Faculty member Yuhang Wang published in PNAS


Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Professor Yuhang Wang was published August 22 in the Early Edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The paper is titled:  Climate-driven ground-level ozone extreme in the fall over the Southeast United States

Here is an excerpt from the Georgia Tech College of Sciences:

“This study shows that our air quality, particularly ozone in the fall, is becoming more sensitive to the effects of climate change,” said Yuhang Wang, a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “The direction of climate change is such that we are likely going to see hotter and drier fall seasons, which may create larger ozone extremes in the Southeast. We are likely to have record ozone days in the fall, and we need to prepare for that.”

The research, which was sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Program, was reported August 22 in Early Edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper is believed to be the first to connect variations in ground-level ozone concentrations to the drought stress on trees.

The entire release can be read here.


Dr. Yuhang Wang is a high profile scientist who is an expert in using both regional and global models of atmospheric chemistry. He applies his modeling expertise to a variety of problems ranging from air quality in China and its link to climate change to halogen chemistry in the remote atmosphere. Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry from Harvard University 1997 and soon began his career at Georgia Tech as a research scientist. Since being promoted to full professor in 2010, Dr. Wang has published more than 25 paper and has generated more than $3,000,000 in funding from a variety of source.