Qingyuan Han, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Atmospheric and Earth Science


320 Sparkman Drive
National Space Science & Technology Center
Room 3047
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Atmos. Sci. Columbia University, New York, NY, 1992
  • M. Ph. Atmos. Sci. Columbia University, New York, NY, 1990
  • M.S., Atmos. Sci. Peking University, PRC, 1982
  • B.S., B.S. Meteorology Peking University, PRC, 1980


  • GACP
  • GLI, NASDA, Japan
  • POLDER, CNES, France
  • TRMM


  • Atmospheric Science
  • Satellite cloud climatology
  • Meteorology
  • Remote sensing
  • Climate
  • Radiative transfer
  • Radiative Transfer
  • Satellite Remote Sensing

Recent Publications

  • Han, Q., 2010: Comment on "Metrics to describe the dynamical evolution of atmospheric moisture: Intercomparison of model (NARR) and observations (ISCCP)" by Tao and Barro. J. Geophys. Res., 115, D14124, doi:10.1029/2009JD011984.

  • Han, Q., J.-L. Brenguier, K.-S. Kuo, and A. Naeger, 2009: A New IR Technique for Monitoring Low-Cloud Process Using Geostationary Satellite Data. Atmos. Sci. Letts., 10, 115-121.

  • Zeng, J., Q. Han, and J. Wang, 2008: High-spectral resolution simulation of polarization of skylight: Sensitivity to aerosol vertical profile, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L20801, doi:10.1029/2008GL035645.

  • Welch, R., J. Zeng, Q. Han, U. Nair, and R. Lawton, 2008: Biogeography of tropical montane cloud forests: 1: Remote sensing of cloud base heights. J. Appl. Meteor. & Clim., 47, 960-975.

  • Han, Q., J. Zeng, K.-S. Kuo, H. Chen, and E. Smith, 2005, Effect of particle size distributions on the retrieval of ice cloud properties, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L13818, doi:10.1029/2005GL022659.

  • Ray, D. K., U. S. Nair, R. M. Welch, Q. Han, J. Zeng, W. Su, T. Kikuchi, and T. J. Lyons, Effects of land use in Southwest Australia: 1. Observations of cumulus cloudiness and energy fluxes, J. Geophys. Res., 108(D14), 4414, doi:10.1029/2002JD002654, 2003.

  • Han, Q. Y., W. B. Rossow, J. Zeng, and R. M. Welch, 2002: Three different behaviors of liquid water path of water clouds in aerosol-cloud interactions. J. Atmos. Sci., 59, 726-735. (view pdf)

  • Han, Q.Y., W.B.Rossow, Joyce Chou, and R.M.Welch, 2000a: Near-global Survey of Clouds Column Susceptibilities Using ISCCP Data. Geophys. Res. Letts., 27, 3221-3224 (view pdf)

  • Han, Q. Y., W. B. Rossow, J. Chou, and R. M. Welch, 2000b: ISCCP Data used to address a key IPCC climate issue: An approach for estimating the aerosol indirect effect globally. GEWEX News, 10, 3-5.

  • Han, Q. Y., W. B. Rossow, J. Chou, K. Kuo, and R. M. Welch, 1999: The effects of aspect ratio and surface roughness on satellite retrievals of ice-cloud properties. J. Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 63, (1999) 559-583 (view pdf)