Yonghua Wu

Yonghua Wu
Research Scientist, City College of New York

Dr. Yonghua Wu currently works at Optical Remote Sensing Lab, Electrical Eng. Department, CCNY. Before joining the Center, he studied and worked as a postdoc at the University of Washington at Seattle, a visiting scholar at Chiba University, Japan, and Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, CAS, China.

NOAA Key Partners and Collaborators

  • Jianping Huang

NOAA Mission Aligned Research Interests:

  • Optical remote sensing of atmospheric aerosols
  • Clouds, ozone, H2O and PBL, and applications in urban air pollution and regional transport


  1. Yonghua Wu, Amin Nehrir, Xinrong Ren, Russell R. Dickerson , Jianping Huang , Phillip R. Stratton, Guillaume Gronoff, Susan Kooi, James Collins, Timothy A. Berkoff, Liqiao Lei, Barry Gross, Fred Moshary (2021), Synergistic aircraft and ground observations of transported wildfire smoke and its impact on air quality in New York City during the summer 2018. Science of the Total Environment, 773, 145030. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145030.
  2. Yonghua Wu, K. Zhao, J. Huang, M. Arend, B. Gross, F. Moshary (2019), Observation of heat wave effects on the urban air quality and PBL in New York City area, Atmos. Environ, 117024, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.117024. 
  3. Yonghua Wu, A. Arapy, J. Huang, B. Gross, F. Moshary (2018), Intra-continental wildfire smoke transport and impact on local air quality observed by ground-based and satellite remote sensing in New York City, Atmos. Environ., 187, 266-281, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.06.006
  4. Yonghua Wu, Y. Han, A. Voulgarakis, T. Wang, M. Li, Y. Wang, M. Xie, B. Zhuang, S. Li (2017), An agricultural biomass burning episode in eastern China: Transport, optical properties, and impacts on regional air quality, J. Geophys. Res. (Atmos.), 122, 2304–2324, doi:10.1002/2016JD025319. 
  5. Yonghua Wu, Zaw Han, Chowdhury Nazmi, Barry Gross, Fred Moshary (2015). A trans-Pacific Asian Dust episode and its impacts to air quality in the east coast of U.S., Atmos. Environ., 106, 358-368, DOI:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.02.013. 
  6. Yonghua Wu, L. Cordero, B. Gross, F. Moshary, S.Ahmed (2014). Assessment of CALIPSO attenuated backscatter and aerosol retrievals with a combined ground-based multiwavelength lidar and sunphotometer measurement, Atmos. Environ., 84:44–53. 
  7. Yonghua Wu, L. Cordero, B. Gross, F.Moshary, S. Ahmed (2012). Smoke plume optical properties and transport observed by a multi-wavelength lidar, sunphotometer and satellite, Atmos. Environ., 63, 32-42.
  8. Yonghua Wu, C. Gan, L. Cordero, B. Gross, F. Moshary, S. Ahmed (2011), Calibration of the 1064-nm lidar channel using water phase and cirrus clouds, Applied Optics, 50 (21), 3987-3999. 
  9. Yonghua Wu, S. Chaw, B. Gross, F. Moshary, S. Ahmed (2009). Low and optically thin cloud measurements using a Raman-Mie lidar, Applied Optics, 48, 1218-1227. 
  10. Y. Han, Yonghua Wu*, T. Wang, B. Zhuang, S. Li, K. Zhao (2015): Impacts of elevated-aerosol-layer and aerosol type on the correlation of AOD and particulate matter with ground-based and satellite measurements in Nanjing, southeast China, Science of The Total Environment, 532:195-207. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.05.136 (*Corresponding author) 
  11. Y. Han, Yonghua Wu*, T. Wang, C. Xie, K. Zhao, B. Zhuang, S. Li (2015), Characterizing a persistent Asian dust transport event: Optical properties and impact on air quality through the ground-based and satellite measurements over Nanjing, China. Atmos. Environ., DOI:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.05.048 (* Corresponding author).

    Co-authored peer-reviewed papers:

