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Curriculum Vitae:

Hui Su

  • B.S. (with honors), Atmospheric Dynamics, Peking University (1991)
  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington (1998)

Research Interests
  • Climate variability and climate change
  • Water vapor, clouds and aerosol interactions and their climate feedbacks
  • Tropical convection and interaction with large-scale dynamics
  • ENSO and ocean-atmosphere interaction
  • Cloud resolving modeling and mesoscale modeling


MLS - Microwave Limb Sounder Icon MLS - Microwave Limb Sounder
The Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) experiments measure naturally-occurring microwave thermal emission from the limb (edge) of Earth's atmosphere to remotely sense vertical profiles of atmospheric gases, temperature, pressure, and cloud ice.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (2005-Present)
    • Principal, Engineering and Science Directorate (2017-present)
    • Assistant Director, JIFRESSE (2015-present)
    • Scientist/Research Scientist (2005-Present)
    • NASA Aura Science Team: Principal Investigator (2007-present)
    • NASA NEWS Science Team: Principal Investigator (2012-present)
    • NASA Weather and Atmospheric Dynamics Program: Co-Investigator (2017-present)
    • NASA ACMAP Program, Co-Investigator (2015-present)
    • NASA MAP Program: Co-Investigator (2013-present)
    • NASA CloudSat/CALIPSO Science Team (2010-present)
  • Assistant Researcher, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, CA (2001-2005)
  • Staff Research Associate, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, CA (1998-2001)
  • Research Assistant, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (1993-1998)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for Climate Sciences School Group Projects Design Team (2017)
  • AGU Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Earth and Space Science (2015)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel Team (2015)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for Aura MLS Team (2014)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award to Genesis and Rapid Intensification Process (GRIP) Team (2011)
  • NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (2010)
  • JPL Lew Allen Award for Excellence (2008)
  • JPL Hurricane Team Award (2008)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for Aura Microwave Limb Sounder Science Team (2006)

