Yuan-Ming Cheng

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NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate


Atmosphere-Ocean Processes and Predictability



(303) 497-3193



Yuan-Ming Cheng is a National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral research fellow at NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory. His work focuses on understanding tropical convectively coupled circulations. Yuan-Ming's research interests include synoptic-scale tropical waves and how they interact with extratropical circulations, as well as with subseasonal to seasonal oscillations such as the Madden Julian oscillation (MJO) and El Niño-Southern Oscillation. He is also interested in high-impact events in the tropics including tropical cyclones and extreme precipitation. His current research investigates how tropical waves and the MJO modulate mesoscale convective systems and how those large-scale circulations can be useful to provide subseasonal probabilistic forecasts for extreme rainfall.

Research Interests

  • Convectively coupled equatorial waves and African easterly waves
  • Interactions between tropical waves and mesoscale convective systems
  • Tropical-extratropical interactions
  • Tropical cyclones


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, University at Albany, 2019
  • M.Sc., Atmospheric Science, National Taiwan University, 2011
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, 2009

Professional Activities

  • Co-chair Of Tropical Waves Session at the 35th AMS Hurricane and Tropical Meteorology Conference
  • Reviewer for Journal of Climate, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Monthly Weather Review, Journal of Geophysical Research, and IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, among others