Fanghua Xu


Associate Professor


Education Background

Ph.D.   Physical Oceanography, 2004-2009, Stony Brook University, USA

M.Sc.   Physical Oceanography, 2001-2004, Xiamen University, China

B.Sc.    Physical Oceanography, 1997-2001, Xiamen University, China


Work Experience

Postdoctoral researcher, Princeton University, 2009-2012

Associate Professor, Tsinghua University, 2013-present

Research Interests

Ocean circulation and modeling studies; Mesoscale eddies and associated biogeochemical processes


Awards & Honors

· Outstanding Young Scientist Award, International Workshop on Modeling the Ocean, 2010
· New York Sea Grant fellowship, 2006-2008

Selected Publications

  1. Huang, J. and F. Xu 2018, Observational evidence of subsurface chlorophyll response to mesoscale eddies, Geophysical Research Letter, 45.

  2. Xu, F. 2018, Test and evaluation of a simple parameterization to enhance air-sea coupling in CESM, Satellite Oceanography and Meteorology, ISSN 2424-9505.

  3. Dong, W., Y. Lin, J. S. Wright, Y. Xie, Y. Ming, H. Zhang, R. Chen, Y. Chen, F. Xu, N. Lin, C. Yu, B. Zhang, S. Jin, K. Yang, Z. Li, J. Guo, L. Wang, and G. Lin 2018, Regional disparities in warm season rainfall changes over arid easterncentral Asia, Scientific Reports, volume 8, Article number: 13051.

  4. Sun J., F. Xu, L. Oey, and Y. Lin, 2018, Monthly variability of tropical cyclone intensity change over the Northern South China Sea in recent decades, Climate Dynamics,

  5. Gu C., H. Li, F. Xu, P. Cheng, X.H. Wang, S. Xu, and Y. Peng, Numerical study of Jiulongjiang river plume in the wet season 2015, Regional Studies in Marine Science, in press.

  6. Wang, L. and F. Xu 2018, Decadal variability and trends of oceanic barrier layers in tropical Pacific, Ocean Dynamics, in press, DOI 10.1007/s10236-018-1191-3

  7. Lin, Y., Li, Y., Li, Q., Chen, M., Xu, F., & Wang, Y., et al. 2018. A long lasting vortex Rossby wave induced rainband of typhoon longwang (2005). Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 99, 1127–1134.

  8. Xu, F., Yao, Y., Oey, L.-Y., & Lin, Y. 2017. Impacts of preexisting ocean cyclonic circulation on sea surface chlorophyll-a concentration off northeastern Taiwan following episodic typhoon passages. Journal of Geophysical Research Oceans, 122, 6482–6497.

  9. J. Huang, F. Xu, Kuanbo Zhou, Peng Xiu, & Yanluan Lin. 2017. Temporal evolution of near-surface chlorophyll over cyclonic eddy lifecycles in the southeastern pacific. Journal of Geophysical Research Oceans, 122, 6165–6179.

  10. Li, H., F. Xu, W. Zhou, D. Wang, J. S. Wright, Z. Liu, and Y. Lin. 2017. Development of a global gridded Argo data set with Barnes successive corrections, Journal of Geophysical Research Oceans, 122, 866–889.

  11. Dong, W., Lin, Y., Wright, J. S., Xie, Y., Xu, F., & Xu, W., et al. 2017. Indian monsoon low pressure systems feed up-andover moisture transport to the southwestern tibetan plateau. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 122, 12,140–12,151.

  12. Sun, J., Oey, L.-Y., F. Xu, Y.-C. Lin. 2017. Sea level rise, surface warming, and the weakened buffering ability of South China Sea to strong typhoons in recent decades. Scientific Report, 7(1):7418.

  13. Zhou, W., M. Chen, W. Zhuang, F. Xu, F. Zheng, T. Wu, and X. Wang. 2016. Evaluation of the Tropical Variability from the Beijing Climate Center's Real-Time Operational Global Ocean Data Assimilation System. Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, 33(2):208-220.

