Xiaowen Li

Xiaowen Li

  • METEOROLOGIST
  • 301.614.6319
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 612
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: MORGAN STATE UNIV.
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Xiaowen Li is a senior research scientist affiliated with Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research II (GESTARII) program at Morgan State University, Baltimore. She is currently serving as the Chief Scientist for GESTAR II Cooperative Agreement. Dr. Xiaowen Li received her B.S in Atmospheric Physics from Peking University, China, M.S. in Meteorology from Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, and Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago. She joined Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Lab at NASA GSFC as a postdoc in 2002 and has been affiliated with the Lab since. Dr. Xiaowen Li’s research focuses on cloud microphysics and dynamics and their representations in numerical models, mesoscale and synoptic scale weather systems, aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions and their climate impacts, air-sea interactions, and data mining with machine learning.

    Dr. Xiaowen Li has served AMS Atmospheric Chemistry Committee for six years and organized the Symposium on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions. She has served as session chairs and conveners for both national and international professional meetings. Dr. Li is an associate editor for AGU’s Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. She has also served as the President of the Chinese American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

    Positions/Employment

    2015 - Present

    Senior Research Scientist

    Morgan State University, Baltimore
    2010 - 2015

    Associate Research Scientist

    University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore
    2004 - 2010

    Assistant Research Scientist

    University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore
    2002 - 2004

    Research Associate

    University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore

    Education

    Ph.D., Geophysical Sciences, the University of Chicago, 2002

    M.S., Meteorology, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, 1994

    B.S., Atmospheric Physics, Peking University, China, 1991

    Professional Service

    • Associate editor, American Geophysical Union, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES), present.
    • American Meteorological Society, Atmospheric Chemistry Committee, leading activities in aerosol-cloud interactions, 2016-present.
    • Organizer and Program Chair of the AMS Symposium on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions, 2021, 2022.
    • Session chairs and conveners for AMS and AGU Annual Meetings.
    • Reviewer for proposals submitted to NASA, NSF, and DOE.
    • Panel member for NASA, NSF, and DOE proposal review panels.
    • President of the Chinese American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, 2021.
    • President-elect of the Chinese American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, 2020.


    Publications

    Refereed

    Zeng, X., J. Gong, X. Li, and D. L. Wu. 2021. "Modeling the Radiative Effect on Microphysics in Cirrus Clouds against Satellite Observations." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, [10.1029/2020jd033923]

    Gong, J., X. Zeng, D. L. Wu, et al. S. J. Munchak, X. Li, S. Kneifel, D. Ori, L. Liao, and D. Barahona. 2020. "Linkage among Ice Crystal Microphysics, Mesoscale Dynamics and Cloud and Precipitation Structures Revealed by Collocated Microwave Radiometer and Multi-frequency Radar Observations." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, [10.5194/acp-20-12633-2020]

    Chern, J., W. Tao, S. E. Lang, X. Li, and T. Matsui. 2020. "Evaluating Precipitation Features and Rainfall Characteristics in a Multi‐Scale Modeling Framework." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 12 (8): [10.1029/2019ms002007]

    Fridlind, A. M., M. van Lier-Walqui, S. Collis, et al. S. E. Giangrande, R. C. Jackson, X. Li, T. Matsui, R. Orville, M. H. Picel, D. Rosenfeld, A. Ryzhkov, R. Weitz, and P. Zhang. 2019. "Use of polarimetric radar measurements to constrain simulated convective cell evolution: a pilot study with Lagrangian tracking." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 12 (6): 2979-3000 [10.5194/amt-12-2979-2019]

    Tao, W.-K., J.-D. Chern, T. Iguchi, et al. S. E. Lang, M.-I. Lee, X. Li, A. M. Loftus, T. Matsui, K. I. Mohr, S. Nicholls, C. D. Peters-Lidard, D. Posselt, and G. Skofronick-Jackson. 2019. "Microphysics in Goddard multi-scale modeling systems: A Review." Current Trends in the Representation of Physical Processes in Weather and Climate Models, Singapore: 253-316, ISBN: 978-981-13-3395-8. [10.1007/978-981-13-3396-5_14]

    Li, X., M. A. Janiga, S. Wang, et al. W. Tao, A. Rowe, W. Xu, C. Liu, T. Matsui, and C. Zhang. 2018. "Evolution of Precipitation Structure During the November DYNAMO MJO Event: Cloud‐Resolving Model Intercomparison and Cross Validation Using Radar Observations." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123 (7): 3530-3555 [10.1002/2017jd027775]

