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Jui-lin (Frank) Li

Dr. Jui-Lin (Frank) Li has extensive experience in global/regional coupled climate modeling and model physical parameterizations with emphasis on boundary layer, clouds, convection and radiation as well as utilizing new and emerging satellite data sets to study weather and climate to advance our model simulation and future climate projection.

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994)
  • M.S. & B.S , Atmospheric Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taiwan(1985, 1982)

Research Interests
  • Clouds, convection,precipitation, radiation, aerosol and their related interactions
  • Global climate modeling
  • Model physical parameterizations
  • Model and data comparison

Professional Experience
  • Scientist, JPL/Caltech (2006-Present)
  • Visiting Associate Researcher/JIFRESSE at UCLA (2010-Present))
  • Senior Scientific programmer, JPL/NASA, SkillStorm Inc. (2004-2006)
  • Senior Scientific programmer, NASA at GSFC, STG Inc. (2000-2004)
  • Research Associate, University of California, Los Angeles (1994-2000)

Selected Awards


  • JPL Discovery Award, 2016
  • JPL Mariner Award; "cutting edge research" JPL Global Climate Change. (2009)
  • JPL Lump Sum Award. (2008)
  • Top-ten list of NASA Aura MLS Mission Research Awards. (2007)
  • JPL Group Award. (2006)

