Wei Cheng

  • Oceanographer
  • Education:
    • PhD, 2000, University of Miami
  • Email:
  • Phone:
    • 206-526-4581
  • Location:
    • NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, Building 3
  • 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

    • Understanding the freshwater budget of the Atlantic Ocean: Controls, responses, and the role of the AMOC (lead PI)
    • Climate model projections of extreme physical conditions in Alaskan waters (co-PI)
    • Alaska CLIMate (ACLIM) Project: A multi-model assessment of climate change impacts on fish, food webs, and fisheries in Alaska (co-PI)

    Selected Previous 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)
    • Sea ice predictability in the US Arctic regional seas (PI)

    Selected publications

    Cheng, W., E. Blanchard-Wrigglesworth, C. M. Bitz, C. Ladd, and P. J. Stabeno (2016), Diagnostic sea ice predictability in the pan-Arctic and U.S. Arctic regional seas, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 11,688–11,696, doi:10.1002/2016GL070735.

    Cheng, W., E. Curchitser, C. Stock, A. Hermann, E. Cokelet, C. Mordy, P. Stabeno, G. Hervieux, and F. Castruccio (2015), What processes contribute to the spring and fall bloom co-variability on the Eastern Bering Sea shelf? Deep-Sea Res. II, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.07.009, 134, 128-140.

    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.

    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

    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, 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.