Wenhong Li

Wenhong Li

Associate Professor of Climate

Primary Appointment

Earth & Ocean Sciences Division

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." 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.
Li, L, Li, W, Ballard, T, Sun, G, and Jeuland, M. "CMIP5 model simulations of Ethiopian Kiremt-season precipitation: current climate and future changes." Climate Dynamics 46, no. 9-10 (May 2016): 2883-2895.
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.
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.
◦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).
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, 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).


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)

Contact Information

Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328
5113 Environment Hall
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology (2003)