Wei-Chyung Wang

Wei-Chyung Wang

Professor Emeritus
Atmospheric Sciences Research Center


ETEC 335

Doctor of Engineering Sciences, Columbia University, 1973

Master of Sciences, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 1970

Bachelor of Sciences, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, 1965

Wei-Chyung Wang

Wei-Chyung Wang is (Full) Professor of Applied Sciences at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), and a member of Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He received Doctor of Engineering Sciences from Columbia University studying the radiative effect of atmospheric aerosols, and has been using models and observations to study the climate effects of atmospheric greenhouse gases, ozone, and aerosols. His current research focuses on atmospheric aerosol-cloud-radiation-climate interactions, and extreme weather. During 1987-2019, Professor Wang has been serving as the U.S. Chief Scientist for the “Climate Sciences” agreement between the U. S. Department of Energy and the China’s Ministry of Sciences and Technology, in which one unique task is to use the historical documents of the past 2,000 years in China for climate reconstruction. He was awarded by SUNY-Albany in 1994 for Excellence in Research and by European Physical Society/Balkan Physical Union in 2002 for Scientific Achievements in Environmental Physics.


Research Interests

Modeling and observational studies of climate changes due to changes in atmospheric constituents (gases and aerosols); and the effects of global warming on weather extremes (snow storms, heat waves, heavy rainfall).



More than 160 publications over 30-refereed journals (including Nature and Science).

Awards and Honors

2016 Award for Outstanding Alumni, Mechanical Engineering Department, National Cheng Kung University

2008 Foreign Member, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

2005 Certificate of Appreciation for “tremendous contribution to the strengthening of the cooperation between scientists of China and the United States in climate change study”, Bureau of Science and Technology for Resources and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

2002 Award for Scientific Achievements in Environmental Physics, European Physical Society/Balkan Physical Union

1999 Appreciation Plaque, Office of Science, Department of Energy, with citation “For your insightful counsel and excellent science. You have proven to be the cornerstone for the success of the joint global change research program between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Chinese Academy of Sciences with your service as the U. S. Chief Scientist”

1994 Award for Excellence in Research, University at Albany, State University of New York

1987 Certificate of Appreciation, Basic Energy Sciences/Office of Energy Research, Department of Energy; with citation: “invaluable contribution to the scientist-to-scientist collaborative Carbon Dioxide and Climate Research Program of the United States Department of Energy and the People's Republic of China's Academy of Sciences, for sustaining his high scientific productivity while providing intellectual leadership to both the U.S. and Chinese scientists, and for the generosity with which he gave his expert counsel”