Associate Professor of ClimateDr. 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
- Office Location: 5113 Environment Hall, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 684-5015
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003
Research InterestsDr. 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.
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- Marie Tharp Fellowship. Columbia University. 2013
- 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
- WARMER WORLD MAY BRING MORE LOCAL, LESS GLOBAL, TEMPERATURE VARIABILITY (Sep 4, 2017)
- Greenhouse gases fuelling long-term global warming (Feb 9, 2016)
- LONG-TERM GLOBAL WARMING REQUIRES EXTERNAL DRIVERS (Feb 2, 2016)
- Study confirms global warming not driven by natural forces (Feb 2, 2016)
- Global Warming is Stable: Scientists (Feb 2, 2016)
- Global warming not driven by natural forces: study (Feb 2, 2016)
- Did the climate spin out of control on its own? (Feb 2, 2016)
- Duke-NASA study confirms global temperature does not rise or fall chaotically in long run (Feb 2, 2016)
- Climate Avenger Wenhong Li: The Water Watcher (Aug 23, 2015)
- Temperature records study shows climate models underestimate magnitude of natural climate wiggles (Apr 22, 2015 | Science 2.0 )
- Duke study finds 'natural variability' impacts global warming (Apr 22, 2015 | WNCN )
- Global Warming More Moderate Than Worst-Case Models (Apr 21, 2015)
- Study analyzes variability of climate models (Jan 28, 2015 | Environmental News Network )
- Framework Could Improve Southeast Rainfall Forecasts (Nov 20, 2013)
- News Tip: Experts Available to Comment on U.N. Climate Conference (Nov 11, 2013)
- 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].
- 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].
- 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, Laifang, ; Li, W; Ballard, Tristan, ; Ge Sun, ; Jeuland, Marc, , CMIP5 model simulations of Ethiopian Kiremt-season precipitation: current climate and future changes, Climate Dynamics, vol 46 no. 9-10 (2015), pp. 2883-2895 [10.1007/s00382-015-2737-4] [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].
- 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].
- 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; 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; 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].