Dept. of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences &
CREST Institute
City University of New York (CUNY)
City College of New York
New York NY 10031

Office: Marshak 927
Phone: 212-650-8936
Email: zluo at
(Big file: z.johnny.luo at gmail)


CV           Publications

Leadership in NASA Mission

Receiving NASA Award

  Flying into Hurricane Ingrid

  Field campaign in Guam

  NASA News Release

Radio program interview

   IEEE Cover Page

My research interest is clouds and convection. Much of my past and ongoing research activities focus on satellite remote sensing of clouds and convection, and use of satellite data to study convective dynamics . More recently (since 2011), I've started participating in airborne field campaigns to study convective transport of pollutants and trace gases, including flying into convective storms (heck of a ride! see video) and a hurricane (photos below). An important purpose of my research is to help weather and climate models to better represent cloud and convection processes through process-level understanding and formulation.

On satellite remote sensing, I am a member of NASA CloudSat/CALIPSO Science Team and of NOAA Climate Data Record (CDR) Team. On field work, I served as a Science Leader of NASA SEAC4RS field campaign (photos below) and a member of NSF CONTRAST campaign. I am also a team member of European Union's MOZAIC project. On modeling, I am a PI of NASA's MAP (Modeling, Analysis and Prediction) Program, focusing on assessing GCM simulations of convective mass flux.


1. EAS 488/B8800: Climate & Climate Change (syllabus)

2. EAS 417/A417: Satellite Meteorology (syllabus)

3. EAS 31136/B9036: Statistics in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (syllabus)

4. EAS 472: Environmental Project (syllabus)

My teaching interest is Atmospheric Science in general with emphasis on satellite remote sensing and cloud-water vapor-climate topics. Throughout my class, I will involve students with my own research, especially those related to satellite remote sensing and atmosphere/climate data analysis.

It's important to note that Atmospheric Science is a quantitative field. Strong math, physics and programming backgrounds are important prerequisites. Here is a good introduction to the modern Atmospheric Science prepared by the National Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAR).


(Current Research Students)
  • Jeyavinoth Jeyaratnam (JJ)
  • Sofia Chelpon
  • Cindy Wang


  • Dr. G. Y. Liu (postdoc, 2007-10)
  • Cheila Cullen (MS,2010)
  • Mya M. Teiktin (MS,2010)
  • Hanii Takahashi (PhD 2013)
  • Ricardo Anderson (MS 2015)
  • Nazia Shah (MS 2016)
We are recruiting graduate and undergraduate students to work in the area of tropical convection and convective transport of trace gases. Atmospheric Science (or similar background) and strong programming skills are needed. Contact me if you are interested.

These three photos nicely capture the theme of the group: Big Apple and Deep Convection! What's loading sign stand for? Well, that's a reminder of an important character needed for success in academia - patience!

Last modified: May 2018