News - 2020 - 2020
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
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.
In The News
Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020The oldest ice on Earth probably is hiding somewhere in Antarctica, because this frozen continent holds ice that's hundreds of thousands and even...
Thursday, Dec 10, 2020The 2020 season also forms part of a pattern that calls into question what even constitutes an “average” season. It is the fifth consecutive year...
Thursday, Dec 10, 2020"The cause of the ice ages is one of the great unsolved problems in the geosciences,” said Daniel Sigman, the Dusenbury Professor of Geological and...
Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020Scientists using a unique combination of capabilities at the Advanced Photon Source have learned more about how meteorites affect one of the most...
Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020Participation Schedule of Geosciences Members at the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting
Monday, Nov 30, 2020
Join Professor Laure Resplandy where she will present: "Will oxygen minimum zones expand or shrink?
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020I last wrote at the end of the Spring semester, when the students had vacated the campus and had completed the semester remotely. Summer began with...
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020Ten storms rapidly intensified this Atlantic season, some to a record degree. (Vecchi mention)
Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020
Well, it’s complicated, but a new study suggests that climate change makes some elements of destructive hurricanes even worse.
The season’s most intense hurricane hit the swampy coast between Houston and New Orleans and raced north.
An ingenious combination of satellite imaging, machine learning and stress analysis has revealed the Antarctic ice shelves that are most at risk of disintegrating as a result of atmospheric warming. (Lai mentioned)
Hurricanes that go from dangerous to deadly very quickly are occurring more often, research suggests.
When a meteorite hurtles through the atmosphere and crashes to Earth, how does its violent impact alter the minerals found at the landing site? What can the short-lived chemical phases created by these extreme impacts teach scientists about the minerals existing at the high-temperature and pressure conditions found deep inside the planet?
In collaboration with researchers at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, the University of Buffalo, MIT and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures (CMAP), with total funding of $12.96 million over five years spread over the participating institutions, will use high-...