Wei-Chyung Wang

Examines global warming and the impact of climatic change on social and economic development

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Wei-Chyung Wang

University at Albany
Department: Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

Climate modeling and data analysis; global warming; impact of climatic changes on social and economic activities and their policy implications

Campus phone: (518) 437-8708
Campus email: wcwang@albany.edu


Wei-Chyung Wang has a broad background in atmospheric radiative transfer, climate modeling, and climate data analysis. His research focuses on global and regional climate change due to increases of the atmospheric constituents of greenhouse gases CO2, O3, CH4, N2O, and CFCs, as well as particles associated with human activities. He uses a global climate model for understanding the physical and chemical processes concerning the greenhouse effect and stratospheric ozone depletion and for assessing future regional climate changes.

Wang is also engaged in research evaluating the effect and impact of climatic changes on social and economic activities and their policy implications. His research has been funded by U.S. federal agencies, including FAA, NASA, DOE, NSF, and AFGL, and private industry, including the Electric Power Research Institute and Chemical Manufacturers Association.

In addition to conducting climate research, he teaches graduate courses and is very active in graduate education related to global change. On the international level, he has been an active participant in U.N.-sponsored environmental studies, such as the World Meteorological Organization's Ozone Assessment and the U.N. Environmental Programme's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

He has organized several international workshops focusing on the issues related to atmospheric ozone and greenhouse gases and contributed significantly to scientific exchanges between the U.S. and People's Republic of China; he is the chief U.S scientist for three joint research efforts with China, two sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy and one by the National Science Foundation.

Wang has more than 100 publications in refereed journals and books, including Science and Nature. He received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Columbia University in 1973.