Dr. Fengpeng Sun

 

Curriculum Vitae


Fengpeng Sun



Research Interests

Regional Climate Variability and Change, Numerical Climate/Weather Modeling, Dynamical and Statistical Downscaling, Climate Change Impacts and Sustainability, Weather and Climate Extremes, Geoscience Data Analysis and Statistics

Employment

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


Education


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 (
Meteorology)    2000
Nanjing University


Manuscripts in preparation

Sun F., A. Hall, M. Schwartz, N. Berg, and D. Walton, 2017: Inevitable End-of-century Loss of Spring Snowpack over California’s Sierra Nevada, to be submitted.

Sun F., A. Hall, N. Berg, D. Walton, and M. Schwartz, 2017: Projected Weakening of Orographic Rain Shadows Related to Precipitation Extremes Changes: A Case Study of the Sierra Nevada, in preparation.


Schwartz, M., A. Hall, F. Sun, N. Berg, and D. Walton, 2017: Projected Soil Moisture Declines in the California Sierra Nevada, in preparation.

Peer-reviewed Publications

Walton D., A. Hall, N. Berg, M. Schwartz, and F. Sun, 2017: Incorporating Snow Albedo Feedback into Downscaled Temperature and Snow Cover Projections for California’s Sierra Nevada. Journal of Climate, 30, 1417–1438, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0168.1.

Zhao H., X. Duan, G. B. Raga and F. Sun, 2017:
Enhanced North Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Activity after the Mid-1990s, Journal of Climate, in review.

Sun F., A. Hall, M. Schwartz, D. Walton, N. Berg, 2016: Twenty-First-Century Snowfall and Snowpack Changes over the Southern California Mountains. Journal of Climate, 29, 91–110, doi:10.1175/JCLI- D-15-0199.1.

Vahmani P., F. Sun, A. Hall and G. Ban-Weiss, 2016: Investigating the Climate Impacts of Urbanization and the Potential for Cool Roofs to Counter Future Climate Change in Los Angeles. Environmental Research Letters, 11: 124027, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/12/124027.

Jousse A., A. Hall, F. Sun and T. Teixeira, 2016: Causes of Energy Fluxes Biases in a Stratocumulus Region. Climate Dynamics, 46, 571-584, doi: 10.1007/s00382-015-2599-9.

Schwartz M., A. Hall, F. Sun, D. Walton, and N. Berg, 2016: Significant and inevitable end-of-21st-century advances in surface runoff timing in California's Sierra Nevada. Journal of Hydrometeorology, in review.

Schwartz M., A. Hall, F. Sun, 2016: Mean Surface Runoff Insensitive to Warming in a Key Mediterranean-type Climate: A Case Study of the Los Angeles Region. Journal of Climate, in review.

Sun F., D. Walton, and A. Hall, 2015: A Hybrid Dynamical-Statistical Downscaling Technique, Part II: End-of-Century Warming Projections Predict a New Climate State in the Los Angeles Region. Journal of Climate, 28, 4618–4636, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00197.1.


Walton D., F. Sun, A. Hall and S. Capps, 2015: A Hybrid Dynamical-Statistical Downscaling Technique, Part I: Development and Validation of the Technique. Journal of Climate, 28, 4597–4617, doi:10.1175/JCLI- D-14-00196.1.


Berg N., A. Hall, F. Sun, S. Capps, D. Walton, B. Langenbrunner and D. Neelin, 2015: Twenty- First-Century Precipitation Changes over the Los Angeles Region. Journal of Climate, 28, 401–420, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00316.1.


Jin Y., M. Goulden, N. Faivre, S. Veraverbeke, F. Sun, A. Hall, M. Hand, S. Hook and J. Randerson, 2015: Identification of Two Distinct Fire Regimes in Southern California: Implications for Economic Impact and Future Change. Environmental Research Letters, 10: 094005, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/9/094005.

Berg N., A. Hall, F. Sun, S. Capps, D. Walton, B. Langenbrunner and D. Neelin, 2014: 21st-Century Precipitation Changes over the Los Angeles Region
: Part III of the “Climate Change in the Los Angeles Region” project. Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability Report III.

Sun F., A. Hall, D. Walton, S. Capps and K. Reich, 2013: Mid- and end-of-century snowfall in the Los Angeles region: Part II of the “Climate Change in the Los Angeles Region” project. Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability Report II.

Toniazzo T., F. Sun, C. R. Mechoso and A. Hall, 2013: A regional Modeling Study of the Diurnal Cycle in the Lower Troposphere in the Southeastern Tropical Pacific. Climate Dynamics, 41, 1899–1922, doi: 10.1007/s00382-012-1598-3.

Hall A., F. Sun, D. Walton, S. Capps, X. Qu, H.-Y. Huang, N. Berg, M. Schwartz, A. Jousse, R. Cerezo-Mota and M. Nakamura, 2012: Mid-century warming in the Los Angeles region: Part I of the “Climate Change in the Los Angeles Region” project. Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability Report I.

