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4800 Oak Grove Drive
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Curriculum Vitae:

Bin Guan

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland, College Park, 2008
  • M.Phil., Applied Physics, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 2003
  • B.S., Atmospheric Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, 2000

Research Interests
  • High-impact weather and climate
  • Water cycle in the climate system
  • Large-scale climate variability and trend


JIFRESSE is a scientific collaboration between UCLA and JPL to improve understanding and to develop future projections about global climate change.

Professional Experience
  • Associate Project Scientist, Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California (affiliated with JPL) (2016 – Present)
  • Assistant Researcher, Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California (affiliated with JPL) (2012 - 2016)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California (2009 - 2012)
  • Research Assistant, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland, College Park (2003 - 2009)
  • Graduate student researcher, Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong (2001 - 2003)
  • Undergraduate/graduate student researcher, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China (1999-2001)

Selected Awards
  • Climate Science Service Award, California Department of Water Resources, 2018
  • Who's Who in America, 2011
  • Member, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2008
  • Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship, University of Maryland Graduate School, 2007-2008
  • Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Award, University of Maryland Graduate School, 2007
  • Research Assistantship, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland, College Park, 2003-2008
  • Postgraduate Studentship, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 2001-2003
  • Outstanding Student Award, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, 1997, 1998
  • Scholarship, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, 1996-1999

