Associate Professor of Climate
Dr. Li's research interests focus primarily on climate dynamics, land-atmosphere interaction, hydroclimatology, and climate modeling. Her current research is to understand how the hydrological cycle changes in the current and future climate and their impacts on the ecosystems, subtropical high variability and change, unforced global temperature variability, and climate and health issues.
In The News
Wei, W, Li, W, Deng, Y, Yang, S, Jiang, JH, Huang, L, and Liu, WT. "Dynamical and thermodynamical coupling between the North Atlantic subtropical high and the marine boundary layer clouds in boreal summer (Accepted)." Climate Dynamics (June 10, 2017): 1-13.
Brown, PT, Li, W, Jiang, JH, and Su, H. "Spread in the magnitude of climate model interdecadal global temperature variability traced to disagreements over high-latitude oceans." Geophysical Research Letters 43, no. 24 (December 28, 2016): 12,543-12,549.
Brown, PT, Lozier, MS, Zhang, R, and Li, W. "The necessity of cloud feedback for a basin-scale Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation." Geophysical Research Letters 43, no. 8 (April 28, 2016): 3955-3963.
Brown, PT, Li, W, Jiang, JH, and Su, H. "Unforced Surface Air Temperature Variability and Its Contrasting Relationship with the Anomalous TOA Energy Flux at Local and Global Spatial Scales*." Journal of Climate 29, no. 3 (February 2016): 925-940.
Gao, H, Zhang, S, Fu, R, Li, W, and Dickinson, RE. "Interannual Variation of the Surface Temperature of Tropical Forests from Satellite Observations." Advances in Meteorology 2016 (2016): 1-11.
Tang, T, Li, W, and Sun, G. "Impact of two different types of El Niño events on runoff over the conterminous United States." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20, no. 1 (2016): 27-37.
Yuan, J, Li, W, and Deng, Y. "Amplified subtropical stationary waves in boreal summer and their implications for regional water extremes." Environmental Research Letters 10, no. 10 (October 1, 2015): 104009-104009.
Li, W, Li, L, , Deng, and Y, . "Impact of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation on Tropical Cyclone Activity in the North Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific." Scientific Reports 5 (July 24, 2015).
Li, Laifang, , Li, W, Ballard, Tristan, , Ge Sun, , Jeuland, and Marc, . "CMIP5 model simulations of Ethiopian Kiremt-season precipitation: current climate and future changes." Climate Dynamics 46, no. 9-10 (July 2015): 2883-2895.
Li, L, and Li, W. "Thermodynamic and dynamic contributions to future changes in regional precipitation variance: focus on the Southeastern United States." Climate Dynamics 45, no. 1-2 (July 2015): 67-82.
◦Brown, P.T., W. Li, E.C. Cordero, and S.A. Mauget, . "Comparing the Model-Simulated Global Warming Signal to Observations Using Empirical Estimates of Unforced Noise." Scientific Reports 5 (April 21, 2015).
Li, L, Li, W, Tang, Q, Zhang, P, and Liu, Y. "Warm season heavy rainfall events over the Huaihe River Valley and their linkage with wintertime thermal condition of the tropical oceans." Climate Dynamics 46, no. 1 (2015): 1-12.
Li, L, Li, W, and Jin, J. "Contribution of the North Atlantic subtropical high to regional climate model (RCM) skill in simulating southeastern United States summer precipitation." Climate Dynamics 45, no. 1-2 (2015): 477-491.
Brown, PT, Li, W, Li, L, and Ming, Y. "Top-of-atmosphere radiative contribution to unforced decadal global temperature variability in climate models." Geophysical Research Letters 41, no. 14 (July 28, 2014): 5175-5183.
Li, L, and Li, W. "Southeastern United States summer rainfall framework and its implication for seasonal prediction." Environmental Research Letters 8, no. 4 (December 1, 2013): 044017-044017.
Fu, R, Yin, L, Li, W, Arias, PA, Dickinson, RE, Huang, L, Chakraborty, S, Fernandes, K, Liebmann, B, Fisher, R, and Myneni, RB. "Increased dry-season length over southern Amazonia in recent decades and its implication for future climate projection." PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 110, no. 45 (November 5, 2013): 18110-18115.
Li, L, Li, W, and Kushnir, Y. "Variation of the North Atlantic subtropical high western ridge and its implication to Southeastern US summer precipitation." Climate Dynamics 39, no. 6 (2012): 1401-1412.
Li, W, Li, L, Ting, M, and Liu, Y. "Intensification of Northern Hemisphere subtropical highs in a warming climate." Nature Geoscience 5, no. 11 (2012): 830-834.
Malhi, Y, Roberts, JT, Betts, RA, Killeen, TJ, Li, W, and Nobre, CA. "Climate Change, deforestation and the fate of the Amazon." Science 319, no. 5860 (2008): 169-172.
Li, W, Fu, R, and Dickinson, RE. "Rainfall and its seasonality over the Amazon in the 21st century as assessed by the coupled models for the IPCC AR4." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 111, no. 2 (2006).
Maxwell, RS, Harley, GL, Maxwell, JT, Rayback, SA, Pederson, N, Cook, ER, Barclay, DJ, Li, W, and Rayburn, JA. "An interbasin comparison of tree-ring reconstructed streamflow in the eastern United States." Hydrological Processes (2017).
Zheng, J, Sun, G, Li, W, Yu, X, Zhang, C, Gong, Y, and Tu, L. "Impacts of land use change and climate variations on annual inflow into the Miyun Reservoir, Beijing, China." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20, no. 4 (2016): 1561-1572.
Li, F, Chen, D, Tang, Q, Li, W, and Zhang, X. "Hydrological Response of East China to the Variation of East Asian Summer Monsoon." Advances in Meteorology 2016 (2016): 1-12.
Li, L, Li, W, and Jin, J. "Contribution of the North Atlantic subtropical high to regional climate model (RCM) skill in simulating southeastern United States summer precipitation." Climate Dynamics 45, no. 1-2 (July 2015): 477-491.
EOS 366K: Climate Change and Society in China (EOS 366K: Climate Change and Society in China)
EOS 365: Introduction to Weather and Climate (EOS 365: Introduction to Weather and Climate)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
EOS 511: The Climate System (EOS 511: The Climate System)
EOS 391: Independent Study (EOS 391: Independent Study)
Durham, NC 27708-0328
5113 Environment Hall
Durham, NC 27708
Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology (2003)