Wei Weng

Wei Weng 翁葳 (Dr. rer. nat)

Research Interest: Aerial rivers, Land-atmosphere interactions, Water resources, Land surface processes, Natural Disasters
Research Interest: Aerial rivers, Land-atmosphere interactions, Water resources, Land surface processes, Natural Disasters
Wei Weng 翁葳 (Dr. rer. nat)

Research Domain II: Climate Impacts & Vulnerabilities (RD2)

Research Area: Climate Change and Development (CCD)

Project, 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 work at PIK resides in the SUSA project. This project provides sustainable development options and land use based alternatives to enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation capacities. It focuses on the Amazon region and the surrounding areas. 

My own research project investigates land use change and its potential feedback to the regional climate through the aerial river process. The aerial rivers are the preferential pathways of moisture flows, they connect regions across administrative and topographic boundaries. In my PhD thesis I have discussed how aerial rivers can be integrated into current regimes of land and water management.  

My approach is both quantitative and qualitative. While I specialize in land/atmospheric modelling, I am also able to discuss societal transition using social scientific method of the multi-level perspective.  


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.

PhD in Geography. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.



1. Weng, W., Becker, S. L., Luedeke, M. K. B., and Lakes, T. (2020) Landscape matters: insights from the impact of mega-droughts on Colombia's energy transitionEnvironmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 36, 1-16, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2020.04.003.

2. Weng, W. (2020) Aerial river management for future water in the context of land use change in Amazonia, Doctoral thesis of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. https://doi.org/10.18452/21097.

3. Weng, W., Costa, L., Luedeke, M. K. B. and Zemp, D. C. (2019) Aerial river management by smart cross-border reforestation, Land Use Policy, 84, 105-113, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.03.010.

4. 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, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-911-2018

5. 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.

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




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