Chuntao Liu portrait
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Atmospheric Sciences

Research Keywords

  • precipitation, convection, lightning, extreme weather events and remote sensing


  • Liu, C., The role of deep convection in the tropical tropopause layer, AGU fall meeting (invited presentation), 2010. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/2010.
  • Liu, C., and E. Zipser, Rainfall contributions from precipitation systems with different sizes, intensities and durations over the tropics and subtropics, GPM science team meeting, Seattle, 2010. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/2010.
  • Liu, C., Troposphere-stratosphere exchange over tropics – perspective from multi-satellite observations (invited presentation), NCAR ACP, Bould, 2010. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2010.
  • Liu, C. and E. Zipser, Mesteries of the last minutes of rain drops: slopes of maximum radar reflectivity profiles below freezing level in precipitation systems, AMS microphysics conference, Portland, 2010. Conference Paper, Presented, 06/2010.
  • Liu, C. and E. Zipser, correlation between lightning and characteristics of convective cells in tropical thunderstorms, AMS tropical meteorology conference, Tucson, 2010. Conference Paper, Presented, 05/2010.


  • Liu C., and E. Zipser, 2013: Regional variation of morphology of the organized convection in the tropics and subtropics, Part I: regional variation, J. Geophy. Res., 118, 453–466, doi:10.1029/2012JD018409. Published, 03/2013.
  • Liu, C., and E. Zipser, 2013: Why does radar reflectivity tend to increase downward toward the ocean surface, but decrease downward toward the land surface?, J. Geophy. Res., 118, 135–148, doi:10.1029/2012JD018134. Published, 03/2013.
  • Ferraro, R., and coauthors including C. Liu, 2012: An evaluation of microwave land surface emissivities over the continental United Stated to benefit GPM-era precipitation algorithms, IEEE, transactions on geoscience and remote sensing, 0196-2892. Published, 03/2012.
  • Liu, C., D. Cecil, and E. J. Zipser, 2012: Relationships between lightning flash rates and radar reflectivity vertical structures in thunderstorms over the tropics and subtropics. J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2011JD017123. Published, 01/2012.
  • Wall, C. L., E. J. Zipser, and C. Liu, 2012: A regional climatology of monsoonal precipitation in the southwestern US using TRMM, J. Hydrometeor., 13, 310-323. Published, 01/2012.
  • Peterson, M., and C. Liu, 2011: Global statistics of lightning in anvil and stratiform regions over tropics and subtropics observed by TRMM. J. Geophys. Res. 116, D23201, doi:10.1029/2011JD015908. Published, 11/2011.
  • Liu, C., D. Cecil, and E. J. Zipser, 2011: Relationships between lightning flash rates and passive microwave brightness temperatures at 85 and 37 GHz over the tropics and subtropics. J. Geophys. Res.,116, D23108, doi:10.1029/2011JD016463. Published, 10/2011.
  • Robinson, F. J., S. C. Sherwood, D. Gerstle, C. Liu , and D. J. Kieshbaum, 2010: Exploring the land-ocean contrast in convective vigor using islands, J. Atmos. Sci,68, 602-618. Published, 10/2011.
  • Jiang, H., C. Liu, and E. J. Zipser, 2011: A TRMM-based tropical cyclone cloud and precipitation feature database, J. Appl. Meteor. Climat., 50, 1255-1274. Accepted, 12/2010.
  • Liu, C., 2011: Rainfall contribution from precipitation systems with different sizesm intensities and durations, J. Hydrometeor., 12, 394-412 . Published, 11/2010.
  • Gopalan, K., N.-Y. Wang, R. Ferraro, and C. Liu, 2010: Status of version 7 of the TRMM 2a12 land precipitation algorithm, J. Tech., 27, 1343-1354. Published, 08/2010.
  • Xu, W., E. J. Zipser, C. Liu, and J. Jiang, 2010: On the relationships between lightning frequency and thundercloud parameters of regional precipitation systems, J. Geophys. Res., 115, D12203, doi:10.1029/2009JD013385. Published, 03/2010.
