Qi (Steve) Hu

Qi (Steve) Hu

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Title Agricultural Climatologist
Address 707 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0987
Phone 402-472-6642
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail qhu2@unl.edu
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Telephone: 402-472-6642, E-mail: qhu2@unl.edu

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Hi, I'm Qi Hu, an applied climate science faculty member in the School of Natural Resources and also in the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.

Trained in atmospheric science, my research has long been motivated by my fascination with interactions and feedbacks in the multifaceted Earth climate systems, as well as the socioeconomic impacts of climate. Some of these interactions and feedback loops have been the focus of my recent research. I have been analyzing and understanding physical processes, and interactions that influence warm season precipitation variation, at interannual to multidecadal timescales. Some of my recent efforts include investigation of the interannual summer rainfall variation in the central U.S. and the "land memory" effect on the North American summer monsoon. Results of these studies have revealed new causes of these interannual variations and also disclosed additional roles of the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO), in development of these variations. The significance of these findings is their application in improving our ability to predict precipitation at seasonal, interannual and longer timescales.

In addition, I have also continued the research I engaged in during the early years of my career. This includes the radiation-convection interaction in development of intraseasonal oscillations in the tropical atmosphere, and modeling of regional and global climate in the present and future.

Steve (Qi) Hu

I am open-minded in research, and actively seeking new developments in the interstices of disciplines. I have been working closely with a group of economists and psychologists - in efforts to understand the decision-making behavior of agricultural producers - to address the question of why climate predictions and information are not more effectively used in farming decisions, despite the investment by the climate community in improving these predictions.

These studies have led to the conclusion that the climate prediction and information are not "ready-to-use products." They need to be further interpreted and understood in specific decision-making environments. Building this knowledge and experience is the goal of my climate extension. A virtual decision-making environment has been developed on the web to help educate and train decision-makers to build experience and confidence, to effectively use predictions in farming decision-making. Additionally, I have worked with agronomists, animal scientists and hydrologists, and am involved in a wide range of interdisciplinary research that has produced some exciting results.

While doing research and extension, I also enjoy teaching in the Department of Geosciences. The classes I am currently teaching include the General Circulation of the Atmosphere, Physical Climatology, and Global Climate Change. A new course, Numerical Weather Prediction, will be developed and added to my teaching portfolio in the near future.

As always, I welcome your suggesti comments and ideas.

