Illinois Directory

image for Chen, Liang

Chen, Liang

Research Scientist in Climatology

Address and Contact Information

2204 Griffith Drive, Champaign, IL 61820
M/C 616
  • Google Scholar

Academic Interests

Land-atmosphere interactions

Climate modeling

Climate change and extreme events

Land use/land cover change


Ph.D., Geography, Texas A&M University, 2015

M.S., Physical Geography, Lanzhou University, China, 2011

B.S., Geographic Information Systems, Lanzhou University, China, 2008

Academic Positions

Assistant Research Scientist, Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 01/2019 – present

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA), George Mason University, 07/2015 – 12/2018

Lecturer, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, 06/2014 – 05/2015

Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, 08/2011 – 05/2014

Selected Publications

Chen, L. and T. W. Ford: Impacts of 0.5°C less global warming on climate extremes in the contiguous United States, Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-021-05717-9.

Chen, L., T. W. Ford and P. Yadav: The Role of Vegetation in Flash Drought Occurrence - A Sensitivity Study using Community Earth System Model version 2, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 22, 845-857, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-20-0214.1.

Yuan K, Z. Qing, S. Zheng, L. Zhao, M. Chen, W. J. Riley, X. Cai, H. Ma, F. Li, H. Wu, and L. Chen: Deforestation Reshapes Land-Surface Energy-Flux Partitioning, Environmental Research Letter, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/abd8f9.

Ford, T. W., L. Chen and J. T. Schoof: Transitions in Precipitation Extremes in the Midwest United States, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 22, 533-545, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-20-0216.1.

Chen, L., 2020: Uncertainties in solar radiation assessment in the United States using climate models. Climate Dynamics, 56, 665-678, doi: 10.1007/s00382-020-05498-7.

Chen, L. and P. A. Dirmeyer, 2020: Distinct Impacts of Land Use and Land Management on Summer Temperatures. Frontiers in Earth Science, 8, 245, doi: 10.3389/feart.2020.00245.

Chen, L., 2020: Impacts of climate change on wind resources over North America based on NA-CORDEX. Renewable Energy, 153, 1428-1438, doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2020.02.090.

Chen, L. and P. A. Dirmeyer, 2020: Reconciling the disagreement between observed and simulated temperature responses to deforestation. Nature Communications, 11, 202, doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-14017-0.

Chen, L. and P. A. Dirmeyer, 2019: Differing Responses of the Diurnal Cycle of Land Surface and Air Temperatures to Deforestation. Journal of Climate, 32, 7067–7079, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0002.1.

Chen, L. and P. A. Dirmeyer, 2019: Observed and Modeled Impacts of Global Irrigation on Local Surface Temperature. International Journal of Climatology, doi: 10.1002/joc.5973.

Chen, L. and P. A. Dirmeyer, 2018: The Relative Importance among Anthropogenic Forcings of Land Use/Land Cover Change in Affecting Temperature Extremes. Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-018-4250-z.

Chen, L., P. A. Dirmeyer, Z. Guo, and N. M. Schultz, 2018: Pairing FLUXNET Sites to Validate Model Representations of Land Use/Land Cover Change. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22, 111–125, doi: 10.5194/hess-22-111-2018.

Dirmeyer, P. A., L. Chen, J. Wu, C. Shin, B, Huang, B. Cash, et al, 2017: Verification of land-atmosphere coupling in forecast models, reanalyses and land surface models using flux site observations. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 19, 375–392, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-17-0152.1.

Chen, L., P. A. Dirmeyer, A. Tawfik, and D. M. Lawrence, 2017: Sensitivities of Land Cover-Precipitation Feedback to Convective Triggering. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 18, 2265–2283, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-17-0011.1.

Chen, L. and P. A. Dirmeyer, 2017: Impacts of Land Use/Land Cover Change on Afternoon Precipitation over North America. Journal of Climate, 30, 2121–2140, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0589.1.

Chen, L. and P. A. Dirmeyer, 2016: Adapting observationally based metrics of biogeophysical feedbacks from land cover/land use change to climate modeling. Environmental Research Letters, 11, 034002, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/034002.

Chen, L. and O. W. Frauenfeld, 2016: Impacts of urbanization on future climate in China. Climate Dynamics, 11, doi: 10.1007/s00382-015-2840-6.

Chen, L. and O. W. Frauenfeld, 2014: A Comprehensive Evaluation of Precipitation Variability over China Based on CMIP5 Multimodel Ensemble Projections. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 119, 5767–5786, doi: 10.1002/2013JD021190.

Chen, L. and O. W. Frauenfeld, 2014: Surface Air Temperature Changes over the 20th and 21st Centuries in China Simulated by 20 CMIP5 Models, Journal of Climate, 27, 3920–3937, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00465.1.

LDAP Details for Chen, Liang