The General Idea:
I am interested in addressing the implications of the uncertainty that is inherent in any physical model, and examining how best to constrain and characterize these uncertainties and their effects on decision-making.
More Specifically... Uncertainty in climate model projections, sea-level rise in particular, can lead to suboptimal, ineffective, and potentially dangerous policy decisions. To avoid this, we must use the information we have available make the best possible policy decisions. This requires accounting for not only varying forms of uncertainty in model parameters and projections, but deep uncertainty - uncertainty in the uncertainty in model structure and parameters. Statistical calibration approaches allow us to constrain these models and characterize the uncertainties inherent in both the model and data, and are a critical part of any modeling effort.
I am interested in future projections of sea-level rise and their impacts on coastal defense and adaptation decision-making. This includes examining statistical model calibration techniques and extreme value statistical models. I am currently looking for students at all levels, and aim to create a research group with a diversity of culture, experiences and ways of thinking. If you are interested in chatting about research, potential projects or anything, feel free to shoot me an email or stop by my office.
In the News
August 10, 2021
How global climate change is impacting Rochester
WROC-TV talks to Tony Wong, assistant professor of mathematical sciences, about climate change.
July 9, 2021
RIT mathematician uses modeling to map greenhouse gases going back millions of years
WROC-TV talks to Tony Wong, assistant professor of mathematical sciences, about Earth’s atmospheric carbon dioxide and surface temperature over hundreds of millions of years.
June 23, 2021
New math model traces the link between atmospheric CO2 and temperature over half a billion years
RIT mathematician Tony Wong helped develop a new modeling method to explore the relationship between the Earth’s atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and surface temperature over hundreds of millions of years.
October 11, 2021
College of Science team publishes paper comparing COVID testing and wastewater sampling
August 23, 2021
Two studies by Wong cited in climate change report
May 12, 2021
Wong publishes article on The Conversation
June 5, 2020
Wong named guest editor of ‘Water’