About “Ka-ming”

AD2CB6E6-0EC1-44BF-ADEF-84BFCE831C2A.jpegI am an Earth system model scientist, working as a Postdoctoral Associate with Prof. Colette Heald at MIT. Before that, I completed my Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong with Prof. Amos Tai.

My research exploits computer models that mimic natural processes and human activities within the Earth system to understand their climate and environmental consequences. Examples are:

  • Investigation of the co-benefit of intercropping, a sustainable farming alternative, to boost crop yield, reduce agricultural ammonia (NH3) emission by 45%, lower the sequential fine particulate matter (PM2.5) formation by 4.3% of the Chinese limits, and avoid more than US$13 billion of health damage costs. [Fung et al. (2019) Co-benefits of intercropping as a sustainable farming method for safeguarding both food security and air quality]
  • Modeling of soil ammonia emission to quantify how agricultural activities can influence the Earth’s nitrogen cycle and the corresponding climate impact on air quality and food production. [paper in preparation]
  • Modeling of dimethyl sulfide (DMS), the major natural source of atmospheric sulfur, to quantify the impacts of its oxidation production on aerosol formation and radiative cooling of the Earth’s surface. [paper in preparation]

In these projects, I improve and employ models such as DeNitrification-DeComposition (DNDC; a biogeochemical model), GEOS-Chem (a 3-D chemical transport model), and the Community Earth System Model (CESM).

The outcomes of these studies can help us to better understand the roles of natural and human-induced casues in air pollution and climate change, and provide stakeholders information to form actionable plans.

If you would like to know more about my research, please don’t hesitate to contact me at kamingfung@mit.edu.

“Fung” (馮) is my family name and “Ka Ming” (家銘) is my first name; both are romanized Cantonese. In a Chinese name, the family name comes first, so my birth name is “Fung Ka Ming”. In Hong Kong, our education system adopts the British model, so Hong Kongers usually have both Cantonese and English names and mine is “Victor”. I choose to use “Ka Ming FUNG” as my professional identity to express my gratitude to my parents for my birth name as well as to promote and preserve Cantonese.