Sukyoung Lee

Affiliate Researcher
Titles and Affiliations
Professor, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Research Summary

Lee’s research interests are on the large-scale circulation of the atmosphere, oceans and planetary atmospheres. Her atmospheric research focuses on mid-latitude storm tracks, westerly jet streams, the tropopause and the stratospheric circulation. She studies climate and climate change from the perspective of general circulation theories, specifically on how the equator-to-pole temperature gradient is maintained, and why the east-west gradient in tropical convective heating is likely to increase as the climate warms. She also studies circulations in the Southern Ocean, including the deep mixed layers that are important for carbon and heat exchanges between the atmosphere and the ocean. For planetary atmospheric research, her primary interest is the origin of the eddies and jets in Jupiter’s atmosphere.

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Recent Publications

The role of horizontal temperature advection in arctic amplification

Clark, J. P., Shenoy, V., Feldstein, S. B., Lee, S. & Goss, M., 2021, In: Journal of Climate. 34, 8, p. 2957-2976 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Two Atmospheric Responses to Winter Sea Ice Decline Over the Barents-Kara Seas

Jiang, Z., Feldstein, S. B. & Lee, S., Apr 16 2021, In: Geophysical Research Letters. 48, 7, e2020GL090288.

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Classification of wintertime atmospheric teleconnection patterns in the northern hemisphere

Kim, M., Yoo, C., Sung, M. K. & Lee, S., 2021, In: Journal of Climate. 34, 5, p. 1847-1861 15 p.

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Relationship between boreal summer circulation trend and destructive stationary-transient wave interference in the western hemisphere

Kim, D. W. & Lee, S., Jun 15 2021, In: Journal of Climate. 34, 12, p. 4989-4999 11 p.

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Toward an understanding of the structure of jupiter s atmosphere using the ammonia distribution and the transformed eulerian mean theory

Lee, S. & Kaspi, Y., Jul 2021, In: Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. 78, 7, p. 2047-2056 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Is the Stationary Wave Bias in CMIP5 Simulations Driven by Latent Heating Biases?

Park, M. & Lee, S., Feb 28 2021, In: Geophysical Research Letters. 48, 4, e2020GL091678.

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The role of planetary-scale eddies on the recent isentropic slope trend during boreal winter

Park, M. & Lee, S., Sep 2021, In: Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. 78, 9, p. 2879-2894 16 p.

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Divergent consensuses on Arctic amplification influence on midlatitude severe winter weather

Cohen, J., Zhang, X., Francis, J., Jung, T., Kwok, R., Overland, J., Ballinger, T. J., Bhatt, U. S., Chen, H. W., Coumou, D., Feldstein, S., Gu, H., Handorf, D., Henderson, G., Ionita, M., Kretschmer, M., Laliberte, F., Lee, S., Linderholm, H. W., Maslowski, W. & 12 others, Peings, Y., Pfeiffer, K., Rigor, I., Semmler, T., Stroeve, J., Taylor, P. C., Vavrus, S., Vihma, T., Wang, S., Wendisch, M., Wu, Y. & Yoon, J., Jan 1 2020, In: Nature Climate Change. 10, 1, p. 20-29 10 p.

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Rossby wave propagation from the arctic into the midlatitudes: Does it arise from in situ latent heating or a trans-arctic wave train?

Gong, T., Feldstein, S. B. & Lee, S., May 2020, In: Journal of Climate. 33, 9, p. 3619-3633 15 p.

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A Mechanism for the Midwinter Minimum in North Pacific Storm-Track Intensity From a Global Perspective

Park, M. & Lee, S., Mar 16 2020, In: Geophysical Research Letters. 47, 5, e2019GL086052.

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