Yongming works on the research and development of high-resolution coupled models, variable-resolution NWP models and developing novel utilizations of the UM, for example, a very efficient and high-resolution (50 metres) fog forecasting model using an idealised UM.
Yongming's main research interest is in the utilization of numerical models in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics with applications to Meteorology and Oceanography, an area in which she has worked intensively since her PhD was awarded in 1994, and in which she did all her post-graduate research work. In her current position, Yongming collaborated with colleagues in the JCMM Convective Scale Processes group, developing the Met Office variable resolution UKV model. Yongming has modified the whole of the UM dynamical core routines. With it's improved computational efficiency, the variable resolution UM lays the foundation for the next generation high resolution (1.5 km) NWP model. During this period at JCMM, Yongming has also developed a very high resolution and very efficient fog prediction model. Prior to that, Yongming worked in the Hadley Centre, working on the development and implementation of a bottom boundary layer module.
Yongming's research interest and expertise also extend to the numerical modelling of coastal oceans and estuaries, emphasizing storm surges and other mesoscale phenomena, ocean wave modelling, pollutant dispersion in estuaries.