Research Assistant Professor Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Xian joined the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in July 2020. She completed her B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences at SUN YAT-SEN University in 2009 and Ph.D. in Space Physics at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2014. Prior to her arrival at the SUSTech, Tao served as a Postdoctoral Researcher and Associate Researcher at USTC and a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Oklahoma. She is studying tropopause dynamics, stratosphere-troposphere exchange, and wind resource assessment.

Education background

2005.9-2009.6, University of Science and Technology of China, School of Environment Scicence and Engineering, Bachelor

2009.9-2014.6, University of Science and Technology of China, School of Earth and Space Science, Ph.D.

Work experience

2014.06-2016.11,University of Science and Technology of China, School of Earth and Space Science, Postdoctoral Researcher

2016.11-2020.06,University of Science and Technology of China, School of Earth and Space Science, Associate Researcher

2017.11-2019.11, University of Oklahoma, School of Meteorology, Postdoctoral Researcher

2020.07-Pres, Southern University of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering, Research Assistant Professor

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National Natural Science Foundation of China, “Relationships Between Tropopause Fine Structure and Stratosphere-Troposphere Exchange”, 2021-2024

National Natural Science Foundation of China, “Climate Change in the Tropopause Layer”, 2016-2018

Special Financial Grant from the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, “Tropopause-penetrating Convection and Its Impacts on the STE”,


Anhui Natural Science Foundation, “Vertical Structure of Tropopause Layer”, 2016-2018

Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, “Changes in the Tropopause Layer Thickness”, 2015-2016

