Jane Baldwin

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Joint PEI & C-PREE 2018-19
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS)
Guyot Hall 411

Ph.D., Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program, Princeton University, 2018


Jane is currently a postdoctoral research associate, jointly funded by C-PREE and the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI). She is working with Prof. Michael Oppenheimer to expand her PEI-STEP Fellowship-supported doctoral research on compound heat waves to better understand their human impacts. 

Over the past few years, Jane has worked with Prof. Oppenheimer, Prof. Gabriel Vecchi of Geosciences and PEI, and a Princeton undergraduate, Jay Dessy, to better understand how the temporal structure of heat waves will change with global warming. Their research clarified the hazard of and physical controls on compound heat waves in the present, how this hazard will increase disproportionately compared to more typical heat waves with warming, and provided a robust physical explanation for this change. Importantly, this work suggests that heat wave warning systems should be revised with global warming, especially to consider vulnerability from prior heat wave events in addition to forecasted heat waves.

Jane was born in New York City, but grew up between suburban Connecticut and hyper-urban Tokyo, Japan. Her concern about climate change was fostered by this international upbringing, as she perceived an issue that influenced all her far-removed homes. She received her B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in Earth and Planetary Sciences in 2012, with a minor in East Asian Studies and citation in Mandarin Chinese. At Harvard, she migrated from being a student environmental activist to a climate science researcher, excited to combine her interests in physics and environmental issues. As an undergraduate she worked with Professor Peter Huybers to understand dynamics of mountain glacier change since the last Ice Age.

Jane received her Ph.D. from Princeton University’s Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program in 2018, where she took advantage of both the deep disciplinary understanding of climate dynamics in NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and the rich interdisciplinary community of the PEI-STEP program. Her dissertation examines impacts of orography on monsoons, deserts, and tropical cyclones. This work was funded through her National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her research employs tools ranging from complex global climate models to simplified statistical models to diverse earth observations.

Selected Publications

L. Zhao, M. Oppenheimer, Q. Zhu, J. Baldwin, K. Ebi, E. Bou-zeid, K. Guan., and X. Liu.“Interactions Between Urban Heat Islands and Heat Waves.” Environmental Research Letters, December 16, 2017. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa9f73.

Baldwin, J. and G. Vecchi. “Influence of the Tian Shan Mountains on Arid Extratropical Asia.” Journal of Climate, July 27, 2016. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0490.1.

Chou, C., J. Jhaveri, J. Baldwin, P. Hannam, K. Keller, W. Peng, S. Rabin, A. Ravikumar, A. Trier- weiler, X. Wang, and R. Socolow. “Fusion Energy via Magnetic Confinement: An Energy Technology Distillate.” Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University, May 13, 2016.

Baldwin, J., J. Dessy, G. Vecchi, and M. Oppenheimer. “Quantifying the Risk of Temporally Compound Heat Wave Events and their Projected Change with Global Warming.” To be submitted.

Baldwin, J., G. Vecchi, and S. Bordoni. “The Ocean-Mediated Influence of Asian Orography on Tropical Precipitation and Cyclones.Submitted to Climate Dynamics.

Liao, W., D. Li, X. Liu, M. Luo, D. Wang, J. Baldwin, and L. Lin. Stronger contributions of urbanization to heat wave trends in wet climates. In review at Science Advances.