Training Scientists in China to Tackle Climate Change

Since 1987, Professor Wei-Chyung Wang at the University at Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) has served as the U.S. Chief Scientist for the “Climate Sciences” agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and China’s Ministry of Sciences and Technology. Wang studies climate changes in China, using both climate models and climate information extracted from historical documents.

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Left to right: Postdoctoral associate Guoxing Chen, Wei-Chyung Wang, doctoral student Chu-Chun Huang.

Over the years, Wang has trained a cadre of Chinese researchers, including doctoral students, post-doctoral associates, and research scientists to study a variety of climate and environmental issues including global warming, ozone depletion, and changes of atmospheric aerosols. Of those trained, many currently lead climate change research in China, including an academician and a research institute director.

A member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Wang’s current research focuses on atmospheric aerosol-cloud-climate interaction and climate over China in the past 2,000 years. He has over 150 publications in more than 30 journals, including Science and Nature, and won the University’s Excellence in Research Award in 1994. In 2002, he was honored by the European Physical Society/Balkan Physical Union for Scientific Achievements in Environmental Physics.