Dr. Jiangfeng Wei


      Now at


Jackson School of Geosciences

The University of Texas at Austin

Email: jwei at utexas dot edu




Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, 2007, Georgia Institute of Technology



Professional Experience


2012.9-present: Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin

2007-2012: Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (Land-atmosphere interaction and hydrology studies with models and datasets)  

2002-2007: Georgia Institute of Technology (Ph.D. study on Land-atmosphere interaction)

2000-2002: Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Paleoclimate modeling with climate models)



Research Interest


Land-Atmosphere Interaction

Water cycle and Hydrology

Climate Change

Climate Variability and Predictability



Publications [Google Scholar]


  Journal papers


1.     Wei, J. and H. Wang, 2004: A possible role of solar radiation and ocean in the mid-Holocene East Asian monsoon climate. Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, 21, 1-12. [Abstract] [PDF]

2.     Zhang, J., W. Dong, L. Wu, J. Wei, P. Chen, and D.-K. Lee, 2005: Impact of Land Use Changes on Surface Warming in China. Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, 22, 343-348. [Abstract] [PDF]

3.     Wei, J., R. E. Dickinson, and N. Zeng, 2006: Climate variability in a simple model of warm climate land-atmosphere interaction, J. Geophys. Res., 111, G03009, doi:10.1029/2005JG000096. [Abstract] [PDF]

4.     Wei, J., R. E. Dickinson, and H. Chen, 2008: A negative soil moisture-precipitation relationship and its causes, J. Hydrometeorology, 9, 1364-1376. [] [PDF]

5.     Wei, J., P. A. Dirmeyer, and Z.Guo, 2008: Sensitivities of soil wetness simulation to uncertainties in precipitation and radiation, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L15703, doi:10.1029/2008GL034494.[Abstract] [PDF]

6.     Zhang, J., W.-C. Wang, and J. Wei, 2008: Assessing land-atmosphere coupling using soil moisture from the Global Land Data Assimilation System and observational precipitation, J. Geophys. Res., 113,D17119, doi:10.1029/2008JD009807. [Abstract] [PDF]

7.     Wei, J., P. A. Dirmeyer, and J. Zhang, 2010: Land-caused uncertainties in climate change simulations: A study with the COLA AGCM. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc.. 136, 819-824. DOI: 10.1002/qj.598. [Abstract] [PDF] 

8.     Wei, J., P. A. Dirmeyer, Z. Guo, L. Zhang, and V. Misra, 2010: How much do different land models matter for climate simulation? Part I: Climatology and variability, J. Climate, 23, 3120-3134. [Abstract] [PDF]

9.     Wei, J., P. A. Dirmeyer, and Z. Guo, 2010: How much do different land models matter for climate simulation? Part II: A decomposed view of the land-atmosphere coupling strength, J. Climate, 23, 3135-3145. [Abstract] [PDF]

10.  Wei, J. and P. A. Dirmeyer, 2010: Toward understanding the large-scale land-atmosphere coupling in the models: Roles of different processes, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L19707, doi:10.1029/2010GL044769. [Abstract] [PDF]

11.  Zhang, L. P. A. Dirmeyer, J. Wei, Z. Guo and C.-H. Lu, 2011: Land-atmosphere Coupling Strength in the Global Forecast System, J. Hydrometeor.., 12, 147-156. [Abstract] [PDF]

12.  Wei, J., P. A. Dirmeyer, M. G. Bosilovich, and R. Wu, 2012: Water vapor sources for the Yangtze River Valley rainfall: Climatology, variability, and implications for rainfall forecasting, J. Geophys. Res., doi: 10.1029/2011JD016902. [Abstract] [PDF]

13.  Wei, J. and P. A. Dirmeyer, 2012: Dissecting soil moisture-precipitation coupling, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L19711, doi:10.1029/2012GL053038. [Abstract] [PDF] [Auxiliary material]

14.  Wei, J., P. A. Dirmeyer, D. Wisser et al., 2012: Where does the irrigation water go? An estimate of the contribution of irrigation to precipitation using MERRA, J. Hydrometeorology, in press. [link]


Book chapters:


Wei, J., P. A. Dirmeyer, Z. Guo, and L. Zhang, 2012: Impact of atmospheric variability on soil moisture-precipitation coupling, in Climate Variability - Some Aspects, Challenges and Prospects, A. Hannachi (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-699-7, InTech. [Download PDF]


News Letters:


Dirmeyer, P. A., Z. Guo, and J. Wei, 2010: Building the case for (or against) land-driven climate predictability. iLEAPS Newsletter. No. 9, 14-17. [PDF]




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