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Dr. Gang Chen

Assistant Professor

Gang Chen

1115 Bradfield Hall



Atmospheric and climate dynamics


B. Sc (Atmospheric Science) Peking University, 2002
Ph D (Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program), Princeton University, 2009
Postdoctoral fellow (Program in Atmospheres) MIT 2009


Gang Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) at Cornell University. Before he joined Cornell, he was a postdoctral fellow in the Program of Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), supported by the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2007 from the Program of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) at Princeton University.


Generally speaking, Gang Chen`s research interest is theory and modeling of the atmospheric circulation of horizontal scale greater than approximately 1000 km and of time scale from intraseasonal to interannual, and their application to the large scale atmospheric response to natural or anthropogenic forcings. His current research concentration on jet streams and storm tracks, the dominant component of extratropical circulation in the troposphere and their role in stratosphere troposphere coupling. The generation and structure of baroclinic jets and storm tracks, the downstream development of cyclonic storms and associated momentum, heat and moisture flux transports are long-standing issues in climate theory. On the other hand, dominant modes of extratropical variability commonly used in climate diagnosis, i.e. North Atlantic Oscillation, Arctic Oscillation or Annular Modes, are generally manifestations of changes in the location or intensity of jet streams or storm tracks.

Instruction Focus

Atmospheric and climate dynamics

Selected Publications