Steve Hu

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., and Veres, M.C., 2016: Atmospheric responses to North Atlantic SST anomalies in idealized experiments. Part II: North American precipitation. J. Climate, 29, 659-671.
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.
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.
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, doi:10.1002/2014JD022499.
Feng, S., Q. Hu, W. Huang, C. Ho, R. Li, and Z. Tang, 2014: Projected climate regimes shift under future global warming from multi-model, multi-scenarios CMIP5 simulations. Global and Planetary Change, 112, 41-52.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.   On-Line
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.
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.
Hu, Q., and S. Feng, 2012: AMO- and ENSO-driven summertime circulation and precipitation variations in North America. J. Climate, 25, 6477-6495.
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.   On-Line
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..
Hu, Q., and S. Feng, 2008: Variation of the North American summer monsoon regimes and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. J. Climate, 21, 2371-2383.   On-Line
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.
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.
Hu, Q., and S. Feng, 2004: Why has the land memory changed? J. Climate, 17, 3236-3243.   On-Line

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 Science

Affiliations (index)

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