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Dr. Li graduated from department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, State University of New York, Albany, SUNYA, and joined NCAS as a research associate in 2012. His research involves the topics of remote sensing, atmospheric correction, aerosol-cloud-precipitation interaction and air pollution.

During the PhD, Dr. Li’s research was principally related to developing retrieval algorithms for cloud micro- and macro-physical properties combining passive and active measurements. His subsequent research in NCAS has involved long-term observations of aerosol indirect effects in the Mid-Atlantic region, improving representation of aerosol optical properties in radiative transfer models for atmospheric correction and remote sensing of surface PM2.5.

Current Research

His current research includes investigation of aerosol effects on clouds, precipitations and radiation, thin clouds optical properties for atmospheric correction, and remote sensing of aerosol vertical distribution.


Poster presentation, The 27th International Laser Radar Conference, 2015

Oral presentation, The 4th International Symposium on Atmospheric Light Scattering and remote sensing, 2015,

Oral presentation, AMS annual meeting, 2015

Poster presentation, NOAA EPP 7th Biennial Education and Science Forum, 2014

Poster presentation, AGU fall meeting, 2013

Bangsheng Yin, Siwei Li, Rui Li, Qilong Min and Minzheng Duan, “Interannual variation of cloud optical properties at ACRF Manus and Nauru sites from MFRSR Measurements”, J Quant Spectrosc Radiat Transfer, 2014, doi:10.1016/j.jqsrt.2014.11.003.

Siwei Li, Everette Joseph, Qilong Min, and Bangsheng Yin, “Long-term observation of aerosol–cloud relationships in the Mid-Atlantic of the United States”, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 14, 18943-18960, doi:10.5194/acpd-14-18943-2014, 2014.

Qilong Min, Bangsheng Yin , Siwei Li , Jerry Berndt , Lee Harrison , Everette Joseph , Minzheng Duan and Piotr Kiedron, “A high-resolution oxygen A-band spectrometer (HABS) and its radiation closure”, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 1711-1722, doi:10.5194/amt-7-1711-2014, 2014.

Torreon Creekmore, Everette Joseph, Charles Long and Siwei Li, “Quantifying aerosol direct effects from broadband irradiance and spectral aerosol optical depth observations”, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, 5464–5474, doi:10.1002/2013JD021217.

Qilong Min , Rui Li, Bing Lin , Everette Joseph , Vernon Morris , Yongxiang Hu , Siwei Li and Shuyu Wang, “Impacts of mineral dust on ice clouds in tropical deep convection systems”, Atmospheric Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2014.01.026, 2014

Siwei Li and Qilong Min, “Wavelength registration of the High Resolution Oxygen A-band Spectrometer”, J Quant Spectrosc Radiat Transfer, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jqsrt.2012.10.024.

Siwei Li and Qilong Min, “Retrievals of vertical profiles of stratus cloud properties from combined oxygen A-band and radar observations”, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2012JD018282.


Travel award, ILRC27, 2015
Travel award, ISALaRS15, 2015
American Geophysical Union, Member
American Meteorological Society, Member