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 (Steve) Hu, and I'm an atmospheric scientist with a joint appointment in the School of Natural Resources and the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. In training, I received my bachelor's degree in Meteorology in 1982 from Lanzhou University, China, and my master's degree in 1986 and Ph.D. degree in 1992 both in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Over the years, I have researched problems in a wide range of subjects from the tropics to the polar region. I developed the theory of low-frequency oscillations in radiative-convective systems, such as the tropical atmosphere, and suggested it as a driving mechanism of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO). This theory has been tested and remains a cornerstone for the MJO. In high latitude regions, I disclosed the physical processes connecting the Arctic Oscillation with the circulation and precipitation anomalies in mid-latitude North America. In recent years, my research focus has been placed at mechanisms for precipitation variations in the central U.S. from intraseasonal to multidecadal timescales. A series of projects was devoted to understanding those variations by remote forcing such as ENSO and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO). Local effects, from land-use change and effects on regional circulation, are also being examined. An intriguing result from a recent study is that the massive land-cover change in the Great Plains from the pre-settlement to the 1930s is found playing a key role in the 1930s "Dust Bowl" drought. In addition to these large-scale dynamics problems I also developed a convection parameterization for models and have been searching answers to some questions in initiation of nocturnal convection during the warm season in the Great Plains.

I prefer systems approach to solve problems. With that sentiment, I have expanded my interest and research to hydrology, ecology and human aspects in science. In hydrology, I collaborated with scientists in China and revealed for the first time the forcing processes of the Yangtze River responsible for frequent summer floods in the Poyang Lake (the largest freshwater lake in China) before the Three Gorges Dam (TGD) was built. After the TGD, its roles on Yangtze River-Poyang Lake interactions and the hydrology in the lake basin were further quantified. Meanwhile, working with a team of social scientists, we extended the Theory of Planned Behavior in social psychology to measure the roles of belief, social norm and self-efficacy in farmers' decision-making process with the goal to improve their capability and social support so that using weather and climate information becomes natural in their farming decision-making.

Steve (Qi) Hu

My research results have been summarized in ~90 refereed journal publications and at 20 some invited presentations at various venues.

While plowing in my research, I enjoy my extension work, interacting with agricultural producers in person, working with them in understanding where to find the relevant information on weather and climate for their situation, correctly interpreting the information in the context of their situation, and finding the right ways to use the information in their farming decision-making. It is not easy to change people's mind or habit, yet it is rewarding to influence their intention by showing them scientific facts.

I am also teaching numerous classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. They include Dynamic Meteorology, Physical Climatology and Climate Change. I am trying to engage students interest in learning by providing additional information and interpretation of a learning subject from various perspectives of different complexity, and excite students curiosity in exploring those or related subjects in greater depth in their own path.

Selected Publications

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
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
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
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
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
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., 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 D.A. Randall, 1995: Low-frequency oscillations in radiative-convective systems, Part II: An idealized model. J. Atmos. Sci. 52, 478-490.

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