Dr. Wang's research interests cover a wide range of areas, such as atmospheric dynamics, physical meteorology, atmosphere-land interaction, air-sea interaction, global and regional atmospheric modeling. The specific areas of research interests include:
· Atmospheric dynamics and physical meteorology, including planetary boundary layer processes, cumulus convection, cloud microphysics, radiation, land surface processes;
· Tropical meteorology, including tropical cyclones, equatorial waves, intraseasonal oscillation, monsoon, and ENSO;
· Atmosphere-land-ocean interactions, physical processes and linkage with atmospheric dynamics;
· Regional and global climate modeling and climate process studies, such as cloud-radiation forcing, climate sensitivity and feedbacks, large-scale topographic forcing in the climate system;
· Development of high-resolution atmospheric models and coupled atmosphere-ocean-land models.
· Study of global change impacts on regional climate with the focus on the extreme weather and climate events (floods, droughts, heat waves, etc.) using the nested regional climate model and the coupled hydrologic model.
· Seasonal climate prediction with regional climate model nested into global coupled general circulation model (CGCM).
Dr. Wang is now working in a number of research projects with foci on both Regional Climate Modeling and Tropical Cyclone Research. His current research topics include:
· Realistic simulation and large-scale forcing of boundary layer clouds over the Southeast Pacific off South America (NOAA/PACS grant);
· Effect of the Andean mountains on the eastern Pacific climate, including the boundary layer clouds, air-sea interaction, and the large-scale circulation (NOAA/PACS grant);
· Study of the factors controlling the sub-daily variation of clouds and precipitation, diurnal cycle of surface air temperature, and partitioning between grid scale and subgrid scale precipitation in climate models;
· Numerical simulation of the East Asian summer monsoon, including the physical mechanisms of monsoon onset, hydrological cycle, and intraseasonal variability, and the effects of land-use changes and land-atmosphere interaction;
· Energy dispersion from an existing tropical cyclone and its role in generating synoptic-scale waves and tropical cyclogenesis over the Northwest Pacific (NSF grant);
· Meso-scale processes and environmental effects leading to rapid structure and intensity changes of tropical cyclones (ONR grant).
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