Fei CHEN 陈飞

Ph.D. (1990), Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Associate Head, Division of Environment and Sustainability
Professor, Division of Environment and Sustainability

Tel: (852) 3469 2436
Fax: (852) 2335 9317
Office: Rm 4359 (Lifts 13-15)
Link(s): Full CV

Research Area and Interests
  • Land-atmosphere interactions and their impact on boundary layer structures, precipitation, weather, and climate
  • Land-surface and hydrology processes; surface water and energy cycle processes
  • Development of the community Noah-MP land surface model; land data assimilation
  • Urban weather and climate; urban heat island and boundary layer physics; development of the coupled WRF-Urban modeling system; urban heat island adaptation and mitigation strategies
  • High-resolution regional climate downscaling and modeling
  • Agriculture management modeling in land-surface models
Recent Publications

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  • Wang, J., S. Miao, Q-V Doan, F. Chen, L. Yang, G. Zhang, Y. Zhang, J. Dou, and Y. Xu, 2023: Quantifying the impacts of high-resolution urban information on the urban thermal environment. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos, doi: 10.1029/2022JD038048.
  •  Doan, Q-V, S. Kobayashi, H. Kusaka, F. Chen, C. He, D. Niyogi, 2023: Tracking urban footprint on extreme precipitation in an African megacity. J. Appl. Meteorol. Climatol.,
  • Doan Q-V, T. Amagasa, T.H. Pham, T. Sato, F. Chen, and H.  Kusaka, 2023: Novel clustering framework using k-means (S k-means) for mining spatiotemporal structured climate data. Geo. Model Develop.,
  •  Swan, M., R.R. Nadimpalli, U. Mohanty, P. Guhathakurta, A. Gupta, A. Kaginalkar, F. Chen, D. Niyogi, 2023: Delay in timing and spatial reorganization of rainfall due to urbanization- analysis over India’s smart city Bhubaneswar. Computational Urban Science,
  •  He, C., P. Valayamkunnath, M. Barlage, F. Chen, D. Gochis, R. Cabell, T. Schneider, R. Rasmussen, G.-Y. Niu, Z.-L. Yang, D. Niyogi, and M. Ek (2023): Modernizing the open-source community Noah-MP land surface model (version 5.0) with enhanced modularity, interoperability, and applicability, Geosci. Model Dev.,
  •  Abolafia-Rosenzweig, R., C. He, F. Chen, K. Ikeda, T. Schneider, R. Rasmussen, 2023: High Resolution Ensemble Forecasting of Summer Drought in the Western United States with Statistical Models.  Water Resources Research,
  •  Rasmussen, R.M., F. Chen, C.H. Liu, K. Ikeda, A. Prein, J. Kim, T. Schneider, A. Dai, D. Gochis, A. Dugger, Y. Zhang, A. Jaye, J. Dudhia, C. He, M. Harrold, L. Xue, S. Chen, A. Newman, E. Dougherty, R. Abolafia-Rozenzweig, N. Lybarger, R. Viger, D. Lesmes, K. Skalak, J. Brakebill, D. Cline, K. Dunne, K. Rasmussen, G. Miguez-Macho, 2023: CONUS404: The NCAR-USGS 4-km long-term regional hydroclimate reanalysis over the CONUS. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-21-0326.1
  •  Zhang, Z., Y. Li, F. Chen, P. Harder, W. Helgason, J. Famiglietti, P. Valayamkunnath, C. He, and Z. Li (2023): Developing Spring Wheat in the Noah-MP LSM (v4.4) for Growing Season Dynamics and Responses to Temperature Stress, Geosci. Model Dev., 16, 3809–3825,
  •  McDermid, S., M. Nocco, …, F. Chen, …, 2023: Irrigation in the Earth system. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, doi:10.1038/s43017-023-00438-5.
  •  He, C, F. Chen, M. Barlage, Z.L. Yang, J. W. Wegiel, G.Y. Niu, D. Gochis, D.M. Mocko, R. Abolafia-Rosenzweig, Z. Zhang, T.S. Lin, P. Valayamkunnath, M. Ek, D. Niyogi, 2023: Enhancing the community Noah-MP land model capabilities for Earth sciences and applications. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.,
  • Qian, Y., T.C. Chakraborty, T.C., J. Li, D. Li, C. He, C. Sarangi, F. Chen, X. Yang, and L.R Leung, 2022: Urbanization Impact on Regional Climate and Extreme Weather: Current Understanding, Uncertainties, and Future Research Directions. Adv. Atmos. Sci.,
  •  Patel, P., S. Jamshidi, R. Nadimpalli, D.G. Aliaga, G. Mills, F. Chen, M. Demuzere, D. Niyogi, 2022: Modeling Large-Scale Heatwave by Incorporating Enhanced Urban Representation, J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos. 10.1029/2021JD035316
  •  Valayamkunnath, P., D. Gochis, F. Chen, M. Baralge, and K.J. Franz, 2022:  Modeling the hydrologic influence of subsurface tile drainage using the National Water Model. Water Resources Research,
  •  Tewari, M., F. Chen, J. Dudhia, Ray, S. Miao, E. Nikolopoulos, L. Treinish, 2022: Understanding the sensitivity of WRF hindcast of Beijing extreme rainfall of 21 July 2012 to microphysics and model initial time. Atm., Res.,
