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Hui Wan

Advanced Study & Development
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-24
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Hui Wan is a global climate modeler in the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. With the support of the Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship, her current research focuses on identifying and reducing numerical artifacts in the representation of process interactions in global climate models.

Prior to joining PNNL, Dr. Hui Wan was a core member of the ICON group at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany where she was responsible for developing a new hydrostatic atmospheric dynamical core on triangular grids. During the earlier years of her graduate study at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, she developed the first version of the climate model GAMIL.

Research Interests

  • Global climate modeling
  • Numerical methods for dynamical core and physics parameterization
  • Idealized test cases
  • Atmospheric model evaluation

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. (summa cum laude), Meteorology, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and University of Hamburg, Germany
  • B.S. (with distinction), Meteorology, Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, China

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member of European Geosciences Union
  • Associate editor of Monthly Weather Review, 2014 - present

Awards and Recognitions

  • Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 2011-2014
  • Award for outstanding poster at the World Climate Research Program Open Science Conference, 2011
  • Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society, 2009
  • Wladimir Peter Koppen Prize for Climate and Earth System Research, KlimaCampus, University of Hamburg, 2009
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, 2007
  • Excellent student award, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2002
  • Excellent student awards, Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, 1997-2001

PNNL Publications


  • Wan H, M Giorgetta, G Zangl, M Restelli, D Majewski, L Bonaventura, K Frohlich, D Reinert, P Ripodas, L Kornblueh, and J Forstner. 2013. "The ICON-1.2 Hydrostatic Atmospheric Dynamical Core on Triangular Grids - Part 1: Formulation and Performance of the Baseline Version." Geoscientific Model Development 6(3):735-763.  doi:10.5194/gmd-6-735-2013
  • Wan H, PJ Rasch, K Zhang, J Kazil, and LYR Leung. 2013. "Numerical Issues Associated with Compensating and Competing Processes in Climate Models: an Example from ECHAM-HAM." Geoscientific Model Development 6(3):861-874.  doi:10.5194/gmd-6-861-2013


  • Zhang K, D O'Donnell, J Kazil, P Stier, S Kinne, U Lohmann, S Ferrachat, B Croft, J Quaas, H Wan, S Rast, and J Feichter. 2012. "The global aerosol-climate model ECHAM-HAM, version 2: sensitivity to improvements in process representations." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 12(19):8911-8949.  doi:10.5194/acp-12-8911-2012

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