Leiqiu Hu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Atmospheric and Earth Science


320 Sparkman Drive
Cramer Research Hall
Room 3043
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Curriculum Vitae

Research Lab Website

ORCiD Listing


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Kansas, USA, 2014
  • M.S., Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Science, Institute of Remote Sensing Applications, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 2011
  • B.S., Geography, School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, China, 2008

Honors & Awards

  • 2014-2016 Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellowship, NCAR, USA
  • 2014 Dissertation Defense with Honors, University of Kansas
  • 2008 Graduate with Honors, Beijing Normal University (China)


  • Urban Climatology
  • Quantitative Thermal Remote Sensing
  • Applied Remote Sensing and GIS in Environmental Studies

Recent Publications

  • Lai, J. ; Zhan, W.; Voogt, J.; Quan, J.; Huang, F.; Zhou, J; Bechtel, B.; Hu, L.; Wang, K.; Cao, C.; Lee, X. 2020. Meteorological controls on daily variations of nighttime surface urban heat islands. Remote Sensing of Environment, 112198. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2020.112198 

  • Vo, T.; Hu, L.2021. Diurnal Evolution of Urban Tree Temperature at a City Scale, Scientific Reports10.1038/s41598-021-89972-0

  • Hu, L.* 2021. A Global Assessment of Coastal Marine Heatwaves and Their Relation with Coastal Urban Thermal Changes, Geophysical Research Letters, 10.1029/2021GL093260

  • Wang, D.; Chen, Y.; Hu, L.; Voogt, J.; Gastellu-Etchegorry, J.; Krayenhoff, E. 2021. Modeling the angular effect of MODIS LST in urban areas: a case study of Toulouse, France, Remote Sensing of Environment, 10.1016/j.rse.2021.112361. 

  • Hong, F.; Zhan, W.; Göttsche, F. M.; Lai, J.; Liu, Z.; Hu, L.; Fu, P.; Huang, F.; Li, J.; Li, H.; Wu, H. 2021. A simple yet robust framework to estimate accurate daily mean land surface temperature from thermal observations of tandem polar orbiters. Remote Sensing of Environments, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2021.112612.

  • Browne, C.; Matteson D.; McBride, L.; Hu, L.; Liu, Y.; Sun, Y.; Wen, J.; Barrett, C. B. 2021. Multivariate random forest prediction of poverty and malnutrition prevalence, PLOS ONE, 10.1371/journal.pone.0255519

  • McBride L.; Barrett C.; Browne, C.; Hu, L.; Liu, Y.; Matteson D.; Sun. Y.; & Wen, J. 2021. Predicting poverty and malnutrition for targeting, mapping, monitoring, and early warning, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 10.1002/aepp.13175

  • Cui, Y.; Hu, L.; Wang, Z.; Li, Q. 2021. Urban nocturnal cooling mediated by bluespace. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 10.1007/s00704-021-03727-5

  • Jiang, L.; Zhan, W.; Hu, L.; Huang, F.; Hong, F.; Liu, Z.; Lai, J.; Wang, C. 2021. Assessment of Different Kernel-driven Models for Daytime Urban Thermal Anisotropy Simulation, Remote Sensing of Environment,263(15), 112562. 

  • Yu, Z.; Hu, L.; Sun, T.; Albertson, J.; Li, Q. 2021. Impact of Heat Storage on Remote-Sensing Based Quantification of Anthropogenic Heat in Urban Environments, Remote Sensing of Environment, 262,112520