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Professor LAU Ngar-Cheung, Gabriel (劉雅章教授)


AXA Professor of Geography and Resource Management

BSc (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
PhD (Washington)

(852) 3943-9673


Teaching Fields

Applications of analysis methods to meteorological data
Spatial and temporal characteristics of atmospheric phenomena
Climate change

Research Interests

Structure and dynamics of atmospheric circulation systems
Large-scale atmosphere-ocean interaction
Model simulation of atmospheric variability on different time scales
Regional impacts of climate change


Director, Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability, CUHK
Member, Management Committee on Geoinformation and Earth Sciences, CUHK
Member, Steering Committee for GAIA Project, CUHK
Lead Author, Working Group I, Fifth Assessment Report of Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change
Scientific Advisor, Hong Kong Observatory
Scientific Advisor, Beijing Climate Center, China Meteorological Administration
Scientific Advisor, Research Center for Environmental Changes, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Selected Publications

Clift, P. D., Lau, Ngar-cheung, Rolett, B. V., and Gibson, J. R. (2015). Report on AGU Chapman Conference "Evolution of the Asian Monsoon and its Impact on Landscape, Environment and Society: Using the Past as the Key to the Future". EOS Transactions, in press.

Lau, Ngar-cheung (2015). Heat waves over East Asia: Model simulation of synoptic characteristics and projections for the 21st century. Series on Asia-Pacific Weather and Climate. World Scientific, in press.

Lau, Ngar-cheung (2015). Model diagnosis of El Nino teleconnections to the global atmosphere-ocean system. Bulletin of American Meteorological Society, in press.

Lau, Ngar-cheung and Nath, M. J. (2014). Model Simulation and Projection of European Heat Waves in Present-Day and Future Climates. Journal of Climate, 27(10), 3713-3730.

Luo, Ming, Lau, Ngar-cheung, and Cheung, C. C. S. (2015). Synoptic Characteristics of Heat Waves over the Indochina. AGU Chapman Conference on Evolution of the Asian Monsoon and its Impact on Landscape, Environment and Society: Using the Past as the Key to the Future, Hong Kong.

Yang, Y., Xie, S. P., Wu, L., Kosaka, Y., Lau, Ngar-cheung, and Vecchi, G. A. (2015). Seasonality and predictability of the Indian Ocean Dipole Mode: ENSO forcing and internal variability. Journal of Climate, in press.

Lau, Ngar-Cheung, and Jeff J Ploshay, December 2013: Model projections of the changes in atmospheric circulation and surface climate over North America, North Atlantic and Europe in the 21st century. Journal of Climate, 26(23), DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00151.1.

Li, Y, and Ngar-Cheung Lau, July 2013: Influences of ENSO on Stratospheric Variability, and the Descent of Stratospheric Perturbations into the Lower Troposphere. Journal of Climate, 26(13), DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00581.1.

Kosaka, Y, S Xie, Ngar-Cheung Lau, and Gabriel A Vecchi, May 2013: Origin of seasonal predictability for summer climate over the Northwestern Pacific. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(19), DOI:10.1073/pnas.1215582110.

Lau, Ngar-Cheung, and Mary Jo Nath, July 2012: A Model Study of Heat Waves over North America: Meteorological Aspects and Projections for the 21st Century. Journal of Climate, 25(14), DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00575.1.

Li, Y, and Ngar-Cheung Lau, July 2012: Contributions of Downstream Eddy Development to the Teleconnection between ENSO and the Atmospheric Circulation over the North Atlantic. Journal of Climate, 25(14), DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00377.1.

Lau, Ngar-Cheung, and Mary Jo Nath, February 2012: A model study of the air-sea interaction associated with the climatological aspects and interannual variability of the South Asian summer monsoon development. Journal of Climate, 25(3), DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00035.1.

Li, Y, and Ngar-Cheung Lau, January 2012: Impact of ENSO on the atmospheric variability over the North Atlantic in late winter – Role of transient eddies. Journal of Climate, 25(1), DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00037.1.

Manabe, Syukuro, Jeff J Ploshay, and Ngar-Cheung Lau, August 2011: Seasonal variation of surface temperature change during the last several decades. Journal of Climate, 24(15), DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00129.1.

Chang, C-P, Y Ding, Ngar-Cheung Lau, R H Johnson, B Wang, and T Yasunari, April 2011: The Global Monsoon System: Research and Forecast, 2nd Edition, Singapore: World Scientific, 594pp.

Lau, Ngar-Cheung, April 2011: Simulation of synoptic and sub-synoptic scale phenomena associated with the East Asian Monsoon using a high-resolution GCM In The Global Monsoon System: Research and Forecast, 2nd Edition, Singapore, World Scientific, 493-508.

Chang, C-P, Ngar-Cheung Lau, R H Johnson, and M Jiao, March 2011: Bridging Weather and Climate in Research and Forecasts of the Global Monsoon System. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 92(3), DOI:10.1175/2010BAMS2984.1.

Lau, Ngar-Cheung, February 2011: Contributions of observational studies to the evaluation and diagnosis of atmospheric GCM simulations In The Development of Atmospheric General Circulation Models: Complexity, Synthesis and Computation, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 117-147.

Ploshay, Jeff J., and Ngar-Cheung Lau, September 2010: Simulation of the diurnal cycle in tropical rainfall and circulation during Boreal summer with a high-resolution GCM. Monthly Weather Review, 138(9), DOI:10.1175/2010MWR3291.1.

Kucharski, F, Ngar-Cheung Lau, and Mary Jo Nath, et al., October 2009: The CLIVAR C20C project: skill of simulating Indian monsoon rainfall on interannual to decadal timescales. Does GHG forcing play a role? Climate Dynamics, 33(5), DOI:10.1007/s00382-008-0462-y.

Lau, Ngar-Cheung, and Mary Jo Nath, September 2009: A model investigation of the role of air-sea interaction in the climatological evolution and ENSO-related variability of the summer monsoon over the South China Sea and western North Pacific. Journal of Climate, 22(18), DOI:10.1175/2009JCLI2758.1.

Lau, Ngar-Cheung, and Jeff J Ploshay, February 2009: Simulation of synoptic- and subsynoptic-scale phenomena associated with the East Asian summer monsoon using a high-resolution GCM. Monthly Weather Review, 137(1), DOI:10.1175/2008MWR2511.1.