Dr. Liping Deng

Liping Deng, PhD

Research Scientists

Research Interests

Dr. Deng has research interests in high resolution simulation of precipitation, Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) and air-sea interactions. The recently released Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Version 3.5 is being used in her current research, with a focus on high resolution simulation of heavy rainfall around the eastern coast of Red Sea. In her previous research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, she worked on the installation and evaluation of a shallow cumulus parameterization in the WRF Version 3.2.1. Also, ground-based optical rain gauge, radar and lidar datasets from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Tropical Western Pacific (TWP) site of Manaus were used in her studies to examine the evolution of rainfall and clouds associated with the MJO.
Dr. Deng's Ph.D. work at Iowa State University focused on investigating the effects of convective processes on General Circulation Model (GCM) simulations of the MJO with three modifications in the convection scheme: convective momentum transport (CMT), revised convection closure, and convection trigger condition. The related mechanism was discussed through the analysis of perturbation kinetic energy (PKE) and moist static energy (MSE).
At KAUST Liping is currently involved in activities related to regional climate modeling applications over the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and characterising the reproduction of heavy rainfall events for flash flooding studies.

Selected Publications

  • Cloud development associated with the Madden-Julian Oscillation at Manus Island
    L. Deng, S.A. McFarlane, and J.E. Flaherty
    J. Climate, 26, 3342–3356, (2013)

  • Comparison of Moist Static Energy and Budget between theGCM-Simulated Madden-Julian Oscillation and Observations over the Indian ocean and Western Pacific
    X. Wu and L. Deng
    J. Climate, 26, 4981–4993, (2013)
  • Evaluation of a Modified Scheme for Shallow Convection: Implementation of CuP and Case Studies
    L.K. Berg, W.I. Gustafson Jr., E.I. Kassianov, and L. Deng
    Mon. Wea. Rev., 141, 134–147, (2013)
  • Physical mechanisms for the maintenance of GCM-simulated Madden-Julian Oscillation over the Indian Ocean and Pacific
    L. Deng and X. Wu
    J. Climate, 24, 2469–2482, (2011)

  • Effects of Convective Processes on GCM Simulations of the Madden-Julian Oscillation
    L. Deng and X. Wu
    J. Climate, 23, 352–377, (2010)
  • Education

    • Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, Iowa State University, 2010

    Professional Profile

    • 2010-2012: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Climate physics group, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

    Scientific and Professional Memberships

    • Member of American Geophysical Union
    • Member of American Meteorological Society
    • Member of European Geosciences Union

    KAUST Affiliations

    Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)