Wei Cheng


Wei Cheng

Education: PhD, 2000, University of Miami

Email:  wcheng@u.washington.edu
Office: 2082, Bld 3, 7600 Sandpoint Way NE
Phone:  206-526-4581
Fax:    206-526-6485

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Research Interests:

  • Ocean-sea ice-atmosphere interaction on multiple scales
  • Ocean dynamics and climate variability
  • Coupled bio-physical modeling
  • Earth system modeling
  • Marine ecosystem assessment

Current research projects:

  • Cross-isobath Exchange in Bering Canyon: Episodic and Seasonal Variability (PI)
  • Spatial and Temporal Variability of Walleye Pollock Fecundity Estimates for the Gulf of Alaska and Eastern Bering Sea (co-PI)
  • Regional sea-ice predictability in the US Arctic (PI)

Selected publications:

Cheng, W., E. Curchitser, C. Ladd, P. Stabeno, M. Wang, 2014: Influences of sea ice on the Eastern Bering Sea: NCAR CESM simulations and comparison with observations. Deep Sea Res. II, DOI:10.1016/j.dsr2.2014.03.002.

Chen, K., L. Ciannelli, M.B. Decker, C. Ladd, W. Cheng, Z. Zhou, and K.S. Chan, 2014: Reconstructing source-sink dynamics in a population with a pelagic dispersal phase, PLOS OBE, 9(5), e95316.
Cheng, W., J. C. H. Chiang, D. Zhang, 2013: Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) in CMIP5 Models: RCP and Historical Simulations. J. Climate, 26, 7187–7197. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00496.1

Duffy-Anderson, J.T., Blood, D.M., Cheng, W., Ciannelli, L., Matarese, A., Sohn, D., Vance, T.C., and Vestfals, C., 2013: Combining field observations and modeling approaches to examine Greenland halibut (Reinhardtius hippoglossoides) early life ecology in the southeastern Bering Sea. Journal of Sea Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.seares.2012.06.014

Cheng, W., A.J. Hermann, K.O. Coyle, E.L. Dobbins, N.B. Kachel and P.J. Stabeno, 2012: Macro- and micro-nutrient flux to a highly productive submarine bank in the Gulf of Alaska: a model-based analysis of daily and interannual variability. Prog. Oceanogr., 101, 63-77.

Coyle, K. O., W. Cheng, S.L. Hinckley, E. J. Lessard, T. Whiteledge, A.J. Hermann, K. Hedstrom, 2012: Model and field observations of effects of circulation on the timing and magnitude of nitrate utilization and production on the northern Gulf of Alaska shelf. Prog. Oceanogr., 103:16-41, doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2012.03.002.

Chiang, J. C. H., W. Cheng, and C. M. Bitz, 2008:, Fast teleconnections to the tropical Atlantic sector from Atlantic thermohaline adjustment, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L07704, doi:10.1029/2008GL033292.

Cheng, W., C. M. Bitz, J. C. H. Chiang, 2007: Adjustment of the global climate to an abrupt slowdown of the Atlantic meridional circulation. In ‚ Ocean Circulation: Mechanisms and Impacts‚ (AGU monography), Schmittner, Chiang, and Hemming eds.

Bitz, C. M., J. C. H. Chiang, W. Cheng, and J. J. Barsugli, 2007: Rates of thermohaline recovery from freshwater pulses in modern, Last Glacial Maximum, and greenhouse warming climates, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L07708, doi:10.1029/2006GL029237.

Cheng, W., M.J. McPhaden, D. Zhang, and J. Metzger, 2007: Recent changes in the Pacific subtropical cells inferred from an eddy-resolving ocean circulation model. J. Phys.  Oceanogr, 37,1340-1356.

Cheng, W. and P. Rhines, 2004: Response of the overturning circulation to high-latitude fresh-water perturbations in the North Atlantic. Clim. Dyn., 22, 359-372. 

Cheng, W., R. Bleck, and C. Rooth, 2004: Multi-decadal thermohaline variability in an Ocean-Atmosphere General Circulation Model. Clim. Dyn., 22, 573-590.