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Ching-Yao Lai, Assistant Professor of Geosciences and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS)

Research Summary:  Lai studies fundamental questions in fluid dynamics, climate science, and geophysics by integrating physical and machine-learned models with both experimental and observational data. Her research addresses challenges facing the world, such as advancing our scientific knowledge of ice dynamics under climate change.  Lai uses mathematical models, experiments, simulations, and machine learning tools to study the complex interactions between fluids and elasticity and their interfacial dynamics, such as multiphase flows, flows in deformable structures, and cracks. In particular, her recent work combines deep-learning and physics-based models to predict the disintegration of ice shelves in a warming climate.

Group: Lai Research Group


Yao Lai, Assistant Professor of Geosciences
Assistant Professor Ching-Yao Lai

Biography: Ching-Yao Lai is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed in Geoscience (GEO) and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS). She is also an Associated Faculty of the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) and Affiliated Faculty of the Program in Statistics and Machine Learning (SML) at Princeton University. Yao did her undergraduate study (2013) in Physics at National Taiwan University, Ph.D. (2018) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at Princeton University, and postdoctoral research in earth science at Lamont Earth Observatory at Columbia University. She grew up in Taiwan.

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Tuesday, Sep 7, 2021
Climate scientist Curtis Deutsch, whose work focuses on understanding interactions between climate and ecosystems, has joined the Princeton faculty as a Professor of Geosciences and the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI).
Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021
by Denise Chow, NBC News
Climate change is altering some of the atmospheric and ocean dynamics that power hurricanes. That doesn't mean more hurricanes — but it does mean more dangerous ones. Professor of Geosciences, Director (HMEI) and Deputy Directory (CIMES) Gabriel Vecchi makes a clear and concise statement about storm intensification going forward.
Friday, Aug 27, 2021
by Lauren Rosenthal, The Water Main
Perhaps no place has endured more than Lake Charles, Louisiana. Gabriel Vecchi, a professor of geosciences and director of the High Meadows Environmental Institute at Princeton University, said what happened to Lake Charles offers important lessons. (AUDIO INCLUDED)
Monday, Aug 23, 2021
by Steven Pilon, Microbites, ScienceBites.org
Nitrogen is the main constituent of all life, being essential for e.g. proteins and DNA. Despite its abundance on earth, nitrogen supply is a growth-limiting factor for most life forms. Graduate Student Katja Luxem and colleagues set out to find answers on bacteria and archaea relationships to nitrogen supplies.
Friday, Aug 20, 2021
Water “blisters” trapped beneath the thick interior of Greenland’s ice sheet could provide critical insight into the hydrological network coursing deep below Earth’s second largest body of ice — and how it might be destabilized by climate change, according to a new study. (Lai mention)