Research Interests:(click here to see a list of current research projects)
Land-atmosphere exchange processes, such as the transport of heat, moisture, and carbon dioxide, are regulated by a complex web of interconnected processes. For example, carbon uptake by plants is controlled not only by the availability of carbon dioxide, but also by the availability of water, sunlight, and a host of other factors. In turn, each of these factors is influenced by numerous other processes. My overarching research interest focuses on understanding land-atmosphere interactions and their role in the larger earth system. The core components of my research are:
Selected Publications:(please contact the author to determine reprint availability)
Alfieri, J.G., D. Niyogi, H. Zhang, M.A. LeMone, and F. Chen, 2009: Quantifying the spatial variability of surface flux measurements using data from the International H2O Project 2002: Linkages between surface conditions and spatial variability. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 133, 223-241.
Alfieri, J.G., P.D. Blanken, J. Morgan, and D. Smith, 2009: A comparison of the Bowen ratio energy balance and eddy covariance measurement techniques for determining surface energy and carbon dioxide fluxes over a shortgrass steppe grassland. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 48, 982-996.
Alfieri, J.G., X. Xiao, D. Niyogi, R.A. Pielke Sr., F. Chen, and M.A. LeMone, 2009: Satellite-based modeling of transpiration and evaporation of grasslands and croplands in the Southern Great Plains, USA. Global and Planetary Change, 67, 78-86.
Alfieri, J.G., D. Niyogi, P.D. Blanken, F. Chen, M.A. LeMone, K. Mitchell, M.B. Ek, and A. Kumar, 2008: Estimation of the minimum canopy resistance for croplands and grasslands using data from the 2002 International H2O Project. Monthly Weather Review, 136, 4452-4469.
Alfieri, J.G., P.D. Blanken, D.N. Yates, and K. Steffen, 2007: Variability in the relative influence of the environmental drivers of evapotranspiration over heavily grazed pasture during drought. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 8, 207-220.
Alfieri, J.G., D. Niyogi, M.A. LeMone, F. Chen, and S. Fall, 2007: A simple reclassification method for correcting land use/land cover datasets for use with land surface models. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 164, 1789-1809.
Chen, F., K. Manning, M.A. LeMone, S.B. Trier, J.G. Alfieri, R. Roberts, J. Wilson, M. Tewari, D. Niyogi, T. Horst, S.P. Oncley, J. Basara, and P.D. Blanken, 2007: Evaluation of the characteristics of the NCAR high-resolution land data assimilation system during IHOP-02. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 46, 694-713.
LeMone, M.A., M. Tewari, F. Chen, J.G. Alfieri, and D. Niyogi, 2008: Evaluation of the Noah land-surface model using data from a fair-weather IHOP_2002 day with heterogeneous surface fluxes. Monthly Weather Review, 136, 4915-4941.
LeMone, M.A., F. Chen, J.G. Alfieri, M. Tewari, B. Geerts, Q. Miao,, R.L. Grossman, and R.L. Coulter, 2007: Influence of land cover, soil moisture, and terrain, on the horizontal distribution of sensible and latent heat fluxes and boundary-layer structure. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 8, 68-87.
LeMone, M.A., F. Chen, J.G. Alfieri, R. Cuenca, Y. Hagimoto, P.D. Blanken, D. Niyogi, S. Kang, K. Davis, and R. Grossman, 2007: NCAR/CU surface vegetation observation network during the international H2O Project 2002 field campaign. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 88, 65-81.
Stassberg, D., M.A. LeMone, T. Warner, and J.G. Alfieri, 2008: Comparison of observed 10 m wind speeds to those based on Monin-Obukhov similarity theory using aircraft and surface data from the International H2O Project. Monthly Weather Review, 136, 964-972.