Cheng-Hsuan Lu

Dr. Lu's current research focuses on quantifying the distributions of tropospheric aerosols, its impact on weather forecasts and climate predictions, and improving aerosol forecasts through the assimilation of satellite and in situ aerosol observations.

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Cheng-Hsuan Lu
Research Associate

Department: Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

Adjunct Faculty - Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences



Ph.D, Atmospheric Science, State University of New York at Albany
MS, Atmospheric Sciences, State University of New York at Albany
BS, Atmospheric Physics, National Central University, Chung-Li, Taiwan

Research Interests

Research areas:

  • global aerosol modeling
  • regional air quality forecasting
  • land surface modeling

Dr. Lu's current research focuses on quantifying the distributions of tropospheric
aerosols, its impact on weather forecasts and climate predictions, and improving
aerosol forecasts through the assimilation of satellite and in situ aerosol

Aerosol modeling, traditionally serving regional air quality and climate communities,
has seen rapid development at several operational NWP centers over the last few
years. Dr. Lu led the efforts to develop the global aerosol forecast system at
NOAA/NCEP before joining ASRC in September 2014. She remains actively
involved with the global aerosol prediction community.

Additional Information

Funded projects:
- Improving the Prognostic Ozone Parameterization in the NCEP GFS and CFS for Climate Reanalysis
and Operational Forecasts, 08/13-07/17 (PI: Gilbert Compo, University of Colorado CIRES and NOAA
- Improving Cloud Microphysics and Their Interactions with Aerosols in the NCEP Global Models,
08/14-07/16 (PI: C-H Lu)
- Investigation of Aerosol Effects on Weather Forecasts using NCEP Global Forecast and Analysis
System, 05/15-04/17 (PI: C-H Lu)
- Evaluating the impact of cloud-aerosol-precipitation interaction (CAPI) schemes on rainfall forecast in
the NGGPS, 05/15-04/17 (PI: Zhanqing Li, University of Maryland at College Park)
- Improving NCEP global aerosol forecasting using JPSS-NPP VIIRS aerosol products. 05/15-04/16 (PI:
Shobha Kondragunta, NOAA/NESDIS)


Sessions, W. et al., 2014: Development towards a global operational aerosol consensus: basic climatological characteristics of the International Cooperative for Aerosol Prediction Multi-Model Ensemble (ICAP-MME), Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 14, 14933-14998, doi:10.5194/acpd-14-14933-2014.

Lu, S., A. da Silva, M. Chin, J. Wang, S. Moorthi, H. Juang, H-Y Chuang, Y. Tang, L. Jones, M. Iredell, and J. McQueen, 2013: The NEMS GFS Aerosol Component: NCEP's global aerosol forecast system, NCEP Office Note 472.

Benedetti, A., J. W. Kaiser, J. Morcrette, R. Eresmaa and S. Lu, 2011: Simulations of volcanic plumes with the ECMWF/MACC aerosol system, ECMWF Tech Memo 653.

Zhang, Li, P. A. Dirmeyer, J. Wei, Z. Guo, C.-H. Lu, 2011: Land-Atmosphere Coupling Strength in the Global Forecast System, J. Hydrometeor., 12, 147-156.

Lu, S., H-C Huang, Y-T Hou, Y. Tang, J. McQueen, A. da Silva, M. Chin, E. Joseph, and W. Stockwell, 2010: Development of NCEP Global Aerosol Forecasting System: An overview and its application for improving weather and air quality forecasts, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series: Air Pollution Modeling and Its Application XX, 451-454, doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3812-8.

Lee, P., Y. Tang, D. Kang, J. McQueen, M. Tsidulko, H-C Huang, S. Lu, M. Hart, H-M Lin, S. Yu, G. DiMego, I. Stajner, P. Davidson, 2009: Impact of consistent boundary layer mixing approaches between NAM and CMAQ, Environ. Fluid Mech., 9, 23-42.

