Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab
2205 Commonwealth Blvd
Fields of interest
Polar and subpolar (including the Great Lakes) climate change (atmosphere, sea ice oceanography, and ecosystem) and interactions. Global coupled atmosphere-ice-ocean modeling and basin-scale ocean-ice-ecosystem modeling. Regional/coastal ocean and sea ice dynamics and modeling.
Description of scientific projects
I am working on the following two projects within NOAA missions: 1) Is the relationship between the Great Lakes ice cover and climate patterns statistically significant? 2) Developing Great Lake Ice Model (GLIM) using CIOM (Coupled Ice-Ocean Model) in Lake Erie These two projects are very important not only to science per se, but also to local economy, because the lake water level drop seriously reduces commercial shipping loadings, which increases costs and then the prices of goods. The lake water level drop is attributed to decreasing ice cover in the Great Lakes, which promotes above-normal evaporation, leading to loss of lake water. Thus, I require this postdoctoral fellow who can conduct BOTH climate change studies AND ice-ocean modeling. The fellow should have a background in both meteorology and oceanography, just like myself (I had a Ph.D. in oceanography in China and a atmosphere/ocean Ph.D. at McGill). In other words, the fellow must master skills both in data analyses such as statistical analyses: EOF analysis, linear regression, teleconnection, sea ice, and in modeling such as ocean modeling, ice modeling, and coupled ice-ocean modeling. I request this fellow to conduct the first-class research, measured by international refereed journal publications. Under the my supervision, the fellow first will investigate the relationships of the Great Lake ice and the PNA (Pacific-North America) pattern, and NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation) or AO (Arctic Oscillation). The sea ice and water level will be regressed to the SLP, 700 hPa height, SAT, and precipitation fields. Statistical significance tests will be conducted across the board to confirm which climate patterns are attributed to changes in ice and water level. Secondly, the fellow will apply my CIOM to the entire Great Lakes (not only in Lake Erie of my project 2), i.e., Developing Great Lake Ice Model (GLIM), to study lake ice responses to the climate patterns mentioned above. The product of GLIM will be transformed to a nowcast/forecast system operationally run by the NOAA National Weather Service, led by Don Miller of NOAA NWS/ERH. The Great Lakes Ice Modeling Team Charter was established last year upon my arrival with the following project “Experimental Great Lakes Ice Model (GLIM) for the NDFD and AWIPS,” which has no research funding so far. Current Research Grants (Jia Wang) 1. “Modeling Study on the Response of Lower Trophic Level Production to Climate Change” supported by North Pacific Research Board (NPRB). Co-PI, PI-M. Jin: 6/2006-5/2008: $149,547 2. “Development and Validation of Polar Ocean Ecosystem Model by Using Satellite Data.” Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency (JAXA), PI, 2005-2008, $126,348 3. “Collaborative Research: The Impacts of Arctic Storms on Landfast Ice Variations”, NSF, co- PI, 2007-2010: $45,688. 4. “Sea Ice-Ocean-Oilspill Modeling System (SIOMS) for the Nearshore Beaufort and Chukchi Seas: Integration and Synthesis (Phase III).” Minerals Management Service (MMS), PI, 11/2007-10/2009: ~$329,602. 5. “Modeling sea ice-ocean-ecosystem responses to climate changes in the Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort seas with data assimilation of RUSALCA measurements”, NOAA, PI, 7/2007-6/2012: $1,225,399. Pending: Measuring and Modeling the Impact of Ice on Surface Fluxes, Thermal Structure and Circulation in Lake Erie, NSF, PI: Belestky; co-PIs: Nathan Hawley; Jia Wang, $459,396, 3/08-02/11.