Dr. Wang received two new grants to investigate atmospheric chemistry impacts of droughts. The first grant is from NASA Atmospheric Composition Modeling and Analysis Program (ACMAP) and the objective is to improve our understanding of how biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOC) emissions respond to drought stress using a multitude of observations (aircraft, surface, and satellite) and modeling (GEOS-Chem). We will collaborate with Drs. Alex Guenther and Saewung Kim at UCI on the NASA project [Read more].
The second grant is from NOAA Atmospheric Chemistry Carbon Cycle and Climate (AC4) Program. With the NOAA grant, we will conduct a holistic and long-term analysis of atmospheric composition changes during droughts in the continental U.S. and with such observational constraints, we will develop process-based metrics to evaluate earth system models in simulating the coupling of drought and atmospheric composition. Our collaborators include Dr. Jun Wang from U. Iowa and GFDL.