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Bin Guan

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 233-300

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Aerosols And Clouds

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  • 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

Professional Experience

  • Project Scientist (2020–Present), Associate Project Scientist (2016–2020), Assistant Researcher (2012–2016), Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (2012–Present)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (2009–2012)
  • Research Associate (January–February 2009), Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellow (2007–2008), Research Assistant (2003–2008), Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland, College Park (2003–2009)
  • Graduate Researcher, Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong (2001–2003)

Research Interests

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

Selected Awards

  • Outstanding Reviewer, American Geophysical Union, 2020
  • Top Downloaded Paper, Geophysical Research Letters, 2020
  • Climate Science Service Award, California Department of Water Resources, 2018
  • Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship, University of Maryland, College Park, 2007–2008
  • Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Award, University of Maryland, College Park, 2007
  • Research Assistantship, University of Maryland, College Park, 2003–2008
  • Postgraduate Studentship, City University of Hong Kong, 2001–2003
  • People’s Scholarship, Nanjing University, 1996–1999

Selected Publications

  1. Zhang, P., G. Chen, M. Ting, L. Ruby Leung, B. Guan, and L. Li (2023), More frequent atmospheric rivers slow the seasonal recovery of Arctic sea ice, Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/s41558-023-01599-3.
  2. Guan, B., D. E. Waliser, and F. M. Ralph (2023), Global application of the atmospheric river scale, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 128, e2022JD037180, doi:10.1029/2022JD037180.
  3. Wang, J., M. J. DeFlorio, B. Guan, and C. M. Castellano (2023), Seasonality of MJO impacts on precipitation extremes over the western United States, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 24, 151–166, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-22-0089.1.
  4. Lee, S. H., L. M. Polvani, and B. Guan (2022), Modulation of atmospheric rivers by the Arctic stratospheric polar vortex, Geophysical Research Letters, 49, e2022GL100381, doi: 10.1029/2022GL100381.
  5. Sengupta, A., D. E. Waliser, E. C. Massoud, B. Guan, C. Raymond, and H. Lee (2022), Representation of atmospheric water budget and uncertainty quantification of future changes in CMIP6 for the seven U.S. National Climate Assessment regions, Journal of Climate, 35, 3635–3658, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-22-0114.1.
  6. Kim, S., L. R. Leung, B. Guan, and J. C. H. Chiang (2022), Atmospheric river representation in the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) version 1.0, Geoscientific Model Development, 15, 5461–5480, doi:10.5194/gmd-15-5461-2022.
  7. Chakraborty, S., B. Guan, D. E. Waliser, and A. M. da Silva (2022), Aerosol atmospheric rivers: climatology, event characteristics, and detection algorithm sensitivities, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 22, 8175–8195, doi:10.5194/acp-22-8175-2022.
  8. Raymond, C., D. Waliser, B. Guan, H. Lee, P. Loikith, E. Massoud, A. Sengupta, D. Singh, and A. Wootten (2022), Regional and elevational patterns of extreme heat stress change in the US, Environmental Research Letters, 17, 064046, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ac7343.
  9. Collow, A. B. M., C. A. Shields, B. Guan, S. Kim, J. M. Lora, E. E. McClenny, et al. (2022), An overview of ARTMIP's Tier 2 Reanalysis Intercomparison: Uncertainty in the detection of atmospheric rivers and their associated precipitation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 127, e2021JD036155, doi:10.1029/2021JD036155.
  10. O’Brien, T. A., and Coauthors (including B. Guan) (2022), Increases in future AR count and size: Overview of the ARTMIP Tier 2 CMIP5/6 experiment, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 127, e2021JD036013, doi:10.1029/2021JD036013.
  11. Francis, D., R. Fonseca, N. Nelli, D. Bozkurt, G. Picard, and B. Guan (2022), Atmospheric rivers drive exceptional Saharan dust transport towards Europe, Atmospheric Research, 266, 105959, doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2021.105959.
  12. Prince, H. D., P. B. Gibson, M. J. DeFlorio, T. W. Corringham, A. Cobb, B. Guan, F. M. Ralph, and D. E. Waliser (2021), Genesis locations of the costliest atmospheric rivers impacting the western United States, Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL093947, doi:10.1029/2021GL093947.
  13. Ryu, Y., H. Moon, J. Kim, T.-J. Kim, K.-O. Boo, B. Guan, et al. (2021), A multi-inventory ensemble analysis of the effects of atmospheric rivers on precipitation and streamflow in the Namgang-dam basin in Korea, Water Resources Research, 57, e2021WR030058, doi:10.1029/2021WR030058.
  14. Guan, B., D. E. Waliser, and F. M. Ralph (2020), A multimodel evaluation of the water vapor budget in atmospheric rivers, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1472, 139–154, doi:10.1111/nyas.14368.
  15. Guan, B., and D. E. Waliser (2019), Tracking atmospheric rivers globally: Spatial distributions and temporal evolution of life cycle characteristics, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 124, 12523–12552, doi:10.1029/2019JD031205.
  16. Guan, B., D. E. Waliser, and F. M. Ralph (2018), An intercomparison 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, Special Collection on Modern-Era Retrospective analysis for Research and Applications version 2 (MERRA-2).
  17. Guan, B., and D. E. Waliser (2017), Atmospheric rivers in 20 year weather and climate simulations: A multimodel, global evaluation, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122, 5556–5581, doi:10.1002/2016JD026174.
  18. 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, Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 2964–2973, doi:10.1002/2016GL067978.
  19. Guan, B., and D. E. Waliser (2015), Detection of atmospheric rivers: Evaluation and application of an algorithm for global studies, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 120, 12514–12535, doi:10.1002/2015JD024257.
  20. 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, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 7314–7322, doi:10.1002/2014GL061789.
  21. 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, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 2858–2869, doi:10.1002/2014GL059704.
  22. 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 Resources Research, 49, 6731–6743, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20537.
  23. 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 Resources Research, 49, 5029–5046, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20387.
  24. 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, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118, 355–369, doi:10.1029/2012JD018590.
  25. 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? Monthly Weather Review, 140, 325–342, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-11-00087.1.
  26. Guan, B., and W. 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, doi:10.3390/atmos2020057.
  27. 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, Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L20401, doi:10.1029/2010GL044696.
  28. Guan, B., and S. Nigam (2009), Analysis of Atlantic SST variability factoring interbasin links and the secular trend: clarified structure of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, Journal of Climate, 22, 4228–4240, doi:10.1175/2009JCLI2921.1.
  29. Guan, B., and S. Nigam (2008), Pacific sea surface temperatures in the twentieth century: An evolution-centric analysis of variability and trend, Journal of Climate, 21, 2790–2809, doi:10.1175/2007JCLI2076.1.
  30. Guan, B., and J. C. L. Chan (2006), Nonstationarity of the intraseasonal oscillations associated with the western North Pacific summer monsoon, Journal of Climate, 19, 622–629, doi:10.1175/JCLI3661.1.