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Ping Liu

liuResearch Associate Professor

Ph.D., 1999, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

Climate change, dynamics, and modeling; 

Curriculum Vitae




Research Interests

My research focuses on the changes of planetary-scale modes such as MJO, ENSO and NAO with global warming, dynamics responsible for such changes, and their impacts on regional climate. Recently, my scope extends to real-time forecasts of hurricanes and MJO. Numerical models such as CESM, WRF/HWRF and CFS/GFS are my primary tools. Improving the models to better simulate and predict these modes is of my interest as well.

Selected Publications

Liu, P., and Co-authors, 2015: A revised Real-time Multivariate MJO index. Mon. Wea. Rev., in press.

Liu, P., M. Zhang, E. Chang, V. Tallapragada, Z. Zhang, and R. Gall, 2015: Forecasts of Sandy Track beyond four days by the HWRF system. NYSRISE Report TR-X-XX-XX. pdf available soon.

Zhang, M., H. Bokuniewicz, W. Lin, S.-G. Jang, and P. Liu, 2014: Climate risk report for Suffolk and Nassau, NYSRISE Report TR-0-14-01. Available at

Feng, J., P. Liu, W. Chen, and X. Wang, 2014: Contrasting Madden-Julian Oscillation activity during various stages of EP and CP El Ninos. Atmos. Sci. Lett., DOI: 10.1002/asl2.516.

Liu, P., 2014: MJO structure associated with the higher-order CEOF modes. Climate Dynamics, 42, DOI 10.1007/s00382-013-2017.

He, J., M. Zhang, W. Lin, B. Colle, P. Liu, and A. M. Vogelmann, 2013: The WRF nested within the CESM: Simulations of a midlatitude cyclone over the Southern Great Plains, J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 611-622, doi:10.1002/jame.20042

Colle, B. A., Z. Zhang, K. A. Lombardo, E. Chang, P. Liu, and M. Zhang, 2013: Historical Evaluation and Future Prediction of Eastern North American and Western Atlantic Extratropical Cyclones in the CMIP5 Models during the Cool Season. J. Climate, 26, 6882-6903.

Liu, P., et al., 2013: MJO change with A1B global warming estimated by the 40-km ECHAM5. Climate Dynamics, 41, 1009-1023. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-012-1532-8.

Liu, P., 2013: Changes in a Modeled MJO with Idealized Global Warming. Climate Dynamics, 40, 761-773. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-012-1323-2

Liu, P., and Co-authors, 2009: An MJO simulated by the NICAM at 14-km and 7-km resolutions. Mon. Wea. Rev., 137, 3254-3268.

Liu, P., and Co-authors, 2009: Tropical intraseasonal variability in the MRI-20km60L AGCM. J. Climate, 22 (8), 2006-2022, doi: 10.1175/2008JCLI2406.1.

Wang, B., co-authors, P. Liu, and co-authors, 2008: Advance and prospectus of seasonal prediction: assessment of the APCC/CliPAS 14-model ensemble retrospective seasonal prediction (1980-2004). Clim. Dyn., DOI 10.1007/s00382-008-0460-0.

Li, T., P. Liu, X. Fu, B. Wang, and G.A. Meehl, 2006: Spatiotemporal structures and mechanisms of the tropospheric biennial oscillation in the Indo-Pacific warm ocean regions. J. Climate, 19, 3070-3087.

Liu, P., B. Wang, K. R. Sperber, T. Li, and G. A. Meehl, 2005: MJO in the NCAR CAM2 with the Tiedtke Convective Scheme. J. Climate, 18, 3007-3020.

Annamalai, H., and P. Liu, 2005: Response of the Asian Summer Monsoon to changes in ENSO properties. Quart. J. Royal Met. Soc., 131, 805-831.

Annamalai, H., P. Liu, and S.-P. Xie, 2005: Southwest Indian Ocean SST variability: Its local effect and remote influence on Asian Monsoons. J. Climate, 18, 4150-4167.

Mapes, B. E., Liu P., Buenning N., 2005: Indian monsoon onset and the Americas midsummer drought: Out-of-equilibrium responses to smooth seasonal forcing. J. Cclimate, 18, 1109-1115.

Annamalai, H., R. Murtugudde, J. Potemra, S.-P. Xie, P. Liu, and B. Wang, 2003: Coupled dynamics over the Indian Ocean: Spring initiation of the zonal mode. Deep Sea Research II, 50, 2305-2330.

Liu, P., G. A. Meehl, and G. Wu, 2002: Multi-model trends in the Sahara induced by increasing CO2. Geophys. Res. Lett., 29, 1881, doi: 10.1029/2002GL015923.

Liu, P., W. Washington, G. A. Meehl, G. Wu, and G. Potter, 2001: Historical and future trends of the Sahara Desert. Geophys. Res. Lett., 28, 2683-2686.

Liu, P., G. Wu, and F. Sun, 2001: Local meridional circulation and deserts, Adv. Atmos. Sci., 18, 864-872.

Liu, P., and G. X. Wu, 2000: On the three dimensional features of subtropical high belt. Chinese J. Atmos. Sci., 24, 577-584.

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