Selected Publications
  1. Li, J.-L. F., E. Suhas, Wei-Liang Lee , Mark Richardson, Yi-Hui Wang, Jia-Yuh Yu, Tong Lee1, Eric Fetzer, Graeme Stephens (2018), The Impacts of Bias in Cloud-Radiation-Dynamics Interactions on Central-Pacific El Nino Simulations in Contemporary GCMs, ESS, DOI: 10.1002/2017EA000304.
  1. Li, J.-L. F., Y. Hong, Wei-Liang Lee , Mark Richardson, Yi-Hui Wang, Jia-Yuh Yu, Tong Lee1, Eric Fetzer, Yinghui Liu, Graeme Stephens (2017), Improved simulation of Antarctic sea ice due to the radiative effects of falling snow Improved simulation of Antarctic sea ice due to the radiative effects of falling snow, Environmental Research Letters 12(8) · August 2017 DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa7a17.
  2. Gregory Cesana; Duane E Waliser; Tristan S L'Ecuyer; Xianan Jiang; J.-L. F Li, (2017), How Clouds Affect The Vertical Structure Of Radiative Heating Rates: A Multi-Model Evaluation Using A-Train Satellite Observations, submitted to Journal of Climate.
  3. Fadnavis, S., Kalita, G., Kumar, K. R., Gasparini, B., and Li, J.-L. F.: Potential impact of carbonaceous aerosol on the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (UTLS) and precipitation during Asian summer monsoon in a global model simulation, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 11637-11654,, 2017.
  4. Min Deng, Gerald G. Mace, Zhien Wang, Frank Li, and Yali Luo, 2017, Partitioning Ice Water Content from Retrievals and Its Application in Model Comparison, JAS,
  1. Li, J.-L. F.,      Wei-Liang Lee, Duane Waliser, Jia-Yuh Yu, Xianan Jiang, Tristan L'Ecuyer,      Terry Kubar, Eric Fetzer, (2016), The Impacts of Cloud      Snow Radiative Effects on Pacific Radiative Heating Profile in      Contemporary GCMs using A-Train observations, JGR, DOI: 10.1002/2015JD023587.
  1. Li, J.-L. F., Wei-Liang Lee, Yi-Hui Wang, Mark Richardson, Jia-Yuh Yu, E. Suhas, Eric Fetzer, Min-Hui Lo, Qing Yue, (2016), Assessing the Radiative Impacts of Precipitating Clouds on Winter Surface Air Temperatures and Land Surface Properties in GCMs Using Observations, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., Accepted.
  2. Li,      J.-L. F., Y.-H. Wang, T. Lee, D.      Waliser,W.-L. Lee, J.-Y. Yu, Y.-C. Chen, E. Fetzer,and A. Hasson (2016), The impacts ofprecipitating cloud radiative      effects onocean surface evaporation, precipitation,and ocean salinity in coupled      GCMsimulations,      J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121,doi:10.1002/2016JD024911.
  1. Li,      J.-L. F., W.-L. Lee, J.-Y. Yu, G.      Hulley, E. Fetzer, Y.-C. Chen, and Y.-H. Wang (2016), The impacts of precipitating hydrometeors radiative      effects on land surface temperature in contemporary GCMs using satellite      observations, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, doi:10.1002/2015JD023776.
  2. Li, J.-L. F., D. E. Waliser, G.      Stephens, S. W. Lee, (2016), Characterizing and understanding cloud ice and      radiation budgets in global climate models and reanalysis, AMS monograph Attribute to Late      Professor Michio Yanai, DOI:
  3. Shen, B.-W., S. Cheung, J.-L.      F. Li, and Y.-L. Wu, S. S. Shen, (2016):  Multiscale      Processes of Hurricane Sandy      (2012) as Revealed by the Parallel Ensemble Empirical Mode      Decomposition and Advanced Visualization Technology. Submitted      to Advances      in Adaptive Data Analysis, Vol. 8,      No. 2 (2016) 1650005 (22      pages). World Scientific Publishing Company. DOI:      10.1142/S2424922X16500054.
  4. Hong, Yulan, Guosheng Liu, and J.-L. F. Li, 2016,      Assessing the Radiative      Effects of Global Ice Clouds Based on CloudSat and CALIPSO Measurements, DOI:
  5. Chern, J.-D., Tao, W.-K., Lang,      S. E., Matsui, T., Li, J.-L. F.,      Mohr, K. I., Skofronick-Jackson, G. M. and Peters-Lidard, C. D. (2015), Performance of the Goddard      multiscale modeling framework with Goddard ice microphysical schemes. J.      Adv. Model. Earth Syst.. doi:10.1002/2015MS000469.
  6. Li, J.-L. F., W.-L. Lee, Tong Lee, Eric Fetzer, Jia-Yuh Yu,       (2015), The Impacts of Cloud Snow Radiative Effects on      Pacific Oceans Surface Heat Fluxes, Surface Wind Stress, and Ocean      Temperatures in Coupled GCM Simulations, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., DOI: 10.1002/2014JD022538.
