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Hui Su

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-701

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Stratosphere And Upper Troposphere

Principal, Engineering and Science Directorate


  • B.S. (summa cum laude), Atmospheric Dynamics, Peking University (1991)
  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington (1998)

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 (2012-2018)
    • NASA Terra, Aqua, SUOMI NPP Science Team: Co-Investigator (2017 - 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: Co-investigator (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)

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

Selected Awards

  • Fellow of American Meteorological Society (2021)
  • JPL Edward Stone Award (2021)
  • JPL Voyager Award for coordinating the Science Visitor and Colloquium Program (2021)
  • JPL Voyager Award for JIFRESSE Work (2018)
  • 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., Wu, L., Jiang, J. H., Pai, R., Liu, A., Zhai, A. J., et al., Applying satellite observations of tropical cyclone internal structures to rapid intensification forecast with machine learning. Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL089102,, 2020.
  2. Su, H., Wu, L., Zhai, C., Jiang, J. H., Neelin, J. D., & Yung, Y. L. (2020). Observed tightening of tropical ascent in recent decades and linkage to regional precipitation changes, doi:10.1029/2019GL085809, Geophysical Research Letters, 2020.
  3. Su, H., C. Zhai, J. H. Jiang, L. Wu, J. D. Neelin, Y.-L. Yung, A dichotomy between model responses of tropical ascent and descent to surface warming, npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, doi:10.1038/s41612-019-0066-8, 2019.
  4. Stanfield, R.S., H. Su, J. H. Jiang, S. R. Freitas, A. M. Molod, Z. J. Luo, L.Huang, M. Luo, Convective entrainment rates estimated from Aura CO and CloudSat/CALIPSO observations and comparison with GEOS-5, J. Geophys. Res.-Atmospheres, 10.1029/2019JD030846, 2019.
  5. Schiro, K. A., H. Su, Y. Wang, B. Langenbrunner, J. H. Jiang, and J. D. Neelin, Relationships between tropical ascent and high cloud fraction changes with warming revealed by perturbation physics experiments in CESM, Geophys. Res. Lett., 10.1029/2019GL083026, 2019.
  6. Tian, E. T., H. Su, B. Tian, and J. H. Jiang, Interannual variations of water vapor in the tropical upper troposphere and the lower and middle stratosphere and their connections to ENSO and QBO, Atmos. Chem. Phys., doi: 10.5194/acp-2018-1010, 2019.
  7. Allen, R., T., T. Hassan, Cynthia A. Randles, and H. Su, Enhanced land-sea warming contrast elevates aerosol pollution in a warmer world, Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0401-4, 2019.
  8. Jiang., J. H., Q. Yue, H. Su, P. Kangaslahti, M. Lebsock, S. Reising, M. Schoeberl, L. Wu, R. L. Herman, F. Evans, Simulation of cloud and moisture remote sensing from a combined platform of radar and multi-frequency microwave radiometers from space, Earth and Space Science, doi:10.1029/2019EA000580, 2019.
  9. Jiang, J.H., H. Su, L. Huang, Y. Wang, S. Massie, B. Zhao, A. Omar, Z. Wang, Contrasting Effects on Deep Convective Clouds by Different Types of Aerosols, Nature Communications, 9, doi:10.1038/ s41467-018-06280-4, 2018.
  10. Jiang, J. H., Q. Yue, H. Su, P. P. Kangaslahti, S. C. Reising, W. R. Deal, E. T. Schlecht, L. Wu, K. F. Evans, A Simulation of Ice Cloud Particle Size, Humidity and Temperature Measurements from the TWICE CubeSat, Earth Space Sci., 4, 574-587, doi:10.1002/2017EA000296, 2017.
  11. 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.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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.

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