Mengqian LU 陸萌茜


PhD in Earth and Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor
Research Area
Research Interests
Atmospheric Rivers
Hydrometeorological extremes
Water resources
Climate change

PhD, Columbia University in the City of New York

Mengqian obtained her Bachelor of Engineering from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at HKUST in 2009 and went to Columbia University in the City of New York and obtained her Master of Science (2011), Master of Philosophy (2014) and Doctor of Philosophy (2014) from the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, major in water resources and climate risk. Her research focuses on diagnosis, modelling and prediction of hydrometeorological extremes, climate risk analysis and management. Her postdoctoral residency (2014-2015) in the Department of Applied Physics and Applies Math at Columbia University extended her research to atmospheric dynamics and earth science. After her postdoc residency, she worked in the Department of Statistics and School of International and Public Affairs, prior to joining HKUST as an Assistant Professor in 2016. She has taught postgraduate programs in the Department of Statistics, the Data Science Institute and the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Selected Publications

Tat Fan Cheng and Mengqian Lu*, “Moisture Source-to-Receptor Network for East Asian Summer Monsoon Land Regions”, Journal of Climate,, 2020

Mengxin Pan and Mengqian Lu*, “East Asia Atmospheric River Catalog: Annual Cycle, Transition Mechanism and Precipitation”, Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL089477., 2020

Fang, B., and Mengqian Lu*, “Heatwave and Blocking in the Northeastern Asia: Occurrence, Variability and Association”, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 125, e2019JD031627., 2020

Dai#, Tat Fan Cheng# and Mengqian Lu* (2020), “Summer Rainfall Predictability in Southeast China”, Water Resources Research, 55.

Bingjun Liu, Xuezhi Tan, Thian Yew Gan, Xiaohong Chen, Kairong Lin, Mengqian Lu and Zhiyong Liu (2020), “Global atmospheric moisture transport associated with precipitation extremes: Mechanisms and climate change impacts”, WIREs Water, e1412.

Yingzhao Ma, Mengqian Lu, Cameron Bracken, and Haonan Chen (2020), Spatially coherent clusters of summer precipitation extremes in the Tibetan Plateau: Where is the moisture from?, Atmospheric Research, 237, 104841,

Mengqian Lu*,# and Rui Xiong# ( 2019). Spatiotemporal Profiling of Tropical Cyclones Genesis and Favorable Environmental Conditions in the Western Pacific Basin. Geophysical Research Letters, 46. 11548 – 11558.

Mengxin Pan and Mengqian Lu* (2019), A Novel Atmospheric River Identification Algorithm, Water Resources Research, 2019, 55: 6069-6087,

Nasser Najibi*, Naresh Devineni, Mengqian Lu and Rui A.P. Perdigão (2019), Coupled flow accumulation and atmospheric blocking govern flood durations. (Nature) npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, 2(1), 19

Rajarshi Das Bhowmik*, Bihu Suchetana, and Mengqian Lu* (2019), Shower effect of a rainfall onset on the heat accumulated during a preceding dry spell, (Nature) Scientific Reports, 9(1), 7011,

Tat Fan Cheng, Mengqian Lu*, Lun Dai (2019), The Zonal Oscillation and the Driving Mechanisms of the Extreme western North Pacific Subtropical High and its impacts on East Asia Summer Precipitation, Journal of Climate, 32(10), 3025–3050,

Yingzhao Ma*, Mengqian Lu, Haonan Chen, Mengxin Pan, and Yang Hong (2018), Atmospheric moisture transport versus precipitation across the Tibetan Plateau: A mini-review and current challenges, Atmospheric Research, 209, 50-58,

Moon-Hwan Lee, Mengqian Lu, Eun-Soon IM* and Deg-Hyo Bae* (2018), Added value of dynamical downscaling for hydrological projections in the Chungju Basin, Korea. International Journal of Climatology, 39(1), 516–531.

Liang Gao, Limin Zhang* and Mengqian Lu (2017), Characterizing the spatial variations and correlations of large rainstorms for landslide study, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21(9),

Mengqian Lu* and Xiaotian Hao (2017), Diagnosis of the Tropical Moisture Exports to the Mid-Latitudes and the Role of Atmospheric Steering in the Extreme Precipitation, Atmosphere (Basel)., 8(12), 256,

Nasser Najibi*, Naresh Devineni and Mengqian Lu (2017), Hydroclimate drivers and atmospheric teleconnections of long duration floods: An application to large reservoirs in the Missouri River Basin, Advances in Water Resources, 100, 153-167,

Mengqian Lu* and Upmanu Lall (2017), Tropical Moisture Exports, Extreme Precipitation and Floods in Northeastern US, Earth Science Research, 6(2),

Mengqian Lu*, Upmanu Lall, Andrew W. Robertson and Ed Cook (2017), Optimizing Multiple Reliable Forward Contracts for Reservoir Allocation using Multi-time Scale Streamflow Forecasts, Water Resources Research, 53(3),

Mengqian Lu*, Upmanu Lall, Jaya Kawale, Stefan Liess, and Vipin Kumar (2016), Exploring the Predictability of 30-Day Extreme Precipitation Occurrence Using a Global SST-SLP Correlation Network, Journal of Climate, 29(3), 1013-1029,

Mengqian Lu*, Michael Tippett, and Upmanu Lall (2015), Changes in the seasonality of tornado and favorable genesis conditions in the central United States, Geophysical Research Letters, 42, 4224–4231,  

Mengqian Lu*, Upmanu Lall, Aurélien Schwartz and Hyun-Han Kwon (2013), Precipitation predictability associated with tropical moisture exports and circulation patterns for a major flood in France in 1995, Water Resources Research, 49(10), 6381-6392, (Featured Contribution in Water Resources Research of the Year 2013).

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# Co-first/equal authorship

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