Inez Fung

Inez Fung

Professor of Atmospheric Science
Dept of Earth and Planetary Science
Dept of Environmental Science, Policy & Management
(510) 643-9367
(510) 643-9980
Research Expertise and Interest
global change, environmental policy, ecosystem scienes
Research Description

The climate of the Earth is intimately tied to the composition of the atmosphere and the dynamics of the underlying surface. The atmosphere and land surface exchange energy, water and other trace substances on all space and time scales. The exchange is dependent on and, in turn, determines the states of the atmosphere and biosphere themselves. My research in the past decade has focused on the many aspects of biosphere-atmosphere interaction, with the goal of gaining predictive capability of how atmospheric composition may evolve in the future.My principal tool is the fully coupled atmosphere-land-ocean-ice Community Climate System Model of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, to which we have added an interactive carbon cycle. A current research focus is the interaction between the carbon cycle and changing climate and circulation, to understand if these interactions act to accelerate global warming.

In the News

April 18, 2019

London’s Royal Society elects four from Berkeley

The Royal Society of London, the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, announced their newest fellows this week, among them four UC Berkeley faculty. The newest Berkeley fellows are U.K.-born developmental biologist Richard Harland and Australian-born chemist Martin Head-Gordon. They are joined by two new foreign members, climate scientist Inez Fung and plant biologist Brian Staskawicz. The four are among 51 new fellows, 10 new foreign members and one new honorary member.
January 15, 2014

Eel River Observatory seeks clues to watershed’s future

University of California, Berkeley, scientists will receive $4,900,000 over the next five years to study the nearly 10,000 square kilometer Eel River watershed in Northern California and how its vegetation, geology and topography affect water flow all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

September 27, 2013

Newly released climate change report reinforces need for action

The release today (Friday, Sept. 27) of Assessment Report 5, a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), bolsters the conclusions of its 2007 report that humans are responsible for global warming, and it highlights the need for immediate action to reduce carbon emissions.