Prof. Yi Huang

Yi Huang

Atmospheric Radiation and Physical Climatology

Office: Burnside Hall 814
Tel.: (514) 398-8217
Fax.: (514) 398-6115
huang [at] (E-Mail)

Research interests

We strive to improve the understanding of climate and weather from a radiation perspective. We use satellite observations, global climate models and radiative transfer models to gain fundamental understanding of the physical factors that control the radiation energy budget of the climate system. The topics of the problems that we address include:

  1. Radiative transfer theories,
  2. Atmospheric radiation and its variation in relation to other climatic variables,
  3. Remote sensing: using radiative measurements as a tool to infer atmospheric states and monitor weather and climate changes.

Current projects

  • Variability of Earth radiation energy budget
  • Role of radiation in global and regional climate changes, e.g., concerning Arctic sea ice
  • Satellite and ground-based remote sensing of atmospheric temperature and constituents

Currently teaching

ATOC 525 Atmospheric radiation (Fall 2018)

ATOC 551 Selected topics (Research tools: data analysis) (Winter 2019)

ATOC 626 Remote sensing

Some recent publications

  • Xia, Y., Y. Huang, and Y. Hu (2017), On the climate impacts of upper tropospheric and lower stratospheric ozone, J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos. doi:
  • Jing, F. and Y. Huang, (2017), Cloud-assisted retrieval of lower stratospheric water vapor from nadir view satellite measurements, J. Atmos. and Oceanic Tech. doi:
  • Xia, Y. and Y. Huang, (2017), Differential radiative heating drives tropical atmospheric circulation weakening, Geophys. Res. Lett.,
  • Huang, Y., Y. Xia and X. Tan, (2017), On the pattern of CO2 radiative forcing and poleward energy transport, J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos., doi: 10.1002/2017JD027221
  • Li, Y., D. Thompson, and Y. Huang, (2017), The influence of atmospheric cloud radiative effects on the large-scale stratospheric circulation, J. Climate. 30, 5621–5635, doi:
  • MacVicar, S., L. Berrang-Ford, S. Harper, Y. Huang, D. Namanya and S. Yang, (2017), Whether weather matters: Evidence of association between in utero meteorological exposures and foetal growth among Indigenous and non-Indigenous mothers in rural Uganda, PLoS ONE. 12(6): e0179010, doi:

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