertainty in aerosol-cloud interactions on the process level; a top-down theoretical framework (i.e., global-mean -> zonal-mean -> zonal asymmetry) in which one can study regional climate change systematically; how anthropogenic aerosols may have caused a weaker but earlier South Asian monsoon; the influence of greenhouse gases and aerosols on the tropical gross moist stability; how the aerosol-induced tropical rainfall shift may alter the locations of the wintertime storm tracks through stationary Rossby waves; the climate consequences of a geoengineered brightening of subtropical clouds.
Currently, I am actively contemplating possible ways to empirically constrain the historical aerosol forcing, and thus the transient climate response, while initiating new works on stratosphere and paleo-climate.
Some Recent Publications:
Dong, W, Yanluan Lin, J S Wright, and Yi Ming, et al., March 2016: Summer rainfall over the southwestern Tibetan Plateau controlled by deep convection over the Indian subcontinent. Nature Communications, 7, 10925, DOI:10.1038/ncomms10925.
Zhao, Ming, J-C Golaz, Isaac M Held, V Ramaswamy, Shian-Jiann Lin, Yi Ming, Paul Ginoux, Bruce Wyman, Leo J Donner, David J Paynter, and Huan Guo, January 2016: Uncertainty in model climate sensitivity traced to representations of cumulus precipitation microphysics. Journal of Climate, DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0191.1.
Hill, S A., Yi Ming, and Isaac M Held, March 2015: Mechanisms of forced tropical meridional energy flux change. Journal of Climate, 28(5), DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00165.1.
Lin, Pu, Yi Ming, and V Ramaswamy, February 2015: Tropical Climate Change Control of the Lower Stratospheric Circulation. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(3), DOI:10.1002/2014GL062823.
Persad, Geeta , Yi Ming , and V Ramaswamy , 2014: The Role of Aerosol Absorption in Driving Clear-Sky Solar Dimming over East Asia. Journal of Geophysical Research , 119(17), doi: 10.1002/2014JD021577 .
Hill, S A., Yi Ming , and Isaac M Held, 2014 : Mechanisms of forced tropical meridional energy flux change. Journal of Climate . doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00165.1 .