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 An advanced multiple‐layer canopy model in the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model with large‐eddy simulations to simulate canopy flows and scalar transport under different stability conditions  -Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, July 3, 2019

♦ Publication Large Eddies Regulate Turbulent Flux Gradients in Coupled Stable Boundary Layers  -Geophysical Research Letters, May 8, 2019

♦ Congratulations! Changxing won Howard and Hermina Hallgarth Scholarship! May 1, 2019

♦ Publication Mechanistic links between underestimated CO2 fluxes and non-closure of the surface energy balance in a semi-arid sagebrush ecosystem  -Environmental Research Letters, Feb 21, 2019


♦ Publication Groundwater‐river water exchange enhances growing season evapotranspiration and carbon uptake in a semi‐arid riparian ecosystem  -Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, Dec 20, 2018

♦ Congratulations on successfully defending his dissertation and becoming Dr. Ma! Dec 5, 2018

♦ Publication Large-eddy simulations of the flow over an isolated three-dimensional hill  -Boundary-Layer Meteorology, Nov 29, 2018

♦ Congratulations to Jason on successfully defending his dissertation and becoming Dr. Durfee! Nov 2, 2018

♦ Congratulations to Changxing on successfully passing his prelim! Oct 30, 2018

♦ 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

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