Prof. Song Yang received his B.S. degree (equivalent) and M.S. degree from the Sun Yat-sen University in 1978 and 1982, respectively. After receiving his Ph.D. degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1990, he worked at the Atmospheric and Environmental Research, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the United States. In January 2013, he gave up a permanent position with the U.S. federal government and joined the Sun Yat-sen University as a professor of the China National Program of Recruitment of Global Experts.

Before joining the Sun Yat-sen University, Song Yang was the Director of the U.S. National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) International Monsoon Forecaster Training Desk, Lead of the Global Monsoon Team of the NOAA/NCEP Climate Prediction Center, U.S. Lead of the NOAA - China Meteorological Administration Bilateral Program Climate and Monsoon Group. He served as a Vice President of the Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) in USA and the president of the CAST Greater Washington Chapter, president of the Chinese American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, and co-Chief Editor of SCI journal "Advances in Atmospheric Sciences.

Prof. Song Yang conducts scientific research mainly on the variations and predictability of the earth climate. He has made significant achievements in studies of the interaction between monsoon and El Nino/Southern Oscillation, extreme climate events, ocean-land-atmosphere coupling, and climate modeling. He developed products of global monsoon monitoring and prediction, providing useful information for climate research and operation worldwide, and the Webster-Yang monsoon index has been the most popular dynamical monsoon index in the world. Prof. Yang has published more than 100 papers and book chapters, with 4400 citations (maximum single-paper citation:1046).