    Gong, J., X. Zeng, D. L. Wu, and X. Li. 2017. "Diurnal Variation of Tropical Ice Cloud Microphysics: Evidence from Global Precipitation Measurement Microwave Imager (GPM-GMI) Polarimetric Measurements." Geophysical Research Letters, [10.1002/2017gl075519]

    Fridlind, A. M., X. Li, D. Wu, et al. M. van Lier-Walqui, A. S. Ackerman, W.-K. Tao, G. M. McFarquhar, W. Wu, X. Dong, J. Wang, A. Ryzhkov, P. Zhang, M. R. Poellot, A. Neumann, and J. M. Tomlinson. 2017. "Derivation of aerosol profiles for MC3E convection studies and use in simulations of the 20 May squall line case." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17 (9): 5947-5972 [10.5194/acp-17-5947-2017]

    Lolli, S., P. Di Girolamo, B. Demoz, X. Li, and E. J. Welton. 2017. "Rain evaporation rate estimates from multi-wavelength lidar measurements and intercomparison against a model analytical solution." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology , 34 (4): [10.1175/JTECH-D-16-0146.1]

    Tao, W.-K., and X. Li. 2016. "The relationship between latent heating, vertical velocity, and precipitation processes: The impact of aerosols on precipitation in organized deep convective systems." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 121 (11): 6299-6320 [10.1002/2015jd024267]

    O’Halloran, T. L., J. D. Fuentes, W. K. Tao, and X. Li. 2015. "Sensitivity of convection to observed variation in aerosol size distributions and composition at a rural site in the southeastern United States." J Atmos Chem, 72 (3-4): 441-454 [10.1007/s10874-015-9300-x]

    Lang, S. E., W.-K. Tao, J.-D. Chern, D. Wu, and X. Li. 2014. "Benefits of a Fourth Ice Class in the Simulated Radar Reflectivities of Convective Systems Using a Bulk Microphysics Scheme." J. Atmos. Sci., 71 (10): 3583-3612 [10.1175/JAS-D-13-0330.1]

    Tao, W.-K., S. E. Lang, X. Zeng, et al. X. Li, T. Matsui, K. I. Mohr, D. Posselt, J.-D. Chern, C. D. Peters-Lidard, P. M. Norris, I.-S. Kang, I. Choi, A. Hou, W. K. Lau, and Y.-M. Yang. 2014. "The Goddard Cumulus Ensemble model (GCE): Improvements and applications for studying precipitation processes." Atmospheric Research, 143: 392-424 [10.1016/j.atmosres.2014.03.005]

    Li, X., W.-K. Tao, H. Masunaga, G. Gu, and X. Zeng. 2013. "Aerosol Effects on Cumulus Congestus Population over the Tropical Pacific: A Cloud-Resolving Modeling Study." Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan., 91 (6): 817-833 [10.2151/jmsj.2013-607]

    Matsui, T., T. Iguchi, X. Li, et al. M. Han, W.-K. Tao, W. A. Petersen, T. L'Ecuyer, R. Meneghini, W. S. Olson, C. D. Kummerow, A. Y. Hou, M. R. Schwaller, E. F. Stocker, and J. M. Kwiatkowski. 2013. "GPM Satellite Simulator over Ground Validation Sites." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 94 (11): 1653-1660 [10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00160.1]

    Zeng, X., W. Tao, T. Matsui, et al. S. Xie, S. E. Lang, M. Zhang, D. Starr, and X. Li. 2011. "Estimating the Ice Crystal Enhancement Factor in the Tropics." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 68 (7): 1424-1434 [10.1175/2011JAS3550.1]

    Li, X., W. Tao, T. Matsui, C. Li, and H. Masunaga. 2010. "Improving a spectral bin microphysical scheme using TRMM satellite observations." Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., 136 (647): 382-399 [10.1002/qj.569]

    Li, X., D. Johnson, J. Simpson, A. Khain, and W. Tao. 2009. "Sensitivity of a Cloud-Resolving Model to Bulk and Explicit Bin Microphysical Schemes. Part II: Cloud Microphysics and Storm Dynamics Interactions." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 66 (1): 22-40 [10.1175/2008JAS2647.1]

