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Minghuai Wang

Earth Systems Analysis & Modeling
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-30
Richland, WA 99352

Research Interests

  • Aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions
  • Sub-grid representation of clouds in global climate models
  • Multi-scale modeling aerosol-cloud interactions in global climate models

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • M.S., Peking University, Beijing, China
  • B.S., Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Geophysical Union

Awards and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Performance Award, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 2010
  • Member, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), co-winner, Nobel Peace Prize, 2007

PNNL Publications


  • Wang Y, M Wang, R Zhang, SJ Ghan, Y Lin, J Hu, B Pan, M Levy, J Jiang, and MJ Molina. 2014. "Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Aerosols on Pacific Storm Track Using a Multiscale Global Climate Model." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111(19):6894-6899.  doi:10.1073/pnas.1403364111


  • Ghan SJ, SJ Smith, M Wang, K Zhang, KJ Pringle, KS Carslaw, J Pierce, SE Bauer, and PJ Adams. 2013. "A Simple Model of Global Aerosol Indirect Effects." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 118(12):6688-6707.  doi:10.1002/jgrd.50567
  • Jiang Y, X Liu, X Yang, and M Wang. 2013. "A numerical study of the effect of different aerosol types on East Asian summer clouds and precipitation." Atmospheric Environment 70:51-63.  doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.12.039
  • Randall D, M Branson, M Wang, SJ Ghan, C Craig, A Gettelman, and J Edwards. 2013. "A Community Atmosphere Model with Superparameterized Clouds." Eos 94(25):221-228. 
  • Shi X, B Wang, X Liu, and M Wang. 2013. "Two-moment Bulk Stratiform Cloud Microphysics in the Grid-point Atmospheric Model of IAP LASG (GAMIL)." Advances in Atmospheric Sciences 30(3):868-883.  doi:10.1007/s00376-012-2072-1
  • Wang H, RC Easter, Jr, PJ Rasch, M Wang, X Liu, SJ Ghan, Y Qian, JH Yoon, PL Ma, and V Vinoj. 2013. "Sensitivity of Remote Aerosol Distributions to Representation of Cloud-Aerosol Interactions in a Global Climate Model." Geoscientific Model Development 6(3):765-782.  doi:10.5194/gmd-6-765-2013
  • Yang B, Y Qian, G Lin, LYR Leung, PJ Rasch, GJ Zhang, SA McFarlane, C Zhao, Y Zhang, H Wang, M Wang, and X Liu. 2013. "Uncertainty Quantification and Parameter Tuning in the CAM5 Zhang-McFarlane Convection Scheme and Impact of Improved Convection on the Global Circulation and Climate." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 118(2):395-415.  doi:10.1029/2012JD018213
  • Zhang K, X Liu, M Wang, JM Comstock, D Mitchell, S Mishra, and GG Mace. 2013. "Evaluating and Constraining Ice Cloud Parameterizations in CAM5 using Aircraft Measurements from the SPARTICUS Campaign." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 13(9):4963-4982.  doi:10.5194/acp-13-4963-2013


  • Chand D, R Wood, SJ Ghan, M Wang, M Ovchinnikov, PJ Rasch, SD Miller, B Schichtel, and T Moore. 2012. "Aerosol optical depth increase in partly cloudy conditions." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 117:Article No. D17207.  doi:10.1029/2012JD017894
  • Kooperman GJ, MS Pritchard, SJ Ghan, M Wang, RC Somerville, and L Russell. 2012. "Constraining the Influence of Natural Variability to Improve Estimates of Global Aerosol Indirect Effects in a Nudged Version of the Community Atmosphere Model 5." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 117(D23):Article No. D23204.  doi:10.1029/2012JD018588
  • Larson VE, D Schanen, M Wang, M Ovchinnikov, and SJ Ghan. 2012. "PDF parameterization of boundary layer clouds in models with horizontal grid spacings from 2 to 16 km." Monthly Weather Review 140(1):285-306.  doi:10.1175/MWR-D-10-05059.1
  • Wang M, SJ Ghan, X Liu, TL Ecuyer, K Zhang, H Morrison, M Ovchinnikov, RC Easter, Jr, R Marchand, D Chand, Y Qian, and JE Penner. 2012. "Constraining cloud lifetime effects of aerosols using A-Train satellite observations ." Geophysical Research Letters 39:L15709.  doi:10.1029/2012GL052204
  • Yang Q, WI Gustafson, Jr, JD Fast, H Wang, RC Easter, Jr, M Wang, SJ Ghan, LK Berg, LYR Leung, and H Morrison. 2012. "Impact of natural and anthropogenic aerosols on stratocumulus and precipitation in the Southeast Pacific: A regional modeling study using WRF-Chem." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 12(18):8777-8796.  doi:10.5194/acp-12-8777-2012


