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

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

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Marie Tharp Fellowship. Columbia University. 2013

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 791: Independent Study

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Zhu, J; Sun, G; Li, W; zhang, Y; Miao, G; Noormets, A; McNulty, SG; King, JS; Kumar, M; Wang, X, Modeling the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on the hydrology of selected forested wetlands in the Southeastern United States, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (2017) [abs].
  • Brown, PT; Ming, Y; Li, W; Hill, SA, Change in the magnitude and mechanisms of global temperature variability with warming, Nature Climate Change (2017) [10.1038/nclimate3381] [abs].
  • Maxwell, RS; Harley, GL; Maxwell, JT; Rayback, SA; Pederson, N; Cook, ER; Barclay, DJ; Li, W; Rayburn, JA, An interbasin comparison of tree-ring reconstructed streamflow in the eastern United States, Hydrological Processes, vol 31 no. 13 (2017), pp. 2381-2394 [10.1002/hyp.11188] [abs].
  • Wei, W; Li, W; Deng, Y; Yang, S; Jiang, JH; Huang, L; Liu, WT, Dynamical and thermodynamical coupling between the North Atlantic subtropical high and the marine boundary layer clouds in boreal summer, Climate Dynamics (2017), pp. 1-13 [10.1007/s00382-017-3750-6] [abs].
  • Brown, PT; Li, W; Jiang, JH; Su, H, Spread in the magnitude of climate model interdecadal global temperature variability traced to disagreements over high-latitude oceans, Geophysical Research Letters, vol 43 no. 24 (2016), pp. 12,543-12,549 [10.1002/2016GL071442] [abs].
  • Li, L; Li, W; Ballard, T; Sun, G; Jeuland, M, CMIP5 model simulations of Ethiopian Kiremt-season precipitation: current climate and future changes, Climate Dynamics, vol 46 no. 9-10 (2016), pp. 2883-2895 [10.1007/s00382-015-2737-4] [abs].
  • Brown, PT; Lozier, MS; Zhang, R; Li, W, The necessity of cloud feedback for a basin-scale Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, Geophysical Research Letters, vol 43 no. 8 (2016), pp. 3955-3963 [10.1002/2016GL068303] [abs].
  • Brown, PT; Li, W; Jiang, JH; Su, H, Unforced Surface Air Temperature Variability and Its Contrasting Relationship with the Anomalous TOA Energy Flux at Local and Global Spatial Scales*, Journal of Climate, vol 29 no. 3 (2016), pp. 925-940 [10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0384.1] [abs].
  • Gao, H; Zhang, S; Fu, R; Li, W; Dickinson, RE, Interannual Variation of the Surface Temperature of Tropical Forests from Satellite Observations, Advances in Meteorology, vol 2016 (2016), pp. 1-11 [10.1155/2016/4741390] [abs].
  • Tang, T; Li, W; Sun, G, Impact of two different types of El Niño events on runoff over the conterminous United States, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol 20 no. 1 (2016), pp. 27-37 [10.5194/hess-20-27-2016] [abs].
  • Zheng, J; Sun, G; Li, W; Yu, X; Zhang, C; Gong, Y; Tu, L, Impacts of land use change and climate variations on annual inflow into the Miyun Reservoir, Beijing, China, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol 20 no. 4 (2016), pp. 1561-1572 [10.5194/hess-20-1561-2016] [abs].
  • Li, F; Chen, D; Tang, Q; Li, W; Zhang, X, Hydrological Response of East China to the Variation of East Asian Summer Monsoon, Advances in Meteorology, vol 2016 (2016), pp. 1-12 [10.1155/2016/4038703] [abs].
  • 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].
  • Li, L; Li, W; Jin, J, Contribution of the North Atlantic subtropical high to regional climate model (RCM) skill in simulating southeastern United States summer precipitation, Climate Dynamics, vol 45 no. 1-2 (2015), pp. 477-491 [10.1007/s00382-014-2352-9] [abs].
