Qilong Min

Qilong Min

Research Faculty
Atmospheric Sciences Research Center


ETEC 321

PhD, Physics, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fall 1989-Mar 1993

MSc, Space Physics, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, Sept. 1984-July 1987

BSc, Radio Wave Propagation and Antenna, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, Sept. 1980-July 1984


Qilong Min
Research Interests

My research group works on the problems of atmospheric physics ranging from the ionosphere to the earth's surface by using numerical models and active and passive remote sensing from multiple platforms (satellite, airborne, and surface-based). My research efforts are toward:

  • Developing and improving radiative transfer models for the atmosphere, driven by the needs of Global Climate Models (GCMs) to predict changes in the energy budget and surface irradiances driven by anthropogenic trace gas emissions;
  • Developing remote sensing techniques by synergizing visible, infrared, and microwave measurements for understanding global climate, including retrievals of aerosol and cloud optical properties, terrestrial vegetation state and evaportranspiration; and precipitation and lantern heat;
  • Improving forecasting and climate models and integrating multi-platform observation and model simulations for understanding feedback mechanisms associated with water, energy, and carbon cycles, such as hurricane forecasting; aerosol-cloud-precipitation interaction; and atmosphere-terrestrial ecosystem exchange, and renewable energy applications;
  • Developing various instruments, such as environmental Sky Imager-Radiometers (eSIR), a high-resolution oxygen A-band and water vapor band spectrometer (HAWS), a polarized high-resolution oxygen A-band spectrometer (HABS), and a DIfferential Absorption Radar for Barometry (DIAR-Bar), A high resolution ultraviolet spectroradiometer.
  • Developing situation awareness and security framework (monitoring, forecasting, optimization, and intelligent control) for smart grid



Li, R., Wang, Y., Hu, J., Wang, Y., Min, Q., Bergeron, Y., et al. (2020). Spatiotemporal variations of satellite microwave emissivity difference vegetation index in China under clear and cloudy skies. Earth and Space Science, 7, e2020EA001145, doi.org/10.1029/2020EA001145

Yu Xie, Manajit Sengupta, Yangang Liu, Hai Long, Qilong Min, Weijia Liu, Aron Habte, A Physics-Based DNI Model Assessing All-Sky Circumsolar Radiation, iScience 23, 100893, doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2020.100893

Linsen Pei  Qilong Min  Yuyi Du  Zhechen Wang  Bangsheng Yin  Kai Yang  Patrick Disterhoft  Thomas Pongetti  Lei Zhu, Water Vapor Near‐UV Absorption: Laboratory Spectrum, Field Evidence, and tmospheric Impacts, J. Geophys. Res, Atmospheres, doi.org/10.1029/2019JD030724

Zhang, Y., Li, R., Min, Q., Bo, H., Fu, Y., Wang, Y., & Gao, Z. (2019). The controlling factors of atmospheric formaldehyde (HCHO) in Amazon as seen from satellite. Earth and Space Science, 6, doi.org/10.1029/2019EA000627

Yang, Y., Meyer, K., Wind, G., Zhou, Y., Marshak, A., Platnick, S., Min, Q., Davis, A.B., Joiner, J., Vasilkov, A. and Duda, D., 2019. Cloud products from the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC): algorithms and initial evaluation. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 12(3), doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-2019-2019

Yipu Wang, Rui Li, Qilong Min, Leiming Zhang, Guirui Yu and Yves Bergeron, Estimation of Vegetation Latent Heat Flux over Three Forest Sites in ChinaFLUX using Satellite Microwave Vegetation Water Content Index, Remote Sens. 2019, 11, 1359, doi:10.3390/rs11111359

Zhenhuan Yang, Yiming Ying, Qilong Min. Online optimization for residential PV-ESS energy system scheduling. Mathematical Foundations of Computing, 2019, 2 (1): 55-71, doi: 10.3934/mfc.2019005 

C. R. Terai, Y. Zhang, S. A. Klein, M. D. Zelinka, J. C. Chiu, and Q. Min, Mechanisms behind the extratropical stratiform low-cloud optical depth response to temperature in ARM site observations, J. Geophys. Res, (2019), doi.org/10.1029/2018JD029359

Anthony B. Davis, Nicolas Ferlay, Quentin Libois, Alexander Marshak, Yuekui Yang, Qilong Min, Cloud information content in EPIC/DSCOVR’s oxygen A- and B-band channels: A physics-based approach, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer 220 (2018) 84–96, doi: 10.1016/j.jqsrt.2018.09.006

Davis AB, Merlin G, Cornet C, C-Labonnote L, Riédi J, Ferlay N, Philippe Dubuisson, Qilong Min, Yuekui Yang, Alexander Marshak. Cloud information content in EPIC/DSCOVR’s oxygen A- and B-band channels: an optimal estimation approach. J Quant Spectrosc Radiat Transf 2018;216:6–16, doi:10.1016/j.jqsrt.2018.05.007

Jun Yang and Qilong Min*, Retrieval of Atmospheric Profiles in the New York State Mesonet Using One‐Dimensional Variational Algorithm, J. Geophys. Res, (2018), doi.org/10.1029/2018JD028272

Gibbons, M., Min, Q., and Fan, J.: Investigating the impacts of Saharan dust on tropical deep convection using spectral bin microphysics, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 12161-12184, doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-12161-2018, 2018

Juan Du & Qilong Min & Penglin Zhang & Jinhui Guo & Jun Yang & Bangsheng Yin, 2018. "Short-Term Solar Irradiance Forecasts Using Sky Images and Radiative Transfer Model," Energies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(5), pages 1-16, May, doi.org/10.3390/en11051107