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Wenying Su (NASA)

Title: Senior Research Scientist
Technical Focus Area: Climate Science
Study Topics: Earth’s radiation budget, aerosol radiative effect
Mission/Project: CERES


Dr. Wenying Su is a senior scientist at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, USA. Her research interests include Earth radiation budget, climate variability, aerosol radiative forcing, and aerosol-cloud interactions. Dr. Su is the angular distribution model working group chair for the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) project, and she is also a member of the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) science team. Dr. Su is proficient in FORTRAN and MATLAB. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications and was awarded the NASA exceptional achievement medal in 2016. Dr. Su has been a member of the joint Committee on Earth Observation Satellites/ Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellite (CEOS/CGSM) Working Group on Climate (WGClimate) representing NASA since 2016. She serves as one of NASA’s point of contact to register the agency’s climate data records in the CEOS Essential Climate Variable Inventory. Under her leadership, NASA contributed about 40% of the climate data records in the Inventory. She contributed to the WGClimate Gap Analysis Report and the Coordinated Action Plan. She also contributed to the Space Agency Response to Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Implementation Plan in 2017. Dr. Su is currently co-leading the WGClimate Use Case initiative with colleagues from WMO. The main objectives of the Use Case are to demonstrate the value of Earth observation for societal benefit and decision making and to illustrate the importance of satellite observations for climate monitoring and climate service. Dr. Su is a member of the newly established Group on Earth Observations (GEO) climate change working group as a CEOS representative, coordinating the CEOS contributions to the GEO engagement with the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the IPCC, and enhancing the use of Earth observations for mitigation.


  • Wenying Su, L. Liang, H. Wang, Z. A. Eitzen, Uncertainties in CERES Top-of-Atmosphere Fluxes Caused by Changes in Accompanying Imager, 12(2040),, Remote Sens., 2020.
  • Wenying Su, P. Minnis, L. Liang, D. P. Duda, K. V. Khlopenkov, M. Thieman, Y. Yu, A. Smith, S. Lorentz, D. Feldman, F. P. J. Valero, Determining the daytime Earth radiative flux from National Institute of Standards and Technology Advanced Radiometer (NISTAR) Measurements, 13, 429-443, Atmos. Meas. Tech.,, 2020.
  • Wenying Su, L. Liang, D. R. Doelling, P. Minnis, D. P. Duda, K. V. Khlopenkov, M. Thieman, N. G. Loeb, S. Kato, F. P. J. Valero, H. Wang, and F. G. Rose. Determining the shortwave radiative flux from Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera. J. Geophys. Res., 123,, 2018.
  • Wenying Su, Lusheng Liang, Walter Miller, and Victor Sothcott, The effects of different footprint sizes and cloud algorithms on the top-of-atmosphere radiative flux calculation from CERES instrument on Suomi-NPP, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 4001-4011,, 2017.
  • Wenying Su, Norman Loeb, Lusheng Liang, Nana Liu, Chuntao Liu, The El Nino-Southern Oscillation Effect on Tropical Outgoing Longwave Radiation: A Daytime Versus Nighttime Perspective, JGR, 122, 2017,
  • Wenying Su, Joseph Corbett, Zachary Eitzen, Lusheng Liang, Next-Generation Angular Distribution Models for Top-of-Atmosphere Radiative Flux Calculation from the CERES Instruments: Validation, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Disscuss., 8,, 4489-4536, 2015.
  • Wenying Su, Joseph Corbett, Zachary Eitzen, Lusheng Liang, Next-Generation Angular Distribution Models for Top-of-Atmosphere Radiative Flux Calculation from the CERES Instruments: Methodology, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8,, 611-632, 2015.
  • Wenying Su, Norman G. Loeb, Gregory L. Schuster, Mian Chin, Fred Rose, Global all-sky shortwave direct radiative forcing of anthropogenic aerosols from combined satellite observations and GOCART simulations, J. Geophys. Res., 118,, 2013.
  • Wenying Su, Norman Loeb, Kuan-Man Xu, Gregory Schuster, Zachary Eitzen, An estimate of aerosol indirect effect from satellite measurements with concurrent meteorological analysis, J. Geophys. Res., 115, D18219,, 2010.
  • Wenying Su, Alejandro Bodas-Salcedo, Kuan-Man Xu, Thosmas Charlock, Comparison of the tropical radiative flux and cloud radiative effect profiles in a climate model with the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) data, J. Geophys. Res., 115, D01105,, 2010.
  • Wenying Su, Greg Schuster, Norman Loeb, Raymond Rogers, Richard Ferrare, Chris Hostetler, Johnathan Hair, Michael Obland, Aerosol and cloud interaction observed from High Spectral Resolution Lidar data, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D24202,, 2008.
  • Wenying Su, Ellsworth Dutton, Thomas Charlock, and Warren Wiscombe, Performance of commercial radiometers in very low temperature and pressure environments typical of polar regions and of the stratosphere: A laboratory study, J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 25(4), 558-569,, 2008.


  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Award

National/International Leadership:

  • Member of the joint Committee on Earth Observation Satellites/Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CEOS/CGSM) Working Group on Climate (WGClimate)
  • CEOS representative for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Climate Change Working Group

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