Lei Wang


I am an atmospheric dynamist. My research aims to improving our understanding of mid-latitude atmospheric waves, with a focus on high-impact extreme weather and climate events.

Sub-seasonal to seasonal variability poses a forecast gap between medium-range and seasonal timescales. High-impact extreme events such as heat waves, cold spells, and heavy precipitation episodes often occur on this key timescale, and are challenging to predict.

I have recently obtained a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago. My dissertation research is focused on the fundamental dynamics of a 20-30 day periodic behavior in the storm tracks – a newly identified climatic driver and early warning of extremes.

Starting summer 2017, I will join Dr. Zhiming Kuang‘s group at Harvard University as a Post-doctoral Fellow. With my Ph.D. expertise on theoretical mid-latitude dynamics, I am exploring new directions of understanding the wide variety of scales in the atmosphere to bridge the weather-climate gap. At Harvard, I will build a new research program focused on understanding the role of moist convection on the mid-latitude climate and extreme events.

News: You are welcomed to submit an abstract to the below session that I am organizing with Simona Bordoni (Caltech), Gang Chen (UCLA), and Isla Simpson (NCAR) for the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting:

A100: The Dynamics of the Large Scale Atmospheric Circulation in Present and Future Climates: Jet Streams, Storm Tracks, Stationary Waves, and Monsoons

Invited talks: Elizabeth Barnes (CSU) and Timothy Merlis (McGill)

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Department of the Geophysical Sciences

University of Chicago

5734 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637