    Zeng, X., W.-K. Tao, X. Li, et al. M. Zhang, A. Y. Hou, S. Xie, S. E. Lang, D. O. Starr, X. Li, and J. Simpson. 2009. "An Indirect Effect of Ice Nuclei on Atmospheric Radiation." J. Atmos. Sci., 66 (1): 41-61 [10.1175/2008JAS2778.1]

    Zeng, X., W. Tao, M. Zhang, et al. Y. Hou, S. Xie, S. Lang, X. Li, O. David, and X. Li. 2009. "A contribution by ice nuclei to global warming." Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., 135 (643): 1614-1629 [10.1002/qj.449]

    Li, X., W.-K. Tao, A. Khain, J. Simpson, and D. Johnson. 2009. "Sensitivity of a Cloud-Resolving Model to Bulk and Explicit Bin Microphysical Schemes. Part I: Comparisons." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 66 (1): 3-21 [10.1175/2008JAS2646.1]

    Zeng, X., W.-K. Tao, T. Matsui, et al. S. Xie, E. A. Lee, M. Zhang, D. O. Starr, X. Li, and J. Simpson. 2009. "Diagnosing the Ice Crystal Enhancement Facort in the Tropics." J Atmos Sci,

    Tao, W.-K., D. Anderson, J.-D. Chern, et al. J. Estin, A. Hou, P. Houser, R. Kakar, S. E. Lang, W. K. Lau, C. D. Peters-Lidard, X. Li, T. Matsui, M. Rienecker, M. R. Schoeberl, B. W. Shen, J. J. Shi, and X. Zeng. 2009. " Goddard Multi-Scale Modeling Systems with Unified Physics." Annales Geophysics, 27: 3055-3064 [10.5194/angeo-27-3055-2009]

    Tao, W.-K., X. Li, A. Khain, T. Matsui, and J. Simpson. 2007. "Role of atmospheric aerosol concentration on deep convective precipitation: Cloud-resolving model simulations." J. Geophys. Res., 112 (D24): D24S18 [10.1029/2007JD008728]

    Fan, J., R. Zhang, G. Li, W.-K. Tao, and X. Li. 2007. "Simulations of cumulus clouds using a spectral microphysics cloud-resolving model." J. Geophys. Res., 112 (D4): D04201 [10.1029/2006JD007688]

    Non-Refereed

    Tao, W.-K., D. Anderson, R. Atlas, et al. J.-D. Chern, P. Houser, A. Y. Hou, S. E. Lang, W. K. Lau, C. D. Peters-Lidard, R. Kakar, S. V. Kumar, W. Lapenta, X. Li, T. Matsui, M. M. Rienecker, B.-W. Shen, J. J. Shi, J. Simpson, and X. Zeng. 2008. "A Goddard multi-scale modeling system with unified physics." GEWEX News 18 (1): 6-8 [Full Text (Link)]

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Xiaowen Li is a senior research scientist affiliated with Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research II (GESTARII) program at Morgan State University, Baltimore. She is currently serving as the Chief Scientist for GESTAR II Cooperative Agreement. Dr. Xiaowen Li received her B.S in Atmospheric Physics from Peking University, China, M.S. in Meteorology from Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, and Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago. She joined Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Lab at NASA GSFC as a postdoc in 2002 and has been affiliated with the Lab since. Dr. Xiaowen Li’s research focuses on cloud microphysics and dynamics and their representations in numerical models, mesoscale and synoptic scale weather systems, aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions and their climate impacts, air-sea interactions, and data mining with machine learning.

    Dr. Xiaowen Li has served AMS Atmospheric Chemistry Committee for six years and organized the Symposium on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions. She has served as session chairs and conveners for both national and international professional meetings. Dr. Li is an associate editor for AGU’s Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. She has also served as the President of the Chinese American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Zeng, X., J. Gong, X. Li, and D. L. Wu. 2021. "Modeling the Radiative Effect on Microphysics in Cirrus Clouds against Satellite Observations." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres [10.1029/2020jd033923]

    Gong, J., X. Zeng, D. L. Wu, et al. S. J. Munchak, X. Li, S. Kneifel, D. Ori, L. Liao, and D. Barahona. 2020. "Linkage among Ice Crystal Microphysics, Mesoscale Dynamics and Cloud and Precipitation Structures Revealed by Collocated Microwave Radiometer and Multi-frequency Radar Observations." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics [10.5194/acp-20-12633-2020]