Selected Publications

Hu, Q., Y. Q., C. Z. (2017). WRF Simulation and Downscaling of Local Climate in Central Asia. Journal of International Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.5018 Online
Chen, Y., Hu, Q. S., Qian, W. 2016. Anomaly based analysis of extreme heat waves in Eastern China during 1981–2013. Int. J. Climatol., 37: 509–523. Online
Hu, Q. S., Veres, M. 2016. Atmospheric responses to North Atlantic SST anomalies in idealized experiments. Part II: North American precipitation. Journal of Climate. 29: 659-671. Online
Hu, Z., Hu, Q. S., Zhang, C. 2016. Evaluation of reanalysis, spatially-interpolated, and satellite remotely-sensed precipitation datasets in Central Asia. JGR. 121: 5648-5663. Online
Qian, W.H., Y. Chen, M. Jiang, Q. Hu, 2015: An anomaly-based prediction method for spring and autumn low temperature events in the mid- to lower-Yangtze River valley, China. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 54, 1216-1233. Online
Veres, M.C., and Q. Hu, 2015: Atmospheric responses to North Atlantic SST anomalies in idealized experiments. Part I: Northern Hemispheric circulation. J. Climate, 28, 6204-6220. Online
Wu, Q., and Q. Hu, 2015: Atmospheric circulation processes contributing to a multidecadal variation in reconstructed and modeled Indian monsoon precipitation. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 532-551, Online
Feng S, Q Hu, W Huang, C Ho, R Li, Z Tang, 2014. Projected climate regime shift under future global warming from multi-model, multi-scenario CMIP5 simulations, Global and Planetary Change, 112, 41-52 Online
Hu, Z.Y., C. Zhang, Q. Hu, and H. Tian, 2014: Temperature changes in central Asia from 1979-2011 based on multiple datasets. J. Climate, 27, 1143-1167. Online
Maloney, E.D., S.J. Camargo, E. Chang, B. Colle, R. Fu, K.L. Geil, Q. Hu, et al. 2014: North American Climate in CMIP5 Experiments. Part III: Assessment of 21st century projections. J. Climate, 27, 2230-2270. Online
Yang, C., X. Chen, R. Zhang, Q. Hu, Z. Yu, Z. Hao, Z. Lin, 2014: Characteristics of flood and drought events of the last half millennium in Huaihe River Basin. Advances in Water Sciences, 25, 503-510.
Feng, S., hu, q., Wu, Q., Mann, M. (2013). A gridded reconstruction of warm season precipitation for Asia spanning the past half millennium. Journal of Climate, 2192-2204. Online
Sheffield, J., A. Barrett, B. Colle, R. Fu, K.L. Geil, Q. Hu, et al., 2013: North American climate in CMIP5 experiments. Part I: Evaluation of 20th century continental and regional climatology. J. Climate, 26, 9209-9245. Online
Sheffield, J., S.J. Camargo, R. Fu, Q. Hu, et al., 2013: North American climate in CMIP5 experiments. Part II: Evaluation of 20th century intra-seasonal to decadal variability. J. Climate, 26, 9247-9290. Online
Veres, M.C., and Q. Hu, 2013: AMO-forced regional processes affecting summertime precipitation variations in the Central United States. J. Climate, 26, 276-290. Online
Chen, X., Huang, Y., Ling, M., Hu, Q., Liu, B. (2012). Numerical modeling groundwater recharge and its implication in water cycles of two interdunal valleys in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C. 53-54: 10-18. Online
Feng, S., Ho, C.-h., Hu, Q., Oglesby, R. J., Jeong, S.-J., Kim, B.-M. 2012. Evaluating observed and projected future climate changes for the Arctic using the Koppen-Trewartha climate classification. Climate dynamics. 38:1359-1373. Online
Guo, H., Hu, Q. (2012). Annual variations in climatic and hydrological processes and related flood and drought occurrences in the Poyang Lake basin, China. Hydrology Research. 67: 699-709. Online
Guo, H., Q. Hu, Q. Zhang, and S. Feng, 2012: Effects of the Three Gorges Dam on Yangtze River flow and river interaction with the Poyang Lake, China: 2003-2008. J. Hydrology, v. 416-417, 19-27. Online
Hu, Q., and S. Feng, 2012: AMO- and ENSO-driven summertime circulation and precipitation variations in North America. J. Climate, 25, 6477-6495. Online
Oglesby, R. J., Feng, S., Hu, Q. 2012. The role of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation on Medieval drought in North America: synthesizing results from proxy data and climate models. Global and Planetary Change. 84:56-65. Online
Hu, Q., S. Feng, and R.J. Oglesby, 2011: Variations in North American summer precipitation driven by the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. J. Climate, 24, 5555-5570. Online
PytlikZillig, L.M., Q. Hu, K.G. Hubbard, and G.D. Lynne, 2010: Improving farmers perception and use of climate predictions in farming decisions: A transition model. J. Appl. Meteor. Clim. 49:1333-1340. Online
Chen, X., Wu, J., Hu, Q., 2008. Simulation of Climate Change Impacts on Streamflow in the Bosten Lake Basin Using an Artificial Neural Network Model. Journal of Hydrologic engineering. 13: 180-183. Online
Feng S. and Q. Hu, 2008. How the North Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation may have influenced the Indian summer monsoon during the past two millennia? Geophys. Res. Lett. 35, L01707, Online