  7. Cesana,      G., D. E. Waliser, X. Jiang, and J.-L. F. Li (2015), Multi-model evaluation of cloud phase transition using      satellite and reanalysis data, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, doi:10.1002/2014JD022932.
  8. Shaoyue Qiu, Xiquan Dong, Baike Xi, J.-L. F. Li, (2015), Characterizing Arctic      mixed-phase cloud structure and its relationship with humidity and      temperature inversion using ARM      NSA Observations, JGR, DOI: 10.1002/2014JD023022.
  9. Stephens G., D. Obrien, P. J. Webster, P.      Pilewski, S. Kato, J-L F. Li,      2015, The Albedo of Earth,      Reviews of Geophysics, DOI: 10.1002/2014RG000449.
  10. Wu, L-T and J.-L.-F.      Li et al, (2015), An      observationally-based evaluation of WRF regional climate simulations over      the Central and Eastern Pacific, JGR, DOI: 10.1002/2015JD023561.
  11. Zhang,Chengzhu, Minghuai Wang, Hugh Morrison, Richard      C. J. Somerville, Kai Zhang, Xiaohong Liu, J.-L. F. Li, (2014),      Investigating Ice Nucleation in Cirrus Clouds with an Aerosol-enabled      Multi-scale Modeling Framework JAMES,      DOI: 10.1002/2014MS000343.
  12. Li, J.-L. F., W.-L. Lee, D. E. Waliser, Justin P. Stachnik, Eric Fetzer, Sun Won, Qing Yue, (2014),      Characterizing Tropical Pacific      Water Vapor and Radiative Biases in CMIP5 GCMs: Observationally-Based      Analyses and A Snow and Radiation Interaction Sensitivity Experiment, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., DOI: 10.1002/2014JD021924.
  13. Li, J.-L. F., R. M. Forbes, D. E.      Waliser, G. Stephens, S. W. Lee, (2014),      Characterizing impacts of      precipitating snow hydrometeors in the radiation using the ECMWF IFS      global model, J. Geophys. Res.      Atmos., 119, doi:10.1002/2014JD021450.
  14. Li, J.-L. F., W.-L. Lee, D. E. Waliser, J. David Neelin,      Justin P. Stachnik, Tong Lee, 2014,      Cloud-Precipitation-Radiation-Dynamics      Interaction in Global Climate Models:       A Snow and Radiation Interaction Sensitivity Experiment, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., DOI: 10.1002/2013JD021038.
  15. Li, J.-L.      F., D.      E. Waliser, G. Stephens, S. Lee, T. L’Ecuyer, S. Kato, N. Loeb, and H.-Y.      Ma (2013), Characterizing and      understanding radiation budget biases in CMIP3/CMIP5 GCMs, contemporary      GCM, and reanalysis, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 118, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50378.
  16. Shen, Bo-Wen, Samson Chueng, J-L F. Li, 2013,      Analyzing Tropical Waves using the Parallel Ensemble Empirical Model      Decomposition (PEEMD) Method: Preliminary Results with Hurricane Sandy      (2012), ESTO Showcase 2013.
  17. Shen,      B.-W., M. DeMaria, J.-L. F. Li, and S. Cheung (2013), Genesis of Hurricane Sandy (2012)      simulated with a global mesoscale model, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 4944–4950, doi:10.1002/grl.50934.
  18. Guan, B., D. E. Waliser, J.-L.      F. Li, and A. da Silva (2013), Evaluating the      impact of orbital sampling on satellite-climate model comparisons, J. Geophys.      Res., doi:10.1029/2012JD018590.
  19. Lee, Tong , Duane E. Waliser, J.-L. F. Li,      and Michelle M. Gierach, (2013),      Evaluation of CMIP3 and CMIP5 Wind Stress Climatology Using Satellite      Measurements and Atmospheric Reanalysis Products, Journal of Climate,  J.      Climate26,      5810–5826. doi:
  20. Xian-Nan Jiang, Eric D. Maloney,      J.-L. F. Li, and Duane E.      Waliser, (2013), Simulations of      the Eastern North Pacific Intraseasonal Variability in CMIP5 GCMs,      Accepted, Journal Climate. , 26, 3489–3510. doi:
  21. Ao, C. O., D. E. Waliser, S. K. Chan, J.-L. F. Li, B. Tian, F. Xie, and A. J. Mannucci (2013), Planetary boundary layer heights from GPS radio occultation      refractivity and humidity profiles, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D16117, doi:10.1029/2012JD017598.
