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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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  • 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. Francis, D., R. Fonseca, N. Nelli, D. Bozkurt, G. Picard, and Bin Guan (2022), Atmospheric rivers drive exceptional Saharan dust transport towards Europe, Atmospheric Research, 266, 105959, doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2021.105959.
  2. 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, Geophys. Res. Lett., 48, e2021GL093947, doi:10.1029/2021GL093947.
  3. 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.
  4. Pagano, T. J., D. E. Waliser, B. Guan, H. Ye, F. M. Ralph, and J. Kim (2021), Extreme surface winds during landfalling atmospheric rivers: the modulating role of near-surface stability, J. Hydrometeor., 22, 1681–1693, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-20-0165.1.
  5. Jepsen, S. M., T. C. Harmon, and B. Guan (2021), Analyzing the suitability of remotely sensed ET for calibrating a watershed model of a Mediterranean montane forest, Remote Sens., 13, 1258, doi:10.3390/rs13071258.
  6. Chakraborty, S., B. Guan, D. E. Waliser, A. Da Silva, S. Uluatam, and P. Hess (2021), Extending the atmospheric river concept to aerosols: climate and air quality impacts, Geophys. Res. Lett., 48, e2020GL091827, doi:10.1029/2020GL091827.
  7. Bozkurt, D., O. L. Sen, Y. Ezber, B. Guan, M. Viale, and F. Caglar (2021), Influence of African atmospheric rivers on precipitation and snowmelt in the Near East's highlands, J. Geophys. Res.: Atmos., 126, e2020JD033646, doi:10.1029/2020JD033646.
  8. Sodemann, H., H. Wernli, P. Knippertz, J. M. Cordeira, F. Dominguez, B. Guan, H. Hu, F. M. Ralph, and A. Stohl (2020), Structure, process and mechanism, In Atmospheric Rivers, Ralph, F. M., M. D. Dettinger, J. J. Rutz, and D. E. Waliser, Eds., 15–43, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, doi:10.1007/978-3-030-28906-5_2.
  9. Rutz J. J., B. Guan, D. Bozkurt, I. Gorodetskaya, A. Gurshunov, D. A. Lavers, et al. (2020), Global and regional perspectives, In Atmospheric Rivers, Ralph, F. M., M. D. Dettinger, J. J. Rutz, and D. E. Waliser, Eds., 89–140, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, doi:10.1007/978-3-030-28906-5_4.
  10. Ralph, F. M., D. E. Waliser, M. D. Dettinger, J. J. Rutz, M. L. Anderson, I. Gorodetskaya, B. Guan, and W. Neff (2020), The future of AR research and applications, In Atmospheric Rivers, Ralph, F. M., M. D. Dettinger, J. J. Rutz, and D. E. Waliser, Eds., 219–247, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, doi:10.1007/978-3-030-28906-5_8.
  11. Kim, J., H. Moon, B. Guan, D. E. Waliser, J. Choi, T.‐Y. Gu, and Y.‐H. Byun (2020), Precipitation characteristics related to atmospheric rivers in East Asia, Int. J. Climatol., 41 (Suppl. 1), E2244– E2257, doi: 10.1002/joc.6843.
  12. Ionita, M., V. Nagavciuc, and B. Guan (2020), Rivers in the sky, flooding on the ground: the role of atmospheric rivers in inland flooding in central Europe, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 5125–5147, doi:10.5194/hess-24-5125-2020.
  13. Ma, W., G. Chen, and B. Guan (2020), Poleward shift of atmospheric rivers in the Southern Hemisphere in recent decades, Geophys. Res. Lett., 47, e2020GL089934, doi: 10.1029/2020GL089934.
  14. Arabzadeh, A., M. R. Ehsani, B. Guan, S. Heflin, and A. Behrangi (2020), Global intercomparison of atmospheric rivers precipitation in remote sensing and reanalysis products, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 125, e2020JD033021, doi:10.1029/2020JD033021.
  15. Massoud, E., T. Massoud, B. Guan, A. Sengupta, V. Espinoza, M. De Luna, C. Raymond, D. Waliser (2020), Atmospheric rivers and precipitation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Water, 12, 2863, doi:10.3390/w12102863.
  16. Slinskey, E. A., P. C. Loikith, D. E. Waliser, B. Guan, and A. Martin (2020), A Climatology of atmospheric rivers and associated precipitation for the seven U.S. National Climate Assessment regions, J. Hydrometeor., 21, 2439–2456, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-20-0039.1.
  17. Guo, Y., T. Shinoda, B. Guan, D. E. Waliser, and E. K. M. Chang (2020), Statistical relationship between atmospheric rivers and extratropical cyclones and anticyclones, J. Climate, 33, 7817–7834, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0126.1.
  18. Guan, B., D. E. Waliser, and F. M. Ralph (2020), A multimodel evaluation of the water vapor budget in atmospheric rivers, Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci., 1472, 139–154, doi:10.1111/nyas.14368.
  19. Gibson, P. B., D. E. Waliser, B. Guan, M. J. DeFlorio, F. M. Ralph, and D. L. Swain (2020), Ridging associated with drought across the western and southwestern United States: characteristics, trends and predictability sources, J. Climate, 33, 2485–2508, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0439.1.
  20. Rutz, J. J., C. A. Shields, J. M. Lora, A. E. Payne, B. Guan, P. Ullrich, et al (2019), The Atmospheric River Tracking Method Intercomparison Project (ARTMIP): Quantifying uncertainties in atmospheric river climatology, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 124, 13777–13802, doi:10.1029/2019JD030936.
  21. Guan, B., and D. E. Waliser (2019), Tracking atmospheric rivers globally: Spatial distributions and temporal evolution of life cycle characteristics, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 124, 12523–12552, doi:10.1029/2019JD031205.
  22. DeFlorio, M. J., D. E. Waliser, F. M. Ralph, B. Guan, A. Goodman, P. B. Gibson, et al. (2019), Experimental subseasonal‐to‐seasonal (S2S) forecasting of atmospheric rivers over the western United States, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 124, 11242–11265, doi:10.1029/2019JD031200.
  23. Massoud, E. C., V. Espinoza, B. Guan, and D. E. Waliser (2019), Global climate model ensemble approaches for future projections of atmospheric rivers, Earth's Future, 7, 1136–1151, doi:10.1029/2019EF001249.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. 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.
  60. 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.
  61. 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.
  62. 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.
  63. 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.
  64. 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.