Sun, F., A. Hall, and X. Qu, 2011: On the Relationship between Low Cloud Variability and Lower Tropospheric Stability in the Southeast Pacific. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11, 9053
9065, doi:10.5194/acp-11-9053-2011.

Wyant, M. C., Wood, R., Bretherton, C. S., Mechoso, C. R., Bacmeister, J., Balmaseda, M. A., Barrett, B., Codron, F., Earnshaw, P., Fast, J., Hannay, C., Kaiser, J. W., Kitagawa, H., Klein, S. A., K ̈ohler, M., Manganello, J., Pan, H.-L., F. Sun, Wang, S., and Wang, Y., 2010: The PreVOCA Experiment: Modeling the Lower Troposphere in the Southeast Pacific. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 4757–4774, doi:10.5194/acp-10-4757-2010.

Sun F., and J.-Y. Yu, 2009: A 10–15year Modulation Cycle of ENSO Intensity. Journal of Climate, 22, 1718–1735, doi: 10.1175/2008JCLI2285.1.

Yu J.-Y., F. Sun and H.-Y. Kao, 2009: Contributions of Indian Ocean and Monsoon Biases to the Excessive Biennial ENSO in CCSM3. Journal of Climate, 22, 1850–1858, doi: 10.1175/2008JCLI2706.1.

Sun, F., and J.-Y. Yu, 2006: Impacts of Central America Gap Winds on the SST Annual Cycle in the Eastern Pacific Warm Pool. Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L06710, doi:10.1029/2005GL024700.

Patent

Hall A., F. Sun, and S. Capps, 2011: 2km-resolution Climate Data for the Los Angeles Region. University of California, Patent No. 2012-389s.

Ph.D. Dissertation

Sun F., 2008: ENSO decadal modulation and tropical Pacific mean climate. University of California, Irvine Archives.

Analytical & Programming Skills

Sharp proficiency in data analysis and statistics in climate and geosciences research
Probability distribution/Sampling theory, Time series Analysis (Autocorrelation, Harmonic, Power spectrum, Correlation, Wavelets, Filtering), Principle component/EOF analyses, Regression, Significance tests

Substantial modeling expertise in numerical weather/atmospheric, land and oceanic climate models
Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF), Community Atmosphere Model (CAM), Community Climate System Model (CCSM), Noah land surface model,Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS)

Skilled in programming languages
Matlab, Unix/Linux shell scripting, Python, Fortran, LATEX, HTML

Working knowledge in
R, IDL, Perl, NCL, GrADS

Teaching Experience

Instructor    University of Missouri–Kansas City  

Environmental Studies 110R    Understanding the Earth    Spring 2017
Geography 406/5506    Global Environmental Change    Spring 2017
Geography 444    Spatial Data Analysis    Fall 2017
Environmental Studies 110R    Understanding the Earth    Fall 2017

Guest Lecturer    University of California, Irvine   

Earth System Science 210B    Geoscience Data Analysis    Fall 2005
Earth System Science 5    The Atmosphere    Spring 2007

Teaching Assistant    University of California, Irvine   

Earth System Science 5    The Atmosphere    Spring 2007
Earth System Science 3    Oceanography    Winter 2007
Earth System Science 1    The Physical Environment    Fall 2006

Professional Services

Manuscript Reviewer
for:
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Journal of Climate, Climate Dynamics, Journal of Atmospheric Sciences,  Journal of Hydrometeorology,  Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Climatic Change, Urban Meteorology, Atmosphere

Judge for:
Outstanding Student Paper Awards in the 2012 and 2013 American Geophysics Union Annual Fall Meetings

Honors and Awards

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

Climate Variability and Change Scholarship, American Meteorological Society, 2007

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

Student Travel Grant, University of California, Irvine, 2005/2007

Bjerknes Scholarship, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, University of Bergen, 2006

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

May 4th Medal for Outstanding Youth (top 10 of 20000), Nanjing University, 1999

Guanghua Scholarship, Guanghua Education Foundation, 1998

People’s Academic Prize for Academic Excellence, Nanjing University, 1997-1999

Computing Resource Allocations Awarded

National Science Foundation (NSF) TeraGrid & Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE)
Pople (SGI Altix) 
Blacklight (SGI Altix UV-1000) 
Cobalt (SGI Altix)  
Ember (SGI Altix UV-1000) 
National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)
Hopper (Cray XE6)
Franklin (Cray XT4)
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Bluefire (IBM)
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Hoffman2 (Cluster)
University of Missouri
Lewis (Cluster)

Selected First-author Presentations and Conference Proceedings

Sun, F., 2017: Regional Climate Change Projections for California: A High-Resolution Hybrid Dynamical-Statistical Downscaling Technique and Its Applications, Columbia, Missouri, February 13 (Invited Talk)