  22. Duane E. Waliser, Bin Guan, Jui-Lin F. Li, et al, (2012),      Addendum to “Simulating cold season snowpack: Impacts of snow albedo and      multi-layer snow physics”: Waliser, D., Jet al. (2011), Climatic Change,      109 (Suppl 1):S95–S117, DOI      10.1007/s10584-011-0312-5.
  23. Kubar, Terence L., Duane E.      Waliser, J.-L. Li, et al, 2012:      On the Annual Cycle, Variability, and Correlations of Oceanic Low-Topped      Clouds with Large-Scale Circulation Using Aqua MODIS and ERA-Interim. J. Climate25, 6152–6174. doi:
  24. Li,      J.-L. F., D.      E. Waliser, W.-T. Chen, B. Guan, T. Kubar, G. Stephens, H-Y Ma, D. Ming,      L. Donner, C. Seman, and L. Horowitz, (2012), An observationally based evaluation of cloud ice water      in CMIP3 and CMIP5 GCMs and contemporary reanalyses using contemporary      satellite data, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2012JD017640.
  25. Ma, H.-Y.,M. Köhler, J.-L. F. Li, et al., (2012),      Evaluation of an ice cloud parameterization based on a      dynamical-microphysical lifetime concept using CloudSat observations and      the ERA-Interim reanalysis, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D05210, doi:10.1029/2011JD016275.
  26. Song, Xiaoliang, Guang J. Zhang, J.-L. F. Li, 2012: Evaluation of Microphysics      Parameterization for Convective Clouds in the NCAR Community Atmosphere      Model CAM5. J. Climate25, 8568–8590. doi:
  27. Stephens G., J-L      F. Li, et al: An update on Earth’s energy balance in light of the      latest global observations, Nature, DOI:10.1038.
  28. Chen, W.-T. Chen, C. P. Woods,      J.-L. F. Li, D. E. Waliser, et al., 2011, Partitioning CloudSat Ice Water Content for Comparison      with Upper-Tropospheric Ice in Global Atmospheric Models, J. Geophys.      Res.,doi:10.1029/2010JD015179.
  29. Lee, J., Worden, J., Noone, D.,      Bowman, K., Eldering, A., LeGrande, A., Li, J.-L. F., Schmidt, G., and      Sodemann, H.: Relating tropical ocean clouds to moist processes using      water vapor isotope measurements, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 741-752,      doi:10.5194/acp-11-741-2011, 2011.
  30. Kubar, Terence L., Duane E. Waliser, J-L. F. Li, 2011: Boundary Layer and Cloud Structure Controls on Tropical      Low Cloud Cover Using A-Train Satellite Data and ECMWF Analyses, J. Climate, 24, 194–215.  doi: 10.1175/2010JCLI3702.1.
  31. Li, J.-L. F., D. E. Waliser, and J. H.      Jiang (2011), Correction to      “Comparisons of satellites liquid water estimates to ECMWF and GMAO      analyses, 20th century IPCC AR4 climate simulations, and GCM simulations”, Geophys. Res.      Lett.38, L24807, doi:10.1029/2011GL049956.
  32. Teixeira, J, et al., and J-L F. Li, 2011:Tropical      and sub-tropical cloud transitions in weather and climate prediction      models: the GCSS/WGNE Pacific Cross-section Intercomparison (GPCI), J. Geophys. Res., doi: 10.1175/2011JCLI3672.1.
  33. Waliser, D. E., J.-L. F. Li, T. S. L'Ecuyer, and W.-T. Chen, 2011: The impact of precipitating      ice and snow on the radiation balance in global climate models, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L06802, doi:10.1029/2010GL046478.
  34. Wang, C. C., H. L. Huang, J.-L. F. Li, T. M. Leou, and G. T. J. Chen, 2011: An evaluation of the performance      of the CWB NFS model for warm-season rainfall distribution and propagation      over the East Asian continent, Terr.      Atmos. Ocean. Sci., 22, 49-69, doi:      10.3319/TAO.2010.07.13.01(A)
  35. H.-Y. Ma, C. R.      Mechoso, Y. Xue, H. Xiao, C.-M.      Wu, J.-L. Li, F. Sales,      (2011), Impact of land      surface processes on the South American warm season climate, Climate DynamicsJuly 2011, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 187-203
  36. Jiang, X., D. E. Waliser, J.-L. F. Li, and C. P. Woods, 2011: Vertical Cloud Water Structures of the Boreal Summer      Intraseasonal Variability Based on CloudSat Observations and ERA-I, Climate Dynamics, DOI 10.1007/s00382-010-0853-8.
  37. Gettelman, A., X. Liu, S. J. Ghan, H. Morrison,      S. Park, A. J. Conley, S. A. Klein, J. Boyle, D. L. Mitchell, and J.-L. F. Li, 2010: Global simulations of ice nucleation and ice      supersaturation with an improved cloud scheme in the Community Atmosphere      Model, J. Geophys. Res., 115,      D18216, doi:10.1029/2009JD013797.
