CIMMS at NSSL: Youcun Qi

Youcun Qi, Research Scientist (CIMMS/NSSL WRDD)


Ph.D. Meteorology, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology (2011)
M.S. Meteorology, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology (2008)
B.S. Computer Science, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology (2005)

Youcun Qi originally hails from China, and earned his bachelor’s in computer science and Master’s degrees in meteorology from Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology. Upon completion of his Master’s in 2008, Youcun came to Oklahoma as a CIMMS research scientist working with NSSL’s Warning Research & Development Division. His focus was design and development of radar QPE algorithms. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in 2011, then started working with CIMMS and NSSL on research-to-operations projects, algorithm development, and technology transfers.

What He Does:
Youcun works closely with NSSL’s WRDD on several research programs. Notably, he was an integral part of the Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor project, which was awarded the Department of Commerce’s Silver Medal in 2015 “for successful transition of the Multi-Radar, Multi-Sensor system into operations to provide critical radar-based products to forecast weather hazards.” Youcun has been listed as author or co-author on a number of significant publications during his tenure with CIMMS and NSSL, including “Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) Quantitative Precipitation Estimation: Initial Operating Capabilities,” “Improving WSR-88D Radar QPE for Orographic Precipitation Using Profiler Observations,” and “Correction of Radar QPE Errors Associated with Low and Partially Observed Brightband Layers.”

One big milestone for Youcun on 2016 has been the birth of his daughter !!!