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John C. H. Chiang's Publications

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  1. Ocean Circulation: Mechanisms and Impacts.  Andreas Schmittner, John C. H. Chiang, and Sidney Hemming, Eds. Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 173, 304 pages, 2007, ISBN 13: 978-0-87590-438-2.

Submitted/ Revised/ In Press

  1. Vizcaino, M, S Rupper, and JCH Chiang: ”Permanent El Niño” and the onset of Northern Hemisphere glaciations: mechanism and comparison with other hypotheses.  In revision. Paleoceanography, Mar 2009.
  2. Park, H.-S., J. C H. Chiang, B. R. Lintner, and G. J. Zhang, The delayed effect of major El Nino events on Indian monsoon rainfall. Revised for Journal of Climate, May 2009.
  3. Mölg, T., J.C.H. Chiang, A. Gohm, N.J. Cullen, and G. Kaser (2008): Temporal precipitation variability versus altitude on a tropical high mountain: Observations and mesoscale atmospheric modeling. In press for Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 2009.


  1. Chiang, J. C. H.  The Tropics in Paleoclimate.  In Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, pp263-297, v37, 2009, eds. R. Jeanloz and K. H. Freeman, Annual Reviews, Palo Alto, CA
  2. Chiang, J. C. H., Y. Fang, and P. Chang: Pacific Climate Change and ENSO activity in the Mid-Holocene. Journal of Climate, v22, pp 923-939. DOI: 10.1175/2008JCLI2644.1  (Feb 2009)


  1. Chiang, J. C. H. and K. M. Cuffey: A simpler interpretation for high-resolution Greenland Ice Core Data.  E-letter comment on Steffensen et al. (2008) to Science, 25 November 2008.
  2. Chiang, J.C.H., Y. Fang, and P. Chang: The interhemispheric thermal gradient and tropical Pacific climate. Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L14704, doi:10.1029/2008GL034166
  3. Fang, Y, J. C. H. Chiang, and P. Chang: Variation of mean sea surface temperature and modulation of El Niño-Southern Oscillation variance during the past 150 years.  Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L14709, doi:10.1029/2008GL033761, 2008
  4. Lambert, F. H., A. Stine, N. Y. Krakauer, and J. C. H. Chiang: How much will precipitation   increase with global warming?  EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, 69, number 21, 20 May 2008
  5. Chiang, J. C. H., W. Cheng, and C. M. Bitz: Fast teleconnections to the tropical Atlantic sector from Atlantic thermohaline adjustment.  Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L07704, doi:10.1029/2008GL033292 (2008)


  1. Chang, P., L. Zhang, R. Saravanan, D.J. Vimont, J.C.H. Chiang, L. Ji, H. Seidel, and M.K. Tippett: Pacific Meridional Mode and El Niño-Southern Oscillation, 34, L16608, doi:10.1029/2007GL030302, Geophysical Research Letters, Aug 2007.
  2. Cheng, W., C. M. Bitz, and J. C. H. Chiang: Adjustment of the global climate to an abrupt slowdown of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation.  “Ocean Circulation: Mechanisms and Impacts” AGU Monograph, Schmittner, Chiang, and Hemming eds,, 2007.
  3. Lambert, F. H., and J. C. H. Chiang, Control of land-ocean temperature contrast by ocean heat uptake.  Geophysical Research Letters, 34, doi:10.1029/2007GL029755, 10 Jul 2007.
  4. Lintner, B. R., and J. C. H. Chiang: Adjustment of the remote tropical climate to El Nino conditions. Journal of Climate, 20, p2544-2557 (2007).
  5. Bitz, C. M., J. C. H. Chiang, W. Cheng, and J. J. Barsugli: Rates of thermohaline recovery from freshwater pulse in Modern, Last Glacial Maximum, and Future Climates.  Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2006GL029237, 2007.


  1. Vimeux, F., R. Gallaire, S. Bony, G.  Hoffman, and J.C.H. Chiang: What are the climate controls on dD in precipitation in the Zongo Valley  (Bolivia)?  Implications for  Illimani ice core interpretation.   Earth & Planetary Science Letters, 240, 205-220 (Dec 2005)
  2. Lintner, B.R. and J.C.H. Chiang: “Reorganization of the tropical climate during El Niño – a weak temperature gradient approach”.  Journal of Climate, 18, 5312-5329 (Dec 2005)
  3. Chiang, J.C.H., and C.M. Bitz: “The influence of high latitude ice on the position of the marine Intertropical Convergence Zone”.  Climate Dynamics, 25, 477-496 (2005).
  4. Chiang, J.C.H. and B.R. Lintner: “Mechanisms of remote tropical surface warming during El Niño”.  Journal of Climate, 18, 4130-4149 (2005).


