PhD Mathematical Sciences 2013 (Monash University) - Cloud and precipitation systems over the Southern Ocean


I am a Senior Lecturer in Climate Science at the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, The University of Melbourne. I am also a Chief Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes. My research seeks to address some of the fundamental yet climatically important questions that underpin the understanding of atmospheric processes, Earth’s energy budget and water cycle: How do clouds and precipitation modulate the Earth’s climate system? What processes control the properties of clouds and precipitation? How do these processes differ geographically? I address these questions through a combination of targeted field observations, remote-sensing data (include machine learning), deep theoretical understanding and high-resolution numerical modelling. Ultimately, my work aims to harness the critical knowledge that will help improve weather and climate predictions at multiple scales. Yi's main research interests are Southern Hemisphere meteorology and cloud & precipitation physics. Her projects involve the employment of in-situ / aircraft measurements, remote-sensing (space-borne and ground-based) observations, historical observations, reanalysis data sets, and state-of-the-art numerical simulations to understand clouds and precipitation generated by the Southern Hemisphere extratropical weather systems, how they link to Australian rainfall (including extremes), and how they differ from the Northern Hemisphere counterparts (e.g. North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans). In addition, Yi has developed interests/expertise on Boundary Layer Meteorology, Air-sea Interaction, and Mountain Meteorology (e.g. orographic precipitation across southeastern Australia). She has conducted applied research in collaborations with several domestic industry partners including Snowy Hydro and Hydro Tasmania. To find out more about Yi, please visit her website: