Profile for Dong Wu

Title: Research Physical Scientist
Affiliation: NASA Civil Service
Contact: E-mail
Code 613
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Office Phone: 301-614-5784
Fax: 301-614-6307



Dr. Dong L. Wu is a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). His research interests include remote sensing of atmospheric dynamics and clouds, and sun-climate connection. Dr. Wu received a B.S. degree in space physics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1985, and M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Michigan in 1993 and 1994. He worked as a Principal Research Scientist and the supervisor of Aerosol and Cloud Group at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California Institute of Technology during 1994-2011 before joining GSFC. Dr. Wu has been the principal investigator (PI), co-investigator (Co-I) and team member of numerous NASA projects, including High Resolution Doppler Imager (HRDI) in 1991-1994, Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) in 1994-2008, CloudSat in 2006-2010, Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) since 2008, and NASA’s Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) since 2007. He has been actively involved in the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) since 2008 through his work in satellite wind and cloud observations, serving as the rapporteur of the CGMS International Cloud Working Group (ICWG). He authored and co-authored 120+ papers on peer-reviewed journals, and won a number of awards, including NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2001 and 2008, and JPL Ed Stone award for Outstanding Research Paper in 2006.

Research Interests

Remote sensing of clouds and winds, Atmospheric/ionospheric gravity waves, Radiative transfer and retrieval algorithms



Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1994
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1993
M.S. in Physics, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1989
B.S. in Space Physics, Univ. of Sci. and Tech. of China, Hefei, Anhui, China, 1985


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Updates to our publications records have been put on hold until a new storage and delivery system has been put in place. As a result, this information is currently out of date and does not include the most recent publications. For a more complete listing of publications, please visit the Sciences and Exporation Directorate.

Gong, J., and D.L. Wu (2014). CloudSat-constrained cloud ice water path and cloud top height retrievals from MHS 157 and 183.3 GHz radiances. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 1-18.

Kim, M., J. Kim, M. S. Wong, J. Yoon, J. Lee, D.L. Wu, P. W. Chan, J. E. Nichol, C.-Y. Chung, and M.-L. Ou (2014). Improvement of aerosol optical depth retrieval over Hong Kong from a geostationary meteorological satellite using critical reflectance with background optical depth correction Rem. Sens. Environ, 142, 176-187

Lee, Y.G., J. Kim, C.-H. Ho, S.I. An, R. Mao, H.-K. Cho, B. Tian, D.L. Wu, J.N. Lee, O. Kalashnikova, and Y. Choi (2014). Combined effects of AO and ENSO on the occurrence of spring dust over northeast 1 Asia: An observational investigation. Geophys. Res. Lett., (Submitted).

Ruzmaikin, A., J. N. Lee, and D.L. Wu (2014). Patterns of Carbon Monoxide in the Middle Atmosphere and Effects of Solar Variability Adv. in Space Research, (In Press).

Wu, L., A. Lambert, W. G. Read, P. Eriksson, and J. Gong (2014). MLS and CALIOP cloud ice measurements in the upper troposphere: A constraint from microwave on cloud microphysics J. App. Met. Clim, (In Press).

Yang, Y., S. P. Palm, A. Marshak, D. L. Wu, H. Yu, and Q. Fu (2014). First Satellite-detected Perturbations of Outgoing Longwave Radiation Associated with Blowing Snow Events over Antarctica Geophys. Res. Lett, 41(2), 730-735

Flury, T., D.L. Wu, and W.G. Read (2013). Variability in the speed of the Brewer-Dobson circulation as observed by Aura/MLS Atmos. Chem. Phys, 13, 4563-4575

Gong, J., and D.L. Wu (2013). View angle dependent AIRS cloudiness and radiance variance: analysis and interpretation J. Geophy., Res, 118, 1-13

Millan, L., W. Read, Y. Kasai, A. Lambert, N. Livesey, J. Mendrok, H. Sagawa, T. Santo, M. Shiotani, and D.L. Wu (2013). SMILES Ice Cloud Products J. Geophy., Res.,-Atmos, 118(12), 6468-6477
DOI: 10.1002/jgrd.50322

Choi, H-J., H.-Y. Chun, J. Gong, and D.L. Wu (2012). Comparison of Gravity Wave Temperature Variances from Ray-based Spectral Parameterization of Convective Gravity Wave Drag with AIRS Observations. J. Geophys. Res., 117, D05115.

