University of California, Riverside

Environmental Sciences

King-Fai Li

King-Fai LiKing-Fai Li

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science/Statistics

Academic Degrees:

  • PhD, Environmental Science, California Institute of Technology, 2013
  • MPhil, Physics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2006
  • BSc, Physics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2004

Selected Awards:

  • 2012 Jack Eddy Fellow


  • Big data analytics
  • Remote sensing
  • Inverse Modeling
  • Stratospheric dynamics and chemistry

Research Group:

    Highly motivated and creative students are encouraged to contact Prof. Li via email for information on Ph.D. graduate positions in data analysis and stratospheric modeling.

    Current Research:

    • Stratospheric ozone
    • Arctic sea fog
    • Solar cycle influence to climate

    Selected Publications:

    • Li, K.-F., Q. Zhang, K.-K. Tung, Y. L. Yung (2016), Resolving a long-standing model-observation discrepancy in stratospheric ozone response to solar cycle, Earth Space Sci., 3, 431–440, doi:10.1002/2016EA000199.
    • Li, K.-F., H. Su, S.-N. Mak, T. M. Chang, J. H. Jiang, J R. Norris, and Y. L. Yung (2016), An Analysis of High Cloud Variability: Imprints from the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, Clim. Dyn., doi:10.1007/s00382-016-3086-7.
    • Li, K.-F., and K.-K. Tung (2014), Quasi-Biennial Oscillation and Solar Cycle Influences on Winter Arctic Total Ozone, J. Geophys. Res., 119, 5823–5835, doi:10.1002/2013JD021065.
    • Li, K.-F., B. Tian, D. E. Waliser, Y. L. Yung (2010), Tropical mid-tropospheric CO2 variability driven by the Madden-Julian oscillation, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.—U. S. A., 107, 19171-19175, doi:10.1073/pnas.1008222107.
    • Li, K.-F., K. Pahlevan, J. L. Kirschvink, Y. L. Yung (2009), Atmospheric Pressure as a Natural Climate Regulator of a Terrestrial Planet with a Biosphere, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.—U. S. A., 106, 9576—9579, doi:10.1073/pnas.0809436106.

    Courses Taught:

    • TBD

    Graduate Program Affiliations and Research Focus Areas:

    • Research Focus Areas
      • Empirical analysis of environmental data
      • Stratospheric modeling
    • Program
      • Environmental Science
      • Earth Science
      • Statistics

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    Environmental Sciences
    Geology 2460

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