Bai Yang is a micrometeorologist in the Environmental Sciences Division and the Climate Change Science Institute of ORNL. He is part of ORNL’s Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC), a datacenter which responds to data and information requests from users worldwide investigating the greenhouse effect and global climate change. Yang is also responsible for data management (quality assurance and quality control [QA/QC]) and development for the AmeriFlux Network which provides continuous observations of eco-system level exchanges of carbon dioxide (CO2), water, energy and momentum spanning diurnal, synoptic, seasonal, and interannual time scales and is currently composed of sites from North America, Central America, and South America.
Yang received his MS in applied meteorology from the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences in 1991, moving on to obtain his PhD in atmospheric science from the University of California at Davis in 2003. His research interests include CO2, energy, and water vapor exchanges between a vegetated ecosystem and atmosphere using both model and field observation approaches; design and development of algorithms that can be used in managing (QA/QC) and gap-filling meteorological and flux data; and numerical simulation of atmospheric turbulence in the boundary layer and its interaction with a vegetation canopy.
Yang is currently a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society. He has authored or co-authored research letters for such distinguished publications as Global Change Biology, Tellus, Bioscience, and the Journal of Geophysical Research.