Dr. De-Zheng Sun’s research aims to understand the stability of the climate system under anthropogenic forcing, addressing questions such as whether we will have stronger and more frequent El Niño events, or whether the whole planet may undergo a Venus-style, run-away instability in response to anthropogenic forcing. Dr. Sun approaches these questions through the use of a hierarchy of mathematical models for the climate system.
Dr. Sun received his Ph.D. in Meteorology from MIT and had worked in leading climate modeling centers including the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) at Princeton, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) at Boulder. He taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of global change science in University of Colorado at Boulder, and has won many grant awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dr. Sun has published his work in Science, J. Climate, and many other prominent journals.