Singapore Government
Dr Byoung Woong AN

Dr Byoung Woong AN

Senior Research Scientist
Department of Weather Research
Core Modelling Development Branch


Dr Byoung Woong AN

Dr Byoung Woong AN’s current research focus is on high resolution regional ocean modelling over Singapore and Southeast Asia seas using NEMO. His task is to set up a model, assess its ability to model for a better representation of the observed ocean variability, and quantify their impact in climate model. This leads to a better understanding of smaller scale ocean physics and better forecast. As a physical Oceanographer and a numerical modeler, his research experience ranges from the mathematical analysis of boundary layer dynamics to the applied numerical modelling. The time scales relevant to his work range from small scale short-term meteorological phenomena to the larger scale long-term climate variability of the ocean and sea-ice. He also has experience in other science topics such as regional climate change (i.e. Mediterranean Sea and Baltic Sea), global seasonal ocean forecasting, and storm surge forecasting.


    • 2000-2004
    • PhD in Mathematics, University College London, London, U.K.
    • 1995-1997
    • MEng in Ocean Engineering, Korea Maritime University, Busan, Korea
    • 1986-1993
    • BEng in Ocean Engineering, Korea Maritime University, Busan, Korea

Working Experience

    • 2020-present
    • Senior Research Scientist, Centre for Climate Research Singapore, MSS
    • 2015-2020
    • Senior Research Scientist, National Institute of Meteorological Sciences, Seogwipo, Korea
    • 2010–2014
    • Research Scientist, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland
    • 2007-2009
    • Research Scientist, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Bologna, Italy
    • 2006-2007
    • Postdoctoral Researcher, Dalhausie University/Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
    • 2004-2006
    • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
    • 1997-2000
    • Assistant research scientist, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, Busan, Korea

Research Interests

  • Numerical ocean and sea ice modelling
  • Geophysical fluid dynamics
  • Climate dynamics
  • Sea level change

Na N., B.W. An, K. Kang and P.-H. Chang, 2020.

Development and verification of NEMO based regional storm surge forecasting system.

Journal of Korean society of coastal and ocean engineers, 32(6), 373-383.

Tedesco L., E. Miettunen, B.W. AN, J. Haapala, H. Kaartokallio, 2017.

Long-term mesoscale variability of modelled sea-ice primary production in the northern Baltic Sea.

Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., Elem Sci Anth, 5: 29., doi: 10.1525/elementa.223

An, B.W. and J. Haapala, 2014.

Changes in Baltic Sea surface temperature extremes.

Baltic International Symposium (BALTIC), 2014 IEEE/OES, vol.,1-5, doi: 10.1109/BALTIC.2014.6887871. Print ISBN: 978-1-4799-5707-1.

Klais R., T. Tamminen, A. Kremp, K.n Spilling, B.W. An, S. Hajdu, and K. Olli, 2013.

Spring phytoplankton communities shaped by interannual weather variability and dispersal limitation: Mechanisms of climate change effects on key coastal primary producers.

Limnology and Oceanography, 58(2), 753-762, 2013. doi:10.4319/lo.2012.58.2.0753. Print ISSN: 0024-3590. Online ISSN: 1939-5590