Gao, Xiang

Xiang Gao
Research Scientist, Center for Global Change Science





Focus Areas

Food, Water & Forestry, Earth System Science


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
Gao, X. and C.A. Schlosser (2017). Joint Program Report Series Report 322, 14 p., October [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Sokolov, A., X. Gao, S. Paltsev, E. Monier, H. Chen, D. Kicklighter, R. Prinn, J. Reilly and A. Schlosser (2017). Joint Program Report Series Report 320, September, 15 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Gao, X., C.A. Schlosser and E. Morgan (2017). Joint Program Report Series Report 317, August, 16 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Gao, X., C.A. Schlosser, C. Fant and K. Strzepek (2017). Joint Program Report Series Report 315, July, 12 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Gao X., C.A. Schlosser, P. O’Gorman, E. Monier and D. Entekhabi (2017). Journal of Climate, online first (doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0544.1)

News + Media

News Release
Joint Program News | 
Oct 19, 2017
News Release
MIT News | 
Jan 03, 2017
In The News
MIT News | 
Mar 30, 2016