Leiqiu Hu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Atmospheric and Earth Science


320 Sparkman Drive
Cramer Research Hall
Room 3046
Huntsville, AL 35899
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  • 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, 20112011
  • 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., G ̈ottsche, 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

Affiliate Faculty

  • Dr. Arastoo Biazar
  • Dr. Monte Bateman
  • Dr. Dan Cecil
  • Dr. Hugh Christian
  • Dr. Tim Coleman
  • Dr. Eugene Crawford
  • Dr. Richard Ferrare
  • Mr. Burgess Howell
  • Mr. Daniel Irwin
  • Dr. Gary Jedlovec
  • Dr. Timothy Lang
  • Dr. Xiong Liu
  • Dr. Eugene McCaul
  • Dr. Walt Petersen
  • Dr. Jonathan Pleim
  • Dr. Rahul Ramachandran
  • Dr. Roy Spencer