Meet Bor-Ting Jong

Bor-Ting Jong

NRC post doc Bor-Ting Jong joined PSL’s APA and AOP teams in November 2019. Bor-Ting works with PSL researchers Andrew Hoell and Matthew Newman on "Predictability and Prediction of Droughts on Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Time Scales." Her current work probes rapid development of drought conditions over the central U.S. in spring to summer seasons, triggered by atmospheric forcing or land-atmosphere interaction on subseasonal-to-seasonal time scales. Her primary interest is to better our understanding of the predictability and model forecasting skill of North American warm season hydroclimate variability on subseasonal-to-seasonal time scales.

Bor-Ting received her Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees in Atmospheric Sciences at National Taiwan University. After that, she moved to New York City where she earned her Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Columbia University. Her dissertation focused on seasonality and regionality of El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) teleconnections and impacts on North America. She first examined the dependence of California winter precipitation on El Niños based on historical observations and a case study on the 2015/16 El Niño. Later, she focused on the physical processes of ENSO boreal summer teleconnections and their impacts on the U.S., which may negatively affect agricultural productions in the U.S.

Outside of work, Bor-Ting loves swimming, photography, and traveling, especially exploring cities, walking along beaches and snorkeling.