Selected Publications
  1. Su, H., J. H. Jiang, J. David Neelin, T. Janice Shen, C. Zhai, Qing Yue, Zhien Wang, Lei Huang, Yong-Sang Choi, Graeme L. Stephens, Yuk L.
  2. Yung, Tightening of tropical ascent and high clouds key to precipitation change in a warmer climate, Nature Communications, 8, 15771, doi: 10.1038/ncomms15771, 2017.
  3. Su, H., J. H. Jiang, C. Zhai, T. J. Shen, J. D. Neelin, G. L. Stephens, and Y. L. Yung, Weakening and strengthening structures in the Hadley Circulation change under global warming and implications for cloud response and climate sensitivity, J. Geophys. Res., 119, 5787–5805, doi:10.1002/2014JD021642, 2014.
  4. Lebsock, M., and H. Su, Application of Active Spaceborne Remote Sensing for Understanding Biases Between Passive Cloud Water Path Retrievals, J. Geophys. Res., 119, 8962–8979, doi:10.1002/2014JD021568, 2014.
  5. Su, H., J. H. Jiang, C. Zhai, V.S. Perun, J.T. Shen, A. Del Genio, L.S. Nazarenko, L.J. Donner, L. Horowitz, C. Seman, C. Morcrette, J. Petch, M. Ringer, J. Cole, M. Mesquita, T. Iversen, J.E. Kristjansson, A. Gettelman, L. Rotstayn, S. Jeffrey, J.L. Dufresne, M. Watanabe, H. Kawai, T. Koshiro, T. Wu, E.M. Volodin, T. L'Ecuyer, J. Teixeira, and G.L. Stephens, Diagnosis of Regime-dependent Cloud Simulation Errors in CMIP5 Models Using “A-Train” Satellite Observations and Reanalysis Data, J. Geophys. Res, 118, 7, 2762-2780, 10.1029/2012JD018575, 2013.
  6. Su, H., and J.H. Jiang, Tropical Clouds and Circulation Changes During the 2006-07 and 2009-10 El Niños, J. Climate, 26, 399–413, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00152.1, 2013.
  7. Wu, L., H. Su, R. G. Fovell, et al., Relationship of environmental relative humidity with North Atlantic tropical cyclone intensity and intensification rate, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L20809, doi:10.1029/2012GL053546, 2012.
  8. Jiang, J.H., H. Su, C. Zhai, et al., Evaluation of Cloud and Water Vapor Simulations in IPCC AR5 Climate Models Using NASA "A-Train" Satellite Observations, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D14105, 10.1029/2011JD017237, 2012.
  9. Wu, L., H. Su, J.H. Jiang, and W.G. Read, Hydration or dehydration: competing effects of upper tropospheric cloud radiation on the TTL water vapor, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 7727-7735, 10.5194/acp-12-7727-2012, 2012.
  10. Wu, L., H. Su and J. H. Jiang, Regional simulations of deep convection and biomass burning over South America. Part I: Model evaluations using multiple satellite datasets. J. Geophys. Res., 116, D17209, doi:10.1029/2011JD016106, 2011.
  11. Wu, L., H. Su and J. H. Jiang, Regional simulations of deep convection and biomass burning over South America. Part II: Biomass burning aerosol effects on clouds and precipitation. J. Geophys. Res., 116, D17209, doi:10.1029/2011JD016106, 2011.
  12. Small, J.D., J.H. Jiang, and H. Su, "Relationships of biomass burning aerosols with precipitation and cloud properties in Australia," Geophys. Res. Lett. 38, L23802, doi:10.1029/2011GL049404, 2011.
  13. Su, H., J. H. Jiang, J. Teixeira, A. Gettelman, X. Huang, G. Stephens, D. Vane, and V. S. Perun, Comparison of regime-sorted tropical cloud profiles observed by CloudSat with GEOS5 analyses and two general circulation model simulations, J. Geophys. Res., 116, D09104, doi:10.1029/2010JD014971, 2011.
  14. Su, H., J.H. Jiang, X. Liu, J.E. Penner, W.G. Read, S.T. Massie, M.R. Schoeberl, P. Colarco, N.J. Livesey, and M.L. Santee, Observed increase of TTL temperature and water vapor in polluted clouds over Asia, J. Climate, 24, 2728-2736, 2011.
  15. Jiang, J.H., H. Su, C. Zhai, S.T. Massie, M.R. Schoeberl, P.R. Colarco, S. Platnick, Y. Gu, and K.N. Liou, Influence of convection and aerosol pollution on ice cloud particle effective radius, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 11, 457-463, doi:10.5194/acp-11-457-2011, 2011.
  16. Jiang, J.H., H. Su, S. Pawson, H.C. Liu, W. Read, J.W. Waters, M. Santee, D.L. Wu, M. Schwartz, N. Livesey, A. Lambert, R. Fuller, and J.N. Lee, Five-year (2004-2009) Observations of Upper Tropospheric Water Vapor and Cloud Ice from MLS and Comparisons with GEOS-5 analyses, J. Geophys. Res., 115, doi:10.1029/2009JD013256, 2010.
  17. Su, H., J. H. Jiang, J. D. Neelin, B. Kahn, J. W. Waters, N. J. Livesey, and Y. Gu, Reply, J. Geophys. Res., D06203, doi:10.1029/2009JD012872, 2010.
  18. Jiang, J. H., H. Su, S. T. Massie, P. Colarco, M. Schoeberl, S. Platnick, Aerosol-CO Relationship and Aerosol Effect on Ice Cloud Particle Size: Analyses from Aura MLS and Aqua MODIS Observations, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D20207, doi:10.1029/2009JD012421, 2009.
  19. Su, H., J.H. Jiang, G.L. Stephens, D.G. Vane, and N.J. Livesey, "Radiative effects of upper tropospheric clouds observed by Aura MLS and CloudSat," Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L09815, doi:10.1029/2009GL037173, 2009.