  14. Dong, W., Y. Lin, J.W. Wright, Y. Ming, Y. Xie, B. Wang, Y. Luo, W. Huang, J. Huang, L. Wang,  L. Tian, Y. Peng, F. Xu 2016. Summer rainfall over the southwestern Tibetan Plateau controlled by deep convection over the Indian subcontinent, Nature Communications, 2016,7:10925. 

  15. Xu, F., L.-Y. Oey. 2015. Seasonal SSH variability of the Northern South China SeaJournal of Physical Oceanography, 45(6):1595-1609.

  16. Sun, J., L.-Y. Oey, R. Chang, F. Xu, S.-M., Huang. 2015. Ocean response to Typhoon Nuri (2008) in western Pacific and South China Sea, Ocean Dynamics, DOI. 10.1007/s10236-015-0823-0.

  17. Xu, S., Huang, X., Oey, L.-Y., Xu, F., Fu, H., Zhang, Y., and Yang, G.: POM.gpu-v1.0: a GPU-based Princeton Ocean Model, Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 2815-2827.

  18.  Xu, F., L.-Y. Oey. 2014. State analysis using the Local ensemble transform Kalman Filter (LETKF) and the three-layer circulation structure of the Luzon Strait and the South China Sea, Ocean Dynamics, Volume 64, Pages 905-923.

  19. Xu, F., L.-Y. Oey, Y. Miyazawa, P. Hamilton, 2013. Hindcasts and forecasts of Loop Current and eddies in the Gulf of Mexico using local ensemble transform Kalman filter and optimum-interpolation assimilation schemes, Ocean Modelling, Volume 69, Pages 22-38,.

  20. Xu, F., Y.-L. Chang, L.-Y. Oey and P. Hamilton, 2013. Loop Current growth and eddy shedding using models and observations: analyses for the July 2011 eddy-shedding event, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 43, 1015–1027.

  21. Oey, L.-Y., M.-C. Chang, Y.-L. Chang, Y.-C. Lin, and F. Xu, 2013. Decadal warming of coastal China Seas and coupling with winter monsoon and currents, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40.

  22. Oey, L.-Y., Y.-L. Chang, Y.-C.Lin, M.-C. Chang, F. Xu, and H.-F. Lu, 2013. ATOP - the Advanced Taiwan Ocean Prediction System based on the mpiPOM Part 1: model descriptions, analyses and results. Terr. Atmos. Ocean. Sci., Vol. 24, No. 1, 137-158.

  23. Xu, F., Oey, L.-Y., 2011. The origin of along-shelf pressure gradient in the Middle Atlantic Bight, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 41, 1720–1740.

  24. Chang, Y.-L., Oey, L.-Y., F. Xu, H.-F. Lu and A.Fujisaki, 2010. 2010 Oil Spill: Trajectory Projections Based on Ensemble Drifter Analyses. Ocean Dynamics, 61(6):829-839.

  25. Xu, F., Wang, D.-P., Riemer, N., 2010. An idealized study of flocculation effects on sediment trapping in Estuarine Turbidity Maximum over tidal cycles, Continental Shelf Research, 30, 1314-1323.

  26. Xu, F., Wang, D.-P., Riemer, N., 2008. Modeling flocculation processes of fine-grained particles using a size-resolved method: Comparison with published laboratory experiments, Continental Shelf Research, 28, 2668-2677.

  27. Xu X.-M., F. Xu, D.-S. Chen, 2003. An anti-multipath frequency hopped communication technique in shallow-water acoustic channels, High technology letters, 9 (2): 17~20.

  28.  徐芳华, 许肖梅 2004: 深水网箱鱼群检测仪中数据采集系统的研究,厦门大学学报(自然科学版),2004年第43卷第3, 381-384.

  29. 徐芳华, 许肖梅, 2003: 深水网箱中鱼群监测仪发射信号源的设计,海洋技术, 22 (4), 17-23.