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Dr. Ping Chang
Ping Chang
(979) 845-8196
(979) 845-6331
Eller O&M 624

Department of Oceanography

3146 TAMU

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX 77843


Ph. D., Princeton University, 1988

M.A., Princeton University, 1986

M.E., City College of New York, 1984

B.S., East China Engineering Institute, 1982


1993 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award

1998 College Award for Outstanding Research, Texas A&M University

2000 Faculty Fellow, Texas A&M University

2001 Overseas Outstanding Scholar Foundation Award, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2003 TAMU Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award

2010 Louis & Elizabeth Scherck Chair in Oceanography, Texas A&M University

2011 Recipient of the Short-Term Chinese Thousand Talent Program

2014 Follow of the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo

2014 Followship of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

2015 Francis Bretherton Visitorship of NCAR Climate & Global Dynamics


Numerical Ocean Modeling I (OCNG 615, Credit 4)

Numerical Ocean Modeling II (OCNG 616, Credit 4)

Theories of Ocean Circulation (OCNG 617, Credit 3)

Elements of Ocean Wave Theory (OCNG 612, Credit 3)

Dynamics of the Ocean and Atmosphere (OCNG 614, Credit 3)

Meteorological Oceanography (OCNG 651, Credit 3)

Ping Chang

Louis & Elizabeth Scherck Chair in Oceanography
Physical Oceanography: Climate Variability and Modeling; Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Research Interests

Chang’s expertise is on climate dynamics and climate prediction, as well as global and regional climate modeling. He leads a research group in global and regional climate modeling studies at TAMU. The group presently includes 2 research scientists, 3 postdocs, 6 doctoral students, and has developed collaborative relationships with many institutions in the US and other countries. He has a number of ongoing research projects from NSF, DOE and NOAA. Chang’s research involves the understanding of climate variability and predictability, including El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), Tropical Atlantic Variability (TAV) and Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO). He published over 100 refereed journal articles ( Some of his research has been used to guide the design of major international research programs, such as the Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR)(  He currently co-chairs the International CLIVAR Atlantic Research Panel ( and is a contributing author to three chapters in the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Selected Publications

  • Zuidema, P., P. Chang, et al., 2016: Challenges and Prospects for Reducing Coupled Climate Model SST Biases in the Eastern Tropical Atlantic and Pacific Oceans: The U.S. CLIVAR Eastern Tropical Oceans Synthesis Working Group, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Accepted.
  • Patricola, C.M., P. Chang and R. Saravanan, 2015: Degree of Simulated Suppression of Atlantic Tropical Cyclones Controlled by Flavour of El Nino, Nature Geoscience, 9, 155160, doi:10.1038/ngeo2624.
  • Ma, X., P. Chang, R. Saravanan, R. Montuoro, J. Hsieh, D. Wu, X. Lin, L. Wu, 2015: Distant Influence of Kuroshio Eddies on North Pacific Weather Patterns, Scientific Reports, 5, 17785, doi:10.1038/srep17785.
  • Jing, Z., P. Chang, S. DiMarco, L. Wu, 2015: Role of Near-Inertial Internal Waves in Sub-thermocline Diapycnal Mixing in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 45, 3137-3154, doi:
  • Nnamchi, H. C., J. Li, F. Kucharski, I.-S. Kang, N. S. Keenlyside, P. Chang and R. Farneti, 2015: Thermodynamic controls of the Atlantic Nino, Nature Communication, 6, doi:10.1038/ncomms9895.
  • Parker, A. O., M. W. Schmidt and P. Chang, 2015: Tropical North Atlantic subsurface warming events as a fingerprint for AMOC variability during Marine Isotope Stage 3, Paleoceanography, DOI:10.1002/2015PA002832.
  • Ma, X., P. Chang, R. Saravanan, D. Wu, X. Lin, L. Wu, 2015: Winter Extreme Flux Events in the Kuroshio and Gulf Stream Extension Regions and Relationship with Modes of North Pacific and Atlantic Variability, Journal of Climate, 28, 4950-4970. doi:
  • Patricola, C.M., P. Chang and R. Saravanan, 2015: Impact of Atlantic SST and High Frequency Atmospheric Variability on the 1993 and 2008 Midwest Floods: Regional Climate Model Simulations of Extreme Climate Events, Climate Change, 129, 397-411, DOI10.1007/s10584-013-0886-1.
  • Xu, Z., P. Chang, I. Richter and W.-M. Kim, 2014: Diagnosing Southeast Tropical Atlantic SST and Ocean Circulation Biases in the CMIP5 Ensemble, Climate Dynamics, DOI10.1007/s00382-014-2247-9.
  • Patricola, C.M., R. Saravanan and P. Chang, 2014: The Impact of the El Nio-Southern Oscillation and Atlantic Meridional Mode on Seasonal Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Activity, Journal of Climate, 27, 5311 5328. doi:
  • Lynch-Stieglitz, J., M. W. Schmidt, L. G. Henry, W. B. Curry, L. C. Skinner, S. Mulitza, R. Zhang, P. Chang, 2013: Ocean Circulation Response to Glacial Aged Heinrich Events, Nature Geosciences, 7,144150, doi:10.1038/ngeo2045.
  • Schmidt, M.W., Chang, P., Hertzberg, J. E., Them, T. R., Ji. L., Otto-Bliesner, B.L. 2012: Impact of Abrupt Deglacial Climate Change on Tropical Atlantic Subsurface Temperatures, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109 , 14348-14352, doi:10.1073/pnas.1207806109/-/DCSupplemental.
  • Balaguru, K., Chang, P., Saravanan, R., L. R. Leung, Z. Xu, M. Li & J.-S. Hsieh, 2012: Ocean Barrier Layers’ Effect on Tropical Cyclone Intensification, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 14343-14347, doi:10.1073/pnas.1201364109/-/DCSupplemental.

Additional Information

  • Title: Role of Ocean Mesoscale Eddy Atmosphere Feedback in North Pacific and Atlantic Climate Variability: A High-Resolution Regional Climate Model Study (PI: P. Chang, Co-PIs: R. Saravanan and R. Montuoro) sponsored by NSF
  • Title: Collaborative Research: Understanding Changes in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) During the 20th Century Using IPCC AR5 Model Ensembles (PI: P. Chang, Co-PI: Gokhan Danabasoglu and Stephen Yeager) sponsored by NOAA
  • Title: Understanding Causes of Climate Model Biases in the Southeastern Tropical Atlantic (PI: P. Chang, Co-PI: Christina Patricola) sponsored by NSF
  • Title: Advancing Oil Spill Forecasts Using a High-Resolution Coupled Atmosphere-Ocean System (PI: P. Chang, Co-PI: R. Montuoro) sponsored by TGLO


  • 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.
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