Wenjun Dong

Wenjun is a visiting scientist in the High Altitude Observatory (HAO) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). His research focus is the theoretical, numerical, and interpretive studies of the dynamics and structures of the Earth's middle and upper atmosphere. He is working closely with GATS, ERAU and NCAR team on modeling of atmospheric dynamics on global and regional scales, especially atmospheric waves, instability, and turbulence dynamics relevant to NASA and Air Force needs. He also works on the development and improvement of atmospheric models, including the Complex Geometry Compressible Atmospheric Model (CGCAM), the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM), and thermospheric extension of WACCM.

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Wenjun Dong

Wenjun Dong received a Ph.D in Space Physics from Wuhan University. In 2019, he was an assistant research professorĀ at the Center for Space and Atmospheric Research (CSAR) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Fort Carson, CO. He currently works at Global Atmospheric Technologies and Sciences (GATS) in Boulder, CO.

He has a strong interest in Computer Science and Mathematics. He has been awarded many mathematics-related awards (e.g. First Prize in Chinese National College Mathematics Competition, Honorable Mention in Mathematical Contest in Modeling, First Prize in National Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling, Second Prize in National Postgraduate Mathematic Contest in Modeling, etc.), and He is acquainted with numerical methods, high-performance computing(HPC), machine learning algorithms and framworks, and atmospheric dynamic modeling. He recently started exploring new numerical methods and variable-resolution approaches (like Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) techniques, stretched and nested grids, and blocked structure, etc.) for the dynamical cores of Global atmospheric Model. He is also exploring whether physics-aware machine learning algorithms can replace physical parameterization in the atmospheric model.

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