Sun, F., 2016: High-resolution Regional Climate Modeling and Its Applications, 3rd annual UMKC Faculty Research Symposium, Kansas City, October 27 (Poster)

Sun, F., A. Hall, N. E. Berg, D. B. Walton, and M. Schwartz, 2016: Inevitable End-of- century Loss of Spring Snowpack over California’s Sierra Nevada, 28th Conference on Climate Variability and Change in 96th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Abstract 1.4, January 11-14 (Invited “Hot Topics in Climate” Talk )

Sun, F., D. Walton, A. Hall, N. Berg and M. Schwartz, 2014: Snowpack Changes in the Sierra Nevada: High-Resolution Projections for the End of 21st Century, Eos Trans. AGU, 95(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract A51H-3140, December 15-19 (Poster)

Sun, F., A. Hall, D. Walton, S. Capps, and K. Reich, 2013: Projecting Mid- and End- of-Century Climate Change in the Los Angeles Mountainous Region by a Combination of Dynamical and Statistical Downscaling Techniques, Eos Trans. AGU, 94(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract A11A-0009, December 09-13 (Poster)

Sun, F., 2013: Downscaling Hydro-Climate Change in the Los Angeles Region and the Sierra Nevada, Mountain Research Initiative Key Contact Workshop: Global Change Research in Mountain Regions, Berkeley, December 08 (Invited Talk)

Sun, F.
and A. Hall, 2013: Mid-Century Snowfall Projections in the Los Angeles Mountain Region, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Board Meeting, Los Angeles, California, February 19 (Invited Talk)

Sun, F.
, A. Hall, D. Walton, S. Capps, X. Qu, H.-Y. Huang, N. Berg, A. Jousse, M. Schwartz, M. Nakamura and R. Cerezo-Mota, 2012: Mid-Century Warming in the Los Angeles Region and its Uncertainty using Dynamical and Statistical Downscaling, Eos Trans. AGU, 93(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract A34E-03, December 03-07 (Talk)

Sun, F.
and A. Hall, 2012: The climatic future of the Los Angeles region, Climate Resolve, Los Angeles, California, March 7 (Invited Talk)

Sun, F.
, T. Toniazzo, C. R. Mechoso and A. Hall, 2010: Regional modeling studies on the diurnal and semidiurnal cycles of boundary layer off the west coast of South America, Eos Trans. AGU, 91(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract A51A-0051, December 13-17 (Poster)

Sun, F.
, 2010: Regional climate simulations over the Southeast Pacific, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, Beijing, China, November 11 (Invited Talk)

Sun, F.
, 2010: ENSO decadal modulation and its mechanism, State Key Laboratory of Severe Weather, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, Beijing, China, October 28 (Invited Talk)

Sun, F.
and A. Hall, 2010: Regional modeling simulations for meteorological conditions for the Santiago wildfire in 2007, Wildfire in Southern California, Los Angeles, California, October 21 (Talk)

Sun, F.
and A. Hall, 2010: Climate change and predictions in Southern California, Climate Change and Urban Forests in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, October 15 (Invited Talk)

Sun, F.
, X. Qu and A. Hall, 2009: An evaluation of LTS as a predictor of low cloud variability, Eos Trans. AGU, 90(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract A13J-0441, December 14-18 (Poster)

Sun, F.
and A. Hall, 2008: Stratocumulus cloud top height simulations in Southeast Pacific, UCLA VOCALS meeting, Los Angeles, California, November 14 (Talk)

Sun, F.
, 2008: ENSO modulation and its links to decadal climate variability in tropical Pacific, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, April (Talk)

Sun, F.
, 2008: A 10–15 year modulation Cycle of ENSO Intensity and its ENSO Asymmetry - Basic State Interaction Mechanism, U.S. CLIVAR Science Symposium, Irvine, California, July 14 (Poster)

Sun, F.
and J.-Y. Yu, 2007: A 10–15year modulation cycle of ENSO intensity and its ENSO asymmetry-basic state interaction mechanism, Eos Trans. AGU, 88(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract OS13A-1011, December 10-14 (Poster)

Sun, F.
, 2006: A decadal modulation cycle of ENSO intensity, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research Workshop, Bergen, Norway, September 19-22 (Talk)

Sun, F.
, 2006: Modeling studies on the Central America gap wind forcing to the eastern Pacific warm pool SST annual cycle, Multidecadal Climate Variability and Tele- connection Dynamics Bjerknes Summer School, Finse, Norway, September 10-18 (Talk)

Sun, F.
and J.-Y. Yu, 2005: Impacts of Central America gap winds on the SST annual cycle in the eastern Pacific warm pool, Eos Trans. AGU, 86(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract A53B-05, December 05-09 (Talk)


Selected Media Reports and Appearances

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”

Phys.org: “UCLA climate study predicts dramatic loss in local snowfall”

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”

Science Newsline Nature Earth: “Mercury rising: Greater L.A. to heat up an average 4 to 5 degrees by mid-century”