  20. Su, H., J.H. Jiang, D.G. Vane, and G.L. Stephens, "Observed Vertical Structure of Tropical Oceanic Clouds Sorted in Large-scale Regimes," Geophys. Res. Lett. 35, doi:10.1029/2008GL035888, 2008.
  21. Huang, X., and H. Su, Cloud radiative effect on tropical troposphere to stratosphere transport represented in a large-scale model, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L21806, doi:10.1029/2008GL035673, 2008.
  22. Jiang, J. H., H. Su, M. Schoeberl, S. T. Massie, P. Colarco, S. Platnick, N. J. Livesey: Clean and polluted clouds: relationships among pollution, ice cloud and precipitation in South America, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L14804, doi:10.1029/2008GL034631, 2008.
  23. Read, W.G., M.J. Schwartz, A. Lambert, H. Su, N.J. Livesey, W.H. Daffer, and C.D. Boone, "The Roles of Convection, Extratropical Mixing, and In-Situ Freeze-drying in the Tropical Tropopause Layer," Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 60516067, 2008.
  24. Su, H., J. H. Jiang, Y. Gu, J. D. Neelin, B. H. Kahn, D. Feldman, Y. L. Yung, J. W. Waters, N. J. Livesey, M. L. Santee, and William G. Read, 2008: Variations of tropical upper tropospheric clouds with sea surface temperature and implications for radiative effects, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D10211, doi:10.1029/2007JD009624.
  25. Fovell, R.G., and H. Su, 2007: Impact of cloud microphysics on hurricane track forecasts, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L24810, doi:10.1029/2007GL031723, 2007.
  26. Jiang, J. H., N. J. Livesey, H. Su, L. Neary and J. C. McConnell, 2007: Connecting surface emissions, convective uplifting, and long-range transport of carbon monoxide in the upper-troposphere: New observations from Microwave Limb Sounder on Aura Satellite, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L18812, doi:10.1029/2007GL030638, 2007.
  27. Liu, C., E. Zipser, T. Garrett, J. Jiang, H. Su, 2007: How do the water vapor and carbon monoxide "tape recorder" start near the tropical tropopause? Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L09804, doi:10.1029/2006GL029234.
  28. Su, H., D.E. Waliser, J.H. Jiang, J-L. Li, W.G. Read, J.W. Waters, and A.M. Tompkins, 2006: Relationships of upper tropospheric water vapor, clouds and SST: MLS observations, ECMWF analyses and GCM simulations, Geophys. Res. Lett. 33, L22802, doi:10.1029/2006GL027582.
  29. Neelin, J. D., M. Munnich, H. Su, J. E. Meyerson, and C. Holloway, 2006: Tropical drying trends in global warming models and observations, Proc. Nat. Acd. Sci., 103, 6110-6115.
  30. Su, H., W.G. Read, J.H. Jiang, J.W. Waters, D.L. Wu, and E.J. Fetzer, 2006: Enhanced positive water vapor feedback associated with tropical deep convection: New evidence from Aura MLS, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L05709, doi:10.1029/2005GL025505.
  31. Su, H. and J. D. Neelin, 2005: Dynamical mechanisms for African monsoon changes during the mid-Holocene. J. Geophys. Res., 110, D19105, doi:10.1029/2005JD005806.
  32. Su, H., J. D. Neelin and J. E. Meyerson, 2005: Mechanisms for lagged atmospheric response to ENSO SST. J. Climate, 18, 4195-4215.
  33. Neelin, J. D., and H. Su, 2005: Moist teleconnection mechanisms for the tropical South American and Atlantic sector during El Nino, J. Climate, 18, 3928-3950.
  34. Su, H., J. D. Neelin, and J. E. Meyerson, "Tropical Tropospheric Temperature and Precipitation Response to Sea Surface Temperature Forcing," In Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction and Climate Variability.. Geophysical Monograph Series, 147, 379-392. C. Wang, S.-P. Xie, J. Carton, eds., Amer. Geophys. Union. 2004:
  35. Su, H., and J. D. Neelin, "The scatter in tropical average precipitation anomalies," J. Climate, 16, 3966-3977. 2003:
  36. Neelin, J. D., C. Chou, and H. Su, "Tropical drought regions in global warming and El Nino teleconnections," Geophys. Res. Lett., 30(24), 2275, doi:10.1029/2003GLO018625. 2003:
  37. Su, H., J. D. Neelin and Joyce. E. Meyerson, "Sensitivity of tropical tropospheric temperature to sea surface temperature forcing," J. Climate, 16, 1283-1301. 2003:
  38. Su, H., and J. D. Neelin, "Teleconnection mechanisms for tropical Pacific descent anomalies during El Nino," J. Atmos. Sci., 59, 2682-2700. 2002:
  39. Chou, C., J. D. Neelin and H. Su, "Ocean-atmosphere-land feedbacks in an idealized monsoon," Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 127, 1869-1891. 2001:
  40. Su, H., J. D. Neelin and C. Chou, "Tropical teleconnection and local response to SST anomalies during the 1997-1998 El Nino," J. Geophys. Res., 106, 20,025-20,043. 2001:
  41. Su, H., C. S. Bretherton and S. S. Chen, "Self-aggregation and large-scale control of tropical deep convection," J. Atmos. Sci., 57, 1797-1816. 2000:
  42. Su, H., S. S. Chen and C. S. Bretherton, "Three dimensional week-long simulation of TOGA-COARE convective systems using PSU/NCAR mesoscale model MM5," J. Atmos. Sci., 56, 2326-2344. 1999:

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