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Dr. Hua Lu - Profile

photo of Dr. Hua Lu Atmospheric Scientist: Stratosphere/Troposphere Coupling

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British Antarctic Survey
Madingley Road, High Cross
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0ET United Kingdom


Originally from south-west of China, my favourite activities were swimming in the Aha Lake and wandering miles and miles in the mountainous countryside. Trained as a mathematician, but I was seduced early by Mother Nature’s beauty and turned my focus onto environment research.

Moved to Australia in 1993, I studied my PhD in applied mathematics at the University of New South Wales during 1996-2000. After I completed my PhD, I worked for the Land and Water Division, Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra, as a postDoc and subsequently as a research scientist.  In 2003, I relocated to Cambridge with my family to escape bushfire flames and to enjoy the smell and scent of green at the Backs. I was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Theoretical Geophysics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge in 2003 and 2004. I then joined British Antarctic Survey (BAS) as a research scientist in 2005.

I have mostly worked on environmental issues including wind erosion and dust transport, sediment transport within river basins, solar influences on Earth’s climate variability, and most recently on stratosphere-troposphere coupling. Climate is at the core of all the research issues I have encountered so far. It is the most exciting environmental science because the system is apparently simple but rather complex, so natural but deeply mysterious. It changes constantly and one can hardly have a thorough grasp of its shape. 

My recent research interest is on investigating how perturbations imposed in the middle and upper stratosphere can be transmitted downwards to the lower stratosphere and the troposphere dynamically through wave mean flow interaction. One example of this kind is the identification of multiple solar influences and pathways in the climate records, studying non-linear amplification of solar signals and understanding dynamic interactions between external forcing and atmospheric internal variability from a perspective of whole atmospheric vertical coupling.

I am a firm believer that an interdisciplinary approach and collaboration are the most effective ways to carry out research.

In my spare time, I enjoy practicing TaiChi, playing badminton and gardening.