  12. Dingdong Li, Yonghua Wu, Barry Gross, Fred Moshary (2021). Capabilities of an Automatic Lidar Ceilometer to Retrieve Aerosol Characteristics within the Planetary Boundary Layer. Remote Sens., 13, 3626. 
  13. Kaihui Zhao, Yonghua Wu, Zibing Yuan, Jianping Huang, X. Liu, W. Ma, D. Xu, R. Jiang, Y. Duan, Q. Fu, W. Xu (2021), Understanding the underlying mechanisms governing the linkage between atmospheric oxidative capacity and ozone precursor sensitivity in the Yangtze River Delta, China: A multi-tool ensemble analysis, Environment International, 160, 107060, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2021.107060.
  14. Kaihui Zhao, Jianping Huang, Yonghua Wu, Z. Yuan, Y. Wang, Y. Li, et al. (2021). Impact of stratospheric intrusions on ozone enhancement in the lower troposphere and implication to air quality in Hong Kong and other South China regions. J. Geophys. Res. (Atmos.), 126, e2020JD033955. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JD033955
  15. Liqiao Lei, Timothy A. Berkoff, Guillaume Gronoff, Jia Su, Amin R. Nehrir, Yonghua Wu, Fred Moshary, Shi Kuang (2021), Retrieval of UVB aerosol extinction profiles from the ground-based Langley Mobile Ozone Lidar (LMOL) system, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss. https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2021-307
  16. Yuan Zhang, Wei Fan, Hao Luo, Yueyuan Su, Yan Feng, Yong Huang, Jun Yang, Yonghua Wu, Yong Han (2021), Aerosol physical-optical properties and PBLH under different air pollution levels from ground Lidar and satellite observations over Shouxian area, China, J. Geophys. Res. (Atmos.), 126, e2021JD035236, https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JD035236.
  17. Matthew M. Coggon, Georgios I. Gkatzelis, Brian C. McDonald, Jessica B. Gilman, Rebecca H. Schwantes, Nader Abuhassan, Kenneth C. Aikin, Mark F. Arend, Timothy A. Berkoff, Steven S. Brown, Teresa L. Campos, Russell R. Dickerson, Guillaume Gronoff, James F. Hurley, Gabriel Isaacman-VanWertz, Abigail R. Koss, Meng Li, Stuart A. McKeen, Fred Moshary, Jeff Peischl, Veronika Pospisilova, Xinrong Ren, Anna Wilson, Yonghua Wu, Michael Trainer, Carsten Warneke (2021), Volatile chemical product emissions enhance ozone and modulate urban chemistry, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118 (32) e2026653118, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2026653118 
  18. Y. Han, H. Luo, Yonghua Wu, et al. Cloud ice fraction governs lightning rate at a global scale (2021). Commun. Earth Environ, 2, 157. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43247-021-00233-4
  19. Kaihui Zhao, Y. Bao, J. Huang, Yonghua Wu, F. Moshary, M. Arend, Y. Wang, X. Lee (2019), A high-resolution modeling study of a heat wave-driven ozone exceedance event in New York City and surrounding regions, Atmos. Environ., 199, 368–379. 
  20. Y. Han, Y. Zhou, J. Guo, Yonghua Wu, T. Wang, B. Zhuang, M. Li (2019). The characteristics of spatial and temporal variations in the PBL during the landfall of tropical cyclones across East China. J. Applied Meteorology and Climatology, https://doi.org/10.1175/JAMC-D-18-0131.1.
  21. Y. Zhou, Y. Han, Yonghua Wu, T. Wang, X. Tang, Y. Wang (2018), Optical properties and spatial variation of tropical cyclone cloud systems from TRMM and MODIS in the East Asia region: 2010‐2014. J. Geophys. Res. (Atmos.), 123. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JD028357.
  22. Y. Qu, Y Han, Y Wu, P Gao, T. Wang (2017), Study of PBLH and Its Correlation with Particulate Matter from One-Year Observation over Nanjing, Southeast China. Remote Sensing. 9(7): 668. 
  23. Zaw Han, Yonghua Wu, Barry Gross, Fred Moshary (2016), Observation of Aerosol-Cloud Interaction over New York City using Synergetic Ground Based Remote Sensing Systems, J. Appl. Remote Sens., 10(1), 016023, doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.10.016023. 
  24. Jia Su, Yonghua Wu, M. Patrick McCormick,Liqiao Lei, Robert B. Lee III (2014), Improved method to retrieve aerosol optical properties from combined elastic backscatter and Raman lidar data, Appl. Phys. B, DOI 10.1007/s00340-013-5648-2., 116 (1), 61–67.
  25. L. Cordero, N. Malakar, Yonghua Wu, B. Gross, F. Moshary (2013). Assessing surface PM2.5 estimates using data fusion of active and passive remote sensing methods. Br. J. Environ. Climate Change 3 (4), 547–565.
  26. Jia Su, M.P. McCormick, Yonghua Wu, R. Lee III, L. Lei, Z. Liu, K. Leavor (2013), Cloud temperature measurement using rotational Raman lidar, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 125, 45-50. 
  27. D. Vladutescu, Yonghua Wu, B. Gross, F. Moshary, S. Ahmed, R. Blake, M. Razani (2012), Remote Sensing Instruments used for Measurement and Model Validation of Optical Parameters of Atmospheric Aerosols, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement, 61, 1733-1746. 
  28. C. Gan, Yonghua Wu, B. Madhavan, B. Gross, F. Moshary (2011). Application of active optical sensors to probe the vertical structure of the urban boundary layer and assess anomalies in air quality model PM2.5 forecasts, Atmos. Environ., 45 (37), 6613-6621, DOI:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2011.09.013. 
  29. Bates, T. S., Anderson, T. L., Baynard, T., Bond, T., Boucher, O., Carmichael, G., Clarke, A., Erlick, C., Guo, H., Horowitz, L., Howell, S., Kulkarni, S., Maring, H., McComiskey, A., Middlebrook, A., Noone, K., O'Dowd, C. D., Ogren, J., Penner, J., Quinn, P. K., Ravishankara, A. R., Savoie, D. L., Schwartz, S. E., Shinozuka, Y., Tang, Y., Weber, R. J., Wu, Y. (2006): Aerosol direct radiative effects over the northwest Atlantic, northwest Pacific, and North Indian Oceans: estimates based on in-situ chemical and optical measurements and chemical transport modeling, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 6, 1657-1732, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-6-1657-2006
  30. T. Anderson, Yonghua Wu, D. A. Chu, B. Schmid, J. Redemann,O. Dubovik (2005).Testing the MODIS satellite retrieval of aerosol fine‐mode fraction, J. Geophys. Res. (Atmos.), 110, D18204, https://doi.org/10.1029/2005JD005978.