Feng S., R.J. Oglesby, C. Rowe, D. Loope and Q. Hu, 2008. Atlantic and Pacific SST influences on Medieval drought in North America simulated by the Community Atmospheric Model. J. Geophys. Res. 113, D11101, doi:10.1029/2007JD009347.
Guo, H., Hu, Q., Jiang, T. 2008. Annual and seasonal streamflow responses to climate and land-cover changes in the Poyang Lake basin, China. Journal of Hydrology. 355: 106-122. Online
Hu Q. and S. Feng, 2008. Variation of North American summer monsoon regimes and the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation. J. Climate 21: 2371-2383. Online
Hu, Q., and S. Feng, 2008: Variation of the North American summer monsoon regimes and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. J. Climate, 21, 2371-2383. Online
Hu, Q., Z.N. Liang, and M.W. Hoffman, 2008: Detecting source regions of wave activities in the tropical atmosphere by applying beamforming to interpolated data grids. J. Atmos. Oceanic Tech., 26, 270-280. Online
Feng S., S. Nadarajah and Q. Hu, 2007. Modeling annual extreme precipitation in China using generalized extreme value distribution. J. Meteorol. Soc. Japan, 85: 599-613. Online
Hu Q., and S. Feng, 2007. Decadal variations of the Southwest U.S. summer monsoon circulation and rainfall in a regional model. Journal of Climate, 20: 4702-4716. Online
Hu Q., S. Feng, H. Guo, G. Chen and T. Jiang, 2007. Interactions of the Yangtze River flow and hydrologic processes of the Poyang Lake, China. J. Hydrology 347: 90-100. Online
Hu, Q., and Feng, S. 2007. Variation of the North American summer monsoon regimes and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. Journal of Climate. 21: 2371-2383. Online
Hu, Q., S. Feng, H. Guo, and T. Jiang, 2007: Interactions of the Yangtze River flow and the hydrologic processes of the Poyang Lake, China. J. Hydrology, 347, 90-100. Online
Hu Q., A. Weiss, S. Feng and S. Baenziger, 2006. Earlier winter wheat heading dates and warmer spring in the Great Plains of the United States. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 135: 284-290. Online
Hu, Q., A. Weiss, S. Feng, and P.S. Baenziger, 2006: Earlier winter wheat heading dates and warmer spring in the Great Plains of the United States. Agri. Forest Meteorol. 135, 284-290. Online
Hu, Q., L.M. PytlikZillig, G.D. Lynne, K.G. Hubbard, W.J. Waltman, M.J. Hayes, A.J. Tomkins, and D.A. Wilhite. 2006. Improving farmers' forecast use from understanding their beliefs, social norms, and perceived obstacles. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol.
Hu, Q., and S. Feng, 2004: Why has the land memory changed? J. Climate, 17, 3236-3243. Online
Hu, Q. 2003. A multidecadal variation in summer season diurnal rainfall in the central United States. Journal of Climate. 16:174-178. Online
Hu, Q., Feng, S. 2003. A daily soil temperature dataset and soil temperature climatology of the contiguous United States. Journal of Applied Meteorology. 42:1139-1156. Online
Qian, W., Hu, Q. Zhu, Y., Lee, D. 2003. Centennial-scale dry-wet period variability in East Asia and its forcing. Climate Dynamics 21(1):77-89. Online
Hahn, L., Hu, Q. 2001. Heat wave impacts on feedlot cattle: Guidelines for improved environmental management.6th International Livestock Environment Symposium, 5/21-5/23, Louisville, KY.
Hu, Q. 2001. Interannual rainfall variations in the North American summer monsoon region. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 12/10-12/14, San Francisco, CA.
Hu, Q. Schaeffer, G., Hays, C. Pasteris, P. 2000. Soil temperature quality control for USDA NRCS SM/ST Network: Methods and products. Proceedings of 12th Conference on Applied Climatology. American Meteorological Society, Asheville, NC. 48-51.
Hu, Q., Buyanovsky, G.A. 2000. Climate effects on corn yield in the North American Corn Belt. Proceedings of 12th Conference on Applied Climatology. American Meteorological Society, Asheville, NC. 288-291.
Hu, Q., Lee, J., Hays, C. 2000. Interannual variations of summer precipitation and temperature in the central United States. Proceedings of 11th Symposium on Global Change Studies. American Meteorological Society, Long Beach, CA. 176-179.
Hahn, G.L., Mader, T.L., Spiers, D.E., Gaughan, J.B., Nienaber, J.A. Eigenbert, R.A., Brown-Brandl, T.M., Hu, Q., Griffin, D., Hungerfort, L., Parkhusrt, A.M., Leonard, M. 1999. Heat wave impacts on feedlot cattle: Guidelines for improved environmental management. Proceedings of the International Society of Biometeorology Congress.
Hu, Q. 2001. Role of moisture flux from the Gulf of Mexico in hydrological cycle in the central United States. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 12/10-12/14, San Francisco, CA.
Hu, Q., Feng, S. 2001. Changes in mechanism of interannual variations in summer rainfall in the central U.S. ymposium on Climate Variability, The Ocean, and Societal Impacts, American Meteorological Society, 1/14-1/18, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 55-56.

