Director

Ping Chang

Professor of Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences
Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Chair in Oceanography

Dr. Chang is a Professor in both the Department of Oceanography and of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and the holder of the Louise & Elizabeth Scherck Endowed Chair in Oceanography. He received his Ph.D. from the Princeton University in 1988. His expertise lies in climate dynamics and climate prediction, as well as high-resolution global and regional climate modeling. He leads a research group in global and regional climate modeling studies at TAMU and has developed research collaborations with many institutions in the US and abroad. His research involves the understanding of climate variability and predictability, including El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), Tropical Atlantic Variability (TAV) and Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC)/Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) and how these modes of climate variability affect weather extremes, such as tropical cyclones and atmospheric rivers. He published over 130 refereed journal articles (http://scholar.google.com/citations?User=ciw1niuaaaaj&hl=en). His research has been used to guide the design of major international research programs, such as the Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) (http://www.clivar.org). He co-chaired the International CLIVAR Atlantic Research Panel (http://www.clivar.org/clivar-panels/atlantic) and was a contributing author to three chapters in the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).