My research interests: land surface hydrology, land surface modeling, and nitrogen modeling.
My current research is to couple a nitrogen model with the Noah-MP land surface model to support environmental modeling and prediction.
Current Research ProjectsDeveloping and Applying an Integrated Multi-scale Earth System Modeling Framework to Study the Impacts of Changing Climate, Local Weather, and Land Use on Watersheds and Downstream Coastal Ecosystems (funded by NASA IDS Program , PI: Zong-Liang Yang) ( view )
Past Research Projects
Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI) Hydrologic Information System (funded by NSF, PI: David Maidment)
Hai Basin Integrated Water Management and Environment Project (funded by the Global Environmental Fund, sub-project PI: Zongxue Xu)
South-to-North Water Transfer Project, Highway bridge design for the middle route
Graduate Student Visitor Grant, Advanced Study Program - The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) (2013)
Collaborative Seed Grant of the Strategic University Research Partnership (SURP) Program - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology (2013)
Visiting Scholar of NOAA/NCEP/EMC (Off-Campus Research) Supported by the Ronald K. DeFord Field Scholarship - Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2012)
Chair, Noah-MP Technical Note Writing Committee, Land Environment and Atmospheric Dynamics Group at UT-Austin (2011)
Cai, X.T., Y.L. Xia, Z.-L. Yang, M.Y. Huang, H.L. Wei, and M. Ek, 2013: Evaluation of Advanced Land Surface Models in the NLDAS Testbed (oral). American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting 2013, 4B.8, 8 January, Austin, TX.,
Cai, X.T., Z.L. Yang and J.W. Nielsen-Gammon, 2012: Noah-MP Land Surface Model in Supporting Drought Forecast for Texas (poster), Water Forum II: Texas Drought and Beyond, 22-23 October, Austin, TX.,
Cai, X.T., Z.L. Yang, C.H. David and A.A. Tavakoly, 2011: Evaluation of a Newly Augmented Land Surface Model (Noah-MP) Over the Mississippi River Basin Using Available Observational Datasets (poster), American Geophysical Union Fall meeting, H43A-1183, 8 ,