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 -- Changes to drylands with future climate change. [WSU News;; EurekAlert!;;; Science Daily; infosurhoy; Environmental News Network]   April 3, 2020

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 Non‐Closure of Surface Energy Balance Linked to Asymmetric Turbulent Transport of Scalars by Large Eddies  -Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, March 20, 2021

♦ Publication Groundwater regulates interannual variations in evapotranspiration in a riparian semiarid ecosystem  -Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, March 18, 2021


♦ Publication Uncertainties in turbulent statistics and fluxes of CO2 associated with density effect corrections  -Geophysical Research Letters, July 23, 2020

♦ Publication Enlarged non‐closure of surface energy balance with increasing atmospheric instabilities linked to changes in coherent structures  -Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, June 22, 2020

♦ Publication Accelerated dryland expansion regulates future variability in dryland gross primary production  -Nature Communications, April 03, 2020

♦ Publication Effects of irrigation on water, carbon, and nitrogen budgets in a semi‐arid watershed in the Pacific Northwest: A modelling study  -Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, April, 2020

♦ Publication Effects of persistent wind speeds on turbulent fluxes in the water-atmosphere interface  -Theoretical and Applied Climatology January, 2020

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