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ALBANY, N.Y. (January 24, 2007) - University at Albany professor of applied sciences Wei-Chyung Wang has received an additional three-year $1,272,136 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study regional climate changes in China and the Northeastern United States. Wang, who is on the faculty of UAlbany's Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), studies how increases in atmospheric greenhouse gases, aerosols, and ozone, impact the regional climate. His grant will also look at long-term regional climate change and climate variability.
The study is funded by the DOE's Climate Change Prediction Program with goal of developing and improving general circulation models (GCMs) to accurately predict and assess global climate change and its regional distribution due to the enhanced greenhouse effect.
"We have two major tasks for our project," said Wang. "The first task studies the East Asia summer monsoon and the Northeastern United States winter climate. The second task evaluates GCM simulations of past 1,000 years over East China using climate reconstruction from Chinese historical documents. The study will increase our confidence in using GCM to predict future regional climate changes over the United States in a global warming situation."
The Atmospheric Sciences Research Center was established in 1961 as a university-wide center for the specific purpose to promote and encourage programs in basic and applied sciences especially as they related to the atmospheric environment. The center performs world-class research to study the physical and chemical nature of the atmosphere and its implications to the environment. The center serves to enhance the scientific capacity and infrastructure of New York State, through technology transfer and collaboration with state, federal and industrial partners, to advance the quality of life and economic well being of its citizens.