    Chern, J., W. Tao, S. E. Lang, X. Li, and T. Matsui. 2020. "Evaluating Precipitation Features and Rainfall Characteristics in a Multi‐Scale Modeling Framework." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 12 (8): [10.1029/2019ms002007]

    Fridlind, A. M., M. van Lier-Walqui, S. Collis, et al. S. E. Giangrande, R. C. Jackson, X. Li, T. Matsui, R. Orville, M. H. Picel, D. Rosenfeld, A. Ryzhkov, R. Weitz, and P. Zhang. 2019. "Use of polarimetric radar measurements to constrain simulated convective cell evolution: a pilot study with Lagrangian tracking." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 12 (6): 2979-3000 [10.5194/amt-12-2979-2019]

    Tao, W.-K., J.-D. Chern, T. Iguchi, et al. S. E. Lang, M.-I. Lee, X. Li, A. M. Loftus, T. Matsui, K. I. Mohr, S. Nicholls, C. D. Peters-Lidard, D. Posselt, and G. Skofronick-Jackson. 2019. "Microphysics in Goddard multi-scale modeling systems: A Review." Current Trends in the Representation of Physical Processes in Weather and Climate Models 253-316 [10.1007/978-981-13-3396-5_14]

    Li, X., M. A. Janiga, S. Wang, et al. W. Tao, A. Rowe, W. Xu, C. Liu, T. Matsui, and C. Zhang. 2018. "Evolution of Precipitation Structure During the November DYNAMO MJO Event: Cloud‐Resolving Model Intercomparison and Cross Validation Using Radar Observations." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 123 (7): 3530-3555 [10.1002/2017jd027775]

    Gong, J., X. Zeng, D. L. Wu, and X. Li. 2017. "Diurnal Variation of Tropical Ice Cloud Microphysics: Evidence from Global Precipitation Measurement Microwave Imager (GPM-GMI) Polarimetric Measurements." Geophysical Research Letters [10.1002/2017gl075519]

    Fridlind, A. M., X. Li, D. Wu, et al. M. van Lier-Walqui, A. S. Ackerman, W.-K. Tao, G. M. McFarquhar, W. Wu, X. Dong, J. Wang, A. Ryzhkov, P. Zhang, M. R. Poellot, A. Neumann, and J. M. Tomlinson. 2017. "Derivation of aerosol profiles for MC3E convection studies and use in simulations of the 20 May squall line case." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17 (9): 5947-5972 [10.5194/acp-17-5947-2017]

    Lolli, S., P. Di Girolamo, B. Demoz, X. Li, and E. J. Welton. 2017. "Rain evaporation rate estimates from multi-wavelength lidar measurements and intercomparison against a model analytical solution." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 34 (4): [10.1175/JTECH-D-16-0146.1]

    Tao, W.-K., and X. Li. 2016. "The relationship between latent heating, vertical velocity, and precipitation processes: The impact of aerosols on precipitation in organized deep convective systems." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 121 (11): 6299-6320 [10.1002/2015jd024267]

    O’Halloran, T. L., J. D. Fuentes, W. K. Tao, and X. Li. 2015. "Sensitivity of convection to observed variation in aerosol size distributions and composition at a rural site in the southeastern United States." J Atmos Chem 72 (3-4): 441-454 [10.1007/s10874-015-9300-x]

    Lang, S. E., W.-K. Tao, J.-D. Chern, D. Wu, and X. Li. 2014. "Benefits of a Fourth Ice Class in the Simulated Radar Reflectivities of Convective Systems Using a Bulk Microphysics Scheme." J. Atmos. Sci. 71 (10): 3583-3612 [10.1175/JAS-D-13-0330.1]

    Tao, W.-K., S. E. Lang, X. Zeng, et al. X. Li, T. Matsui, K. I. Mohr, D. Posselt, J.-D. Chern, C. D. Peters-Lidard, P. M. Norris, I.-S. Kang, I. Choi, A. Hou, W. K. Lau, and Y.-M. Yang. 2014. "The Goddard Cumulus Ensemble model (GCE): Improvements and applications for studying precipitation processes." Atmospheric Research 143 392-424 [10.1016/j.atmosres.2014.03.005]

