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Curriculum Vitae:

Le Kuai

A member of the American Geophysical Union, the European Geosciences Union.

  • Ph. D. Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology (2011).
  • M. S. Atmospheric Sciences, Iowa State University (2006).
  • B. S. Atmospheric Sciences, Nanjing University, China (2003).


The Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Spectrometer

TES (Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer) is one of four science instruments aboard NASA's Aura satellite, which was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on July 15, 2004.

Professional Experience
  • Assistant Research (JIFRESSE-UCLA), NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (since 2015)
    • Developed CH4 retrieval algorithm for the prototype HyTES instrument
    • Benchmarked IPCC models using observed ozone radiative kernels
  • Assistant Scientist, Divisions of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology (2013-2015)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (2011-2012)
  • Research Asisstant, California Institute of Technology (2006-2011)
  • Teaching Asisstant, California Institute of Technology (2008-2010)

Selected Publications
  1. Hopkins, F. M., R. M. Duren, C. E. Miller, A. Aubrey, M. Falk, L. Holland, S. J. Hook, G. C. Hulley, B. Johnson, L. Kuai, T. Kuwayama, T. Lauvaux, J. Lin, A. Thorpe, J. Worden (2016): Large anthropogenic methane point sources contribute significantly to regional emissions in the southern San Joaquin Valley, in preparation for PNAS.
  2. S. S. Kulawik, C. O’Dell, V. H. Payne, L. Kuai, H. M. Worden, C. Sweeney, S. C. Biraud, E. Dlugokencky, L. Iraci, E. Yates, T. Tanaka (2016): Lower-tropospheric CO2 from near infrared ACOS-GOSAT observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., under review.
  3. Kuai, L., K. W. Bowman, H. M. Worden, K. Li, R. L. Herman, S. S. Kulawik (2016): Hydrological controls on the tropospheric ozone greenhouse gas effect, Elementa, under review.
  4. Kuai, L., J. R. Worden, K.-F. Li, G. C. Hulley, F. M. Hopkins, C. E. Miller, S. J. Hook, R. M. Duren, and A. D. Aubrey (2016): Characterization of anthropogenic methane plumes with the Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Spectrometer (HyTES): a retrieval method and error analysis, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 3165–3173, doi:10.5194/amt-9-3165-2016.
  5. Hulley, G. C., R. M. Duren, F. M. Hopkins, S. J. Hook, N. Vance, P. Guillevic, W. R. Johnson, B. T. Eng, J. M. Mihaly, V. M. Jovanovic, S. L. Chazanoff, Z. K. Staniszewski, L. Kuai, J. R. Worden, C. Frankenberg, G. Rivera, A. D. Aubrey, C. E. Miller, N. K. Malakar, J. M. Sánchez Tomás, and K. T. Holmes (2016): High spatial resolution imaging of methane and other trace gases with the airborne Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Spectrometer (HyTES), Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 2393–2408, doi:10.5194/amt-9-2393-2016.
  6. Kuai, L., J. R. Worden, J. E. Campbell, S. S. Kulawik, K.-F. Li, M. Lee, R. J. Weidner, S. A. Montzka, F. Moore, J. A. Berry, I. Baker, A. S. Denning, H. Bian, K. W. Bowman, J. Liu, Y. L. Yung (2015): Estimate of Carbonyl Sulfide Tropical Oceanic Surface Fluxes Using Aura Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer Observations, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 11012–11023, doi:10.1002/2015JD023493.
  7. Kuai, L., J. Worden, S. S. Kulawik, S. A. Montzka, and J. Liu (2014): Characterization of aura tropospheric emissions spectrometer carbonyl sulfide retrievals over ocean, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 163-172, doi:10.5194/amt-7-163-2014.
  8. Kuai, L., J. Worden, S. Kulawik, K. Bowman, S. Biraud, V. Natraj, C. Frankenberg, D. Wunch, B. Connor, R. Shia, C. E. Miller, and Y. L. Yung (2013): Profiling Tropospheric CO2 using the Aura TES and TCCON instruments, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 63-79, doi:10.5194/amt-6-63-2013, 2013
  9. Li, K.-F., B. Tian, K.-K. Tung, L. Kuai, J. R. Worden, and Y. L. Yung (2013), A link between tropical intraseasonal variability and polar stratospheric ozone, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1002/jgrd.50391.
  10. Kuai, L., B. Connor, D. Wunch, R. Shia, C. E. Miller, and Y. L. Yung (2012): Vertically constrained CO2 retrievals from TCCON measurements, J. Quant. Spectro. Rad. Trans., 113, pp. 1753-1761, doi:10.1016/j.jqsrt.2012.04.024
  11. Kuai, L., V. Natraj, R. Shia, C. Miller, and Y. L. Yung, 2010: Channel Selection Using Information Content Analysis: A Case Study of CO2 Retrieval From Near Infrared Measurements, J. Quant. Spectro. Rad. Trans., 111(9), 1296-1304, doi: 10.1016/j.jqsrt.2010.02.011.
  12. Kuai, L., R. L. Shia, X. Jiang, K. K. Tung, and Y. L. Yung, 2009: The Modulation of the Period of the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation by the Solar Cycle, J. Atmos. Sci., 66(8), 2418–2428, doi: 10.1175/2009JAS2958.1.
  13. Kuai, L., R. L. Shia, X. Jiang, K. K. Tung, and Y. L. Yung, 2008: Non-stationary Synchronization of Equatorial QBO with SAO in Observation and Model, J. Atmos. Sci., 66(6), 1654–1664, doi: 10.1175/2008JAS2857.1.
  14. Kuai, L., F. L. Haan, W. A. Gallus, and P. P. Sarkar, 2008: CFD simulations of the flow field of a laboratory-simulated tornado for parameter sensitivity studies and comparison with field measurements. Wind and Structures, 11(2), 75-96.
  15. Tian, B., Y. L. Yung, D. E. Waliser, T. Tyranowski, L. Kuai, E. J. Fetzer, and F. W. Irion, 2007: Intraseasonal variations of the tropical total ozone and their connection to the MJO. Geophys. Res. Lett. 34, L08704, 10.1029/2007GL029471.

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