Selected Publications
    1. Huning, L. S., B. Guan, D. E. Waliser, and D. P. Lettenmaier (2019), Sensitivity of seasonal snowfall attribution to atmospheric rivers and their reanalysis‐based detection, Geophys. Res. Lett., 46, doi:10.1029/2018GL080783.
    2. Ralph and Coauthors (including B. Guan) (2018), ARTMIP-early start comparison of atmospheric river detection tools: How many atmospheric rivers hit northern California's Russian River watershed? Clim. Dyn., doi:10.1007/s00382-018-4427-5.
    3. Zhou, Y., H. Kim, and B. Guan(2018), Life cycle of atmospheric rivers: Identification and climatological characteristics, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 123, 12,715-12,725, doi:10.1029/2018JD029180.
    4. Li, J.-L., S. Lee, H.-Y. Ma, G. Stephens, and B. Guan (2018), Assessment of the cloud liquid water from climate models and reanalyses using satellite observations, Terr. Atmos. Ocean. Sci., 29, 1-26, doi:10.3319/TAO.2018.07.04.01.
    5. DeFlorio, M. J., D. E. Waliser, B. Guan, F. M. Ralph, F. Vitart (2018), Global evaluation of atmospheric river subseasonal prediction skill, Clim. Dyn., doi:10.1007/s00382-018-4309-x.
    6. Nash, D., D. Waliser, B. Guan, H. Ye, and M. Ralph (2018), The role of atmospheric rivers in extratropical and polar hydroclimate, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 123, 6804-6821, doi:10.1029/2017JD028130.
    7. Shields, C. A., and Coauthors (including B. Guan) (2018): Atmospheric River Tracking Method Intercomparison Project (ARTMIP): project goals and experimental design, Geosci. Model Dev., 11, 2455-2474, doi:10.5194/gmd-11-2455-2018.
    8. Espinoza, V., D. E. Waliser, B. Guan, D. A. Lavers, and F. M. Ralph (2018), Global analysis of climate change projection effects on atmospheric rivers, Geophys. Res. Lett., 45, 4299-4308, doi:10.1029/2017GL076968.
    9. DeFlorio, M. J., D. E. Waliser, B. Guan, D. A. Lavers, F. M. Ralph, and F. Vitart (2018), Global assessment of atmospheric river prediction skill, J. Hydrometeor., 19, 409-426, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-17-0135.1.
    10. Guan, B., D. E. Waliser, and F. M. Ralph (2018), An Inter-comparison Between Reanalysis and Dropsonde Observations of the Total Water Vapor Transport in Individual Atmospheric Rivers. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 19, 321-337, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-17-0114.1.
    11. Jepsen, S. M., T. C. Harmon, D. L. Ficklin, N. P. Molotch, and B. Guan (2018), Evapotranspiration sensitivity to air temperature across a snow-influenced watershed: Space-for-time substitution versus integrated watershed modeling. J. Hydrology, 556, 645-659, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.11.042.
    12. Huning, L. S., S. A. Margulis, B. Guan, D. E. Waliser, and P. J. Neiman (2017), Implications of detection methods on characterizing atmospheric river contribution to seasonal snowfall across Sierra Nevada, USA. Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 10445-10453, doi:10.1002/2017GL075201.
    13. Paltan, H., D. Waliser, W. H. Lim, B. Guan, D. Yamazaki, R. Pant, and S. Dadson (2017), Global floods and water availability driven by atmospheric rivers. Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 10387-10395, doi:10.1002/2017GL074882.
    14. Kim, J., B. Guan, and Coauthors (2017), Winter precipitation characteristics in western US related to atmospheric river landfalls: observations and model evaluations, Clim. Dyn., 50, 231-248, doi:10.1007/s00382-017-3601-5.
    15. Lamjiri, M. A., M. D. Dettinger, F. M. Ralph, and B. Guan (2017), Hourly storm characteristics along the U.S. West Coast: Role of atmospheric rivers in extreme precipitation, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 7020-7028, doi:10.1002/2017GL074193.
    16. Iguchi, T., and Coauthors (including B. Guan) (2017), Sensitivity of CONUS summer rainfall to the selection of cumulus parameterization schemes in NU-WRF seasonal simulations, J. Hydrometeorol., 18, 1689-1706, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-16-0120.1.
    17. Guan, B., and D. E. Waliser (2017), Atmospheric rivers in 20 year weather and climate simulations: A multimodel, global evaluation, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, 5556-5581, doi:10.1002/2016JD026174.
    18. Waliser, D. E., and B. Guan (2017): Extreme winds and precipitation during landfall of atmospheric rivers, Nature Geoscience, 10, 179-183, doi:10.1038/ngeo2894. Highlighted by Nature.
    19. Guan, B., D. E. Waliser, F. M. Ralph, E. J. Fetzer, and P. J. Neiman (2016): Hydrometeorological characteristics of rain-on-snow events associated with atmospheric rivers, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 2964–2973, doi:10.1002/2016GL067978.
    20. Guan, B., and D. E. Waliser (2015), Detection of atmospheric rivers: Evaluation and application of an algorithm for global studies, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 12514–12535, doi:10.1002/2015JD024257.
    21. Behrangi, A., B. Guan, P. J. Neiman, M. M. Schreier, and B. H. Lambrigtsen (2015), On the quantification of atmospheric rivers precipitation from space: Composite assessments and case studies over the eastern North Pacific Ocean and the western United States, J. Hydrometeor., 17, 369–382, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-15-0061.1.
