Bin Yu

Research Scientist - Theme Leader, Climate Diagnostics and Teleconnection Research

Current research and/or projects

Contributing to Environment Canada’s study of climate processes, climate variability, and climate change

  • Climate variability and change (e.g., SST variability and possible future changes on a range of timescales)
  • Impacts of Pacific SST variability (e.g., ENSO and PDO) on North American climate using observational records and Canadian coupled climate modelling outputs
  • Climate sensitivity and climate feedback
  • Atmospheric circulation and teleconnection patterns

Professional activities / interests

Research on climate variability and change, and on atmospheric circulation and teleconnection

Peer reviewer of grant proposals and scientific articles

Co-Investigator, IPY project grant award (2006-10)

Education and awards

Visiting Fellowship at JISAO, University of Washington, Seattle, 1997-99

Ph.D. Meteorology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 1993

Key publications

Yu B., and F. Zwiers, 2010: Changes in equatorial atmospheric zonal circulations in recent decades. Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L05701, doi: 10.1029/2009GL042071.

Yu B., G.J. Boer, F. Zwiers, and W. Merryfield, 2009: Covariability of SST and surface heat fluxes in reanalyses and CMIP3 climate models. Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-009-0669-6.

Yu, B. and F. Zwiers. 2007: The impact of combined ENSO and PDO on the PNA climate: A 1000-year climate modeling study. Climate Dynamics. 29:837-851.

Yu, B. and G.J. Boer. 2004: The role of the western Pacific in decadal variability. Geophys. Res. Lett. 31, L02204, doi:10.1029/2003GL018471.

Boer, G.J. and B. Yu. 2003: Climate sensitivity and response. Climate Dynamics. 20:415-429.

Yu, B. and G.J. Boer. 2002: The roles of radiation and dynamical processes in the ElNiño-like response to global warming. Climate Dynamics. 19:539-553.


Research facility

4905 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M3H 5T4


Member of American Geophysical Union (AGU) and American Meteorological Society (AMS)

Adjunct Professor, Environmental Science Program, University of Northern British Columbia