Current Projects

  1. PI: Clarifying the influence of the multiscale coupling between land surface, shallow and deep convection, and large-scale circulation on the predictability of summer drought over the US Great Plains from sub-seasonal to seasonal scales. NOAA MAPP-FY17, Drought, 2017  2019.
  2. Co-PI: Sub-Seasonal Prediction with CCSM4, NOAA MAPP, CTB, 2016 – 2018.
  3. PI: Improve the Drought Early Warning Indicator over the US Great Plains In Supporting the Nation’s Resilience to Extreme Climate Events, NASA Climate Assessment Products and Indicators, 2016 – 2019.
  4. PI:Using the GoAmazon-CHUVA measurements to understand what causes the biases in the onset of the rainy season in Amazonia in climate models, DOE, 2014 – 2017.

Past Projects

  1. Co-PI: Soil Moisture Characterization for Biogenic Emissions Modeling in Texas, Quality Assurance Project Plan. (PI: Elena McDonald-Buller, Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin)
  2. Co-I: Absorptive aerosols and clouds: Application of the PNNL-MMF model and analysis of Cloudsat-Calipso, A-train, and Geosynchronous data”, NASA ACMAP, 2013 – 2016, Subcontract to JSG/Rong Fu.
  3. PI: Rainfall Extremes and Variability over Amazonia: Understanding the Mechanisms and Consequences Using Satellite Observations and CMIP5 Models, NASA Earth System Science Fellowship to Lei Yin, August 2013 – July 2016, JSG/RongFu/Lei Yin, $90,000 ($30,000/yr, upto three years or to student receive PhD, whatever comes first).
  4. PI:Develop a climate indicator in Supporting the Nation’s Resilience to “flash” droughts over the US Great Plains, NASA Indicator System Team membership to INCA12, 2013 – 2014.
  5. Co-PI: Host of UCAR-Applying Climate Expertise Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PACE). August 2011 – July 2013. matching fund from NOAA.
  6. PI: Exploring the Impacts of Climate Variations and Land Use on Interannual Changes of CO in the Tropical Tropopause Layer Using Multi-Year Aura and A-Train Measurements, NASA Aura, July 2011 – June 2014.
  7. PI: Changes in Intraseasonal to Interannual Variability of the Pan American Monsoons Under a Warmer Climate and Their Impacts on Extreme Events as Assessed. by the CMIP5 Models and Observations, NOAA-CPPA, June 2010 – May 2013.
  8. Co-PI: Impact of Droughts Related to Climate Change on Water Resources in the High Plains Aquifer, Bureau of Reclamation, 2011 – 2012 (PI : Bridget Scanlon).
  9. PI: “Changes of Rainfall Seasonality and Drought Severity over Amazonia and Their Connections to Global Climate Change NSF”, September 2009 – August 2012.
  10. PI: “Pathways for Transport of Fire Generated Tracers to the Tropical Tropopause Layer as Determined by Aura MLS/TES and Other A-Train Measurements Atmospheric composition: Aura science team,” ROSES-2007 NRA A.11, February 2009 – March 2012.
  11. PI: “Water Cycle between Ocean and Land and its Influence on Climate Variability over the South American-Atlantic Regions as Determined by QuikSCAT/SeaWinds Observations” the Ocean Vector Winds Science Team, ROSES-2005 NRA, June 2006 – May 2010.
  12. PI: “Roles of Land Surface Processes and Large-Scale Atmospheric Circulation in Determining the Transition to Warm Season Precipitation Regime and Summer Drought in the Southeast United States, NOAA Climate Prediction Program for the Americas, April 2006 – March 2009.
  13. PI: “Statistical characterization of atmospheric water vapor transports using Aura and other measurements in support of Aura model validation and data assimilation.” NASA, Aura Science Team, December 2006 – February 2010 to UT Austin.
  14. PI: “Investigating the Influences of Vegetation, Biomass Burning, clouds on Wet Season Onset over the Amazon Using Terra, Aqua in conjunction with In Situ and Other Satellite Data Sets”, Earth System Science Research Using Data and Products from Terra, Aqua and ACRIM Satellites, NASA, July 2004 – June 2007.
  15. Co-I:”Dynamics and predictability of rainy season onset and demise for South America in observations and GCM simulations,” NOAA CPPA, 2004 – 2007.
  16. PI: “Symposium to Celebrate 40 years of Climate Research. DOE, the Office of Science (BER), 2005 (Grant No DE-FG02-05ER64078).
  17. PI: “Characterize Mesoscale Convective Complex systems over Tibet Plateau using multiple satellite observations”, the Natural Science Foundation of China, 2005-2007 matched by Chinese Academy of Science for the same period.
  18. PI: “Diagnosis of the Mechanisms that Control the Seasonal Geographic Advancement and Retreat of the Rainy Areas over South America”, Office of Global Program, NOAA, June 2003 – July 2006.
  19. PI: “Diagnostics of interannual variation of rainfall over South America and its interaction with atmospheric circulation over North Atlantic”, to Division of Climate, Modeling, Analysis and Prediction, NSF, February 2003 – January 2005.
  20. PI: “Investigating the influences of changes in convection types and boundary layer clouds on intraseasonal to interannual variations of precipitation over Amazon and on the tropical upper troposphere water vapor using ESE multi-satellite sensors,” the Global Water and Energy Cycle Research Analysis, Office of Earth Sciences, NASA, 2002 – 2005.
  21. PI: “Investigating the influence of ocean and land surface vegetation on the seasonal and interannual variations of precipitation over Amazon through use of SeaWinds scatterometer data and atmospheric model simulations”, Ocean Vector Winds Science Team (OVWST) of NASA Mission to Planet Earth and Earth Observing System Science, 2000 – 2005.
  22. Co-I: “Characteristics and predictability of the extratropical atmospheric response to the ENSO cycle”, Office of Global Programs, NOAA, 2001 – 2004.
  23. PI: “What controls the seasonal and interannual variations of precipitation in tropical South America? – A combined observational and climate model study of ocean-atmosphere-land coupling for improving climate prediction”, Office of Global Programs, NOAA, 1998 – 2001.
  24. PI: “Using UARS MLS to investigate the impacts of troposphere convection and planetary-scale and synoptic waves on the lower stratosphere water vapor in the tropics and mid-latitudes”, NASA Mission to Planet Earth Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite Science Investigator Program, 1998 – 2000.
  25. PI: “The role of atmosphere-land-ocean coupling in determining clouds, precipitation and water vapor”, NASA Mission To Planet Earth New Investigator Program, 1996 – 1999.
  26. PI: “A Career Development Plan with Primary Emphasis on a Process Study of Upper Troposphere Water Vapor in Midlatitude.” NSF Early Career Development Program, 1995 – 1998.
  27. PI: “Use of Satellite and In situ Meteorological Data to Improve the Climate Predictions in the Equatorial and South America Through a Better Understanding of Amazon Convection.” Office of Global Programs, NOAA, April 1, 1995 – March 31, 1997.
  28. Co-I: “Land-ocean-atmosphere interaction: mechanisms for the seasonal variations in precipitation over tropical land”, NSF, 1998 – 2003.
  29. Co-I: “Land-Atmosphere Interactions – A Core Program in Support of Community Climate System Modeling.” NSF, January 1, 1995 – December 31, 1997