Chao Li appointed Distinguished Guest Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. Chao Li has been awarded a Distinguished Guest Professorship at the prestigious Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), a leading scientific institution in China. This prestigious award is granted for a period of three years and recognizes Dr. Li's outstanding contributions to researching future climate change and climate internal variability in response to anthropogenic CO2 forcing, as well as examining plausible future climate scenarios. The appointment underscores the long-standing and successful collaboration between Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and IAP/CAS, and should further intensify this partnership. The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology cordially congratulates Dr. Li on this outstanding recognition and is proud of his significant scientific achievements and dedication.

Dr. Li and Prof. Dr. Tianjun Zhou, deputy director-in-general of IAP/CAS, have made significant contributions to our understanding of changes in the monsoon system and precipitation patterns (Jiang et al., 2023). Their work is well-documented through publications in Nature and studies focusing on the Pacific Walker Circulation (Wu et al., 2021) and the South Asian monsoon (Huang et al., 2020). Moreover, Dr. Li has played a crucial role in fostering future cooperation between MPI-M and IAP/CAS. Since early 2023, Dr. Li has been instrumental in advancing the strategic collaboration between MPI-M and IAP/CAS through the Earth Virtualization Engine initiative. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in combating climate change by combining the unique strengths of both institutions in climate modeling and climate research.

At the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Chao Li conducts intensive research on climate-economy interactions in the research group of the Director of the Climate Variability Department. This requires an understanding of how uncertainties and fluctuations interact in natural and social economic impacts, with a focus on creating prototype scenarios that offer a more believable outlook on future climate conditions.

Distinguished Guest Professors at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics play a central role in the training of young academics. They act as mentors and actively contribute to the scientific community during their research visits to China. By participating in workshops and seminars, they promote the exchange of ideas and methods among young scientists and thus contribute to the further development of the department.

In his role as Distinguished Guest Professor, Dr. Li will focus in particular on deepening the understanding of the social and economic impacts of global climate change on specific regions. His work will make a valuable contribution to how these challenges can be better addressed, advancing not only scientific research but also the practical application of climate science.

Further information

Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP)

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Earth Virtualization Engine Initiative (EVE)


Jiang, J., Zhou, T., Qian, Y., Li, C. et al. Precipitation regime changes in High Mountain Asia driven by cleaner air. Nature 623, 544–549 (2023).

Wu, M., Zhou, T., Li, C. et al. A very likely weakening of Pacific Walker Circulation in constrained near-future projections. Nat Commun 12, 6502 (2021).

Huang, X., Zhou, T., Dai, A., Li, H., Li, C., et al. South Asian summer monsoon projections constrained by the interdecadal Pacific oscillation. Sci. Adv. 6, eaay6546 (2020). DOI:10.1126/sciadv.aay6546


Dr. Chao Li
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology