Sukyoung Lee elected member of the American Geophysical Union


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa .– Sukyoung Lee, professor of meteorology at the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State, has been elected a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). She joins 59 other people in the 2021 class of fellows.

Election as a member of AGU is awarded to members who have made outstanding scientific contributions and achieved recognized eminence in the fields of earth and space sciences. Since the inception of the AGU Fellows program in 1962, no more than 0.1% of AGU members have received this recognition in any given year.

Lee was recognized by AGU for her “fundamental discoveries in atmospheric dynamics, including the self-organization of mid-latitude storms and tropical impacts on arctic climate change”.

“I am truly honored to have been selected as a member of the American Geophysical Union,” said Lee. I am very grateful to the colleagues who nominated and selected me. I would also like to share this honor with my past and current students, as well as with my closest colleague, Steven Feldstein. I couldn’t have done the research without them. I also want to thank my doctorate. advisor, Isaac Held, for the lasting inspirations that have helped me lay the groundwork for much of my research.

Lee’s research interests focus on the large-scale circulation of the atmosphere, oceans, and planetary atmospheres. His atmospheric research focuses on mid-latitude storm tracks, westerly jets, the tropopause, and stratospheric circulation. She studies climate and climate change from the perspective of general circulation theories, specifically how the equator-pole temperature gradient is maintained and why the east-west gradient of tropical convective heating is likely to increase. as the climate warms. She is also studying circulations in the Southern Ocean, including deep mixing layers that are important for carbon and heat exchange between the atmosphere and the ocean. For research on the planetary atmosphere, his main interest is the origin of eddies and jets in Jupiter’s atmosphere.

“Professor Lee’s research into the large-scale circulation of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans is incredibly insightful, as it carefully tests a hierarchy of model experiments versus observations to increase our understanding of the physical processes important to the Earth. climate and climate change, ”said David Stensrud, chief of the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences at Penn State. “She truly deserves this honor and the ministry is very proud of her.”

Lee received a BSc in Meteorology from Seoul National University in South Korea, an MSc in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma, and another MSc and PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Oklahoma. ‘Princeton University. After earning her doctorate in 1991, Lee worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and as a research associate at the University of Colorado, before joining Penn State faculty in 1994. She has co-authored over 110 articles and received several awards for her research.

Lee and the other newly elected members will be honored at the AGU’s annual fall meeting, scheduled for December 13-17 in New Orleans.

AGU is a non-profit science organization that galvanizes a community of Earth and space scientists to advance and communicate collaborative science and its power to secure a sustainable future. AGU has more than 62,000 members in 142 countries.

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