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OCNG 615 - Numerical Ocean Modeling I
OCNG 616 - Numerical Ocean Modeling II
OCNG 617 - Theories of Ocean Circulation
OCNG 612 - Elements of Ocean Wave Theory
OCNG 614 - Dynamics of the Ocean and Atmosphere
OCNG 651 - Meteorological Oceanography


  • Ciahong Wen, (2003-present), Ph.D, Oceanography
  • Xianquan Wan, (2003-present), Ph.D, Oceanography
  • Xiaohui Tang, (2006-present), Ph.D, Oceanography
  • Karthik Balaguru, (2006-present), Ph.D, Oceanography
  • Nick Petro, (2008-present), MS, Atmospheric Sciences

Dr. Ping Chang

Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography Director, Texas Center for Climate Studies and holder of the Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Chair in Oceanography

Ph.D. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Princeton University, 1988

M.A. Atmospheric Sciences, Princeton University, 1986; M.E. Mechanical Engineering, City College of New York, New York, 1984

B.S. Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, East China Engineering Institute, January 1982


Ping Chang's research focuses on climate variability and predictability in the tropical ocean-atmosphere coupled system. His specific topics of research concern the theoretical understanding of El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and Tropical Atlantic Variability (TAV). He and his colleagues have published a range of papers on the theory of ENSO and TAV dynamics and their predictability.

Chang holds a Joint Appointment in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. He is also an adjunct senior research scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University. He has served as a committee member of the U.S. CLIVAR/Atlantic Panel, the U. S. CLIVAR-Seasonal-to-Interannual Modeling and Prediction Panel, the U.S. PAGES/CLIVAR Working Group, the Scientific Working Group for the Pilot Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic (PIRATA) and the Scientific Steering Committee ofNCAR's Community Climate System Model. He is a recipient of the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1993 and a Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M University in 2000.


  • Title: On the Development of a Regional Coupled Atlantic Climate Model Sponsor: DOC/NOAA Period: 9/1/2001–8/31/2004
  • Title: An Investigation of Pacific Decadal Variability with an Emphasis on Ocean-Atmosphere Interations in the South Tropical Pacific and Impact on ENSO Sponsor: DOC/NOAA Period: 12/1/2001–11/30/2004
  • Title: On the Development of a Hybrid Coupled System for Seasonal-to-Interannual Climate Predictions Sponsor: IRI/Columbia University Period: 7/01/2002–6/30/2005
  • Title: Seasonal-to-Interannual Predictability in the Tropical Atlantic Region and the Role of Surface Fluxes Sponsor: NASA Period: 6/1/2003–5/31/2005
  • Title: An Investigation of Tropical Atlantic Variability and its Predictability Using the Community Climate System Model Sponsor: NSF Period: 12/1/2003–11/30/2008


  • September 2001–Present: Adjunct Senior Researcher, The International Research Institute for Climate Prediction Columbia University
  • September 2000–Present: Co-Indirector of the Joint Center for Ocean Circulation and Climate/Environment Study and adjunct researcher at the Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • September 1998–Present: Professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University
  • June 1997–September 2000: Head of Physical Oceanography Section
  • September 1995–August 1998: Associate Professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University
  • September 1990–August 1995: Assistant Professor.
  • September 1988–August 1990: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Joint Institute for the study of the atmosphere and ocean, Seattle, Washington.
  • July 1984–August 1988: Graduate Student Research Assistant.
  • February 1983–June 1984: Graduate Student Teaching Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, City College of New York, New York.
  • January 1982–January 1983: Assistant Lecturer, Department of Applied Mechanics, East China Engineering Institute, Nanjing, China.
  • Member of scientific working group of an International Observing Program in the tropical Atlantic (PIRATA).
  • Member of scientific steering committee of NFS's Atlantic Climate Variability Experiment.
  • Member of scientific steering committee of CLIVAR/Atlantic Program.
  • Member of International Climate Variability and Prediction Program (CLIVAR) Implementation Plan working group.
  • Member of U.S. CLIVAR-Atlantic program panel.
  • Member of U.S. CLIVAR-Seasonal-to-Interannual Modeling and Prediction Panel.
  • Member of NCAR CSM scientific steering committee.


  • 2003 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Research, Texas A&M University.
  • 2001 Chinese Academy of Sciences Outstanding Oversea Young Scientist Award.
  • 2000 Faculty Fellow of Texas A&M University.
  • 1998 College Award for Outstanding Research of Texas A&M University.
  • 1993 National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award.

Selected Publications

  • Alexander, M., Matrosova, L., Penland, C., Scott, J. D., and Chang, P. 2008: Forecasting
    Pacific SSTs: Linear Inverse Model Predictions of the PDO, J. Climate, 21, 385-402.
    59. Wang, F. and Chang, P. 2008: A Linear Stability Analysis of Coupled Tropical Atlantic Variability,
    J. Climate, in press.
  • Wu, Q., Mahajan, S., Bowman, K.P., Chang, P. 2008: Atmospheric Response to Atlantic
    Tropical Instability Waves in CAM3, J. Geophys. Res., accepted.
  • Bruegem, W.-P., Chang, P., Jang, C. J., Mignot, J., Hazeleger, W., 2008: Barrier layers and
    tropical Atlantic SST biases in coupled GCMs, Tellus, accepted.
  • Wang, F. and Chang, P. 2008: Coupled Variability and Predictability in a Stochastic Climate
    Model of Tropical Atlantic, J. Climate, submitted.
  • Chang, P., Zhang, R., Hazeleger, W., Wen, C., Wan, X., Ji, L., Haarsma, R. J., Breugem, W.-
    P. and Seidel, H. 2008: An Oceanic Teleconnection Between Abrupt Changes in High-Latitude
    North Atlantic Climate and the African Monsoon, Nature, submitted.
  • Hazeleger, W., Breugem, W.-P., Chang, P., Haarsma, R. J., Zhang, R. and Dijkstra, H. A.
    2008: Atlantic Ocean Control on the Future African Monsoon, Nature, submitted.

Research Interests

  • Climate Variability and Predictability,
  • Coupled Climate Modeling,
  • Ocean Atmosphere Interactions
  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Numerical Ocean Modeling
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