Steve (Qi) Hu

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Professor Earth & Atmospheric Sciences qhu2@unl.edu 402-472-6642 707 Hardin Hall

Hi, I'm Steve Hu, and I'm a climatologist in the School of Natural Resources associated with the bio-atmospheric interactions graduate specialization.

My research interests involve: understanding precipitation variations in the central United States and the variability of summer monsoon rainfall in the southwestern United States; identifying physical mechanisms causing the inter-annual and multi-decadal variations (changes over decades) in precipitation in the central and western United States; understanding the effects of climate change on water resources, crop production and animal behavior in the central United States; studying the decision-making of Nebraska farmers regarding use of climate information and predictions; and identifying ways to improve both the decision-making and the climate information, particular predictions, so that they can be used effectively for the benefit of farmers and the larger society.

I'm also involved in studying the interactions of atmospheric convection and radiation and their role in global climate variations and analyzing the effects of regional climate change on streamflows and local water resources.

My extension programs are: developing educational programs to improve understanding and use of climate predictions and understanding and use of other climate information in decision-making; connecting climate forecasters and climate data users and identifying ways to improve predictions for easier use by the public. In general, I serve as a source of climate predictions and climate information for the general public and also assist in making decisions related to the management of utility markets.

I have been teaching Agricultural Climatology, a graduate-level course on the agricultural environment and development and change in such environments; and Global Climate Change, a senior- and graduate-level class focusing on evidence and mechanisms of climate variability and climate change from regional to global scales.

I received my bachelor's in meteorology in 1982 from Lanzhou University, in China, my master's in atmospheric science from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins in 1986 and my Ph.D. in atmospheric science from Colorado State in 1992.

Selected Publications


    • Guo, H., Q. Hu, and T. Jiang, 2008, Annual and seasonal streamflow responses to climate and land-cover changes in Poyang Lake basin, China, J. Hydrology, (in press).

    • Hu, Q., and S. Feng, 2008, Variation of the North American summer monsoon regimes and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, J. Climate, (in press).

    • Feng, S., and Q. Hu, 2007, Changes in winter snowfall/precipitation ratio in the contiguous United States, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D15109, doi:10.1029/2007JD008397.

    • Hu, Q., and S. Feng, 2007, Decadal variation of the southwest U.S. summer monsoon circulation and rainfall in a regional model, J. Climate, 20, 4702-4716.

    • Hu, Q., S. Feng, H. Guo, and T. Jiang, 2007, Interactions of the Yangtze River flow and the hydrologic processes of the Poyang Lake, China, J. Hydrology, 347, 90-100.

    • Artikov, I., S.J. Hoffman, G.D. Lynne, L.M. PytlikZillig, Q. Hu, A.J. Tomkins, K.G. Hubbard, M.J. Hayes, and W.J. Waltman, 2006, Understanding the influence of climate forecasts on farmer decisions as planned behavior, J Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 45, 1202-1214.

    • Hu, Q., A. Weiss, S. Feng, and P.S. Baenziger, 2006, Earlier winter wheat heading dates and warmer spring in the U.S. Great Plains, Agricul. Forest Meteor., 135, 284-290.

    • Hu, Q., L.M. PytlikZillig, G.D. Lynne, K.G. Hubbard, W.J. Waltman, M.J. Hayes, A.J. Tomkins, and D.A. Wilhite, 2006, Understanding farmers' forecast use from their beliefs, values, social norms, and perceived obstacles, J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 45, 1190-1201.

    • Hu, Q., and S. Feng, 2005, How has the soil temperature been affected by surface temperature and precipitation in the Eurasian continent?, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L14711, doi:10.1029/2005GL023469.

    • Hu, Q., G.D. Willson, X. Chen, and A. Akyuz, 2005, Effects of climate variation and landcover change on stream discharge in the Ozark Highlands, USA, Environmental Modeling and Assessment, 10, 9-19.