Fei Chen

NCAR Scientist

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Area of expertise
interactions of the land surface with the atmosphere; urban heat island effect; impact of large cities on weather patterns

Chen specializes in interactions of the land surface with the atmosphere. Through modeling and observational studies he teases out the influence of soil moisture, soil temperature, vegetation, urban development, and other landscape features on regional weather, climate, and the water cycle. This work improves the ability of forecasters to predict the behavior of storms over forests or croplands, or near the scarred ground left behind after a major wildfire. Chen uses similar tools to understand how fast-growing urban areas that absorb sunlight and heat up the immediate atmosphere can affect local precipitation, wind flow, and air pollution patterns.