  • Park, T-W; Deng, Y; Li, W; Yang, S; Cai, M, Mass Footprints of the North Pacific Atmospheric Blocking Highs, Journal of Climate, vol 28 no. 12 (2015), pp. 4941-4949 [10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00598.1] [abs].
  • ◦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; Xie, S-P, Regions of significant influence on unforced global mean surface air temperature variability in climate models, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, vol 120 no. 2 (2015), pp. 480-494 [10.1002/2014JD022576] [abs].
  • Li, L; Li, W; Jin, J, Contribution of the North Atlantic subtropical high to regional climate model (RCM) skill in simulating southeastern United States summer precipitation, Climate Dynamics, vol 45 no. 1-2 (2015), pp. 477-491 [10.1007/s00382-014-2352-9] [abs].
  • Li, L; Li, W; Tang, Q; Zhang, P; Liu, Y, Warm season heavy rainfall events over the Huaihe River Valley and their linkage with wintertime thermal condition of the tropical oceans, Climate Dynamics, vol 46 no. 1 (2015), pp. 1-12 [10.1007/s00382-015-2569-2] [abs].
  • Li, L; Li, W; Jin, J, Improvements in WRF simulation skills of southeastern United States summer rainfall: physical parameterization and horizontal resolution, Climate Dynamics, vol 43 no. 7-8 (2014), pp. 2077-2091 [10.1007/s00382-013-2031-2] [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].
  • Yin, L; Fu, R; Zhang, Y-F; Arias, PA; Fernando, DN; Li, W; Fernandes, K; Bowerman, AR, What controls the interannual variation of the wet season onsets over the Amazon?, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, vol 119 no. 5 (2014), pp. 2314-2328 [10.1002/2013JD021349] [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 (2014), pp. 67-82 [10.1007/s00382-014-2216-3] [abs].
  • Wuebbles, D; Meehl, G; Hayhoe, K; Karl, TR; Kunkel, K; Santer, B; Wehner, M; Colle, B; Fischer, EM; Fu, R; Goodman, A; Janssen, E; Lee, H; Li, W; Long, LN; Olsen, S; Sheffield, J; Sun, L, CMIP5 Climate Model Analyses: Climate Extremes in the United States, The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (2014) [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].
  • Li, W; Li, L; Fu, R; Deng, Y; Wang, H, Comments on 'Influences of the Bermuda High and atmospheric moistening on changes in summer rainfall in the Atlanta, Georgia region, USA', International Journal of Climatology, vol 33 no. 14 (2013), pp. 3083-3085 [10.1002/joc.3675] [abs].
  • Li, W; Li, L; Ting, M; Deng, Y; Kushnir, Y; Liu, Y; Lu, Y; Wang, C; Zhang, P, Intensification of the Southern Hemisphere summertime subtropical anticyclones in a warming climate, Geophysical Research Letters, vol 40 no. 22 (2013), pp. 5959-5964 [10.1002/2013GL058124] [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, W; Li, L; Fu, R; Deng, Y; Wang, H, Reply to "Comments on 'Changes to the North Atlantic Subtropical High and Its Role in the Intensification of Summer Rainfall Variability in the Southeastern United States'", Journal of Climate, vol 26 no. 2 (2013), pp. 683-688 [10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00674.1] [abs].
  • Li, L; Li, W; Deng, Y, Summer rainfall variability over the Southeastern United States in the 21st century as assessed by the CMIP5 Models, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, vol 118 (2013), pp. 340-354 [10.1002/jgrd.50136] [abs].
  • Jiang, T; Deng, Y; Li, W, Local kinetic energy budget of high-frequency and intermediate-frequency eddies: winter climatology and interannual variability, Climate Dynamics (2013), pp. 1-16 [10.1007/s00382-013-1684-1] [abs].
  • Ye, J; Li, W; Li, L; Zhang, F, "North drying and south wetting" summer precipitation trend over China and its potential linkage with aerosol loading, Atmospheric Research, vol 125-126 (2013), pp. 12-19 [10.1016/j.atmosres.2013.01.007] [abs].
