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Eric Lu

Research Associate



Office: 3015 Agronomy Hall

Phone: 515-294-5978





Department: Agronomy

Research Interests: Climate variability, hydrological cycle, monsoon

Brief description of current research:

Dr. Lu's research includes understanding the atmospheric component of the hydrological cycle through theoretical analyses of the relationships among precipitation, water vapor, and temperature at various time scales; linking monsoons of different geographic regions and seasons for variability and inter-comparison studies by proposing the winter-summer unified and globally unified monsoon indexes; and studying the abnormal summer monsoon circulation and precipitation over East Asia through diagnosing warm and cold air activities and heat source and moisture sink. He currently works with Dr. Eugene Takle on assessment of the climates in current and future scenarios and their impacts on the streamflow, agroecosystem, and wind power over the Midwest using data from observations as well as regional and global climate models.

Recent publications:

Lu, E., 2007: Understanding the effects of atmospheric circulation in the relationships between water vapor and temperature through theoretical analyses. Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L14811, doi:10.1029/2007GL029727.

Lu, E., and X. Zeng, 2005: Understanding different precipitation seasonality regimes from water vapor and temperature fields: Case studies. Geophysical Research Letters, 32, L22707, doi:10.1029/2005GL024333.