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

Joint Program Report
Schlosser, C.A., C. Frankenfeld, S. Eastham, X. Gao, A. Gurgel, A. McCluskey, J. Morris, S. Orzach, K. Rouge, S. Paltsev and J. Reilly (2022). Joint Program Report Series Report 361, September, 27 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Gao, X. and C.A. Schlosser (2022). Joint Program Report Series Report 358, March, 7 p. [PDF]
Journal Article
Schlosser, C.A., A. Sokolov, k. Strzepek, T. Thomas, X. Gao and C. Arndt (2021). Climatic Change, 168(28) (doi: 10.1007/s10584-021-03235-5)
Paltsev, S., A. Sokolov, X. Gao and M. Haigh (2021). World Scientific Encyclopedia of Climate Change, Ch. 38, pp. 333-339 (doi: 10.1142/9789811213946_0039)
Journal Article
Gao, X. and S. Mathur (2021). Journal of Climate, 34(17): 7181–7198 (doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-21-0137.1)

News + Media

News Release
MIT School of Science | 
Apr 15, 2022
News Brief
Joint Program News | 
Oct 07, 2021
Joint Program News | 
Sep 23, 2021
News Release
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May 24, 2021
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Oct 16, 2020
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Oct 23, 2019