  • Li, L; Li, W; Barros, AP, Atmospheric moisture budget and its regulation of the summer precipitation variability over the Southeastern United States, Climate Dynamics, vol 41 no. 3-4 (2013), pp. 613-631 [10.1007/s00382-013-1697-9] [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].
  • Jiang, T; Deng, Y; Li, W, Local kinetic energy budget of high-frequency and intermediate-frequency eddies: winter climatology, subseasonal variability and ENSO impact. Climate Dynamics, Climate Dynamics (2012) [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].
  • Li, W; Li, L; Fu, R; Deng, Y; Wang, H, Comments on “Influences of the Bermuda High and atmospheric moistening on changes in summer rainfall in the Atlanta, Georgia region, USA”, International Journal of Climatology (2012) [abs].
  • Li, W; Zhang, P; Ye, J; Li, L; Baker, PA, Impact of two different types of El Niño events on the Amazon climate and ecosystem productivity, Journal of Plant Ecology, vol 4 no. 1-2 (2011), pp. 91-99 [10.1093/jpe/rtq039] [abs].
  • Li, L; Li, W; Barros, AP, Atmospheric moisture budget and its regulation of the summer precipitation variability over the Southeastern United States, Climate Dynamics (2011) [abs].
  • Li, W; Li, L; Fu, R; Deng, Y; Wang, H, Changes to the North Atlantic subtropical high and its role in the intensification of summer rainfall variability in the southeastern United States, Journal of Climate, vol 24 no. 5 (2011), pp. 1499-1506 [10.1175/2010JCLI3829.1] [abs].
  • Arias, PA; Fu, R; Hoyos, CD; Li, W; Zhou, L, Changes in cloudiness over the Amazon rainforests during the last two decades: Diagnostic and potential causes, Climate Dynamics, vol 37 no. 5 (2011), pp. 1151-1164 [10.1007/s00382-010-0903-2] [abs].
  • Wang, H; Fu, R; Kumar, A; Li, W, Intensification of summer rainfall variability in the southeastern United States during recent decades, Journal of Hydrometeorology, vol 11 no. 4 (2010), pp. 1007-1018 [10.1175/2010JHM1229.1] [abs].
  • Arias, P; Fu, R; Hoyos, CD; Li, W; Zhou, L, Changes in cloudiness during the last two decades over the Amazon forests, Climate Dynamics (2010) [abs].
  • Negrón Juárez, RI; Li, W; Fu, R; Fernandes, K; Cardoso, A, Comparison of precipitation dataset over tropical lands, Journal of Hydrometeorology (2009) [abs].
  • Malhi, Y; Roberts, JT; Betts, RA; Killeen, TJ; Li, W; Nobre, CA, Climate Change, deforestation and the fate of the Amazon, Science, vol 319 no. 5860 (2008), pp. 169-172 [10.1126/science.1146961] [abs].
  • Li, W; Fu, R; Juárez, RIN; Fernandes, K, Observed change of the standardized precipitation index, its potential cause and implications to future climate change in the Amazon region, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences, vol 363 no. 1498 (2008), pp. 1767-1772 [10.1098/rstb.2007.0022] [abs].
  • Li, W; Dickinson, RE; Fu, R; Niu, G-Y; Yang, Z-L; Canadell, JG, Future precipitation changes and their implications for tropical peatlands, Geophysical Research Letters, vol 34 no. 1 (2007) [10.1029/2006GL028364] [abs].
  • Li, W; Fu, R, Influence of cold air intrusions on the wet season onset over Amazonia, Journal of Climate, vol 19 no. 1 (2006), pp. 257-275 [10.1175/JCLI3614.1] [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].
  • Li, W; Fu, R, Transition of the large-scale atmospheric and land surface conditions from the dry to the wet season over Amazonia as diagnosed by the ECMWF re-analysis, Journal of Climate, vol 17 no. 13 (2004), pp. 2637-2651 [10.1175/1520-0442(2004)017<2637:TOTLAA>2.0.CO;2] [abs].
  • Fu, R; Li, W, Influence of land surface on transition from dry to wet season in Amazonia, Theoretical & Applied Climatology, vol 78 no. 1-3 (2004), pp. 97-110 [10.1007/s00704-004-0046-7] [abs].

Additional Information

Marie Tharp Fellow 2012-2013