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Wei Weng

Wei Weng 翁葳 (MSc)

Research Interest: Land surface processes, Land-atmosphere interactions, Water resources

Research Domain II: Climate Impacts & Vulnerabilities (RD2)

Research Area: Climate Change and Development (CCD)

PhD student, Sustainable South America (SUSA)


Trained as a geographer and also a climate scientist, my research interests are primarily focused in the field of land-atmosphere interactions and processes that govern interdependence of those environments. My PhD work in PIK is on SUSA project. This project analyzes sustainable development options and land use-based alternatives in participatory approach to enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation capacities in the Colombian and Peruvian Amazon while enhancing ecosystem services and local livelihoods.

My PhD topic   Local land use change and its relevance for small-scale moisture recycling in Colombian and Peruvian Amazon

My project investigates land use change, with a special emphasis on agricultural land cultivation taking place in deforested areas of the Colombian and Peruvian Amazon and its potential feedback to the regional climate regime through the moisture recycling process. Land use options for local landscapes and their impacts on societies which are tele-connected by the “flying rivers” (aerial rivers for all preferential pathways of moisture flow) are discussed while bringing new insights into aspects of environmental and social sustainability.

For more information of my phD topic, please visit my IRITHESys webpage.


I am Taiwanese.



Bachelor of Science, major in Geography and minor in Atmospheric Sciences. National Taiwan University.

Master of Science, Water Science, Policy and Management. Christ Church College, University of Oxford.



1. Weng, W., Luedeke, M. K. B., Zemp, D. C., Lakes, T., and Kropp, J. P. (2018) Aerial and surface rivers: downwind impacts on water availability from land use changes in Amazonia, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 911-927,

2. Weng, W. (2014) Modelling Power over Wetland Dynamics – Validation of the JULES Model’s Performance in Simulating Wetlands Changes in the Ob River Basin, University of Oxford Master of Science dissertation.

3. Weng, W. (2012) Temporal and spatial signal variations of chemical weathering: lithologic controls of water chemistry in Daan River, National Science Coucil Project Reports.

3. Weng W. (2012) A look at the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (AMO) and Asian Summer Monsoon, Consortium for Climate Change Study poster.

3. Weng, W., Lee, T. Y. and Huang, J. C. (2012) Chemical weathering and lithologic controls on a mountainous river water chemistry: Liwu River in the Taiwan orogen. AOGS – AGU (Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting) Joint Assembly. 13 to 17 August 2012 Singapore.



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