Educational Background

  • BS - Lanzhou University, China, Meteorology (1982)
  • MS - Colorado State University, Atmospheric Science (1986)
  • PhD - Colorado State University, Atmospheric Science (1992)

Awards

  • 2005 – Oversea Science Advisor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences awarded by Chinese Academy of Sciences  
  • 2002 – • Recognition of Junior Faculty for Excellence in Research awarded by Agricultural Research Division, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska 

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Affiliations (index)

Areas of Interest

  • Regional and Global Climate Variations
  • Convection in the Atmosphere
  • Atmospheric Circulation and Modeling
  • Human Dimensions in Global Change
  • Regional and Global Water Cycle

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Multistate Project NC-1179 (NEB-38-105)
Starting Date 2/1/2016
Principal Investigators
Qi (Steve) Hu
Ending Date 9/30/2016
Funding Level $10,000.00
Funding Source IANR/USDA

 
Grant Title Quantifying the Relative Roles of Local versus Remote Effects on North American Summertime Drought
Starting Date 12/20/2013
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Co-PIs
Sogn Feng
Qi (Steve) Hu
Robert Oglesby
Ending Date 11/5/2014
Funding Level $124,750.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Changes in Snowfall/Precipitation Ratio in the Contiguous United States
Starting Date 3/15/2012
Principal Investigators
Song Feng
Co-PIs
Qi (Steve) Hu
Ending Date 7/15/2012
Funding Level $24,922.00
Funding Source Environmental Protection Agency

 
Grant Title Precipitation Dataset Northern Hemisphere (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Qi (Steve) Hu
Co-PIs
Song Feng
Robert Oglesby
Ending Date 7/31/2013
Funding Level $179,502.00
Funding Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
Grant Title Understanding and Predicting Tropical and North Atlantic SST Forcing on Variations in Warm Season Precipitation over North America (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Qi (Steve) Hu
Co-PIs
Song Feng
Robert Oglesby
Ending Date 7/31/2012
Funding Level $100,000.00
Funding Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/CPO

 
Grant Title Precipitation Dataset Northern Hemisphere (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Qi (Steve) Hu
Co-PIs
Song Feng
Robert Oglesby
Ending Date 7/31/2012
Funding Level $84,999.00
Funding Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
Grant Title Megadrought-Local vs Remote Causal Factors for Medieval North America
Starting Date 5/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Song Feng
Co-PIs
Qi (Steve) Hu
Robert Oglesby
Clinton Rowe
Ending Date 4/30/2014
Funding Level $469,398.00
Funding Source National Science Foundation

 
Grant Title Development of a Northern Hemisphere Gridded Precipitation Dataset Spanning the Past Half Millennium
Starting Date 8/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Qi (Steve) Hu
Co-PIs
Song Feng
Robert Oglesby
Ending Date 7/31/2011
Funding Level $165,000.00
Funding Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
Grant Title National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Warm Season Precipatation over North America
Starting Date 8/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Qi (Steve) Hu
Co-PIs
Robert Oglesby
Song Feng
Ending Date 7/31/2011
Funding Level $97,000.00
Funding Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
Grant Title Understanding and Predicting Tropical and North Atlantic SST Forcing on Variations in Warm Season Precipitation over North America
Starting Date 5/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Qi (Steve) Hu
Co-PIs
Robert Oglesby
Song Feng
Ending Date 4/30/2012
Funding Level $95,000.00
Funding Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/CPO

 

Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Climate Assessment & Impacts

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Climate Assessment & Impacts

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
NRES 467 Global Climate Change METR/NRES 467/867
NRES 867 Global Climate Change METR/NRES 467/867