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:
Ming, Y., V. Ramaswamy, and G. Persad, 2010: Two Opposing Effects of Absorbing Aerosols on Global-mean Precipitation. Geophysical Research Letters, 37, doi:10.1029/2010GL042895.
Ming, Y., and V. Ramaswamy, 2011: A Model Investigation of Aerosol-induced Changes in Tropical Circulation. Journal of Climate, doi:10.1175/2011JCLI4108.1.
Ming, Y., V. Ramaswamy, and G. Chen, 2011: A Model Investigation of Aerosol-induced Changes in Boreal Winter Extratropical Circulation. Journal of Climate, doi:10.1175/2011JCLI4111.1.
Bollasina, M.A., Y. Ming, and V. Ramaswamy, 2011: Anthropogenic Aerosols and the Weakening of the South Asian Monsoon. Science, doi:10.1126/science.1204994.
Persad, G., Y. Ming, and V. Ramaswamy, 2012: Tropical Tropospheric-only Responses to Absorbing Aerosols. Journal of Climate, 25(7), doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00122.1.
Hill, S., and Y. Ming, 2012: Nonlinear climate response to regional brightening of tropical marine stratocumulus. Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2012GL052064.
Ming, Y., and V. Ramaswamy, 2012: Nonlocal component of radiative flux perturbation. Geophysical Research Letters, 39, doi:1029/2012GL054050.
Bollasina, M.A., Y. Ming, and V. Ramaswamy, 2013: Earlier onset of the Indian Monsoon in the late 20th century: The role of anthropogenic aerosols . Geophysical Research Letter , doi: 10.1002/grl.50719.