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Wenchang Yang

Department/Program(s):
  • Geosciences
Position: Research Staff
Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Area(s):
  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS), Climate Science
Office: 408 Guyot Hall
Phone: 646-801-8086
Wenchang Yang



My research is focused on better understanding climate fluctuations and extremes on timescales ranging from sub-seasonal to long-term climate change, as well as why the mean climate of the planet is the way it is. In particular, I am interested in the aspect of climate that involves water, or the hydroclimate, since the water cycle is not only important in the energy budget of the global climate system but also greatly influencing the environment and lives of our planet.

Geographically, my work covers a wide range of regions from semi-arid land areas to intensive-rainfall oceans in the tropics, and from middle latitudes where the weather is greatly impacted by large scale storms, to the Arctic where the sea ice has been declining significantly in recent decades.

I analyze various sources of large datasets from observations, reanalysis, and output from climate models and also use idealized modeling to understand the basic climate dynamical processes that generate global climate variability and change.