Associate Professors

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Atmospheric Science
Natural Science Bldg. 202
University of Louisville
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Louisville, Kentucky 40292
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Miscellaneous Information:


B.S. in Meteorology, Chengdu Institute of Meteorology (China), 1999
M.S. in Atmospheric Physics, Lanzhou Institute of Atmospheric Physics (China), 2002
Ph.D in Physics, University of New Brunswick (Canada), 2008

Research Areas

Atmospheric Physics / Space Physics and Aeronomy

Current Research

Dr. Du-Caines' research interests include middle-atmosphere energetics and dynamics, water vapor distributions, lightning and synoptic meteorology. Projects include the following:
1. Wave coupling and its role in the momentum and energy budget of the middle atmosphere.
2. Short-term tidal variability from the troposphere to the dynamo region.
3. Physical causes of multi-scale temporal variability in atmospheric tides from the troposphere to the dynamo region.


1. Ertel Potential Vorticity vs.Bernoulli streamfunction in Earth's extratropical atmosphere.
Du, J., Dowling, T, and Mary Bradley (2015), Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 7, 437-458, doi:10.1002/2014MS000420.
2. The character of polar tidal signatures in the extended Canadian Middle Atmosphere Model
Du. J., W.E. Ward, and F. Cooper (2014), Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmosphere, 119, doi:10.1002/2014JD021562.
3. Statistical analysis of global variations of atmospheric relative humidity as observed by AIRS
Du, J., F. Cooper, and S. Fueglistaler (2012), J. Geophys. Res., 117, D12315, doi:10.1029/2012JD017550.
4. The terdiurnal tides from the extended Canadian Middle Atmosphere Model (CMAM)
Du, J., and Ward, W. E. (2010), Journal of Geophysical Research, VOL. 115 D24106, doi:10.1029/2010JD014479.
5. Semidiurnal tides from the Extended Canadian Middle Atmosphere Model (CMAM) and comparisons with TIMED Doppler Interferometer (TIDI) and meter radar observations
Du, J., Ward, W. E., Oberheide, J., Nakamura, T., and Tsuda, T., (2007), Journal of Atmospheric and Solar- Terrestrial Physics 69, 2159-2202.