  1. Chiang, J. C. H. : Present-day climate variability in the tropical Atlantic: a model for paleoclimate changes?  In The Hadley circulation: past, present, and future, HF Diaz and R Bradley (eds), Springer (2004)
  2. Chiang, J.C.H., and A. Koutavas: “Tropical Flip-Flop Connections” Nature, 432, 864-865
  3. Chiang, J.C.H., and D.J. Vimont: Analogous Pacific and Atlantic meridional modes of tropical atmosphere-ocean variability. Journal of Climate. 17, 4143-4158 (2004)


  1. Chiang, J.C.H., M. Biasutti, and D.S. Battisti: Sensitivity of the Atlantic ITCZ to Last Glacial Maximum boundary conditions.  Paleoceanography, 18, 10.1029/2003PA000916 (2003).
  2. Lin, I.-I., W.T. Liu, C.-C Wu, J.C.H. Chiang, and C.-H. Sui: Satellite Observations of Modulation of Surface Winds by typhoon-induced ocean cooling.  Geophys. Res. Lett., 30(3), 10.1029/2002GL015674 (2003)


  1. Kushnir, Y., R. Seager, J. Miller, and J.C.H. Chiang: A simple coupled model of tropical Atlantic decadal climate variability.  Geophys. Res. Lett., 10.1029/2002GL015874 (2002).
  2. Chiang, J.C.H., and A. H. Sobel: Tropical tropospheric temperature variations caused by ENSO and their influence on the remote tropical climate.  J. Climate, 15, 2616-2631 (2002).
  3. *Chiang, J.C.H., Y. Kushnir, and A. Giannini: Deconstructing Atlantic ITCZ variability: influence of the local cross-equatorial SST gradient, and remote forcing from the eastern equatorial Pacific.  J. Geophys. Res., 107(D1), 10.1029/2000JD000307 (2002)


  1. *Giannini, A., J. C. H. Chiang, M. A. Cane, Y. Kushnir, and R. Seager: The ENSO teleconnection to the tropical Atlantic Ocean: contributions of the remote and local SSTs to rainfall variability in the tropical Americas.  J. Climate, 14,4350-4543 (2001).
  2. *Chiang, J.C.H., Y. Kushnir, and S.E. Zebiak: Interdecadal changes in eastern Pacific ITCZ variability and its influence on the Atlantic ITCZ. Geophys. Res.Lett.,27, 3687-3690(2000).
  3. *Chiang, J.C.H., S.E. Zebiak, and M.A. Cane: Relative roles of elevated heating and surface temperature gradients in driving anomalous surface winds over tropical oceans.  J. Atmos. Sci., 58, 1371-1394 (2001).


  1. *Chiang, J.C.H., and S.E. Zebiak: Surface winds over tropical oceans: diagnosis of the momentum balance, and modeling the linear friction coefficient. J. Climate, 13, 1733-1747 (2000).
  2. *Orlove, B.S., J.C.H. Chiang, and M.A. Cane: Forecasting Andean rainfall and crop yield from El Niño influences on atmospheric clarity.  Nature, 403, 68-71 (2000).

Prior to 2000

  1. **Heiss, W.D., and J.C.H. Chiang: Random perturbation of systematic degeneracies and quantum chaos. Phys. Rev. A, 47, 2533-2538 (1993).
  2. **Botha, P.J., J.C.H. Chiang, J.D. Comins, and P.M. Mjwara: Behaviour of elastic constants, refractive index, and lattice parameter of cubic zirconia at high temperatures.  J. Applied Physics, 73, 7268-7274 (1993).

* = papers from graduate research

** = undergraduate research

Popular interest

  1. Orlove, B.S., J.C.H. Chiang, and M.A. Cane: Ethnoclimatology in the Andes.  American Scientist, 90, 428-435 (Sep-Oct 2002).


  1. Chiang, J.C.H.:The Intertropical Convergence Zone in Tropical Atlantic climate variability. Ph.D. thesis, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University (2001).
  2. Chiang, J. C. H.: Development of a large-scale dynamical model of the atmosphere and its application to the study of the response to surface heating at low latitudes.  M.S. thesis, Dept. of Physics, Cornell University (1996).


  1. Chiang, J.C.H., and K. H. Cook, 1997: Response of the tropical atmosphere to surface heating in an idealized GCM.  Proceedings of the American Meteorological Society 22nd conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, Fort Collins, CO,, 19-23 May, 1997.
  2. Chiang, J.C.H., G.A. McKinley and K.M. Arzayus, 2003. Mentoring: Summary report of a Working Group from the DICCRS 1 Symposium.
  3. Biasutti, M, A. Giannini, A.H. Sobel, I.M. Held, and J.C.H. Chiang, 2007: Sahel Climate Change: Workshop on Sahel Climate Change, Columbia University, New York, 19-21 March 2007.  EOS, 88, p295, 17 July 2007.

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