  •   Abolafia-Rosenzweig, R., C. He, and F. Chen, 2022: Winter and spring climate explains a large portion of interannual variability and trend in western U.S. summer fire burned area. Environ. Res. Lett.,  
  •  Doan, Q-V, F. Chen, H. Kusaka, A. Dipankar, A.  Khan, R. Hamdi, M. Roth, D. Niyogi, 2022: Increased Risk of Extreme Precipitation over an Urban Agglomeration with Future Global Warming. Earth’s Future,
  •  Molla, A., L. Di, L. Guo, C. Zhang, F. Chen, 2022: Spatio-temporal Responses of Precipitation to Urbanization with Google Earth Engine: A Case Study for Lagos, Nigeria. Urban Science,
  •  Abolafia-Rosenzweig, R., C. He, and F. Chen, 2022: For Western Wildfires, the Immediate Past is Prologue. AGU EOS, Eos, 103,
  •  Abolafia-Rosenzweig, R., C. He, F. Chen, D. Gochis, 2022: Evaluation and optimization of snow albedo scheme in Noah-MP land surface model using in-situ spectral observations in the Colorado Rockies. J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst.,
  •  Guo. L., L. Di, C. Zhang, L Lin, F. Chen, A. Molla, 2022: Evaluating contributions of urbanization and global climate change to urban land surface temperature change: a case study in Lagos, Nigeria. Scientific Reports,
  •  Tian, Y., T. Xu, F. Chen, X. He, S. Li, 2022: Can data assimilation improve short-term forecasts of land surface variables? Remote Sensing,
  •  Ghude, S., A.N. Parde, M.Tech; A. Sharma, N.G. Dhangar, G. Govardhan, S. Wagh, R.K. Jenamani, P. Pithani, F. Chen, C. Charlton-Perez, M. Rajeevan, D. Niyogi, 2022: Improving simulation of the fog life cycle with high-resolution land data assimilation: A case study from WiFEX. Atm., Res., 278, 106331. doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2022.106331
  •  Doan, Q-V, F. Chen, Y. Asano, Y. Gu, A.Nishi, H. Kusaka1, and D. Niyogi, 2022: Causes for asymmetric warming of sub-diurnal temperature responding to global warming. Geophys. Res. Lett.,
  •  Doan, Q-V, F. Chen, H. Kusaka, J. Wang, M. Kajino, T.Takemi, 2022: Identifying a new normal in extreme precipitation at a city scale under global warming. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos, 10.1029/2022JD036810
  • Mu, X., M., S. P. Mahanama, Y. Xue; F. Chen, D.P. Lettenmaier, 2021: Modeling snow ablation over the Western United States Mountains: Patterns and Controlling Factors. J. Hydromet.,
  • Wang, J., F. Chen, Q.V. Doan, and Y. Xu, 2021: Exploring the effect of urbanization on hourly extreme rainfall over Yangtze River Delta of China. Urban Climate36, 100781.
  •  Doan, Q-V, H. Kusaka, T. Sato, F. Chen, 2021: S-SOM v1.0: A structural self-organizing map algorithm for weather typing. Geoscientific Model Development.
  •  Barlage, M., F. Chen, R. Rasmussen, Z. Zhang, G. Miguez-Macho, 2021: The importance of scale-dependent groundwater processes in land-atmosphere interactions over the central United States. Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2020GL092171
  •  Ikeda, K., R. Rasmussen, C. Liu, A. Newman, F. Chen, M. Barlage, A. Newman, E. Guttman, J. Dudhia, D. Gochis, A. Dai, C. Luce, and K. Musselman, 2021: Snowfall and Snowpack in the Western U.S. as Captured by Convection Resolving Current Climate and Pseudo Global Warming Future Climate Simulations, J. Climate.,
  •  Xu, T., F. Chen, X. He, M. Barlage, Z. Zhang, S. Liu, and X. He, 2021: Improve the performance of the Noah-MP-Crop model by jointly assimilating soil moisture and vegetation phenology data, J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst.,
  •  Abolafia-Rosenzweig, R., C. He, S. Burns, and F. Chen, 2021:  Implementation and evaluation of a unified turbulence parameterization throughout the canopy and roughness sublayer in Noah-MP. J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst.,
  •  He, C., F. Chen, R. Abolafia-Rosenzweig, K. Ikeda, C. Liu, R. Rasmussen, 2021: What causes the unobserved early-spring snowpack ablation in convection-permitting WRF modeling over Utah mountains? J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos.
  •  Zonato, A., A. Martilli, E. Gutierrez, F. Chen, M. Barlage, D. Zardi, C. He, and L. Giovannini, 2021: Exploring the effects of rooftop mitigation strategies on urban temperatures and energy consumption. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos.
  •  González, J. E., Ramamurthy, P., Bornstein, R. D., Chen, F., Bou-Zeid, E. R., Ghandehari, M., … Niyogi, D., 2021: Urban climate and resiliency: A synthesis report of state of the art and future research directions. Urban Climate, 38, 100858. doi:10.1016/j.uclim.2021.100858
  •  Zhang, Z., F. Chen, M. Barlage, L.E. Bortolotti, J. Famiglietti, Z. Li, X. Ma, Y. Li, 2021: Cooling effects of wetlands to mitigate climate change – a study of the Prairie Pothole Region. Water Resources Research, 10.1029/2021WR030573