Eckermann, S., and D.L. Wu (2012). Satellite detection of orographic gravity-wave activity in the winter subtropical stratosphere over Australia and Africa. J. Geophy. Res., 39, L21807.

Flury, T., D.L. Wu, and W.G. Read (2012). Correlation among cirrus ice content, water vapor and temperature in the TTL as observed by CALIPSO and Aura/MLS. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 683-691

Gong, J., D.L. Wu, and S.D. Eckermann (2012). Gravity wave variances and propagation derived from AIRS radiances. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 1701-1720

Lambert A., M.L. Santee, D.L. Wu, and J.H. Chae (2012). A-train CALIPSO and MLS observations of early winter Antarctic polar stratospheric clouds and nitric acid in 2008. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Dis., 12, 2899-2931

Wu, D.L., and J. Lee (2012). Arctic low cloud changes as observed by MISR and CALIOP: Implication for the enhanced autumnal warming and sea ice loss J. Geophys. Res, 117(D7).

Xie, F., D.L. Wu, C.O. Ao, A.J. Mannucci, and E.R. Kursinski (2012). Advances and limitations of atmospheric boundary layer observations with GPS occultation over Southeast Pacific Ocean Atmos. Chem. Phys, 12, 903-918

Xie, Y., P. Yang, G.W. Kattawar, P. Minnis, Y. Hu, and D.L. Wu (2012). Determination of ice cloud models using MODIS and MISR data Intl. J. Rem Sens., 33, 4219-4253

Chae, J.H., D.L. Wu, Read, W.G., and Sherwood, S.C. (2011). The role of tropical deep convective clouds on temperature, water vapor, and dehydration in the tropical tropopause layer (TTL) Atmos. Chem. Phys, 11, 3811-3821

Gong, J., and D.L. Wu (2011). View-angle dependent AIRS cloud radiances: Implications for tropical anvil structures Geophys. Res. Lett, 38, L14802.

Lee, J., D. L. Wu, G. L. Manney, M. J. Schwartz, A. Lambert, N. J. Livesey, H. C. Pumphrey, and W. G. Read (2011). Aura Microwave Limb Sounder Observations of the Polar Middle Atmosphere: Dynamics and Transport of H2O and CO J. Geophy., Res, 116, D05110.

Lee, J.N., D.L. Wu, G.L. Manney, M.J. Schwartz, A. Lambert, N.J. Livesey, K.R. Minschwaner, H.C. Pumphrey, and W.G. Read (2011). Aura Microwave Limb Sounder Observations of the Polar Middle Atmosphere: Dynamics and Transport of CO and H2O J. Geophys. Res, 116, D05110.

Limpasuvan, V., M.J. Alexander, Y.J. Orsolini, D.L. Wu, M. Xue, J.H. Richter, and C. Yamashita (2011). Mesoscale simulations of gravity waves during the 2008–2009 major stratospheric sudden warming J. Geophys. Res, 116(D17104).

Wu, D.L., J.H. Chae, A. Lambert, and F.F. Zhang (2011). Characteristics of CALIOP attenuated backscatter noise: Implication for cloud/aerosol detection Atmos. Chem. Phys, 11, 2641-2654

Jiang, J.H., Hui Su, Steven Pawson, Hui0-Chun Liu, William G. Read, Joe W. Waters, Michelle L. Santee, D.L. Wu, Michael J. Schwartz, Nathanial J. Livesey, Alyn Lambert, Ryan A. Fuller, and Jae N. Lee (2010). Five year (2004–2009) observations of upper tropospheric water vapor and cloud ice from MLS and comparisons with GEOS‐5 analyses J. Geophys. Res, 115, D15103.

