Research Scientist, Center for Global Change Science
Research Interests: 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.
Rodell, M., H.K. Beaudoing, T.S. L'Ecuyer, W.S. Olson, J.S. Famiglietti, P.R. Houser, R. Adler, M.G. Bosilovich, C.A. Clayson, D. Chambers, E. Clark, E.J. Fetzer, X. Gao, G. Gu, K. Hilburn, G.J. Huffman, D.P. Lettenmaier, W.T. Liu, F.R. Robertson, C.A. Schlosser, J. Sheffield, and E.F. Wood (2015). The Observed State of the Water Cycle in the Early Twenty-First Century. Journal of Climate, 28, 8289–8318
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