Dr. Liston received his B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington in 1982, his M.S. in Snow, Ice, and Permafrost Geophysics from the University of Alaska in 1986, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics / Engineering from Montana State University in 1991.
His professional focus has been the research and parameterization of land-surface hydrology and boundary layer processes for local- regional- and global-scale land-atmosphere interaction models operating at climate, and shorter, time scales. In addition, he has been actively involved in process studies and modeling of snow and ice found in high-latitude and high-elevation environments. In 1982-83 he wintered over at the United States Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station, Antarctica, where he received a United States Congressional Service Medal. In 1996 he was nominated to be the 1996-97 U.S. representative to the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), Northern Research Basins Task Force on Northern Hydrologic Processes in Climate Models.
Dr Liston has considerable experience in cold-regions field research, leading and participating in snow and glaciological research expeditions around the world. These projects involve multi-day, multi-week, and multi-month field programs. He participated in a 4200-km International Polar Year (IPY) expedition across Arctic Canada (2007), and an IPY overland expedition to the South Pole (2007-2008). In recognition of his field research and related publications, in 1999 he was elected a Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York. Since 2000, he has served as a member of the NASA Cold Land Processes Working Group, in support of future NASA cold regions hydrologic remote sensing missions.
In 2007-08 Dr. Liston participated in a joint Norwegian – United States, International Polar Year (IPY) 4-month scientific expedition and overland traverse to the South Pole.
Liston, G. E., and C. A. Hiemstra, 2008: A simple data assimilation system for complex snow distributions (SnowAssim). J. Hydrometeorology, in press.
Liston, G. E., C. A. Hiemstra, K. Elder, and D. W. Cline, 2008: Meso-cell study area (MSA) snow distributions for the Cold Land Processes Experiment (CLPX). J. Hydrometeorology, in press.
Liston, G. E., D. L. Birkenheuer, C. A. Hiemstra, D. W. Cline, and K. Elder, 2008: NASA Cold Land Processes Experiment (CLPX): Atmospheric analyses datasets. J. Hydrometeorology, in press.
Liston, G. E., R. B. Haehnel, M. Sturm, C. A. Hiemstra, S. Berezovskaya, and R. D. Tabler, 2007: Simulating complex snow distributions in windy environments using SnowTran-3D. Journal of Glaciology, 53, 241-256.
Liston, G. E., and K. Elder, 2006: A distributed snow-evolution modeling system (SnowModel). J. Hydrometeorology, 7, 1259-1276.
Liston, G. E., and K. Elder, 2006: A meteorological distribution system for high-resolution terrestrial modeling (MicroMet). J. Hydrometeorology, 7, 217-234.
Liston, G. E., and J.-G. Winther, 2005: Antarctic surface and subsurface snow and ice melt fluxes. J. Climate, 18(10), 1469-1481.
Liston, G. E., 2004: Representing subgrid snow cover heterogeneities in regional and global models. J. Climate, 17(6), 1381-1397.
Liston, G. E., and M. Sturm, 2004: The role of winter sublimation in the Arctic moisture budget. Nordic Hydrology, 35(4), 325-334.