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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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Thursday, Jun 8, 2017
Princeton and Rutgers researchers have found that climate-related sea-level rise is expected to cause more severe floods in some regions of the country and less severe floods than predicted in other regions of the country.
Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017
Princeton’s environmental-science programs are about to get a big boost. Officials announced in April that the University is moving forward with plans for a new building for environmental studies and more resources for ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB), geosciences, and the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI).
Monday, Jun 5, 2017
Congratulations to Geosciences' Senior Class of 2017 and to the 2016-2017 Geosciences/AOS Ph.D. Recipients
Thursday, May 25, 2017
A video from Professors S. George Philander and Mark A. Cane of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory on how they untangled the complex forces that drive El Niño, the world’s most powerful weather cycle. Both professors won the 2017 Vetlesen Prize for achievement in earth sciences this past April.
Monday, May 22, 2017
New evidence suggests that a nutrient that is both essential to life and an environmental scourge when present in large quantities is increasing in the open ocean, according to a new study published May 19 in the journal "Science." The increase of this nutrient, known as “fixed” nitrogen, was studied in coral. The findings give researchers new...

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