Zhongwang Wei (Associate professor in School of Atmospheric Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, China)

The main thrust of my work is toward a better understanding of water and carbon cycle in the earth. I studied eddy correlation measurement with Prof. Michiaki Sugita and got a master degree in April 2013 from the University of Tsukuba. I got my Ph.D. degree in Graduate School of Frontier Sciences Environmental Studies at the University of Tokyo in Mar 2016, supervised by Prof. Kei Yoshimura. After graduation, I joined Prof. Xuhui Lee's lab at Yale University as a post-doc researcher, working on isotope enabled LES model development. In April 2018, I came back to Univerisity of Tokyo as a project researcher and in May 2019, I worked with Prof Dani Or in ETH Zurich Switzerland, as a scientific assistant. Now I am a Associate professor in School of Atmospheric Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University and Cooperative Research Fellow in Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo. My research interests include global and regional meteorology, land surface and atmospheric hydrology, data assimilation, and stable isotope applications.

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Email : zhongwang007@gmail.com

Website: http://hydro.iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~weizw/ ; http://atmos.sysu.edu.cn/teacher/2147

Phone : (86) 131 - 1950 - 1210

School of Atmospheric Sciences

Zhuhai Campus of Sun Yat-Sen University

Tang Jia Wan, Zhuhai, 519082, P. R. China


  • 2013-2016     Doctor of Philosophy, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Japan.
  • 2011-2013      Master of Science, Geosciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan.


  • 2011-2015      Monbukagakusho JASSO Honors Scholarship from Japan Government
  • 2014-2015      Academic Research Grant for GSFS Doctor Course Students from University of Tokyo
  • 2014-2015      Uchida Ocean foundation, internal fund for outstanding students' travel abroad from the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo.
  • 2015-2016   Graduate School of Frontier Sciences Academic Research fund for outstanding students, University of Tokyo


  • 2011-2013       Research assistant in University of Tsukuba
  • 2013-2015      Research assistant in University of Tokyo
  • 2016-2018       Postdoc Researcher in Yale University
  • 2018-2019       Project Researcher in The University of Tokyo
  • 2019-2019       Scientific assistant in ETH,Zurich
  • 2019-      Associate professor in Sun Yat-Sen University


