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

Latest News

♦ 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

♦ Publication Interaction forest clearing. In: Foken T (ed.), Energy and Matter Fluxes of a Spruce Forest Ecosystem   Feb. 28, 2017

♦ Publication Multiple mechanisms generate a universal scaling with dissipation for the air-water gas transfer velocity  -Geophysical Research Letters, Feb. 24, 2017

♦ Publication Role of persistent low-level clouds in mitigating air quality impacts of wintertime cold pool conditions  -Atmospheric Environment, Jan. 30, 2017

Heping Liu chairs the American Meteorological Society's Committee on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

♦ Welcome our new group member Umar Farooq!   Jan. 05, 2017

♦ Open for Submission: Massman Special Issue in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology: Biometeorology - from agricultural origins to a last frontier in physics. Guest Editors: Heping Liu and Gabriel Katul More...   Sep. 19, 2016

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