Janjic, Z., H Huang, S. Lu, 2009: A unified atmospheric model suitable for studying transport of mineral aerosols from meso to global scale, WMO/GEO Expert Meeting on an International Sand and Dust Storm Warning System, IOP Conf.Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 7 , 012011doi:10.1088/1755-1307/7/1/012011

Li, Z., L. Chiu, S. Weng, D.-L. Zhang, J. Du, J. Huang, M. Jin, H. Juang, F.-C. Ko, S. Lu, S. Yang, D. Yuan, 2007: The Rapid Growth of Publications by Atmospheric and Oceanic Scientists of Chinese Origin, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 88, 846-848.

De Haan, L. L., M. Kanamitsu, C.-H. Lu, and J. O. Roads, 2007: A comparison of the Noah and OSU Land Surface Models in the NCEP Seasonal Forecast Models, J. Hydrometeor., 8, 1031-1048.

Seneviratne, S. I., R. D. Koster, Z. Guo, P. A. Dirmeyer, E. Kowalczyk, D. Lawrence, P. Liu, C-H. Lu, D. Mocko, K. W. Oleson, and D. Verseghy, 2006: Soil moisture memory in AGCM simulations: Analysis of Global Land-Atmosphere Coupling Experiment (GLACE) Data, J. Hydrometeor., 7, 1090- 1112.

Guo, Z. et al., 2006: GLACE: The Global Land-Atmosphere Coupling Experiment. Part II: Analysis, J. Hydrometeor., 7, 611-625.

Koster, R. D. et al., 2006: GLACE: The Global Land-Atmosphere Coupling Experiment. Part I: Overview, J. Hydrometeor., 7, 590-610.

Lu, C-H., M. Kanamitsu, J. O. Roads, W. Ebisuzaki, and K. E. Mitchell, 2005: Evaluation of soil moisture in the NCEP-NCAR and NCEP-DOE global reanalyses, H. Hydrometeor., 6, 391-408.

G.K. Yue, C.-H. Lu, and P.-H. Wang, 2005: Comparing aerosol extinctions measured by SAGE II and III satellite experiments in 2002 and 2003, J. Geophys. Res., 110, D11202, doi:10.1029/2004JD005421.

Koster, R.D, et al., 2004: Regions of strong coupling between soil moisture and precipitation, Science, 305, 1138-1140.

Lu, C.-H. and K. Mitchell, 2004: Land surface processes simulated from the Noah LSM in the NCEP global model: A comparative study using the CEOP EOP-1 reference site observations, CEOP Newsletter No. 5, Jan 2004, P5-6.

Lu, C.-H., G.K. Yue, E.D. Joseph and V.A. Mohnen. 2003: Retrieval analysis of aerosol integral properties from simulated extinction of SAGE II and HALOE wavelengths, J. Geophys. Res., 108, doi: 10.1029/2002JD002453.

Kanamitsu, M., C.-H. Lu, J. Schemm, and W. Ebisuzaki. 2003: The predictability of soil moisture and near-surface tempearure in hindcasts of NCEP Seasonal Forecast Model, J. Climate, 16, 510-521.

Andreani-Aksoyoglu, A., C.-H. Lu, J. Keller, A. Prevot, and J.S. Chang. 2001: Variability of indicator values for ozone production sensitivity: A model study in Switzerland and San Joaquin Valley (California), Atmos. Environ., 35, 5593-5604, 2001.

Lu, C.-H., G.K. Yue, G.L. Manney, H. Jaeger, and V.A. Mohnen, 2000: Lagrangian approach for SAGE II profile intercomparisons, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 4563-4572.

Lu, C.-H., and J.S. Chang, 1998: On the indicator-based approach to assess ozone sensitivities and emission features, J. Geophys. Res., 103, 3453-3462.

Lu, C.-H., and D.R. Fitzjarrald, 1994: Seasonal and diurnal variations of coherent structures over a deciduous forest, Boundary Layer Meteorology, 69, 43-69.