Dr. Fengpeng Sun


Curriculum Vitae

Fengpeng Sun's Biosketch

Dr. Fengpeng Sun is an assistant professor and climate scientist at the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC) Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Sun has particular research expertise and teaching interests in climate change and its impact assessment.


Assistant Professor, University of Missouri–Kansas City    2016-present

Assistant Researcher, University of California, Los Angeles    2012–2016

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Los Angeles    2008–2012


Ph.D., Earth System Science (Climate Dynamics)    2008

University of California, Irvine, California

M.S., Earth System Science    2005

University of California, Irvine, California

B.S., Atmospheric Science
Nanjing University

Honors and Awards

The Haskell Distinguished Research Award, University of Missouri–Kansas City
, 2019–2020

Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers, Scholars, and Artists, University of Missouri–Kansas City, 2019

Climate Variability and Change Scholarship, American Meteorological Society, 2007

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of California, Irvine, 2007

Outstanding Contributions to the Department of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine, 2006-2007

Bjerknes Scholarship, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norway, 2006

IGPP fellowship, University of California, Irvine, 2003-2004

May Fourth Medal for Outstanding Youth, Nanjing University, 1999

Research Grants

High-resolution Climate Change Projections in Missouri, The National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

Investigating Climate Impacts of Urbanization and the Potential for Cool Roofs to Mitigate Future Climate Change in Kansas City, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Grant Consortium (SGC)

A Heat Watch Community Science Urban Heat Island (UHI) Mapping Campaign in Kansas City MO, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Program Office (CPO)

Assessment of Climatic Impacts of Urbanization in Kansas City Metropolitan Area and the Potential for Cool Roofs to Counter Future Climate Change, University of Missouri Funding for Excellence (FFE)

Professional Services

Advisory Council Member of Missouri Local Science Engagement Network (LSEN)

Manuscript Reviewer for:
      Nature Climate Change, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Journal of Climate, Climate Dynamics, Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, Journal of Hydrometeorology, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Climatic Change, Urban Meteorology, Atmosphere, Journal of Hydro-environment Research, Environmental Science & Technology.

Proposal Reviewer and Panelist for National Science Foundation (NSF)

Session Organizer and Convener of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society Annual Meeting

Session Chair/Host Organizer of NSF Missouri EPSCoR Transect Fourth Annual Meeting

Lead-organizer of Computer Science Institute for Women in Kansas City, Missouri

Committee Member University of Missouri–Kansas City College of Arts and Sciences Academic Standards Committee

IPhD Coordinator for University of Missouri–Kansas City Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program

Selected Media Reports and Appearances

NPR KCUR Radio Station FM89.3 "Up To Date" Live Interview: What The Kansas City Metro Could Be Facing From Climate Change, 2021/03

New York Times: Why California? A Recipe For Catastrophic Wildfires., 2020/12

KMBZ Kansas City Kansas Radio Station FM98.1 "Kansas City’s Morning News" Interview: Wet and Dry Spells: How Climate Change Effects Weather Patterns, 2020/07

New York Times: ‘Turn Off the Sunshine’: Why Shade Is a Mark of Privilege in Los Angeles, 2019/12

Xinhua News: Experts say climate change fueling California wildfires, 2019/11

ABC/KMBC TV News: Hundreds Attend “Climate Strike” Event in Kansas City Friday Evening, 2019/09

NPR KCUR Radio Station FM89.3 "Central Standard" Live Interview: Metro areas experience hotter summers, and Kansas City is no exception, 2019/06

KKFI Kansas City Missouri Radio Station FM90.1 Live Interview: Radio Active Magazine–Climate Change and Extreme Weather, 2019/02

New York Times: Why Does California Have So Many Wildfires?, 2018/11

The Indian Express: Explained: Why California wildfire is so severe this time, 2018/11

Science Daily: Weather should remain predictable despite climate change, 2018/02

prior to 2018:

Los Angeles Times: Number of days with temperatures above 95◦F to soar in L.A. County

Reuters: Los Angeles can expect number of extreme heat days to rise

The New York Times: 
District by District, Climate Change in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times: “Climate change could slash snowfall in Southern California mountains

ScienceDaily: “Dramatic Loss in Snowfall for Los Angeles-Area Mountains Predicted

Los Angeles Times: “Study predicts more hot spells in Southern California

TIME: “Why Dwindling Snow–Thanks Largely to Climate Change–Might Dry Out Los Angeles

Associated Press: “Study: Southern Calif. could see record scorchers

NPR/PBS/KQED: “Zooming in on L.A.’s Warming Climate