  • Li, X., W. K. Tao, T. Matshu, C. Liu and H. Masunaga, 2010: Improving a spectral bin microphysical scheme using TRMM satellite observations, Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc, 647, 382-399. Published, 02/2010.
  • Wang, N.-Y., C. Liu, R. Ferraro, D. Wolff, E. J. Zipser, C. Kummerow, 2009: The TRMM 2A12 land precipitation product – status and future plans, J. Meteor. Sco. Japan, 87A, 237-253. Published, 2009.
  • Liu, C., and E.J.Zipser, 2009: "Warm rain" in the tropics: Seasonal and regional distribution based on 9 years of TRMM data. J. Climate, 22, DOI: 10.1175/2008JCLI2641.1, 767-779. Published, 2009.
  • Liu, C., and E. J. Zipser, 2009: Implication of the day vs. night differences of water vapor, carbon monoxide and thin cloud observations near tropical tropopause, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D09303, doi:10.1029/2008JD011524. Published, 2009.
  • Liu, C., E.J.Zipser, D.J.Cecil, S.W.Nesbitt, and S. Sherwood, 2008: A cloud and precipitation feature database from 9 years of TRMM observations. J. Appl. Meteor. Climate, 47, 2712-2728. DOI:10.1175/2008JAMC1890.1. Published, 2008.
  • Liu, C., and E.J.Zipser, 2008: Diurnal cycles of precipitation, clouds, and lightning in the triopics from 9 years of TRMM observations. Geophys. Res. Letters, 35, L04819, doi:10.1029/2007GL032437. Published, 2008.
  • Liu, C., E.J.Zipser, G.G. Mace, and S. Benson, 2008: Implications of the differences between daytime and nighttime CloudSat observations over the tropics. J. Geophys. Res., 113, D00A04, doi:10.1029/2008JD009783. Published, 2008.
  • Zhang, Y., S. A. Klein, C. Liu, B. Tian, R. T. Marchand, J. M. Haynes, R. B. McCoy, Y. Zhang, and T. P. Ackerman, 2008: On the diurnal cycle of deep convection, high-level cloud and upper troposphere water vapor in the Multi-scale Modeling Framework, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D16105, doi:10.1029/2008JD009905. Published, 2008.
  • Liu, C., E. J. Zipser, T. J. Garrett, J. Jiang, H. Su, 2007: How do the water vapor and carbon monoxide “tape recorders” start near the tropical tropopause? Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L09804, doi:10.1029/2006GL029234. Published, 2007.
  • Liu, C., 2007: Geographical and seasonal distribution of tropical tropopause thin clouds and their relation to deep convection and water vapor viewed from satellite measurements, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D09205, doi:10.1029/2006JD007479. Published, 2007.
  • Liu, C., E. Zipser, and S. W. Nesbitt, 2007: Global distribution of tropical deep convection: Different perspectives using infrared and radar as the primary data source, J. Climate, 20, 489-503. Published, 2007.
  • Garrett, T., J. Dean-Day, C. Liu, B. K. Barnett, G. G. Mace, D. G. Baumgardner, C. R. Webster, T. Paul Bui, and W. R. Read, 2006: A redistribution of water due to pileus cloud formation near the tropopause, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 6, no5, 1185-1200. Published, 2006.
  • Zipser, E., D. Cecil, C. Liu, S. W. Nesbitt, and S. Yorty, 2006: where are the most intense thunderstorms on Earth?, Bull. Am. Meteorol. Res., 87, 1057-1071. Published, 2006.
  • Liu, C, and E. Zipser, 2005: Global distribution of convection penetrating the tropical tropopause,J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2005JD00006063. Published, 2005.
  • Liu, C., and L. Cheng, 1999: Parameterization of Mobilization and Transport of Sand-Dust during Black Storm and Mesoscale Numerical Experiments. ACTA. Meteor. SINICA.,Vol.13, No.3, 316-330. Published, 1999.
  • Wang P., C. Liu, 1998: Numerical study of Mesoscale structure of Number 6 tropical depression in 1996, ACTA. Meteor. SINICA, 56 (3), 296-311 (in Chinese). Published, 1998.
  • Liu, C., L. Cheng, 1997: Study of Transport of Sand-Dust during Black Storm using Mesoscale Numerical model. ACTA Meteo. SINICA, 55, 726-738. (in Chinese), 1997. Published, 1997.