Associate Professor
Dept. of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences &
CREST Institute
City College of New York , CUNY
New York NY 10031

Office: Marshak J927
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 activity focuses on satellite remote sensing of clouds and convection, and study of convective dynamics . Recently, I started to participate in airborne field campaigns to study convective transport of pollutants, including even flying into convective storms (heck of a ride! see video). Meanwhile, I am always keen to analyze model simulations to help interpret observations.

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 am 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.


1. EAS 417/B9025: Satellite Meteorology (syllabus)

2. EAS 472: Environmental Project (syllabus)

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


(Res. Assoc.)
  • Jeyavinoth Jeyaratnam (JJ)
  • Ricardo Anderson

(Grad Students) Nazia Shah


  • Dr. G. Y. Liu (postdoc, 2007-2010)
  • Cheila Benavides (MS,2010)
  • Mya M. Teiktin (MS,2010)
  • Hanii Takahashi (PhD 2013)
  • Ricardo Anderson (MS 2015)
  • Amelia Prasad (Res. Assoc. 2012-13)
  • Sonya Pyo (Res. Assoc. 2014-15)
We are recruiting graduate (MS and PhD) 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 summarize the theme of the group: Big Apple and Deep Convection ! What's loading sign for? Well, that's a reminder of an important character needed for success in academia - patience.

Last modified: Sep 2015