  • Kassianov EI, D Chand, and M Wang. 2011. "Assessment of MODIS Aerosol Optical Depth over Oceans using One-year Data from Maritime Aerosol Network." In Proceedings of the SPIE: Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XVI, September 21, 2011, Prague, Czech Republic, vol. 8177, ed. EI Kassianov, et al, p. Paper No. 81770K.  SPIE, Bellingham, WA.  doi:10.1117/12.897410
  • Penner JE, C Zhou, L Xu, and M Wang. 2011. "Reply to Quaas et al.: Can satellites be used to estimate indirect climate forcing by aerosols?" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108(46):E1100-E1101.  doi:10.1073/pnas.1116135108
  • Penner JE, L Xu, and M Wang. 2011. "Satellite methods underestimate indirect climate forcing by aerosols." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108(33):13404-13408.  doi:10.1073/pnas.1018526108
  • Wang M, SJ Ghan, M Ovchinnikov, X Liu, RC Easter, Jr, EI Kassianov, Y Qian, and H Morrison. 2011. "Aerosol Indirect effects in a multi-scale aerosol-climate model PNNL-MMF." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 11(11):5431-5455.  doi:10.5194/acp-11-5431-2011
  • Wang M, SJ Ghan, RC Easter, Jr, M Ovchinnikov, X Liu, EI Kassianov, Y Qian, WI Gustafson, Jr, VE Larson, D Schanen, M Khairoutdinov, and H Morrison. 2011. "The multi-scale aerosol-climate model PNNL-MMF: model description and evaluation." Geoscientific Model Development 4(1):137-168.  doi:10.5194/gmd-4-137-2011


  • Wang M, and JE Penner. 2010. "Cirrus clouds in a global climate model with a statistical cirrus cloud scheme." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 10(12):5449-5474.  doi:10.5194/acp-10-5449-2010

Selected Publications


  • Wang M and JE Penner. 2009.  "Aerosol Indirect Forcing in a Global Model with Particle Nucleation." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 9(1):239-260. DOI:10.5194/acp-9-239-2009.
  • Wang M, JE Penner, and X Liu. 2009. "The Coupled IMPACT Aerosol and NCAR CAM3 Model: Evaluation of Predicted Aerosol Number and Size Distribution."  Journal of Geophysical Research 114: D06302. DOI: 10.1029/2008.JD010459.
  • Graversen RG and M Wang. 2009. "Polar Amplification in a Coupled Climate Model with Locked Albedo. Climate Dynamics 33(5):629-643. DOI:10.1007/s00382-009-0535-6.
  • Lee SS, JE Penner, and M Wang. 2009.  "Comparison of a Global-Climate Model Simulation to a Cloud-System Resolving Model Simulation for Long-Term Thin Stratocumulus Clouds." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 9:6497-6520. DOI:10.5194/acp-9-6497-2009.
  • Liu X, JE Penner, and M Wang. 2009.  "Influence of Anthropogenic Sulfate and Black Carbon on Upper Tropospheric Clouds in the NCAR CAM3 Model Coupled to the IMPACT Global Aerosol Model." Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres 114:D03204. DOI: 10.1029/2008JD010492.
  • Penner JE, Y Chen, M Wang, and X Liu. 2009. "Possible Influence of Anthropogenic Aerosols on Cirrus Clouds and Anthropogenic Forcing."  Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 8:13903-13942. DOI: 10.5194/acpd-8-13903-2008.
  • Quaas J, Y Ming, S Menon, T Takemura, M Wang,  JE Penner, A Gettelman, U Lohmann, N Bellouin, O Boucher, AM Sayer, GE Thomas, A McComiskey, G Feingold, C Hoose, JE Kristjánsson,  X Liu, Y Balkanski, LJ Donner, PA Ginoux, P Stier, J Feichter, I Sednev, SE Bauer, D Koch, RG Grainger, A Kirkevag, T Iversen, O Seland, R Easter, SJ Ghan, PJ Rasch, H Morrison, F-F Lamarque, MJ Iacono, S Kinne, and M Schulz. 2009. "Aerosol Indirect Effects - General Circulation Model Intercomparison and Evaluation with Satellite Data." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 9:12731-12779. DOI: 10.5194/acpd-9-12731-2009.


  • Liu X, JE Penner, B Das, D Bergman, JM Rodriguez, S Strathan, M Wang, and Y Feng. 2007.  "Uncertainties in Global Aerosol Simulations: Assessment using three Meteorological Data Sets." Journal of Geophysical Research 112:D11212. DOI:10.1029/2006JD008216.
  • Liu X, JE Penner, S Ghan, and M Wang. 2007.  "Inclusion of Ice Microphysics in the NCAR Community Atmospheric Model."  Journal of Climate 20:4526-4547.
  • Rotstayn Leon D, W Cai, DR Martin, FD Graham, Y Feng, G Paul, M Herzog, A Ito, JE Penner, RL Michael, and M Wang. 2007. "Have Australian Rainfall and Cloudiness Increased due to the Remote Effects of Asian Anthropogenic Aerosols?" Journal of Geophysical Research 112:D09202. DOI:10.1029/2006JD007712.

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