Jing Wei is 2022 AGU Atmospheric Sciences Section James R. Holton Award Recipient

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College Park — Jing Wei was announced as American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) 2022 Atmospheric Sciences Section James R. Holton Award recipient. The James R. Holton Award is awarded usually to one young scientist across all disciplines of atmospheric sciences to acknowledge their outstanding scientific research and accomplishments at an early stage of career within three years of receiving Ph.D. Wei is the youngest winner of this award since its establishment in 2004 with a little over one year after Ph.D.


The Atmospheric Sciences Section chose Jing Wei because his exceptional contributions to satellite remote sensing of aerosols, gases, and clouds, and assessing the impacts of air pollution on public health.

Jing Wei pictured with his advisor, Zhanqing Li
Jing Wei pictured with his advisor, Zhanqing Li

Wei received his PhD in 2021 from the Beijing Normal University, while his entire dissertation research was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Zhanqing Li at the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center at the University of Maryland (UMD) and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. He is now a faculty research associate resuming working with Prof. Li after one year of postdoctoral study at the University of Iowa.


“While I have mentored and known many young scholars, Jing is one of the few highly productive and impactful young scholars I have known, as attested by his unimpeachable record of academic achievements at this very early stage of his scientific career,” says Prof. Li.

Wei’s primary expertise lies in satellite remote sensing, including the retrieval of ground-level particulate matter concentrations (PM1, PM2.5, PM10) and trace gases (O3, NO2), assessment, improvement, and algorithm development for global aerosol products, cloud and cloud shadow detection, as well as the effects of air pollution on environment and public health. Jing is a highly productive and impactful young scholar, whose scientific achievements at this very early stage of his career are at par with much senior ones. To date, he has authored over 50 SCI papers as first or corresponding authors in many leading journals, 6 papers being selected as ESI Hot (Top < 0.1%) papers, 11 being Highly Cited (Top < 1%) papers, with over 3000 citations and an H-index of 30.


AGU will formally recognize this year’s recipients during #AGU22 Fall Meeting, 12-16 December 2022 in Chicago, IL and online everywhere. This celebration is a chance for AGU’s community to recognize the outstanding work of our colleagues and be inspired by their accomplishments and stories.