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Minghui Diao, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Minghui's research focuses on the use of VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) hygrometer located on the NSF Gulfstream-V research aircraft to measure water vapor around the globe, analyze how cirrus cloud forms and help improve the cloud parameterizations in climate models. The Hiaper Pole-to-Pole Campaign (HIPPO) Global campaign ended in September of 2011.  It was the first flight campaign ever to cover from North Pole to South Pole and from surface to the upper troposphere in all four seasons, measuring all types of greenhouse gases, including H2O, CO2, CH4. This was the first time that a zoom into the atmosphere layers was done to get a snapshot of how greenhouse gases are distributed in the atmosphere.  

Relevant Publications

EA. Kort, SC. Wofsy, BC. Daube, M. Diao, JW. Elkins, RS. Gao, EJ. Hintsa, DF. Hurst, R. Jimenez, FL. Moore, JR. Spackman and MA. Zondlo. Atmospheric observations of high latitude Arctic Ocean methane emissions. Nature Geoscience, 5, 318–321, DOI: 10.1038/ngeo1452 (2012).

S. Wofsy, et al. HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO): Fine grained, global scale measurements of climatically important atmospheric gases and aerosols, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A, 369(1943), 2073-2086, DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2010.0313

D. Wunch et al. Calibration of the Total Carbon Column Observing Network using aircraft profile data. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 3, 1351-1362, DOI:10.5194/amt-3-1351-2010 (2010).

M. Diao and M. Yao. Use of Zero-Valent Iron Nanoparticles in Inactivating Microbes, Water Research, 43:5243-5251, DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2009.08.051 (2009).