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Jiali Wang

Atmospheric & Earth Science 3


Dr. Jiali Wang is an atmospheric scientist in Environmental Science Division at Argonne. Dr. Wang received her Ph.D degree in atmospheric science in 2012, and has been working at Argonne since then. She also holds a fellowship member with NAISE at Northwestern University, as well as CASE at University of Chicago. Dr. Wang specializes in physical understanding climate and extreme climate variabilities and their impacts on water/energy, and many other fields (e.g., infrastructure, ecology) through high-resolution numerical modeling, data analysis, as well as machine learning/AI. Extreme events she is interested in and has been working on include: flooding, storms, droughts/wildfires, wind gusts, and heatwaves, focusing on various climate zones of North America, including Great Lakes Region and coastal urban area such as Chicago. Dr. Wang served as a primary investigator and co-investigator for projects supported by AT&T(climate, risk, and resilience), DOD (regional climate modeling and climate extremes), DOE (distributed wind uncertainty quantification; Great Lakes regional modeling), DHS (regional resiliency assessment program) as well as Argonne Laboratory Directed Research and Development (neighborhood scale AI and GPU accelerated modeling). 

Research Interests:

  • Climate variability assessment using statistics
  • Climate extreme analysis using extreme value theory
  • Uncertainty quantification for climate modeling
  • Climate change impacts on critical infrastructure, agriculture, ecology, and health
  • Hydrological modeling; urban climate modeling
  • Machine learning and deep learning for climate science


Honors and Awards:

  • 2019: Argonne Pacesetter Award
  • 2019: HPC Innovation Excellence Award for Risk and Resiliency of Infrastructure Southeastern USA for AT&T”
  • 2019 R&D 100 Finalist for the Climate Risk and Resilience Analysis technology
  • 2020: Argonne Director’s Award for developing a methodology and analysis of climate impacts to AT&T’s infrastructure



Feng, Yan, Romit Maulik, Jiali Wang, Prasanna Balaprakash, Whitney Huang, Vishwas N Rao, Pengfei Xue, et al.“Characterization of Extremes and Compound Impacts: Applications of Machine Learning and Interpretable Neural Networks .” https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​2​1​7​2​/​1​7​69686

Wang, Jiali, Rao Kotamarthi, Virendra Ghate, Bethany Lusch, Prasanna Balaprakash, N Justin Wozniak, Xingqiu Yuan, US Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Science, A Hybrid Climate Modeling System Using AI-assisted Process Emulators.” Feb 15, 2021. https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​2​1​7​2​/​1​7​69645.

Maulik, R., Rao, V., Wang, J., Mengaldo, G., Constantinescu, E., Lusch, B., & Kotamarthi, R. (2022). Efficient high-dimensional variational data assimilation with machine-learned reduced-order models. Geoscientific Model Development, 15(8), 3433-3445.

Wang, Jiali, Pengfei Xue, William Pringle, Zhao Yang and Yun Qian. 2022. Impacts of Lake Surface Temperature on the Summer Climate Over the Great Lakes Region. Journal of Geophysical Research (accepted).

Wu, Qiuyi, Julie Bessac, Whitney Huang and Jiali Wang. 2022. Station-wise statistical joint assessment of wind speed and direction under future climates across the United States. Advances in Statistical Climatology, Meteorology and Oceanography. http://​arx​iv​.org/​a​b​s​/​2​2​0​5​.​02936.

Li, C., Handwerger, A. L., Wang, J., Yu, W., Li, X., Finnegan, N. J., & Horton, D. E. (2021). Augmentation and Use of WRF-Hydro to Simulate Overland Flow-and Streamflow-Generated Debris Flow Hazards in Burn Scars. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 1-47.

Gamelin, Brandi, Jeremy Feinstein, Jiali Wang, Julie Bessac, Eugene Yan and Veerabhadra Kotamarthi. 2022. Projected U.S. Drought Extremes Through the 21st Century with Vapor Pressure Deficit. Scientific Reports (accepted).

Pal, S., Wang, J., Feinstein J., Yan E., Kotamarthi, V. R.(2022). Projected Increase in Hydrologic Extremes in the Mid-21st Century for Northeastern United States. Preprint on https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​0​2​/​e​s​s​o​a​r​.​1​0​5​1​1​327.1 

Wang, J., Liu, Z., Foster, I., Chang, W., Kettimuthu, R., & Kotamarthi, V. R. (2021). Fast and accurate learned multiresolution dynamical downscaling for precipitation. Geoscientific Model Development, 14(10), 6355-6372. 

Pringle, W. J., Wang, J., Roberts, K. J., & Kotamarthi, V. R. (2021). Projected Changes to Cool‐Season Storm Tides in the 21st Century Along the Northeastern United States Coast. Earth’s Future, 9(7), e2020EF001940. 

Byun, K., Sharma, A., Wang, J., Tank, J. L., & Hamlet, A. F. (2022). Intercomparison of Dynamically and Statistically Downscaled Climate Change Projections over the Midwest and Great Lakes Region. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 23(5), 659-679.

