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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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 Niño/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 and 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 suggestions, comments, and ideas.

Selected Publications

Aebly, F.A., Q. Hu, and S.C. Fritz, 2008: Alternative indices for summer season NAO and precipitation variability in West Greenland. J. Climate, 21, 532-541.
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, doi:10.1029/2007GL032484.
Feng, S., R. Oglesby, C. Rowe, D. Loope, and Q. Hu, 2008: Pacific and Atlantic SST influences on Medieval drought in North America simulated by Community Atmospheric Model. J. Geophys. Res., 113, D11101, doi:10.1029/2007JD009347.
Guo, H., Q. Hu, and T. Jiang, 2008: Annual and seasonal streamflow responses to climate and land-cover changes in Poyang Lake basin, China. J. Hydrology, 355, 106-122.
Hu, Q., and S. Feng, 2008: Variation of the North American summer monsoon regimes and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. J. Climate, 21, 2371-2383.
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.
Feng, S., and Q. Hu, 2007: Changes in winter snowfall/precipitation ratio in the contiguous United States. J. Geophys. Res. 112, D15109, doi:10.1029/2007JD008397.
Hu, Q. and S. Feng, 2007: Decadal variation of the southwest U.S. summer monsoon circulation and rainfall in a regional model. J. Climate, 20, 4702-4716.
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.
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.

Educational Background

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

SNR Faculty Area(s)

Notable Websites

Expertise

  • Climate - Change
  • Climate - Forecasting
  • Climate - Modeling
  • Climate - Policy
  • Climate - Variability
  • Global Circulation Model
  • Weather - Climate Change

Areas of Interest (Keyword)

  • Agriculture and Livestock - AAGeneral
  • Agriculture and Livestock - Agricultural Meteorology
  • Agriculture and Livestock - Livestock Production, Water Resources
  • Agroecosystems - Climate
  • Climate - Decision-Making
  • Climate - Drought
  • Climate - Microclimate
  • Climate - Mitigation/Adaptation
  • Climate - Monitoring
  • Climate - Vegetation
  • Drought - Assessment
  • Drought - Climate
  • Drought - Decision-Making
  • Great Plains
  • Groundwater - Surface Water
  • Humans and the Environment - Behavior
  • Humans and the Environment - Beliefs/Values
  • Humans and the Environment - Communications
  • Humans and the Environment - Planning
  • Humans and the Environment - Science-Policy Interface
  • Hydrology - AAGeneral
  • Hydrology - Modeling
  • Meteorology - Agricultural Meteorology
  • Microclimate
  • Planning - Humans and Environmental Planning
  • Remote Sensing - Monitoring
  • Surface Water
  • Vegetation - Climate
  • Water - Livestock Production, Water

Other 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 Changes in Snowfall/Precipitation Ratio in the Contiguous United States
Starting Date 3/15/2012
Principal Investigators
Song Feng
Co-PIs
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
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
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
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
Steve Hu
Robert Oglesby
Rowe, Clinton
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
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
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
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 with a Specialization in
  • Climate Assessment & Impacts
Doctor of Philosophy with a Specialization in
  • Climate Assessment & Impacts

Courses Taught in the Current Semester
Course Number Course Title Day Time Cross Listing
NRES 907 Agricultural Climatology W 0200-0350 P AGRO/HORT 907; METR 952
NRES 907 Agricultural Climatology TR 0200-0250 P AGRO/HORT 907; METR 952
NRES 907 Agricultural Climatology W 0200-0350 P AGRO/HORT 907; METR 952
NRES 907 Agricultural Climatology TR 0200-0250 P AGRO/HORT 907; METR 952
NRES 907 Agricultural Climatology W 0200-0350 P AGRO & HORT 907; METR 952
NRES 907 Agricultural Climatology TR 0200-0250 P AGRO & HORT 907; METR 952
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 X METR 467/867, NRES 867
NRES 867 Global Climate Change X METR467/867, NRES 467