Wang, Chien

Chien Wang
Senior Research Scientist, CGCS





Focus Areas

Air Quality & Health, Earth System Science


Research Interests:
Dr. Wang's research interests include cloud dynamics and microphysics, interactions between cloud-scale and large-scale processes, and atmospheric chemistry. He has developed a three-dimensional modeling system to simulate the dynamical, microphysical, and chemical processes of clouds, especially of deep convective clouds. He is also working on a global-scale interactive chemistry and climate model and using this model to study the sensitivity of climate change to atmospheric chemical processes.

Selected Publications:
Wang, C., 2013: Impact of anthropogenic absorbing aerosols on clouds and precipitation: A review of recent progresses, Atmospheric Research, 122: 237-249

Wang, C. and R.G. Prinn, 2011: Potential climatic impacts and reliability of large-scale offshore wind farms. Environmental Research Letters, 6(2): 025101

Jeong, G.-R. and C. Wang, 2010: Climate effects of seasonally varying Biomass Burning emitted Carbonaceous Aerosols (BBCA). Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 8373-8389

Wang, C., and R.G. Prinn, 2010: Potential climatic impacts and reliability of very large-scale wind farms, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10, 2053-2061

Wang, C., D. Kim, A.M.L. Ekman, M. C. Barth, and P. Rasch, 2009: The impact of anthropogenic aerosols on Indian summer monsoon, Geophysical Research Letters, 36(21): L21704

Huang, J., A. Adams, C. Zhang, and C. Wang, 2009: Black Carbon and West African Monsoon precipitation: observations and simulations, Annales Geophysicae, 27: 4171-4181

Wang, C., 2009: The sensitivity of tropical convective precipitation to the direct radiative forcings of black carbon aerosols emitted from major regions. Ann. Geophys, 27, 3705-3711

Wang, C., G.-R. Jeong, and N. Mahowald, 2009: Particulate absorption of solar radiation: anthropogenic aerosols vs. dust. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 9(12): 3935-3945

Engström, A., Ekman, A. M. L., Krejci, R., DeReus, M., Ström, J., Wang, C., 2008: Observational and modelling evidence of tropical deep convective clouds as a source of mid-tropospheric accumulation mode aerosols. Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L23813

Education + Credentials
B.Sc., Atmospheric Physics, Peking University, 1982
M.S., Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, and Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, 1985
Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, State University of New York, 1992

Recent Publications

Journal Article
Lee, Hsiang-He, O. Iraqui, Y, Gu, H,-L.S.Yim, A. Chulakadabba, A. Y. M. Tonks, Z. Yang and C. Wang (2018). Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18: 6141-6156 (doi: 10.5194/acp-18-6141-2018)
Journal Article
Jin, Q. and C. Wang (2018). Scientific Reports, online first (doi:10.1038/s41598-018-23055-5)
Journal Article
Tong, C.H.M., S.H. Lam Yim, D. Rothenberg, C. Wang, C.-Y. Lin, Y.D. Chen and N. Cheung Lau (2018). Atmospheric Environment, 180(May 2018): 69–78
Joint Program Report
Sokolov, A., D. Kicklighter, A.Schlosser, C. Wang, E. Monier, B. Brown-Steiner, R. Prinn, C. Forest, X. Gao, A. Libardoni and S. Eastham (2018). Joint Program Report Series Report 325, February, 30 p. [PDF]
Journal Article
Garimella, S., D.A. Rothenberg, M.J. Wolf, C. Wang and D.J. Cziczo (2018). Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 75, 179–187,

News + Media

News Release
MIT News | 
May 03, 2018
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Oct 19, 2017
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Jul 24, 2017
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Jan 24, 2017
Student Spotlight
Joint Program News | 
Sep 13, 2016
In The News
The Straits Times | 
Jul 11, 2016
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Apr 27, 2016