Christine Chiu is an Associate Professor at the Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University. Prior to joining CSU, she was an Associate Professor at the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, United Kingdom, a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland–Baltimore County, and an Associated Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Christine’s research interests lie in remote sensing, radiative transfer, and cloud-aerosol-precipitation-radiation interactions. She has worked extensively on retrievals of cloud optical and microphysical properties that are the prime determinant of the energy budget, but are poorly predicted by climate models. The main problem in retrieving cloud properties is that clouds are complicated 3D objects that evolve fast; measurement methods that hope to catch clouds must be similarly fast and sophisticated. Christine has approached this problem using both passive radiometers and active radar/lidar beams, and is working toward blending observational elements, numerical simulation and model evaluation. This new approach allows us to investigate 3D cloud distributions and their radiative impact, to quantify aerosol impacts on precipitation, and to provide constraints for precipitation formation processes.
Christine is currently serving as a member of the Science Board and the User Executive Committee for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, a member of the International Radiation Commission, the Chair of the AMS Atmospheric Radiation Committee, and Associate Editor (or co-Editor) for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP) and Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmosphere (JGR).