Bin Wang, professor and former chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, was awarded the 2015 Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal by the American Meteorological Society for “creative insights leading to important advances in the understanding of tropical and monsoonal processes and their predictability.”
Wang has been with the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at UH Mānoa since 1987. He is a world-leading meteorologist specializing in climate and atmospheric dynamics. He has shared the wealth of his expertise and depth of his insights through more than 290 peer-reviewed publications and pivotal participation in international scientific conferences. His publications have more than 20,000 citations, with 65 papers having more than 100 citations each, according to Google Scholar.
Active in the science community, Wang has organized numerous international workshops and conferences and has been serving on scientific advisory committees in his field. He is among the most influential scientists in monsoon research worldwide and in development of meteorological sciences and climate predictions in the Asian-Pacific region.
He has had profound influence on the future of the field through extraordinary commitment to train a new generation of scientists by providing both support and guidance. He has edited a highly regarded and widely used textbook, The Asian Monsoon. Twenty graduate students and 30 postdoctoral associates have studied with him and some have become prominent scientists in the field.
The Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal is presented to individuals on the basis of outstanding contributions to the understanding of the structure or behavior of the atmosphere. It represents the highest honor that the society can bestow upon an atmospheric scientist.