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Climate Science Chair Honored As One of World's Most Highly Cited Researchers

December 17, 2018
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Xiaohong Liu, a professor in UW’s Department of Atmospheric Science and the Wyoming Excellence Chair in Climate Science, was listed in Clarivate Analytics’ (formerly Thomson Reuters) Highly Cited Researchers 2018 for the field of geosciences. This is the fifth consecutive year he has been recognized.

For the fifth consecutive year, Xiaohong Liu has made Clarivate Analytics’ (formerly Thomas Reuters) list as one of the world’s most highly cited researchers in the field of geosciences.

Liu, a UW professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science and the Wyoming Excellence Chair in Climate Science, was listed in the prestigious Clarivate Analytics’ Highly Cited Researchers 2018. Liu was listed in the “biosciences” category.

Highly Cited Researchers 2018 represents some of the world’s most influential scientific minds from 21 scientific fields. Roughly 6,000 researchers -- some 4,000 in specific fields and approximately 2,000 for cross-field performance -- earned this distinction by writing the greatest number of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as “Highly Cited Papers.”

This ranks them among the top 1 percent most cited for their subject field and year of publication (2006-2016). Only articles and reviews in science and social sciences journals indexed in the Web of Science were considered.

“It signifies the impacts and significance of the research conducted in my group at UW on scientific advances in our discipline,” Liu says.

Liu has received numerous awards and honors, including Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Exceptional Contribution Program Award and Outstanding Performance Award; the World Meteorological Society’s Young Scientist Award and its Mariolopoulos-Kanaginis Award (honorable mention) for papers in atmospheric environmental research; the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at Fraunhofer Institute for Atmospheric Environmental Research, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; and was elected into the “100 Talent Program” of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Liu also heads up a research project where he uses the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne. His project goal is to better understand the role of black carbon emitted by wildfires and mineral dust lofted into the atmosphere from arid regions on precipitation, snowpack and climate variation in the Rocky Mountains. This will ultimately lead to better climate prediction capabilities. Liu also is a major developer of aerosol and aerosol-cloud interaction schemes in NCAR’s Earth System Model.

He edits the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, and the Journal of Meteorological Research. He has served as a guest professor at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China, and Nanjing University in China, where he advises doctoral students.

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