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  1. Zhang, H., G. Lu*, F. Lyu, S. Xiong, M. Ahmad, T. Xian, et al. (2021), On the terrestrial gamma-ray flashes preceding narrow bipolar events produced in tropical thunderstorms, Geophys. Res. Lett., 48, doi: 10.1029/2020GL092160.
  2. Martin, E.R., Homeyer, C.R., McKinzie, R.A., McCarthy, K.M. and Xian, T., Regionally Varying Assessments of Upper-Level Tropical Width in Reanalyses and CMIP5 Models Using a Tropopause Break Metric. J. Climate, (2020), doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0629.1
  3. Xian T, Homeyer CR. Global tropopause altitudes in radiosondes and reanalyses. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2019, 19(8):5661-78.
  4. Wang, R., T. Xian, M. X. Wang, et al., 2019: Relationship between extreme precipitation and temperature in two different regions: The Tibetan Plateau and Middle–East China. J. Meteor. Res., 33(5), 870–884, doi: 10.1007/s13351-019-8181-3.
  5. Qin F, Xian T, Fu Y. Cloud-Precipitation Parameters and Radiative Forcing of Warm Precipitating Cloud over the Tropical Pacific Ocean Based on TRMM Datasets and Radiative Transfer Model. Atmosphere. 2018, 9(6):206.
  6. Fu Y, Pan X, Xian T, Liu G, Zhong L, Liu Q, Li R, Wang Y, Ma M. Precipitation characteristics over the steep slope of the Himalayas in rainy season observed by TRMM PR and VIRS. Climate dynamics. 2018, 51(5-6):1971-89.
  7. Wang R, Fu Y, Xian T, Chen F, Yuan R, Li R, Liu G. Evaluation of atmospheric precipitable water characteristics and trends in mainland China from 1995 to 2012. Journal of Climate. 2017, 30(21):8673-88.
  8. Chen Y, Fu Y, Xian T, Pan X. Characteristics of cloud cluster over the steep southern slopes of the Himalayas observed by CloudSat.  International Journal of Climatology. 2017, 37(11):4043-52.
  9. Fu Y, Zhu J, Yang Y, Yuan R, Liu G, Xian T, Liu P. Grid-cell aerosol direct shortwave radiative forcing calculated using the SBDART model with MODIS and AERONET observations: An application in winter and summer in eastern China. Advances in Atmospheric Sciences. 2017, 34(8):952-64.
  10. Fu Y, Chen Y, Li R, Qin F, Xian T, Yu L, Zhang A, Liu G, Zhang X. Lateral Boundary of Cirrus Cloud from CALIPSO Observations. Scientific reports. 2017, 7(1):14221.
  11. Xian T, Fu Y. A hiatus in the tropopause layer change. International Journal of Climatology. 2017, 37(14):4972-80.
  12. Xian T, and Fu Y., Characteristics of tropopause-penetrating convection determined by TRMM and COSMIC GPS radio occultation measurements. J. Geophys. Res., 120 (2015), 7006-7024.
  13. Zhu H., Su Z., Xiao F., Zheng H., Wang Y., Shen C., Xian T., Wang S., Kletzing C. A., Kurth W.S., Hospodarsky G. B., Spence H. E., Reeves G. D., Funsten H. O., Blake J. B., and Baker D. N., Plasmatrough exohiss waves observed by Van Allen Probes: Evidence for leakage from plasmasphere and resonant scattering of radiation belt electrons. Geophys. Res. Lett., 2015, 42, 1 012-1019.
  14. Li Q., Sun L., Liu S., Xian T., and Yan Y., A new mononuclear eddy identication method with simple splitting strategies, Remote Sensing Letters, 2014, 5, 65-72.
  15. Sun L., Li Y., Yang Y., Wu Q., Chen X., Li Q., Li Y., and Xian T., Effects of super typhoons on cyclonic oceanic eddies in the western North Pacific: A satellite data-based evaluation between 2000 and 2008, J. Geophys. Res., 2014, 119.9: 5585-5598.
  16. Fu Y., Xian T., Lu D., Liu G., Heng Z., Sun L., and Yang Y., Ozone vertical variations during a typhoon derived from the OMI observations and reanalysis data. Chin. Sci. Bull., 2013, 58, 3890-3894.
  17. Xian T, Sun L., Yang Y., and Fu Y., Monsoon and Eddy Forcing of Chlorophyll-a Variation in Northeast South China Sea, Int. J. Rem. Sen., 33 (2012), 7431-7443.
  18. Xian T, Yang Y., Sun L., and Fu Y., Spatiotemporal variability of satellite-derived colored dissolved and detrital organic materials in the South China Sea from 1997-2007, Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management, 15 (2012), 118-126.
  19. Yang Y., Xian T, Sun L., and Fu Y., Summer monsoon impacts on Chlorophyll-a concentration in the middle of the South China Sea: Climatological mean and annual variability, Atmos. Oceanic Sci. Lett., 5 (2012), 15-19.
  20. Sun L., Yang Y., Xian T., Wang Y., and Fu Y., Ocean responses to Typhoon Namtheun explored with Argo floats and multiplatform satellites, Atmosphere-Ocean, 50 (2012), 15-26.
  21. Yang Y., Sun L., Duan A., Li Y., Fu Y., Yan Y., Wang Z., and Xian T., Impacts of the binary typhoons on upper ocean environments in November 2007, J. Appl. Remote Sens., 6.1 (2012): 063583-1.
  22. Yang Y., Sun L, Duan AM, Li YB, Fu YF, Yan YF, Wang ZQ, Xian T. Impacts of the binary typhoons on upper ocean environments in November 2007. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. 2012, 6(1):063583.
  23. Sun L., Yang Y., Xian T., Lu Z., and Fu Y., Strong enhancement of chlorophyll-a concentration by a weak typhoon, Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 404 (2010), 39-50.
  24. Yang Y., Sun L., Liu Q., Xian T., and Fu Y., The Biophysical Responses of the upper ocean to the typhoons Namtheun and Malou in 2004, Int. J. Rem. Sen., 31 (2010), 4559-4568.



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Founded in December 2015, the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is one of departments in the College of Engineering of SUSTech. It aims to establish a world-leading department in mechanics and aerospace engineering, covering various research areas such as fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, aeroacoustics, combustion, and system control. The Department will learn from the best practice of peer departments over the world in order to develop into an international research institution that attends to the national strategic needs in mechanics and aerospace, cultivates outstanding innovative talents, and conducts frontier fundamental research and applied research with social impact.

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