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Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Dr. Heping Liu

Heping Liu

Associate Professor




(509) 335-1529


(509) 335-7632

Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (LAR)

Micrometeorology Research Group


  • Ph.D., 1997 – Peking University, China

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 2010-present
  • Associate Professor, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, 2009-2010
  • Assistant Professor, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, 2004-2009
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 2001-2004
  • Research Fellow/Temporary Lecturer, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1999-2001
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bayreuth, Germany, 1997-1999


  • NSF CAREER Award, 2009
  • JSU CSET Outstanding Achievement Award in Research, 2008

Research Interests

  • Micrometeorology; Microclimatology; Boundary-Layer Meteorology
  • Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions and Ecosystem-Climate Feedbacks


  • Applied Meteorology


  • Zhang, Y., H.P. Liu, T. Foken, Q.L Williams, S. Liu, M. Mauder, C. Liebethal (2010), Turbulence spectra and cospectra under the influence of large eddies in the Energy Balance EXperiment (EBEX), Boundary-Layer Meteorology, DOI: 10.1007/s10546-010-9504-1.
  • Sheng, L., S. Liu, H.P. Liu (2010), Climate-induced hotspots in the surface energy fluxes from 1948 to 2000, Environmental Research Letters, 5, 014001 doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/5/1/014001.
  • Liu, H.P., Y. Zhang, S. Liu, H. Jiang, L. Sheng, and Q. L. Williams (2009), Eddy covariance measurements of surface energy budget and evaporation in a cool season over southern open water in Mississippi, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 114, D04110, doi:10.1029/2008JD010891.
  • Liu H.P., J.T. Randerson (2008), Interannual Variability in Surface Energy Exchange Depends on Stand Age in a Boreal Forest Fire Chronosequence, Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 113: G01006. doi:10.1029/2007JG000483.
  • Welp, L.R., J.T. Randerson, H.P. Liu (2007) The Sensitivity of Carbon Fluxes to Spring Warming and Summer Drought Depends on Plant Functional Type in Boreal Forest Ecosystems, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2007.07.010.
  • Oncley, S.P., T. Foken, R. Vogt, W. Kohsiek, H. de Bruin, C. Bernhofer, A. Christen, D. Grantz, E. Lehner, C. Liebethal, H.P. Liu, M. Mauder, A. Pitacco, L. Ribeiro, and T. Weidinger (2007), The Energy Balance Experiment EBEX-2000. Part I: Overview and Energy Balance, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, DOI 10.1007/s10546-007-9161-1.
  • Liu, H.P., J.T. Randerson, J. Lindfors, and W.J. Massman, T. Foken (2006), Consequences of Incomplete Surface Energy Balance Closure for CO2 Fluxes from Open-path CO2/H2O Infrared Gas Analyzers, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, DOI 10.1007/s10546-005-9047-z.
  • Randerson, J.T., H.P. Liu, M.G. Flanner, S.D. Chambers, Y. Jin, P.G. Hess, G. Pfister, M.C. Mack, K.K. Treseder, L.R. Welp, F.S. Chapin, J.W. Harden, M.L. Goulden, E. Lyons, J.C. Neff, E.A.G. Schuur, and C.S. Zender (2006), The Impact of Boreal Forest Fire on Climate Warming, Science, 341, 1130-1132.
  • Liu, H.P. (2005), An Alternative Approach for CO2 Flux Correction Caused by Heat and Water Vapor Transfer, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 115, 151-168.
  • Liu, H.P., J.T. Randerson, J. Lindfors, F.S. Chapin III (2005), Changes in the Surface Energy Budget After Fire in Boreal Ecosystems of Interior Alaska: An Annual Perspective, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 110, D13101, doi:10.1029/2004JD005158.
  • Liu, H.P., and J.C.L. Chan (2002), Boundary-Layer Dynamics Associated with a Severe Air-Pollution Episode in Hong Kong, Atmospheric Environment, 36, 2013-2025.
  • Liu, H.P., G. Peters and T. Foken (2001), New Equations for Omnidirectional Sonic Temperature Variance and Buoyancy Heat Flux with a Sonic Anemometer, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 100, 459-468.