Ping Chang's research focuses on climate variability and predictability in the tropical ocean-atmosphere coupled system. His specific topics of research concern the theoretical understanding of El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and Tropical Atlantic Variability (TAV). He and his colleagues have published a range of papers on the theory of ENSO and TAV dynamics and their predictability.
Chang holds a Joint Appointment in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. He is also an adjunct senior research scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University. He has served as a committee member of the U.S. CLIVAR/Atlantic Panel, the U. S. CLIVAR-Seasonal-to-Interannual Modeling and Prediction Panel, the U.S. PAGES/CLIVAR Working Group, the Scientific Working Group for the Pilot Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic (PIRATA) and the Scientific Steering Committee ofNCAR's Community Climate System Model. He is a recipient of the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1993 and a Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M University in 2000.