Lon Hood

PTYS/LPL Faculty

Kuiper 509B


Lon Hood

Research Professor

Ph.D., 1979, UCLA

Years with LPL: 1979 to present

Earth, Lunar Studies, Planetary Geophysics, Planetary & Atmospheric physics, Lunar Studies, Planetary Geophysics, Theoretical Astrophysics

My research is currently focused on two interdisciplinary areas: (1) Coupling between the Earth's stratosphere and troposphere; and (2) mapping and interpretation of planetary crustal magnetic fields.  The stratosphere / troposphere coupling work is oriented toward understanding the effects of stratospheric processes (mainly the QBO and solar forcing) on tropospheric circulation and climate.  The planetary crustal magnetic field work is most recently aimed at mapping newly acquired orbital magnetometer data at Mercury and at resolving long-standing issues relating to the origin of lunar crustal magnetism.

Current Grants

  • The QBO-MJO Connection: Positive Feedbacks From Extratropical Wave Forcing, NSF Climate & Large-Scale Dynamics Program
  • Origin of Lunar Crustal Magnetic Anomalies, NASA Lunar Data Analysis Program
  • Top-Down Solar Influence on the Madden-Julian Short-Term Climate Oscillation, NASA Living With a Star Science Program
  • Systematic Correlation Analysis between Crustal Magnetic Fields and Water Ice in the Lunar Polar Regions, NASA Lunar Data Analysis Program, Subaward from University of Colorado (Jan Deca, P.I.)

Current Spacecraft Involvement

  •  Lunar Vertex, Co-Investigator

Former Spacecraft Involvement

  • Lunar Prospector Discovery mission, Co-Investigator

Student Collaborations/Advising

Former Students

  • Malori Redman, 2018 (M.S. Atmospheric Sciences)
  • Fred Ciesla, 2003 (Ph.D PTYS)

Students from outside UA PTYS

  • Charles ("Andrew") Hoopes (Graduate student, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences)
  • Travis W. Matlock (Undergraduate, Space Grant)

Former Students from outside UA PTYS

  • Jacob van den Leeuw (Undergraduate, Space Grant)

Former Postdocs

  • Natasha Trencham
  • Nicola Richmond
  • Boris Soukharev

Based on Google Scholar and NASA ADS: NASA ADS Author search: Lon L. Hood

Selected Publications: Calendar Years 2017 through 2023

Hood, L. L., Hoopes, C. A. 2023, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. Arctic Sea Ice Loss, Long-Term Trends in Extratropical Wave Forcing, and the Observed Strengthening of the QBO-MJO Connection

Hood, Lon L., Trencham, Natasha E., & Galarneau, Thomas J. 2023, Journal of Geophysical Research (Atmospheres). QBO/Solar Influences on the Tropical Madden-Julian Oscillation: A Mechanism Based on Extratropical Wave Forcing in Late Fall and Early Winter

Hood, Lon L., Bryant, Isabella, & van der Leeuw, Jacob 2022, Geophysical Research Letters. Lunar Magnetic Anomalies and Polar Ice

Galluzzi, V., Oliveira, J. S., Wright, J., Rothery, D. A., & Hood, L. L. 2021, Geophysical Research Letters. Asymmetric Magnetic Anomalies Over Young Impact Craters on Mercury

Hood, L. L., Oliveira, J. S., Andrews-Hanna, J., Wieczorek, M. A., & Stewart, S. T. 2021, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). Magnetic Anomalies in Five Lunar Impact Basins: Implications for Impactor Trajectories and Inverse Modeling

Hood, Lon L., Torres, Cecilyn B., Oliveira, Joana S., Wieczorek, Mark A., & Stewart, Sarah T. 2021, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). A New Large Scale Map of the Lunar Crustal Magnetic Field and Its Interpretation

Hood, Lon L., Redman, Malori A., Johnson, Wes L., & Galarneau, Thomas J. 2020, Journal of Climate. Stratospheric Influences on the MJO-Induced Rossby Wave Train: Effects on Intraseasonal Climate

Oliveira, Joana S., Hood, Lon L., & Langlais, Benoit 2019, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). Constraining the Early History of Mercury and Its Core Dynamo by Studying the Crustal Magnetic Field

Hood, L. L., Oliveira, J. S., Galluzzi, V., & Rothery, D. A. 2018, Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets). Investigating Sources of Mercury's Crustal Magnetic Field: Further Mapping of MESSENGER Magnetometer Data

Maycock, Amanda C., Matthes, Katja, Tegtmeier, Susann, Schmidt, Hauke, Thiéblemont, Rémi, Hood, Lon, Akiyoshi, Hideharu, Bekki, Slimane, Deushi, Makoto, Jöckel, Patrick, Kirner, Oliver, Kunze, Markus, Marchand, Marion, Marsh, Daniel R., Michou, Martine, Plummer, David, Revell, Laura E., Rozanov, Eugene, Stenke, Andrea, Yamashita, Yousuke, & Yoshida, Kohei 2018, Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics. The representation of solar cycle signals in stratospheric ozone - Part 2: Analysis of global models

Hood, Lon L. 2018, Journal of Atmospheric Sciences. Short-Term Solar Modulation of the Madden-Julian Climate Oscillation

Hood, Lon L. 2017, Geophysical Research Letters. QBO/solar modulation of the boreal winter Madden-Julian oscillation: A prediction for the coming solar minimum

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