Laboratory for Atmospheric Research

Micrometeorology Research Group

Quantify response of dryland ecosystems to climate change
Understand water-atmosphere interactions
Study hydrological impacts of sub-surface processes on land-surface fluxes
Investigate canopy micrometeorological processes over complex terrain
Flow around complex surface (stanford bunny) using immersed boundary method in WRF-LES
Atmospheric processes over complex terrain with WRF-LES-IBM (Immersed Boundary Method) -- Bolund case
About Us

Our research centers on the theory, measurements, and modeling of micrometeorology and ecosystem-atmosphere interactions across a variety of temporal and spatial scales over natural and disturbed ecosystems. Key themes of our group include turbulence structures in disturbed atmospheric surface layer, plant canopy micrometeorogical processes over complex terrain, land-surface fluxes and climate interactions, carbon emissions from inland waters, and eddy covariance theory and techniques. Check out our Research page to learn more about our current projects.

We value collaboration with different groups.

Our Research in Media

Our research in media -- Inland waterways emit more carbon than expected. [WSU News; NSF Top Story; Environmental research; Scienmag; ScienceDaily;; ScienceNewsline; EurekAlert; Environmental Monitor]   May 24, 2016


♦ Publication Mechanisms for wind direction changes in the very stable boundary layer  -Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, October 10, 2018

♦ Welcome our new group member Yayun Qiao! July 12, 2018

♦ Publication Distinct turbulence structures in stably stratified boundary layers with weak and strong surface shear  -Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, July 12, 2018

♦ Publication Diurnal variations of the flux imbalance over homogeneous and heterogeneous landscapes  -Boundary-Layer Meteorology, May 24, 2018

♦ Publication Plume dispersion in low-wind-speed conditions during Project Sagebrush Phase 2, with emphasis on concentration variability  -Boundary-Layer Meteorology, May 24, 2018

♦ Publication Numerical study of the structure and dynamics of a tornado at the sub-critical vortex breakdown stage  -Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, May 24, 2018

♦ Congratulations! Zhongming won John Roberson Award for Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation! May 1, 2018

♦ Congratulations! Justine won the award of David E. Harsch Memorial Endowment! May 1, 2018

♦ News Massman Special Issue Edited by Heping Liu and Gabriel Katul: Honoring W.J. Massman's Discoveries: Bringing Physics to Agriculture has been published in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. Mar. 18, 2018

♦ Publication Enhanced temperature‐humidity similarity caused by entrainment processes with increased wind shear  -Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, Mar. 16, 2018

♦ Publication Intrinsic constraints on asymmetric turbulent transport of scalars within the constant‐flux layer of the lower atmosphere  -Geophysical Research Letters, Feb. 17, 2018


♦ Publication Biometeorology - From agricultural origins to a last frontier in physics  -Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Dec. , 2017

♦ Congratulations to Raleigh on successfully defending his M.S. thesis. Dec. 21, 2017

♦ Publication Effects of thinning a forest stand on sub-canopy turbulence  -Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, October 17, 2017

♦ Welcome Jingyu Yao to join our group as a visiting student! September 23, 2017

♦ Congratulations to Zhongming to become a postdoc! September 21, 2017

♦ Publication Wavelet spectra within a forest sub-canopy under different wind directions and stabilities  -Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, August 2, 2017

♦ Publication Large-Eddy Simulations of Atmospheric Flows Over Complex Terrain Using the Immersed-Boundary Method in the Weather Research and Forecasting Model  -Boundary-Layer Meteorology, July 21, 2017

♦ Congratulations to Zhongming Gao on successfully defending his dissertation and becoming Dr. Gao! July. 11, 2017

♦ Publication A novel approach to evaluate soil heat flux calculation: An analytical review of nine methods  -Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, June. 28, 2017

♦ Publication Recirculation over Complex Terrain  -Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, May. 22, 2017

♦ Publication A Kolmogorov-Brutsaert Structure Function Model for Evaporation into a Turbulent Atmosphere  -Water Resources Research, Apr. 25, 2017

♦ Publication Reconciling the Reynolds number dependence of scalar roughness length and laminar resistance  -Geophysical Research Letters, Mar. 17, 2017

♦ Publication Non-closure of the surface energy balance explained by phase difference between vertical velocity and scalars of large atmospheric eddies  -Environmental Research Letters, Mar. 16, 2017

Want to find MORE about us :)

Contact Us: Dr. Heping Liu ( Phone: (509) 335-1529 Office: PACCAR 450