Cheng-Hsuan Lu

Cheng-Hsuan Lu

Research Faculty
Atmospheric Sciences Research Center
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ETEC 325

PhD, Atmospheric Science, University at Albany

MS, Atmospheric Sciences, University at Albany

BS, Atmospheric Physics, National Central University, Chung-Li, Taiwan

Cheng-Hsuan Lu

Lu Lab Website

Dr. Lu's 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. Her group also conducts regional air quality modeling research to investigate how pollutant distributions are affected by local weather patterns, characterize pollutant transport and evolution, and quantify the contributions from local versus non-local emission sources. 

Research Experience 
  • 2019-present: Senior Research Scientist, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO (50% appointment)
  • 2019-present: Research Scientist, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY (50% appointment)
  • 2014-2019: Research Associate (Tenure Track), Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY
  • 2010-2014: Lead, Air Quality and Aerosol Modeling Support Task, I. M. Systems Group, Inc., Rockville, MD
  • 2005-2010: Research Meteorologist, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), San Diego, CA
  • 2001-2005: Science/Programmer Analyst III, RSIS, McLean, VA
  • 2000-2001: Atmospheric Scientist, DSTI/RDC, Greenbelt, MD


Research Grants

Alliance for Sustainable Energy award SUB-2021-10757: Impact of Wildfires on Solar Generation, 10/2021-10/2022, $27,007

NOAA JPSS Proving Ground Risk Reduction award NA21OAR4310383: Utilization of JPSS constituent observations toward improving UFS constituent prediction systems, 4/2021-03/2024, $361,430

Alliance for Sustainable Energy award SUB-2020-10109: South Asian air quality and energy interactions, 03/2020-01/2021, $28,828

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research CPAESS award SUBAWD001880: Assimilation of New York State Mesonet profile observations for improving high impact weather forecasts, 1/2020 – 9/2022, $294,896

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) award 100417: IDEA-NYS air quality forecast and analysis system: Real-time aerosol detection, monitoring, and trajectories in New York State, 2/2017 – 02/2023, $537,316

NOAA National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS) award RA133E15SE176: Improving NCEP Global Aerosol Forecasting using JPSS-NPP VIIRS Aerosol Products, 9/2015-9/2016, $60,123

NOAA NWS Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS) award NA15NWS468000: Investigation of Aerosol Effects on Weather Forecasts using NCEP Global Forecast and Analysis System, 05/2015-04/2018, $286,913

NOAA Climate Program Office (CPO) Modeling, Analysis, Prediction, and Projections (MAPP) award NA14OAR4310182: Improving Cloud Microphysics and Their Interactions with Aerosols in the NCEP Global Models, 08/2014 - 07/2016, $272,000


Recent 3-year Publications

Lu, C-H., Q. Liu, S.-W. Wei, B. T. Johnson, C. Dang, P. G. Stegmann, D. Grogan, G. Ge, and M. Hu, and M. Lueken, 2022: The Aerosol Module in the Community Radiative Transfer Model (v2.2 and v2.3): accounting for aerosol transmittance effects on the radiance observation operator, Geosci. Model Dev., 15, 1317–1329, doi:10.5194/gmd-15-1317-2022

Wei, S.-W., C.-H. Lu, B. T. Johnson, C. Dang, P. Stegmann, D. Grogan, G. Ge, M. Hu, 2022: The Influence of Aerosols on Satellite Infrared Radiance Simulations and Jacobians: Numerical Experiments of CRTM and GSI. Remote Sens., 14, 683, doi:10.3390/ rs14030683

Couillard, M., M. J. Schwab, J. Schwab, C-H Lu, E. Joseph, B. Stutsrim, B. Shrestha, J. Zhang, T. Knepp, G. Gronoff, 2021: Vertical profiles of ozone concentrations in the lower troposphere downwind of New York City during LISTOS 2018-2019, J. Geophys. Res., Atmospheres, 126, e2021JD035108, doi:10.1029/2021JD035108

Grogan, D., C.-H. Lu, S.-W. Wei, S.-P. Chen, 2021: Effects of Saharan Dust on African Easterly Waves: The Impact of Aerosol-Affected Satellite Radiances on Data Assimilation, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Diss., doi: 10.5194/acp-2021-129

Hung, W.-T., C.-H. Lu, S. Alessandrini, R. Kumar, C.-A. Lin, 2021: The impacts of transported wildfire smoke aerosols on surface air quality in New York State: A multiple-year study using machine learning, Atmos. Environ., 259, 118513, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2021.118513

Wei, S.-W., C-H Lu, Q. Liu, A. Collard, T. Zhu, D. Grogan, X. Li, J. Wang, R. Grumbine, and P. S. Bhattacharjee, 2021: The impact of aerosols on satellite radiance data assimilation using NCEP global data assimilation system, Atmos., 12, 432. doi: 10.3390/atmos12040432.

Lin, C-A., C-H Lu, S-P. Chen, W.-T. Hung, K. Civerolo, O. V. Rattigan, 2021: Characterization of intra-continental smoke transport and impact on New York state air quality using aerosol reanalysis and multi-platform observation, Atmos. Pollu. Res., 12, 154-166, doi: 10.1016/j.apr.2021.01.021.

Chen, Y.-C., S.-H. Wang, Q. Min, S. Lu, P.-L. Lin, N.-H. Lin, K.-S. Chung, E. Joseph, 2021: Aerosol impacts on warm-cloud microphysics and drizzle in a moderately polluted environment, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 4487-4502, doi:10.5194/acp-21-4487-2021.

Tang, Y., H. Bian, Z. Tao, L. D. Oman, D. Tong, P. Lee, P. Campbell, B. Baker, C.-H. Lu, L. Pan, J. Wang, J. McQueen, and I. Stajner, 2021: Comparison of Chemical Lateral Boundary Conditions for Air Quality Predictions over the Contiguous United States during Intrusion Events, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 2527-2550, doi:10.5194/acp-21-2527-2021.

Hung, W.-To., C.-H. Lu, S. Alessandrini, R. Kumar, C.-A. Lin,2020: Estimation of PM2.5 concentrations in New York State: Understanding the influence of vertical mixing on surface PM2.5 using machine learning, Atmos., 11, 1303, doi:10.3390/atmos11121303.

Ninneman, M., S. Lu, X. Zhou, J. Schwab, 2020: On the importance of surface-enhanced re-noxification as an oxides of nitrogen source in rural and urban New York State, ACS Earth and Space Chem., 4, 11, 1985-1992, doi: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.0c00185.

Hung W.-T., C-H Lu C.-H, B. Shrestha, H-C Lin, C-A Lin, D. Grogan, J. Hong, R. Ahmadov, E. James, and E. Joseph E, 2020: The impacts of transported wildfire smoke aerosols on surface air quality in New York State: A case study in summer 2018. Atmos. Environ. 227, 177415. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117415.

Hung, W.-T., C.-H. Lu, S.-H. Wang, S.-P. Chen, F. Tsai, and C. C.-K. Chou, 2019: Investigation of long-range transported PM2.5 events over North Taiwan during 2005-2015 winter season, Atmos. Environ., doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.116920.