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UW Professor Listed as One of World’s Most Cited Researchers

July 17, 2014
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Xiaohong Liu, professor in the University of Wyoming’s Department of Atmospheric Science and the Wyoming Excellence Chair in Climate Science, was listed in Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers 2014 for the field of geosciences.

University of Wyoming Professor Xiaohong Liu is among the world’s most cited researchers in the field of geosciences.

Liu, a professor in the UW Department of Atmospheric Science and the Wyoming Excellence Chair in Climate Science, was listed in Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers 2014.

The list includes more than 3,200 researchers from 21 fields whose scientific reports were categorized as “highly cited papers,” meaning they were in the top 1 percent by citations referenced for their subject for the period from 2002-2012. Only articles and reviews in science and social sciences journals indexed in the Web of Science were considered.

“It demonstrates the impact of my work to the community, and indicates that my research captures the interests of the community,” Liu says.

Liu is no stranger to receiving accolades for his research publications. He was the lead writer on a paper, titled “Toward a Minimal Representation of Aerosols in Climate Models: Description and Evaluation in the Community Atmosphere Model CAM5.” The paper was recognized last fall as a “hot paper.”

Essential Science Indicators, from Thomson Reuters, lists a new crop of what it calls “hot papers” in science every two months, according to the Science Watch website. Hot papers are selected for being cited among the top one-tenth of 1 percent (0.1 percent) in a current bi-monthly period. Papers are selected in each of 22 fields of science and must be published within the last two years. Essential Science Indicators are limited to Thomson Reuters’ scientific-indexed journal articles.

Because new hot papers are recent scientific contributions recognized during a current period, they may signal important new trends in research and serve as leading indicators of scientific advancement.

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 decadal climate variation. This will ultimately lead to better climate prediction capabilities.

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

Before coming to UW in 2013, Liu was a senior research scientist at the Atmospheric Science and Global Change Division of the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, located in Richland, Wash.

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