Assistant Professor Wei Xiao

Areas of interest

Wei Xiao’s research concerns the interaction between terrestrial biosphere and atmosphere. Her areas of interest include biometeorology, boundary-layer meteorology, stable isotopic ecology and hydrology. Current projects focus on the greenhouse gases exchange between lake and atmosphere, and the isotopic tracing in carbon and water cycles. 

Education background

2009: PhD degree in Ecology, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

2005: Master’s degree in Meteorology, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, China

2002: Bachelor’s degree in Agrometeorology, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, China

Work experience​

2015.03 – present: Visiting Scholar, Yale University

2013.05 – present: Associate Professor, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology

2011.01 – 2011.07: Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University

2009.07 – 2013.05: Assistant Professor, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology

2008.01 – 2009.01: Visiting Scholar, Yale University

2005.07 – 2006.08: Meteorologist, Guangdong Meteorological Bureau


Xiao W, X Wen, W Wang, Q Xiao, J Xu, C Cao, J Xu, C Hu, J Shen, S Liu, X Lee (2015) Spatial distribution and temporal variability of stable water isotopes in a Large and Shallow Lake. In review.

Hu C, Y Wang, W Wang, S Liu, M Piao, W Xiao, X Lee (2015) Trends in evaporation of a large subtropical lake. In review.

Xiao W, S Liu, H Li, Q Xiao, W Wang, Z Hu, C Hu, Y Gao, J Shen, X Zhao, M Zhang, X Lee (2014) A flux-gradient system for simultaneous measurement of CH4, CO2 and H2O fluxes at a lake-air interface. Environmental Science and Technology 48: 14490−14498.

Wang W, W Xiao, C Cao, Z Gao, Z Hu, S Liu, S Shen, L Wang, Q Xiao, J Xu, D Yang, X Lee (2014) Temporal and spatial variations in radiation and energy balance across a large freshwater lake in China. Journal of Hydrology 511: 811-824.

Lee X, S Liu, W Xiao, W Wang, Z Gao, C Cao, C Hu, Z Hu, S Shen, Y Wang, X Wen, Q Xiao, J Xu, J Yang, M Zhang (2014) The Taihu Eddy Flux Network: an observational program on energy, water, and greenhouse gas fluxes of a large freshwater lake. Bulletin of American Meteorological Society, 95: 1583-1594.

Shen S, D Yang, W Xiao*, S Liu, X Lee (2014) Constraining anthropogenic CH4 emission in Nanjing and the Yangtze River Delta, China using atmospheric CO2 and CH4 mixing ratios. Advances in Atmospheric Sciences 31: 1343–1352.

Hu Z, J Yang, Q Xiao, S Liu, W Xiao, X Lee (2014) Temporal dynamics and regulation of ecosystem metabolism in a large subtropical shallow lake (Lake Taihu). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 12: 3691–3706.

Zhang X, X Lee, TJ Griffis, JM Baker, W Xiao (2014) Estimating regional greenhouse gas fluxes: An uncertainty analysis of planetary boundary layer techniques and bottom-up inventories. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 14: 10705–10719. 

Zhang X, X Lee, TJ Griffis, AE Andrews, JM Baker, MD Erickson, N Hu, W Xiao (2015) Quantifying nitrous oxide fluxes on multiple spatial scales in the Upper Midwest, USA. International Journal of Biometeorology 59: 299–310.

Zhang X, X Lee, TJ Griffis, JM Baker, M Erickson, N Hu, W Xiao (2014) The influence of plants on atmospheric methane in an agriculture-dominated landscape. International Journal of Biometeorology 58:819-833.

Xiao W, S Liu, W Wang, D Yang, J Xu, Chang Cao, H Li, X Lee (2013) Transfer coefficients of momentum, sensible heat and water vapour in the amtospheric surface layer of a large freshwater lake. Boundary-Layer Meteorology 148: 479-494.

Deng B, S Liu, W Xiao, W Wang, J Jin, X Lee (2013) Evaluation of the CLM4 lake model at a large and shallow freshwater lake. Journal of Hydrometeorology 14: 636-649. online data supplement.

Welp L, X Lee, T Griffis, XF Wen, W Xiao, SG Li, XM Sun, ZM Hu, M Val Martin, J Huang (2012) A meta-analysis of water vapor deuterium-excess in the mid-latitude atmospheric surface layer. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 26: GB3021, doi:10.1029/2011GB004246.

Xiao W, X Lee, X Wen, X Sun, S Zhang (2012) Modeling biophysical controls on canopy foliage water 18O enrichment in wheat and corn. Global Change Biology 18: 1769-1780 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2012.02648.x. 

Griffis TG, X Lee, JM Baker, K Billmark, N Schultz, M Erickson, X Zhang, J Fassbinder, W Xiao, N Hu (2011) Oxygen isotope composition of evapotranspiration and its relation to C4 photosynthetic discrimination. Journal of Geophysical Research –Biogeosciences 116, G01035, doi:10.1029/2010JG001514.

Griffis TJ, SD Sargent, X Lee, JM Baker, J Greene, M Erickson, X Zhang, K Billmark, N Schultz, W Xiao, N Hu (2010) Determining the oxygen isotope composition of evapotranspiration using eddy covariance. Boundary-Layer Meteorology 137: 307-326.

Xiao W, X Lee, TJ Griffis, K Kim, LR Welp, Q Yu (2010) A modeling investigation of canopy-air oxygen isotopic exchange of water vapor and carbon dioxide in a soybean field. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences 115: G01004, doi:10.1029/2009JG001163. 

Flerchinger G N, W Xiao, D G Marks, T J Sauer, Q Yu, (2009), Comparison of algorithms for incoming atmospheric long-wave radiation. Water Resources Research, 45. W03423, doi:10/1029/ 2008WR007394. 

Flerchinger, G N, W Xiao, D G Marks, T J Sauer, Q Yu (2009), Simulation of Within-Canopy Radiation Exchange, NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, 57(1): 5-15.

Xiao W, G N Flerchinger, Q Yu, Y Zheng (2006), Evaluation of SHAW model in simulating energy balance, leaf temperature and micrometeorological variables within a maize canopy. Agronomy Journal, 98: 722-729.

Xiao W, G N Flerchinger, Q Yu, Y Zheng (2006), Evaluation of the SHAW model in simulating the components of net all-wave radiation. Transactions of the ASABE, 49, 1351-1360.


National Natural Science Foundation of China, First experimental evaluation and improvement of the Craig-Gordon model for isotopic evaporation in field conditions over Lake Taihu, Project Leader;

National Natural Science Foundation of China, A Modeling Investigation of the Canopy Foliage Water 18O Enrichment Processes and Mechanisms, Project Leader;

Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, China, Continuous Measurement of Atmospheric CO2 and CH4 Fluxes to Aid Forecast of Algal Occurrence, Project Leader.