Atmospheric Sciences Research Center
Dr. Wei-Chyung Wang is Professor of Applied Sciences at University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNYA). Prior to that time, he was Vice President for Research at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prof. Wang received his B.S. from National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan in 1965; his M.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1970; and his Doctor of Engineering Sciences from Columbia University in New York City in 1973. All three degrees were in mechanical engineering.
Professor Wang has a broad background in atmospheric radiation, and climate modeling and data analysis. His research focuses on global and regional climate changes due to increases of atmospheric greenhouse gases and aerosols associated with human activities. Professor Wang has been using global and regional climate models for understanding the physical and chemical processes concerning the greenhouse effect and changes of atmospheric ozone, and for assessing future regional climate changes. He is also engaged in research of evaluating the effect and impact of climatic changes on social and economic activities and policy implication. His current research concentrates on aerosol-cloud microphysics-climate interaction and climate-chemistry interaction involving tropospheric ozone and sulfate aerosols analyzing both observations and model simulations.
Professor Wang has over 150 publications in more than thirty (30) refereed journals including Science and Nature. His research has been funded by U.S. federal agencies, FAA, DOD, NASA, DOE, and NSF, and by private industry, Electric Power Research Institute and Chemical Manufacturers Association. In addition to conducting climate change research, Professor Wang teaches graduate courses and is active in graduate education related to global change. He has been a mentor of graduate students in four SUNYA academic departments, the Atmospheric Sciences, Biology, Physics, and Political Sciences
On the research significance, Professor Wang has made two unique contributions. He published in a 1976 issue of Science an article identifying CH4 and N2O as important greenhouse gases, and in 1980 in Nature and J. Atmospheric Sciences articles indicating the important climatic effect of ozone changes in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. On the "radiation sciences", in the early 1970's, Professor Wang contributed to the development of the "correlated k-distribution" method, which provides a theoretical framework in treating the coupled gaseous (water vapor,ozone, carbon dioxide) absorptions and emissions, and aerosol/cloud multiple-scattering medium.
Professor Wang has organized numerous international workshops focusing on the issues related to climate changes over East Asia, atmospheric ozone changes and increases of greenhouse gases. He has contributed significantly to the scientific exchanges between the United States and the People's Republic of China. Since 1987, he has been serving as the U.S. Chief Scientist for a joint agreement on "Climate Sciences" between the U. S. Department of Energy and the PRC Ministry of Sciences and Technology with focus on the reconstruction and model simulation of climate over East Asia in the past 2,000 years, and the improvement of climate models for studying and predicting regional climate.