Atmospheric Sciences


My primary research interests are in the areas of (1) atmospheric convection, (2) tropical dynamics, and (3) regional hydroclimatology. The primary goal of my research is to improve our understanding of clouds, convection, and precipitation in a changing climate to improve predictability of hydroclimatological changes in response to anthropogenic warming.


Huiyu received a BS degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Lanzhou University in China and spent her third year at the University of Reading in the UK. During her time as an undergraduate, she studied the radiative forcing of ozone and its impact on global precipitation and the aerosol properties in East Asia. For her Ph.D, she is researching on regional characteristics of variability in the jet streams and the roles of moist processes in controlling the jet variabilities.

Land-atmosphere Interaction

Within the Department there is a strong focus on the interactions between the Earth’s surface and its atmosphere. These efforts integrate hydrological, ecological, and meteorological principles to understand the exchange of water, heat, and trace gases between the land and the atmosphere. Much of the interest in these mass and energy fluxes centers on the nonlinear feedback effects between the surface and the atmosphere, and the resulting impacts to the biosphere and atmosphere.

Atmospheric Sciences

The atmospheric sciences program at U.Va. focuses on relationships between atmospheric processes and the Earth’s biosphere and hydrosphere on a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Areas of specialization within the Department include: synoptic and dynamic climatology; air quality and visibility; atmospheric chemistry; modeling of acid depositions and trace gas transport; mesoscale meteorology and climatology; convective storms; and coastal processes.


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