  38. Jiang, X., D.E. Waliser, J.-L. F. Li, et      al., 2009: Vertical Heating      Structures Associated with the MJO as Characterized by TRMM Estimates,      ECMWF Reanalyses and Forecasts: A Case Study during 1998-99 Winter, J. Climate,      22, 6001-6022, doi:10.1175/2009JCLI3048.1.
  39. Tao,      W., J.      Chern, Robert Atlas, David      Randall, Marat Khairoutdinov, J-L      F. Li, Duane E. Waliser, A. Hou, Xin      Lin, Christa Peters-Lidard, William Lau, Jonathan Jiang, and J. Simpson, 2009: A Multiscale Modeling      System: Developments, Applications, and Critical Issues, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 90(4),      515–534.
  40. Waliser, D.E., and J.-L. F. Li et al., 2009:      Cloud ice: A climate model challenge with signs and expectations of      progress, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D00A21, doi:10.1029/2008JD010015.
  41. Wu, D. L., and, J.-L. F. Li, and D. E. Waliseret al., 2009:      Comparisons of Global Cloud Ice from MLS, CloudSat, and Correlative Data      Sets, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2008JD009946.
  42. Worden, J. et al., 2009, Observed vertical      distribution of tropospheric ozone during the Asian summertime monsoon,      JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES, DOI: 10.1029/2008JD010560.
  43. Li,      J-L F, D. Waliser, et al., 2008, Comparisons of satellites      liquid water estimates to ECMWF and GMAO analyses, 20th century IPCC AR4      climate simulations, and GCM simulations, VOL. 35, L19710, GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, doi:10.1029/2008GL035427.
  44. Schwartz, M.J., and, J-L.F. Li, et al., 2008,      "Validation of the Aura Microwave Limb Sounder Temperature and      Geopotential Height Measurements," J. Geophys. Res. 113,      D15S11, doi:10.1029/2007JD008783,      2008.
  45. Woods, C.P., D Waliser, J-L F. Li,      et al., 2008: Evaluating      CloudSat Ice Water Retrievals Using a Cloud Resolving Model: Sensitivities      to Frozen Particle Properties and Implications for Model-Data Comparisons,      J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2008JD009941.
  46. Li, J.-L., J.H.      Jiang, D.E. Waliser, and A.M. Tompkins, 2007, Assessing Consistency between EOS MLS and ECMWF Analyzed      and Forecast Estimates of Cloud Ice, Geophys. Res. Lett. 34, L08701, doi:10.1029/2006GL029022.
  47. Su, Hui, D. E. Waliser, J. H. Jiang, J.-L. F. Li, W. G. Read, J. W.      Waters and A. M. Tompkins, 2006: Relationships among upper tropospheric      water vapor, clouds and SST: ECMWF analyses and GCM simulations, Geophys. Res. Lett., DOI: 10.1029/2006GL027582.
  48. Xin Lin, J.L.      Li, et al., 2006, A View of      Hurricane Katrina with Early 21st Century Technology, EOS. DOI: 10.1029/2006EO410002.
  49. Shen, B.-W., et. al., and J.-L. F Li , 2006,      Hurricane forecasts with a global mesoscale-resolving model: Preliminary      results with Hurricane Katrina (2005), Geophys.      Res. Lett., 33, L13813, doi:10.1029/2006GL026143.
  50. Li      Jui-Lin and D. Waliser et      al., 2005: Comparisons of EOS      MLS Cloud Ice Measurements with ECMWF analyses and GCM Simulations:      Initial Results, Geophys. Res. Lett..,      32, L18710,doi: 10.1029/2005GL023788,      2005.
  51. Waliser, D. E., R. Murtugudde, P. Strutton, J.-L. Li, 2005,      Subseasonal Organization of Ocean Chlorophyll: Prospects for Prediction      Based on the Madden-Julian Oscillation, Geoph. Res. Lett., 32, L23602, doi:10.1029/2005GL024300.
  52. Li,      Jui-Lin F., Martin K., J. D.      Farrara and R. Mechoso, 2002:      The Impact of the Improvement of optical properties of stratocumulus      clouds in the UCLA AGCM, Mon. Wea.      Rev., 130, 1433-1441.      
  53. Wang, F.-J. and      J-L. F. Li, 2002: Improved      Shallow Cumulus Process In The Central Weather Bureau Global Forecast      System, Meteorological Bulletin, Vol. 44  No.4, 1-23

 PhD Thesis:Li, Jui-Lin F., 1994: On Shallow Cumulus Parameterization Schemes for General Circulation Model Planetary Boundary Layers, PhD thesis, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.


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