Li, T., T. Leblanc, D.L. Wu, X. Dou, and S. Wang (2010). Seasonal and interannual variability of gravity wave activity revealed by long‐term lidar observations over Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii J. Geophys. Res, 115, D13103.

Wu, D.L., David J. Diner, Michael J. Garay, Veljko M. Jovanovic, Jae N. Lee, Catherine M. Moroney, Kevin J. Mueller, and David L. Nelson (2010). MISR CMVs and multiangular views of tropical cyclone inner-core dynamics Proceeding of The 10th International Wind Workshop (IWW10), Tokyo, Japan

Xie, F., D.L. Wu, C.O. Ao, E.R. Kursinski, A.J. Mannucci, and S. Syndergaard (2010). Super-refraction effects on GPS radio occultation refractivity in marine boundary layers Geophys. Res. Lett, 37, L11805.

Xie, F., D.L. Wu, C.O. Ao, and A. Mannucci (2010). Atmospheric diurnal variations observed with GPS radio occultation soundings Atmos. Chem. Phys, 10, 1-11

Eckermann, S.D., L. Hoffmann, M. Hopfner, D.L. Wu, and M.J. Alexander (2009). Antarctic NAT PSC belt of June 2003: Observational validation of the mountain wave seeding hypothesis J. Geophys. Res, 36, L02807.

Eckermann, S.D., Jun Ma, D.L. Wu, and Dave Broutman (2009). A Three-Dimensional Mountain Wave Imaged in Satellite Radiance Throughout the Stratosphere: Evidence of the Effects of Directional Wind Shear Q.J.R. Meteo. Soc, 133(629), 1959-1975

Kim, S.-Y., H.-Y. Chun, and D.L. Wu (2009). A study on stratospheric gravity waves generated by Typhoon Ewiniar: Numerical simulations and observations J. Geophys. Res, 114, D22104.

Lee, J., D.L. Wu, G. L. Manney, and M. J. Schwartz (2009). Aura Microwave Limb Sounder observations of the Northern Annular Mode in the Mesosphere through the Upper Troposphere Geophys. Res. Lett, 36, L20807.

Lee, J.N., D.L. Wu, G.L. Manney, and M.J. Schwartz (2009). Aura Microwave Limb Sounder Observations of the Northern Annular Mode: From the Mesosphere to the Upper Troposphere Geophys. Res. Lett, 36, L20807.

Limpasuvan, V., and D.L. Wu (2009). Anomalous Two-day Wave Behavior during the 2006 Austral Summer Geophys. Res. Lett, 36, L04807.

Waliser, D.E., Frank Li, C. Woods, R. Austin, J. Bacmeister, J. Chern, A. Del Genio, J.Jiang, Z. Kuang, H. Meng, P. Minnis, S.E. Platnick, W.B. Rossow, G. Stephens, S. Sun-Mack, W.K. Tao, A. Tompkins, D. Vane, C. Walker, and D.L. Wu (2009). Cloud Ice: A Climate Model Challenge With Signs and Expectations of Progress J. Geophys. Res, 114, D00A21.

Wu, D.L., S.A. Ackerman, R. Davies, D.J. Diner, M.J. Garay, B.H. Kahn, B.C. Maddux, C.M. Moroney, G.L. Stephens, J.P. Veefkind, and M.A. Vaughan (2009). Vertical Distributions and Relationships of Cloud Occurrence Frequency as Observed by MISR, AIRS, MODIS, OMI, CALIPSO, and CloudSat Geophys. Res. Lett, 36, L09821.

Wu, D.L., R.T. Austin, M. Deng, S.L. Durden, A.J. Heymsfield, J.H. Jiang, A. Lambert, J.-L. Li, N.J. Livesey, G.M. McFarquhar, J.V. Pittman, G.L. Stephens, S. Tanelli, D.G. Vane, and D.E. Waliser (2009). Comparisons of global cloud ice from MLS, CloudSat, and other correlative data sets J. Geophys. Res, 114, D00A24.