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Cheng Li

I graduated from California Institute of Technology in 2016. Now, I am a NASA postdoc Fellow. I study giant planets in the solar system. I'm interested in geophysical fluid dynamics, moist convection and atmospheric photochemistry. Currently, I am a member in the Juno team working on the inversion of the Juno Microwave radiometer data.

  • Ph.D. California Institute of Technology
  • B.S. Peking University

Research Interests
Geophysical fluid dynamics, moist convection, photochemistry, radiative transfer, numerical methods.


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Juno will fly to Jupiter and orbit its polar regions in order to understand the planet's gross size and structural properties, as well as measure Jupiter's atmospheric composition, temperature and deep wind profiles.

Professional Experience
  • Juno team member (2016 – Present)

Selected Awards
  • 2016, NASA Postdoc Program Fellowship (NPP)
  • 2015, NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF)

Selected Publications
  1. Li, Cheng, A.P. Ingersoll, F.A. Oyafuso, S. Ewald, M.A. Janssen, 2017. The distribution of ammonia on Jupiter from inversion of Juno Microwave Radiometer data. submitted to GRL
  2. Ingersoll, A.P., Cheng Li, M.A. Janssen, 2017. Kinematics of Jupiter’s atmosphere from 1 to 100 bars. First results from the Juno microwave radiometer. submitted to GRL
  3. Bolton, S.J., A. Adriani, V. Adumitroaie, J. Anderson, S. Atreya, J. Bloxham, S. Brown, J. E.P. Connerney, E. DeJong, W. Folkner, D. Gautier, S. Gulkis, T. Guillot, C. Hansen, W.B. Hubbard, L. Iess, A. Ingersoll, M. Janssen, J. Jorgensen, Y. Kaspi, S.M. Levin, Cheng Li, et al., 2017. Jupiter’s interior and deep atmosphere: the first close polar pass with the Juno spacecraft. Science, in revision
  4. Li, Cheng, A. P. Ingersoll, 2015. Moist convection in hydrogen atmospheres and the frequency of Saturn's giant storms, Nature Geoscience, 8, 398-403.
  5. Li, Cheng, X. Zhang, P. Gao, Y. L. Yung, 2015. Vertical distribution of C3-hydrocarbons in the stratosphere of Titan, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 803, L19.
  6. Li, Cheng, X. Zhang, et al., 2014. A non-monotonic eddy diffusivity profile of Titan's atmosphere revealed by Cassini observations. Planetary and Space Science, 104, Part A(0), 48-58.

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