    Li, X., W.-K. Tao, H. Masunaga, G. Gu, and X. Zeng. 2013. "Aerosol Effects on Cumulus Congestus Population over the Tropical Pacific: A Cloud-Resolving Modeling Study." Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan. 91 (6): 817-833 [10.2151/jmsj.2013-607]

    Matsui, T., T. Iguchi, X. Li, et al. M. Han, W.-K. Tao, W. A. Petersen, T. L'Ecuyer, R. Meneghini, W. S. Olson, C. D. Kummerow, A. Y. Hou, M. R. Schwaller, E. F. Stocker, and J. M. Kwiatkowski. 2013. "GPM Satellite Simulator over Ground Validation Sites." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 94 (11): 1653-1660 [10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00160.1]

    Zeng, X., W. Tao, T. Matsui, et al. S. Xie, S. E. Lang, M. Zhang, D. Starr, and X. Li. 2011. "Estimating the Ice Crystal Enhancement Factor in the Tropics." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 68 (7): 1424-1434 [10.1175/2011JAS3550.1]

    Li, X., W. Tao, T. Matsui, C. Li, and H. Masunaga. 2010. "Improving a spectral bin microphysical scheme using TRMM satellite observations." Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc. 136 (647): 382-399 [10.1002/qj.569]

    Li, X., D. Johnson, J. Simpson, A. Khain, and W. Tao. 2009. "Sensitivity of a Cloud-Resolving Model to Bulk and Explicit Bin Microphysical Schemes. Part II: Cloud Microphysics and Storm Dynamics Interactions." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 66 (1): 22-40 [10.1175/2008JAS2647.1]

    Zeng, X., W.-K. Tao, X. Li, et al. M. Zhang, A. Y. Hou, S. Xie, S. E. Lang, D. O. Starr, X. Li, and J. Simpson. 2009. "An Indirect Effect of Ice Nuclei on Atmospheric Radiation." J. Atmos. Sci. 66 (1): 41-61 [10.1175/2008JAS2778.1]

    Zeng, X., W. Tao, M. Zhang, et al. Y. Hou, S. Xie, S. Lang, X. Li, O. David, and X. Li. 2009. "A contribution by ice nuclei to global warming." Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc. 135 (643): 1614-1629 [10.1002/qj.449]

    Li, X., W.-K. Tao, A. Khain, J. Simpson, and D. Johnson. 2009. "Sensitivity of a Cloud-Resolving Model to Bulk and Explicit Bin Microphysical Schemes. Part I: Comparisons." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 66 (1): 3-21 [10.1175/2008JAS2646.1]

    Zeng, X., W.-K. Tao, T. Matsui, et al. S. Xie, E. A. Lee, M. Zhang, D. O. Starr, X. Li, and J. Simpson. 2009. "Diagnosing the Ice Crystal Enhancement Facort in the Tropics." J Atmos Sci

    Tao, W.-K., D. Anderson, J.-D. Chern, et al. J. Estin, A. Hou, P. Houser, R. Kakar, S. E. Lang, W. K. Lau, C. D. Peters-Lidard, X. Li, T. Matsui, M. Rienecker, M. R. Schoeberl, B. W. Shen, J. J. Shi, and X. Zeng. 2009. " Goddard Multi-Scale Modeling Systems with Unified Physics." Annales Geophysics 27 3055-3064 [10.5194/angeo-27-3055-2009]

    Tao, W.-K., X. Li, A. Khain, T. Matsui, and J. Simpson. 2007. "Role of atmospheric aerosol concentration on deep convective precipitation: Cloud-resolving model simulations." J. Geophys. Res. 112 (D24): D24S18 [10.1029/2007JD008728]

    Fan, J., R. Zhang, G. Li, W.-K. Tao, and X. Li. 2007. "Simulations of cumulus clouds using a spectral microphysics cloud-resolving model." J. Geophys. Res. 112 (D4): D04201 [10.1029/2006JD007688]

    Non-Refereed

    Tao, W.-K., D. Anderson, R. Atlas, et al. J.-D. Chern, P. Houser, A. Y. Hou, S. E. Lang, W. K. Lau, C. D. Peters-Lidard, R. Kakar, S. V. Kumar, W. Lapenta, X. Li, T. Matsui, M. M. Rienecker, B.-W. Shen, J. J. Shi, J. Simpson, and X. Zeng. 2008. "A Goddard multi-scale modeling system with unified physics." GEWEX News 18 (1): 6-8 [Full Text (Link)]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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