Bhatnagar, S., Chang, W., Kim, S., & Wang, J. (2022). Computer Model Calibration with Time Series Data Using Deep Learning and Quantile Regression. SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification, 10(1), 1-26. 

Schwarzwald, K., Poppick, A., Rugenstein, M., Bloch-Johnson, J., Wang, J., McInerney, D., & Moyer, E.J. 2020. Changes in future precipitation mean and variability across scales. Journal of Climate. 1-55. 

Brown, E., J. Wang, and Y. Feng, 2020: U.S. Wildfire Potential: a Historical View and Future Projection using High-resolution Climate Data, Environ. Res. Lett. https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​8​8​/​1​7​4​8​-​9​3​2​6​/​a​ba868.

Wang, J., Balaprakash, P., and Kotamarthi, R., 2019: Fast domain-aware neural network emulation of a planetary boundary layer parameterization in a numerical weather forecast model, Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 4261–4274.

Wang, J., Wang, C., Rao, V., Orr, A., Yan, E., and Kotamarthi, R., 2019: A parallel workflow implementation for PEST version 13.6 in high-performance computing for WRF-Hydro version 5.0: a case study over the Midwestern United States, Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 3523-3539. https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​5​1​9​4​/​g​m​d​-​1​2​-​3​5​2​3​-2019.

Ebenstein, R., G. Agrawal, J. Wang, J. Boley and R. Kettimuthu. 2018: FDQ: Advance Analytics Over Real Scientific Array Datasets,” 2018 IEEE 14th International Conference on e-Science (e-Science), 2018, pp. 453-463, doi: 10.1109/eScience.2018.00134.

Zobel, Z., J. Wang, D. J. Wuebbles, and V. R. Kotamarthi. 2018: Analyses for High‐Resolution Projections through the End of the 21st Century for Precipitation Extremes over the United States. Earth’s Future. https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​2​9​/​2​0​1​8​E​F​0​00956

Chang, W., J. Wang, J. Marohnic, V. R. Kotamarthi, and E.J. Moyer, 2018: Diagnosing added value of convection-permitting regional models using precipitation event identification and tracking. Climate Dynamics.  https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​0​7​/​s​0​0​3​8​2​-​0​1​8​-​4​294-0.

Zobel, Z., J. Wang, D. J. Wuebbles, and V. R. Kotamarthi. 2017:  High Resolution Dynamical Downscaling Ensemble Projections of Future Extreme Temperature Distributions for the United States. Earth’s Future. 5. https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​0​2​/​2​0​1​7​E​F​0​00642.

Wang, J., J. Bessac, V.R. Kotamarthi, E. Constantinescu. 2017: Internal variability of a dynamically downscaled climate over North America. Climate Dynamics. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-017-3889-1

Zobel, Z., J. Wang, D. J. Wuebbles, and V. R. Kotamarthi. 2017. Evaluations of high-resolution dynamically downscaled ensembles over the contiguous United States. Climate Dynamics. doi:10.1007/s00382-017-3645-6

Jin, Z, Q. Zhuang, J. Wang, S. V. Archontoulis, Z. Zobel, and V. R. Kotamarthi, 2017: The combined and separate impacts of climate extremes on the current and future US rainfed maize and soybean production under elevated CO2. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13617

Cai, H., J. Wang, Y. Feng, Q. Wang, Z. Qin, and J. Dunn, 2016: Consideration of Land Use Change-Induced Surface Albedo Effects in Life-Cycle Analysis of Biofuels. Energy and Environmental Science, DOI: 10.1039/C6EE01728B

Chang, W., M. Stein, J. Wang, V. R. Kotamarthi, and E. Moyer, 2016: Changes in Spatio-temporal Precipitation Patterns in Changing Climate Conditions. Journal of Climate.29, 8355-8376. DOI10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0844.1.

Wang, J., Y. Han, M. Stein, V. R. Kotamarthi, and W. K. Huang, 2016: Evaluation of dynamical downscaled extreme temperature using a spatially-aggregated generalized extreme value (GEV) model. Climate Dynamics. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-016-3000-3

Wang, J., F. N. U. Swati, M. L. Stein, and V. R. Kotamarthi, 2015: Model performance in spatiotemporal patterns of precipitation: New methods for identifying value added by a regional climate model, Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmosphere, 120, 1239–1259, doi:10.1002/2014JD022434 

Campos, E., and J. Wang, 2015: Numerical Simulation and Analysis of the April 2013 Chicago Floods, Journal of Hydrology, 531, 454-474. 

Wang, J., and V. R. Kotamarthi, 2014: Downscaling with a nested regional climate model in near-surface fields over the contiguous United States, Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmosphere, 119, 8778–8797, doi:10.1002/2014JD021696

Wang, J., and V. R. Kotamarthi, 2013: Assessment of Dynamical Downscaling in Near-Surface Fields with Different Spectral Nudging Approaches Using the Nested Regional Climate Model (NRCM), Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 52, 1576–1591