(Date: March 2011)


Department of Meteorology and International Pacific Research Center (IPRC)
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii
Address:    1680 East-west Rd, POST Bldg. 401, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Tel:            (808) 956-2563
Fax:           (808) 956-9425


Professional Experience


I-1 Awards

I-2 International/National Boards and Committees

I-3 Keynote /Distinguished lecture

I-4 Editorships

I-5 Organizer-International conferences (2007-2009)

I-6 Guest Professorship


II-1 Areas of Expertise

Research interests span Climate Dynamics, Dynamic Meteorology, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, and Tropical Meteorology.

Meteorological and climate research expertise in climate predictability and prediction, atmospheric general circulation, monsoons, ENSO, tropical intraseasonal oscillation, tropical cyclones, interdecadal variability and long-term trends of the climate system, Climate changes, atmosphere-ocean interaction.

Research approaches involve theoretical analysis, numerical modeling, and observational analyses. Research efforts focus on understanding of the fundamental physics governing variations of weather and climate.

II-2 Refereed publications (1985-Present)

Books and Book Chapters

Two books edited and 11 book chapters (lead authored 5) published.

Books: “The Asian Monsoon”, Ed. B. Wang, Springer/Praxis Publishing Co., New York, pp787.

The Global Monsoon System: Research and Forecast”, Ed. C.-P. Chang, B. Wang, and G. Lau, WMO TD 1266, pp 545.

Reviewed journal publication

220 refereed paper (lead authored 104): See publication list

II-3 Citation counts (2006-2010)

H-index: 49

Yearly citation counts (based on the Web of Science)

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 5-year Total

532 677 921 1,142 1,074 4,814

II-4 Research Awards (PI only)

Since 2000, total amount of grants as a PI: ~6 million

II-5 Major scientific contribution

Major scientific contributions include discovery of the interdecadal changes in ENSO properties, theories on convectively coupled equatorial waves and tropical intraseasonal oscillation, and theory of monsoon-warm pool ocean interaction. His scientific research work has established that convectively coupled Kelvin-Rossby wave packet via boundary layer friction provide essential dynamics for the Madden-Julian Oscillation and that atmospheric Rossby wave-SST dipole feedback is one of the major sources of monsoon variability and predictability. He established how the vertical shear can drastically change Matsuno’s wave theory and Gill’s atmospheric response pattern.

II-6 Representative papers with citation

1. Monsoon dynamics

Wang, B., R. Wu, and X. Fu, 2000: Pacific-East Asia teleconnection: How does ENSO affect East Asian climate? J. Climate, 13, 1517-1536. (333)

Wang, B. and L. Ho, 2002: Rainy seasons of the Asian-Pacific monsoon. J. Climate, 15, 386-398. (172)

Wang, B., R. Wu, K.-M. Lau, 2001: Interannual variability of Asian summer monsoon: Contrast between the Indian and western North Pacific-East Asian monsoons. J. Climate, 14, 4073-4090. (166)

Wang, B., and Z. Fan, 1999: Choice of South Asian Summer Monsoon Indices. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Sci., 80, 629-638. (142)


Wang, B., 1995: Interdecadal changes in El Nino onset in the last four decades. J. Climate, 8, 267-258. (302)

An, S.-I., and B. Wang, 2000: Interdecadal change of the structure of ENSO mode and its impact on the ENSO frequency. J.Climate, 13, 2044-2055. (131)

Wang, B., and Y. Wang, 1996: Temporal structure of the Southern Oscillation as revealed by waveform and wavelet analysis. J. Climate, 9, 1586-1598. (120)

3. Tropical and climate dynamics

Wang, B., and H. Rui, 1990a: Synoptic climatology of transient tropical intraseasonal convection anomalies. Meteor. Atmos. Phys., 44(1-4), 43-61. (185)

Rui. H., and B. Wang, 1990: Development characteristics and dynamic structure of tropical intraseasonal convection anomalies. J. Atmos. Sci., 47, 357-379. (155)

Wang B, Wu RG, Li T, 2003: Atmosphere-warm ocean interaction and its impacts on Asian-Australian monsoon variation, J. Climate, 16, 1195-1211. (138)  

Wang, B., and J. C. L. Chan, 2002: How strong ENSO events affect tropical storm activity over the Western North Pacific.  J. Climate, 15,1643-1658. (111)

Wang, 1988: Dynamics of tropical low frequency waves: An analysis of moist Kelvin waves. J. Atmos. Sci., 45, 2051-2065. (128)

Wang, B. and X. Xie, 1997: A model for the boreal summer Intraseasonal Oscillation. J. Atmos. Sci., 54, 72-86. (102)

Wang, B., and H. Rui, 1990b: Dynamics of coupled moist Kelvin-Rossby waves on an equatorial beta-plane. J. Atmos. Sci., 47, 397-413. (99)

4. Climate prediction and predictability

Wang, B., Q. Ding, X. Fu, I.-S. Kang, K. Jin, J. Shukla, and F. Doblas-Reyes, 2005: Fundamental challenges in simulation and prediction of summer monsoon rainfall, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 32, No. 15, L15711,doi: 10.1029/2005GL022734 12. (90)

II-7 Invited Talks (1999-2007)



III-2 Advisor/Mentor

Current: Mentor to 6 postdoctoral fellows and Major Professor to 3 Ph D graduate students

Co-advisor to 3 Ph D graduates: Suhong Ma, Qing Bao, Caiyun Zhang

Mentor to more than 20 Postdoctoral fellows since 1990

Served on 20 Ph. D committees and 15 M. S. committees in the last ten years.

More than 30 visiting professor/scientists (longer than one month) have been sponsored for their visits since 1990.


IV-1 Convener/ Chairs, International Conferences

IV-2 Professional Organizations

IV-3 Referees

Served as referees for 27 professional journals, which include: Science, Nature, J. Atmos. Sci., J. Climate, J. Geophys. Res., Mon. Wea. Rev., Tellus, Climate Dynamics, Meteor. and Atmos. phys., J. Phys. Oceanogr., Bull. A. M. S., Geophys. Res. Let., Deep Sea Research, J. Meteor. Soc. Japan, J. Applied Meteorol., Dynamics. Atmos. Oceans, Weather and Forecasting, Theoret. Appl. Climatol., Atmos. and Oceans, Acta Meteorologica Sinica, Atmosfera, Annales Geophysicae, Advances in Atmos. Sci., Terrestial and Atmos. Sci., Chinese Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, Journal of polar research, Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology. Reviewing proposals for NSF, NOAA, NASA, DOE, ONR, FRD. External examiner of Ph D dissertations for universities in Australia, South Africa, China, and Hong Kong.