University of Houston
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

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Liming Li   Curriculum Vitae pdf

Assistant Professor of Planetary Science and Atmospheric Science
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Ph. D., Geophysical and Planetary Sciences Department, 2006, California Institute of Technology
M.S., Meteorology, 2001, Peking University
B.S., Atmospheric Science, 1998, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology

Office: 223-A Old Science
Phone: (713) 893-1720

  • Research Interest
  • Projects
  • Publications
Dynamics of Planetary Atmospheres
Recycling Rate of Atmospheric Moisture Based on the AIRS Observations.
PI-I: Liming Li
Program contact: Dr. Neil Bhuva,Phone: (818) 354-4750
Period: N/A
NASA JPL Funded Project


PI: Liming Li, Co-I:Kevin Baines, Robert West, and Richard Achterberg
Program contact: Dr. Curt Niebur,Phone: (202) 358-0390
Period: N/A
NASA Outer Planets Research Program, ROSES09


PI-I: Liming Li
Program contact: Dr. Denis J. Bogan,Phone: (202) 358-0359
Period: N/A
NASA Cassini Data Analysis Program, ROSES08

Selected Publications

  • Mechanical energies of the upper atmosphere in the high latitudes of Mars. Li, L., T. H. Mcconnochie, A. Toigo, D. Banfield, M. Smith, B. Conrath, P. Gierasch, 2011f. JGR, under review.
  • The Global Energy Balance of Titan, Li, L., C. A. Nixon, R. Achterberg, M. A. Smith, N. J. P. Gorius, X. Jinag, B. Conrath, P. Gierasch, A. A. Simon-Miller, F. M. Flasar, A. P. Ingersoll, K. Baines, R. A.West, A. R. Vasavada, S.P. Ewald, 2011e. GRL, in press.
  • Recycling rate of atmospheric moisture over the past two decades. Li, L., X. Jiang, M. T. Chahine, E. T. Olsen, E. Fetzer, L. Chen, Y. L. Yung, 2011d. Environmental Research Letters, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/6/3/034017, 2011.
  • Equatorial winds on Saturn and the stratospheric oscillation. Li, L., X. Jiang, A. P. Ingersoll, A. D. Del Genio, C. C. Porco, R. A. West, A. R. Vasavada, S. P. Ewald, B. J. Conrath, P. J. Gierasch, A. A. Simon-Miller, C. A. Nixon, R. K. Achterberg, G. S. Orton, L. N. Fletcher, K. H. Baines, 2011c. Nature-Geoscience, doi:10.1038/ngeo1292.
  • The atmospheric energetics in El nino years. Li, L., et al., To be submitted to GRL.
  • Revisit of the thermal wind equation: application to planetary atmospheres at low latitudes, Li, L., B. J. Conrath, F. M. Flasar, and P. J. Gierasch, 2008a. to be submitted to JAS.
  • A toy model of the multiple bands and zonal jets on the giant planets, Li, L., P. J. Gierasch, B. J. Conrath, 2008b.Submitted to GRL.
  • The Strongest Jet Ever Detected and a New Thermal Wave in Saturn's Equatorial Stratosphere, Li, L., P. J. Gierasch, R. K. Achterberg, B. J. Conrath, F. M. Flasar, A. R. Vasavada, A. P. Ingersoll, D. Banfield, A. A. Simon-Miller, and L. N. Fletcher, 2008c. GRL, In press.
  • Lorenz energy cycle of the global atmosphere based on reanalysis datasets. Li L., A. P. Ingersoll, X. Jiang, D. Feldman, and Y. L. Yung, 2007a. GRL 34(16), art. No. L16813.
  • Waves in Jupiter's atmosphere observed by the Cassini ISS and CIRS instruments, Li L., A. P. Ingersoll, A. R. Vasavada, A. A. Simon-Miller, R. K. Achterberg, S. P. Ewald, U. A. Dyudina, C. C. Porco, R. A. West, and F. M. Flasar, 2006a.Icarus 185, 416-419.
  • Interaction of moist convection with zonal jets on Jupiter and Saturn, Li L., A. P. Ingersoll and X. L. Huang, 2006b.Icarus 180, 113-123.
  • Vertical wind shear on Jupiter from Cassini images, Li L., A. P. Ingersoll, A. R. Vasavada, A. A. Simon-Miller, A. D. Del Genio, S. P. Ewald, C. C. Porco, and R. A. West, 2006c.JGR 111, art. no. E04004.
  • Life cycles of spots on Jupiter from Cassini images, Li L., A. P. Ingersoll, A. R. Vasavada, C. C. Porco, A. D. Del Genio and S. P. Ewald, 2004. Icarus 172, 9-23.
  • Thermal effects of the Tibetan Plateau on Rossby waves, Li L., F. Huang, D. Chi, S. Liu, 2002. Advances in Atmospheric Science 19, 901-913.
  • The diabatic waves in barotropic model, Li L., D. Huang, F. Qiao, S. Liu, 2000. Journal of tropical meteorology 6, 1-12.