On Dec. 10, 2019, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, director of Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, vice-president of Ocean University of China professor WU Lixin was elected Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences in 2020.
The Third World Academy of Sciences is a merit-based science academy established for developing countries, uniting 1,000 scientists in some 70 countries. Its principal aim is to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in developing countries. Its headquarters is located on the premises of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy.
Professor WU Lixin's research focuses on Dynamics of ocean general circulation, Ocean-atmosphere interaction and climate variability, Ocean turbulence and mixing, Modeling of global and regional climate system and Development of ocean observational instruments and system.
He discovered global warming “hotspots” along all western boundary currents over the 20th century and their formation mechanisms; pioneered the first successful Argo floats-based estimation to systematically unravel seasonal characteristics and mechanisms of turbulent mixing in the southern oceans; and he also pioneered the establishment of partial-coupling modelling framework to unravel causative mechanisms of climate variability modes in earth system models.