Wenhong Li

Wenhong Li

Associate Professor of Climate

Dr. Li's research interests focus primarily on climate dynamics, land-atmosphere interaction, hydroclimatology, and climate modeling. Her current research is to understand how the hydrological cycle changes in the current and future climate and their impacts on the ecosystems, subtropical high variability and change, unforced global temperature variability, and climate and health issues.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of Climate
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 5113 Environment Hall, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 684-5015
  • Email Address: wenhong.li@duke.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003

Research Interests

Dr. Li's research interests focus primarily on climate dynamics, land-atmosphere interaction, hydroclimatology, and climate modeling. Her current research is to understand how the hydrological cycle changes in the current and future climate and their impacts on the ecosystems, subtropical high variability and change, unforced global temperature variability, and climate and health issues.

Specialties

Atmospheric Science
Climate Modeling
Hydrology
Thermodynamics
Environmental Impacts

Courses Taught

  • ENVIRON 393: Research Independent Study
  • ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects
  • ENVIRON 899: Master's Project
  • EOS 365: Introduction to Weather and Climate
  • EOS 366K: Climate Change and Society in China
  • EOS 391: Independent Study
  • EOS 393: Research Independent Study
  • EOS 511: The Climate System
  • EOS 512: Climate Change and Climate Modeling
  • EOS 791: Independent Study

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Yuan, J; Li, W; Deng, Y, Amplified subtropical stationary waves in boreal summer and their implications for regional water extremes, Environmental Research Letters, vol 10 no. 10 (2015), pp. 104009-104009 [10.1088/1748-9326/10/10/104009] [abs].
  • Li, W; Li, L, ; Deng, Y, , Impact of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation on Tropical Cyclone Activity in the North Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific, Scientific Reports, vol 5 (2015) [10.1038/srep12358] [abs].
  • Li, L; Li, W, Thermodynamic and dynamic contributions to future changes in regional precipitation variance: focus on the Southeastern United States, Climate Dynamics, vol 45 no. 1-2 (2015), pp. 67-82 [10.1007/s00382-014-2216-3] [abs].
  • ‚ó¶Brown, P.T., W. Li, E.C. Cordero, S.A. Mauget, , Comparing the Model-Simulated Global Warming Signal to Observations Using Empirical Estimates of Unforced Noise, Scientific Reports, vol 5 (2015) [abs].
  • Brown, PT; Li, W; Li, L; Ming, Y, Top-of-atmosphere radiative contribution to unforced decadal global temperature variability in climate models, Geophysical Research Letters, vol 41 no. 14 (2014), pp. 5175-5183 [10.1002/2014GL060625] [abs].
  • Li, L; Li, W, Southeastern United States summer rainfall framework and its implication for seasonal prediction, Environmental Research Letters, vol 8 no. 4 (2013), pp. 044017-044017 [10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/044017] [abs].
  • Fu, R; Yin, L; Li, W; Arias, PA; Dickinson, RE; Huang, L; Chakraborty, S; Fernandes, K; Liebmann, B; Fisher, R; Myneni, RB, Increased dry-season length over southern Amazonia in recent decades and its implication for future climate projection, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, vol 110 no. 45 (2013), pp. 18110-18115 [10.1073/pnas.1302584110] [abs].
  • Li, L; Li, W; Kushnir, Y, Variation of the North Atlantic subtropical high western ridge and its implication to Southeastern US summer precipitation, Climate Dynamics, vol 39 no. 6 (2012), pp. 1401-1412 [10.1007/s00382-011-1214-y] [abs].
  • Li, W; Li, L; Ting, M; Liu, Y, Intensification of Northern Hemisphere subtropical highs in a warming climate, Nature Geoscience, vol 5 no. 11 (2012), pp. 830-834 [10.1038/ngeo1590] [abs].
  • Malhi, Y; Roberts, JT; Betts, RA; Killeen, TJ; Nobre, CA, Climate Change, deforestation and the fate of the Amazon, Science, vol 319 (2008), pp. 169-172 [10.1126/science.1146961] [abs].
  • Li, W; Fu, R; Dickinson, RE, Rainfall and its seasonality over the Amazon in the 21st century as assessed by the coupled models for the IPCC AR4, Journal of Geophysical Research, vol 111 no. 2 (2006) [10.1029/2005JD006355] [abs].

Additional Information

Marie Tharp Fellow 2012-2013