  1.  Lehmann, P., Bickel, S.,Wei, Z.& Dani, O. (2020). Physical constraints for improved soil hydraulicparameter estimation by pedotransfer functions. Water Resources Research, accepted.
  2. Cui, J., Tian, L.,Wei, Z., Wang, L., Wang, P., Cai, Z., ... Huntingford, C. (2020). Quantifying the controlson evapotranspiration partitioning in the highest alpine meadow zones. Water Resources Research, accepted.
  3. He, X. , Pan, M., Wei, Z., Wood, E., and Sheffield, J. (2020). A Global Drought and Flood Catalogue from 1950 to 2016. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
  4. Liang, J., Wei, Z., Lee, X.*, Wright, J. S., Cui, X., Chen, H., & Lin, G. * (2019). Evapotranspiration Characteristics Distinct to Mangrove Ecosystems Are Revealed by Multiple‐Site Observations and a Modified Two‐Source Model. Water Resources Research, 55, 11250-11273.
  5. Wei, Z., & Lee, X. (2019). The utility of near-surface water vapor deuterium excess as an indicator of atmospheric moisture source. Journal of Hydrology, 577. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.123923
  6. Wang, L., Lee, X., Feng, D., Fu, C., Chen, S., Wei, Z., ... Lin, G. (2019). Impact of large-scale afforestation on surface temperature: A case study in the Kubuqi Desert, Inner Mongolia based on the WRF model. Forests.
  7. Wang, P., Deng, Y. & Wei, Z. (2019). Modeling investigation of diurnal variations in water flux and its components with stable isotopic tracers. Atmosphere. doi:10.3390/atmos10070403
  8. Wang, P., Li, X.-Y., Xia, H., Wei, Z., Wu, X., Tian, F., ... Deng, Y. (2019). Dynamical effects of plastic mulch on evapotranspiration partitioning in a mulched agriculture ecosystem: Measurements with numerical modeling. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2019.01.014
  9. Peng, L., Zeng, Z., Chen, A., Wei, Z. Wood, E. F. & Sheffield, J. (2019). Determinants of the ratio of actual to potential evapotranspiration. doi:10.1111/gcb.14577
  10. Wei, Z., X Lee, F Aemisegger, M Benetti, M Berkelhammer, M Casado, K Caylor, E Christner, D Christoph, O Garcia, Y González, T Griffis, N Kurita, J Liang, M Liang, G Lin, D Noone, K Gribanov, N Munksgaard, M Schneider, F Ritter, H Steen-Larsen, CV Coulomb, X Wen, JS Wright, W Xiao & K Yoshimura (2019) A global database of water vapor isotopes measured with high temporal resolution infrared laser spectroscopy. Scientific Data. In press.
  11. Wei, Z., Lee, X. & Patton, E. (2018). ISOLESC: A coupled Isotope-LSM-LES-Cloud modeling system to investigate the water budget in the atmospheric boundary layer. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. 10,  2589-2617.  doi: 10.1029/2018MS001381
  12. Fu, C., Zhu, Q., Yang, G., Xiao, Q. & Wei, Z., W., Xiao (2018). Influences of Extreme Weather Conditions on the Carbon Cycles of Bamboo and Tea Ecosystems. Forests. 9, 629; doi:10.3390/f9100629
  13. Xiao, W., Wei, Z. & Wen, X. (2018). Evapotranspiration partitioning at the ecosystem scale using the stable isotope method - A review. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology,263,346-361, doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.09.005 (Corresponding author).
  14. Fu, C., Lee, X., Griffis, T., Wang, G., Wei, Z. & Cardon, Z. (2018). Influences of root hydraulic redistribution on N2O emissions at five ameriflux sites. Geophysical Research Letters,45, 5135–5143, doi:10.1029/2018GL077789
  15. Wang, P., Yamanaka, T., Li, X.-Y., Wu, X., Chen, B., Liu, Y., … Wei, Z. (2018). A multiple time scale modeling investigation of leaf water isotope enrichment in a temperate grassland ecosystem. 1440-1703, doi:10.1007/s11284-018-1591-3
  16. Wang, L., Lee, X., Schultz, N., Chen, S., Wei, Z., Fu, C., … Lin, G. (2018). Response of surface temperatureto afforestation in the kubuqi desert, inner mongolia. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123.doi:10.1002/2017jd027522
  17. Wei, Z., Lee, X., Seeboonruang, U., Koike, M. & Yoshimura, K. (2018). Influences of large-scale convectionand moisture source on monthly precipitation isotope ratios observed in thailand, southeast asia. Earthand Planetary Science Letter, 488, 181-192. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2018.02.015
  18. Wei, Z., Lee, X., Xiao, W. & Wen, X. (2018). Evapotranspiration partitioning for three agro-ecosystemswith contrasting moisture conditions: A comparison of an isotope method and a two-source modelcalculation. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 252, 296–310. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.01.019
  19. Fu, C. S., Ji, Z. M. & Wei, Z. (2017). Spatial patterns of enso’s interannual influences on lilacs vary withtime and periodicity. Atmospheric Research, 186, 95–106. doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2016.11.013
  20. Wang, L., Lee, X., Wang, W., Wang, X., Wei, Z., Fu, C., … Lin, G. (2017). A meta-analysis of open-patheddy covariance observations of apparent co2 flux in cold conditions in fluxnet. Journal of Atmosphericand Oceanic Technology, 34(11), 2475–2487. doi:10.1175/jtech-d-17-0085.1
  21. Wei, Z., Yoshimura, K., Wang, L., Miralles, D. G., Jasechko, S. & Lee, X. (2017). Revisiting thecontribution of transpiration to global terrestrial evapotranspiration. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(6),2792–2801. doi:10.1002/2016gl072235
  22. Wei, Z., Miyano, A. & Sugita, M. (2016). Drag and bulk transfer coefficients over water surfaces in lightwinds. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 160(2), 319–346. doi:10.1007/s10546-016-0147-8
  23. Wei, Z., Yoshimura, K., Okazaki, A., Ono, K., Kim, W., Yokoi, M. & Lai, C.-T. (2016). Understanding thevariability of water isotopologues in near-surface atmospheric moisture over a humid subtropical ricepaddy in tsukuba, japan. Journal of Hydrology, 533, 91–102. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.11.044
  24. Wang, P., Yamanaka, T., Li, X. & Wei, Z. (2015). Partitioning evapotranspiration in a temperate grasslandecosystem: Numerical modeling with isotopic tracers. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 208(0), 16–31.doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.04.006
  25. Wei, Z., Yoshimura, K., Okazaki, A., Kim, W., Liu, Z. & Yokoi, M. (2015). Partitioning ofevapotranspiration using high-frequency water vapor isotopic measurement over a rice paddy field. WaterResources Research, 51(5), 3716–3729. doi:10.1002/2014wr016737
  26. Sugita, M., Ikura, H., Miyano, A., Yamamoto, K. & Wei, Z. (2014). Evaporation from lake kasumigaura:Annual totals and variability in time and space. Hydrological Research Letters, 8(3), 103–107.doi:10.3178/hrl.8.103
  27. Wei, Z., Okazaki, A., Maeda, H. & Yoshimura, K. (2014). Investigating vegetation-atmosphere waterexchange by using high frequency spectroscopy vapor isotope observations. JSCE, 58, 181–186.doi:10.2208/jscejhe.70.I_181


  1. He X., Kim H., Kirstetter P.-E., Yoshimura K., Wei Z., Chang E.C., Ferguson C. R., Erlingis J. M., Hong Y. and Oki T: Evaluating the Diurnal Cycle of Precipitation Representation in West African Monsoon Region with Different Convection Schemes in Environmental Remote Sensing for Hydrological Capacity Building and Sustainability, 2016, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC,· October 2016, DOI: 10.1201/9781315370392-11
  2. Aho, K., Chakraborty, T., Fang, B., Huang, K., Liang, J., Schultz, N., Wei Z., Lee, X. (2017). Fundamentals of boundary-layer meteorology: Solutions manual. Yale University.


The Stable Water Vapor Isotope Database (SWVID) website archives high-frequency vapor isotope data collected with instruments based on infrared isotopic spectroscopy.

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