Gao, Xiang

Xiang Gao
Principal Research Scientist, Center for Global Change Science





Focus Areas

Earth Systems, Managed Resources, Multi-Sector Dynamics


Dr. Gao's research is focused on the development and application of land-surface models, and using satellite remote sensing data to investigate precipitation events and hydrologic properties, including storm frequency and duration, soil wetness, and vegetation biophysical parameters. Her recent work has addressed land-climate interactions, the global water cycle, Arctic processes, and remote sensing of vegetation biophysical parameters. Prior to joining MIT, Dr. Gao was a Research Scientist at the Center for Ocean Land Atmosphere Studies (COLA) in Calverton, Maryland.

Education + Credentials
B.S., Meteorology, Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, 1992
M.S., Meteorology, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, 1995
Ph.D., Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences, University of Arizona, 2001

Recent Publications

Journal Article
Schlosser, C. Adam, C. Frankenfeld, S. Eastham, X. Gao, A. Gurgel, A. McCluskey, J. Morris, S. Orzach, K. Rouge, S. Paltsev and J. Reilly (2023). Frontiers in Climate, Accepted (Vol. 5, doi: 10.3389/fclim.2023.1100600)
Joint Program Report
Gao, X., A. Sokolov and C.A. Schlosser (2023). Joint Program Report Series Report 363, February, 27 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Mhawej, M., X. Gao, J.M. Reilly and Y. Abunnasr (2022). Joint Program Report Series Report 362, October, 11 p. [PDF]
Conference Proceedings Paper
Sandeep, C., X. Gao and Q. Zhu (2022). American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, B16D-02
Conference Proceedings Paper
Tian, H., . . ., X. Gao, C.A. Schlosser, A. Sokolov and A. Gurgel (2022). American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, GC45C-07

News + Media

News Release
MIT Office of the Vice President for Research | 
May 08, 2023
Joint Program News | 
Mar 30, 2023
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Oct 07, 2022
In The News | 
Oct 06, 2022
News Release
MIT School of Science | 
Apr 15, 2022
News Brief
Joint Program News | 
Oct 07, 2021