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Dr. Xiaohong Liu

Professor, Endowed “Wyoming Excellence Chair” in Climate Science

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Biography

Dr. Xiaohong Liu is a professor at the Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming (UW). He is the Endowed “Wyoming Excellence Chair” in Climate Science. Before joining UW in 2013, he spent about 8 years at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, and was a senior scientist (Level 5, equivalent to University’s professor) at PNNL from 2012-2013.

Dr. Liu is an internationally-known scientist in the fields of aerosol modeling and aerosol-cloud interactions, and has made significant contributions to the understanding of aerosol effects on clouds, especially on cold cirrus and mixed-phase clouds. He is a key member of the development team of the Community Atmosphere Model version 5 (CAM5), the atmospheric component of the Community Earth System Model (CESM) which was used in the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s fifth Assessment Report (AR5). He has developed aerosol modules to study the microphysics and life cycle of aerosols in the atmosphere. He developed ice nucleation parameterizations and implemented them in climate models to investigate aerosol effects on cirrus and mixed-phase clouds. Using global and regional models he investigated effects of aerosols (e.g., mineral dust, black carbon, sulfate) on clouds and the hydrological cycles over West Africa and East Asia.

In his career Dr. Liu has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers. His work has been cited close to 6400 times (Web of Science) and 9500 times (Google Scholar), and Dr. Liu’s body of work received an H-index of 40 (Web of Science) and 46 (Google Scholar) (as of November 2017). The paper Liu et al. (2012) was featured a “New Hot Paper in the field of Geosciences” by Thomson Reuters 'Web of Knowledge (http://sciencewatch.com/articles/hot-paper-xiaohong-liu-modeling-atmospheric-aerosols)'

Dr. Liu is a guest professor of Nanjing University, China, a guest professor of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a Chair Professor (特聘专家) of China Meteorological Administration. He has won numerous awards and honors, including “Highly Cited Researcher 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017” by Thomson-Reuters, a recipient of the World Meteorology Organization (WMO) Young Scientist Award in 2001, and Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Germany in 1996-1997. Dr. Liu is a member of numerous international and national committees, including the International Aerosol Model Inter-Comparison Project (AeroCom), and has been a session convener and chair, and an invited speaker at many conferences and workshops. He is an editor of the international journal “Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics” and "Journal of Meteorological Research".

Education

• Ph.D. Atmospheric Science, Nanjing University, P.R. China, 1992

• M.S. Atmospheric Science, Nanjing University, P.R. China, 1989

• B.S. (Highest honors) Atmospheric Physics, Nanjing University, P.R. China, 1986

Research Interests

• Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation Interactions; Aerosol Direct and Indirect Effects on Climate;

• Global and Regional Modeling of Aerosol Life Cycle in the Atmosphere and Impacts on Climate;

• Development and Evaluation of Cloud and Aerosol Schemes for Climate Models;

Research Experience

• 2013.08- : Professor, Wyoming Excellence Chair in Climate Science, Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA

• 2012.01-2013.07: Senior Research Scientist (Level 5), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, USA

• 2006.01-2011.12: Senior Research Scientist (Level 4), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, USA

• 2010.12-: Adjunct Professor, Nanjing University, China.

• 2010.06-: Oversea Advisor of Ph.D. Students, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

• 2002.01-2005.12: Assistant Research Scientist (Research Faculty), Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

• 2000.02-2001.12: Research Fellow, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

• 1998.01-1998.04, 1999.10-2000.01: Visiting Scientist, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

• 1996.04-1997.05: Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Fraunhofer Institute for Atmospheric Environmental Research (IFU), Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

• 1995.04-1996.03: Research Scientist, Working Group for Air Chemistry, Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus, Berlin, Germany

• 1994.07-1995.03, 1997.06-1999.09: Research Associate Professor, Research Professor, Ph.D. Advisor (1999), Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, P.R. China.

• 1992.08-1994.07: Post-doctor, Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, P.R. China

Hornors and Awards

• Named to the list “Highly Cited Researchers 2014” by Thomson-Reuters, 2014;

• Exceptional Contribution Program (ECP) Award, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 2012;

• Outstanding Performance Award, Fundamental and Computational Science Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 2010;

• World Meteorology Organization (WMO) Young Scientist Award, 2001;

• China Meteorological Agency (CMA) Prof. Tu Chang-Wang Young Scientist Award (1st class), 2000;

• World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Mariolopoulos-Kanaginis Award (Honorable Mention, 3rd place), for paper in Atmospheric Environmental Research, 1998;

• Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Germany, 1996-1997;

• Elected into “100 Talent Program” of Chinese Academy of Science, 1996-1999;

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