As AMS has moved into its second century, we face new challenges of growing societal needs for accurate and diverse weather information in a rapid changing climate. High-impact extreme weather and climate hazards are disproportionally affecting the most vulnerable communities worldwide. Integrated Earth system science has become a necessity for weather and climate research and innovation. To meet these challenges, we need to make transformative changes taking advantage in recent advancements in science and technology to provide comprehensive environmental prediction. I believe that my experiences in interdisciplinary research, education, and engagement with government on science policy through my testimonies before the House Science Committee of the US Congress over the years will serve AMS and the broader community well. If elected as the councilor of AMS, I would seek new opportunities to promote and increase diversity, inclusion, and equality in research and education. AMS can and must provide a leadership in bridging fundamental research and real solutions through enhanced collaborations among government, academic, and private sectors to best serve society and address weather and climate challenges.
Shuyi S. Chen is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. Her
research focuses on understanding high-impact weather such as hurricanes and intraseasonal
variability that affect the global weather and climate system and improving their prediction. She
studies air-sea interaction and precipitation in the tropics and coastal environment using
airborne and satellite observations and coupled atmosphere-wave-ocean models. Dr. Chen has
led national and international research programs in both field observations and coupled
atmosphere-ocean modeling. Her research group at the University of Washington has
developed a first-generation high-resolution Unified Wave Interface – Coupled Model (UWIN-
CM) to better understand and predict hurricanes, winter storms, coastal flooding, and ocean
transport in events of oil spill and other hazards. Shuyi is a lead scientist for several major field
campaigns including Coupled Boundary Layer Air-Sea Transfer (CBLAST), Hurricane
Rainbands and Intensity Change Experiment (RAINEX), Dynamics of the Madden-Julian
Oscillation (DYNAMO), Convective Process Experiment (CPEX) and CPEX-Aerosol and Winds.
She was an editor of Weather and Forecasting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)
and currently serves on AMS Fellows Committee. She served as Vice Chair of the National
Academies’ Board on the Atmospheric Science and Climate (BASC) in 2016-2019, and member
of Steering Committee for the Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space
(ESAS) in 2016-2018. She was elected the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
(UCAR) Board of Trustees in 2017. Shuyi is a Fellow of American Meteorological Society. She
received a B.C. from Peking University, an M.S. from University of Oklahoma, and a Ph.D. in
meteorology from Penn State University.