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Dr Yi Wang

Post:Reader in Climate Sciences (Geography)
Location:CHICHESTER 1 CI152

Telephone numbers
Internal:3215 or 7238
UK:01273 873215 or 01273 877238
International:+44 1273 873215 or +44 1273 877238

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Trained as a meteorologist and climatologist in Canada and USA, I received my PhD from McGill University. Since then, I have been a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. After Madison, I have worked at the USA Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Most recently, I was a visiting scientist at National Center for Atmospheric Research (2015). Currently, I am holding the post of a Visiting Professorship at the Department of Earth System Science of Tsinghua University (2019-2022), the No. 1 University in Asia and China based on 2019 THE Ranking.

In addition to my research activities, I have tried to excel my teaching knowledge and skills. I am an elected Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from the University of Sussex.


I am a Reader in Climate Sciences at Sussex. I am also a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University. I have been engaged in climate and Earth system sciences for almost 30 years. I had my PhD from McGill University (Montreal, Canada, a lovely bilingual city). 

I am looking for talented postgraduate students to join me on my current research projects. There are many ways to secure a scholarship for four-year D.Phil programs in the UK.

For example, Commonwealth Scholarships is a good opportunity to apply for your D.Phil. program in the UK.

My research interests have covered a wide range of topics related to understanding climate and Earth system sciences and their impacts on human society. I am very keen to underpin the long-term effects of climate changes on human society, which could be ranged from dynasty transitions to basic food securities. 

Currently, I supervise PhD students in the following areas:

1) Global and regional land surface-atmosphere interactions,  including land-use-land-cover changes.

2) Global and regional hydrological cycles, including flood risk assessments in kind associations with Ambiental, Ltd.

3) Global and regional carbon cycle dynamics, including the role of peatland in global carbon cycle dynamics.

4) The tropical climate dynamics (e.g., ENSO and global monsoons, ENSO and MJO).

5) Climate modelling at global and regional scales and for past and future (e.g., evaluating model performances, understanding abrupt climate changes).

6) The roles of dust aerosols in the climate systems with foci on the African dust and the Asian Loess Plateau.

7) The African climate systems for the Sahara and Sahel regions.

Community and Business

I was a member of peer-review college for Natural Environmental Research Council (2012-present). Previously, I was a member of peer-review college for Romanian National Council for Scientific Research,  and a member of peer-review experts for the Seventh Research Framework Programme of EC. In the USA, I was an invited member of panelists for US National Science Foundation. I was also invited to the PAGES 1st Young Scientists Meeting (YSM) – Retrospective Views On Our Planet's Future, 6–7 July 2009, Corvallis, USA:

I am an invited member of Editorial Board for Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences published by Springer.

I am an invited committee member of the International CLIVAR/PAGES Working Group, which is part of the World Climate Research Programme (2014-present).

I was an invited panel member of NERC Peer Review College (2012-present).

I am an invited panel member for British Council Research Programme (2012-present).

I am an invited panel member for the Newtown Fund Programme (2012-present).

I am a faculty member affiliated with Sussex Centre for Coastal Research, Sussex Centre for World Environmental History, and Sussex Asia Centre.