Thang Luong, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

​Dr. Luong's research focuses primarily on understanding and predicting extreme climate through regional atmospheric modeling. The three primary lines of his research are: 1) improve convective-resolving simulations of severe weather, 2) develop enhanced parameterization schemes for the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, and 3) study urbanization effects on extreme climate. I am currently working on extreme precipitation climatology in the Arabian Peninsula.

Selected Publications

Improvement in the modeled representation of North American Monsoon precipitation using a modified Kain-Fritsch convective parameterization scheme
Luong T. M., C. L. Castro, T. M. Nguyen, W. W. Cassell, H. -I. Chang
Atmosphere, 9, 31, 2018

The more extreme nature of North American Monsoon precipitation in the Southwestern U.S. as revealed by a historical climatology of simulated severe weather events
Luong T. M., C. L. Castro, H. Chang, T. Lahmers, D. K. Adams, and C. A. Ochoa-Moya J.
Appl. Meteor. Climatol. 56, 2509–2529, 2017

Multi-year climate variability in the Southwestern United States within a context of a dynamically downscaled twentieth century reanalysis
Carrillo C. M., C. L. Castro, H. Chang, and T. M. Luong
Climate Dyn., 49, 4217–4236, 2017

Long-term changes in the climatology of transient inverted troughs over the North American Monsoon region and their effects on precipitation
Lahmers, T., C. Castro, D. Adams, Y. Serra, J. Brost, and T. M. Luong
J. Climate, 29, 6037–6064, 2016


  • ​Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, University of Arizona, USA, December 2015

Professional Profile

  • ​2017 – present: Postdoctoral Fellow, PSE, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2016 – 2017: Postdoctoral Fellow, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​American Meteorological Society (AMS)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)


  • ​Graduate Incentives for Growth Awards (GIGA) in Hydrometeorology-related Research (2011-2012)