Inez Fung

Research Expertise and Interest

climate change, carbon cycle, terrestrial biosphere

Research Description

Inez Fung is a professor of atmospheric science.  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. Inez Fung's 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 and climate may co-evolve in the future.  Current research is focused on the influence of lithology and subsurface water storage on tree resilience during droughts.   

In the News

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.

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.

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.

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September 24, 2021
Alexis Gravely
President Biden announced Wednesday the 30 science and technology leaders who will serve on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, a group of external advisers tasked with making science, technology and innovation policy recommendations to the White House and the president. The council includes 20 elected members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine; five MacArthur "genius" fellows; two former Cabinet secretaries; and two Nobel laureates. It is also the most diverse council in its history, with women comprising half of the members and people of color and immigrants making up more than one-third. The members include Inez Fung, an atmospheric scientist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley and Saul Perlmutter, an astrophysicist and cosmologist who is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science. For more on this, see our story at Berkeley News
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