    22. Jiang X., and Coauthors (including B. Guan) (2015), Vertical structure and physical processes of the Madden-Julian oscillation: Exploring key model physics in climate simulations, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 4718–4748, doi:10.1002/2014JD022375.
    23. Halkides, D. J., D. E. Waliser, T. Lee, D. Menemenlis, and B. Guan (2014), Quantifying the processes controlling intraseasonal mixed-layer temperature variability in the Tropical Indian Ocean, J. Geophys. Res., 120, 692–715, doi:10.1002/2014JC010139.
    24. Molotch, N. P., M. T. Durand, B. Guan, S. A. Margulis, and R. E. Davis (2014), Snow cover depletion curves and snow water equivalent reconstruction, in Remote Sensing of the Terrestrial Water Cycle, Geophys. Mono. Ser., vol. 206, edited by V. Lakshmi, D. Alsdorf, M. Anderson, S. Biancamaria, M. Cosh, J. Entin, G. Huffman, W. Kustas, P. van Oevelen, T. Painter, J. Parajka, M. Rodell, and C. Rüdiger, pp. 159–174, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, doi:10.1002/9781118872086.ch10.
    25. Guan, B., D. E. Waliser, T. Lee, and D. J. Halkides (2014), Influence of the Madden-Julian oscillation on the Indian Ocean cross-equatorial heat transport, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 7314–7322, doi:10.1002/2014GL061789.
    26. Guan, B., T. Lee, D. J. Halkides, and D. E. Waliser, 2014: Aquarius surface salinity and the Madden-Julian Oscillation: The role of salinity in surface layer density and potential energy. Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL059704.
    27. Guan, B., N. P. Molotch, D. E. Waliser, E. J. Fetzer, and P. J. Neiman, 2013: The 2010/2011 snow season in California's Sierra Nevada: Role of atmospheric rivers and modes of large-scale variability. Water Resour. Res., 49, 6731-6743, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20537.
    28. Guan, B., N. P. Molotch, D. E. Waliser, S. M. Jepsen, T. H. Painter, and J. Dozier, 2013: Snow water equivalent in the Sierra Nevada: Blending snow sensor observations with snowmelt model simulations. Water Resour. Res., 49, 5029-5046, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20387.
    29. 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., 118, 355-369, doi:10.1029/2012JD018590.
    30. Kim, J., D. E. Waliser, P. J. Neiman, B. Guan, J.-M. Ryoo, and G. A. Wick, 2013: Effects of atmospheric river landfalls on the cold season precipitation in California. Clim. Dyn., 40, 465-474, doi:10.1007/s00382-012-1322-3.
    31. Waliser, D. E., B. Guan, J.-L. Li, and J. Kim, 2012: Addendum to "Simulating cold season snowpack: Impacts of snow albedo and multi-layer snow physics". Climatic Change, 114, 399-400, doi:10.1007/s10584-012-0531-4.
    32. Li, J.-L. F., D. E. Waliser, W.-T. Chen, B. Guan, T. Kubar, G. Stephens, H.-Y. Ma, M. Deng, 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., 117, D16105, doi:10.1029/2012JD017640.
    33. Waliser, D. E., and Coauthors (including B. Guan), 2012: The "Year" of Tropical Convection (May 2008 to April 2010): climate variability and weather highlights. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 93, 1189-1218, doi:10.1175/2011BAMS3095.1.
    34. Guan, B., D. E. Waliser, N. P. Molotch, E. J. Fetzer, and P. J. Neiman, 2012: Does the Madden-Julian Oscillation influence wintertime atmospheric rivers and snowpack in the Sierra Nevada? Mon. Wea. Rev., 140, 325-342, doi: 10.1175/MWR-D-11-00087.1.
    35. Nigam, S., B. Guan, and A. Ruiz-Barradas, 2011: Key role of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation in 20th century drought and wet periods over the Great Plains. Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L16713, doi:10.1029/2011GL048650.
    36. Guan, B., and Weizhong Zheng, 2011: Diurnal cycle of the North American monsoon in a mesoscale model simulation: Evolution of key parameters in relation to precipitation. Atmosphere, 2, 57-66.
    37. Guan, B., N. P. Molotch, D. E. Waliser, E. J. Fetzer, and P. J. Neiman, 2010: Extreme snowfall events linked to atmospheric rivers and surface air temperature via satellite measurements. Geophys. Res. Lett, 37, L20401, doi:10.1029/2010GL044696.
    38. Nigam, S., and B. Guan, 2010: Atlantic tropical cyclones in the twentieth century: natural variability and secular change in cyclone count. Clim. Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s00382-010-0908-x.
    39. Guan, B., and S. Nigam, 2009: Analysis of Atlantic SST variability factoring inter-basin links and the secular trend: clarified structure of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. J. Climate, 22(15), 4228-4240.
    40. Guan, B., and S. Nigam, 2008: Pacific sea surface temperatures in the twentieth century: An evolution-centric analysis of variability and trend. J. Climate, 21(12), 2790-2809.
    41. Guan, B., and J. C. L. Chan, 2006: Nonstationarity of the intraseasonal oscillations associated with the western North Pacific summer monsoon. J. Climate: 19(4), 622-629.

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