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Yu Xie

Research Associate


  • Texas A&M University, Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences
  • Texas A&M University, M.S., Atmospheric Sciences
  • Peking University, B.S., Physics

Memberships and Awards

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Outstanding Achievement by a Ph.D. Student Award, 2011, Texas A&M University

Areas of Interest

  • Remote sensing of clouds
  • Atmospheric radiation
  • Single-scattering properties of ice crystals with irregular particle shapes


  • Research Assoc., Atmospheric Sciences Division, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2012-present.
  • Post-doctoral Research Assoc., Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University, 2011-2012.
  • Graduate Research Asst., Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University, 2004-2010.

External Service

  • Reviewer for J. Geophys. Res.
  • Reviewer for J. Quant. Specrtrosc. Radiat. Transfer
  • Reviewer for Clim. Change
  • Reviewer for J. of Electromagn. Waves and Appl.
  • Reviewer for Acta Meteorologica Sinica
  • Reviewer for J. Trop. Meteorol.

Peer-reviewed Publications (since 2006)

Xie, Y. and Liu, Y.  A new approach for simultaneously retrieving cloud albedo and cloud fraction from surface-based shortwave radiation measurements, Environ. Res. Lett. 8, 044023, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/044023 (2013).

Xie, Y., P. Yang, G. W. Kattawar, P. Minnis, Y. X. Hu, and D. Wu.  Determination of ice cloud models using MODIS and MISR data, Int. Remote Sens., in press.

Baum, B., P. Yang, A. J. Heymsfield , Y. Schmitt, Y. Xie, A. Bansemer, Y. X. Hu, and Z. B. Zhang.   Improvements in shortwave bulk scattering and absorption models for the remote sensing of ice clouds, J. Appl. Meteorol. Clim. 50, 1037-1056 (2011).

Minnis, P., S. Sun-Mack, D. Young, P. W. Heck, D. P. Garber, Y. Chen, D. A. Spangenberg, R. F. Arduini, Q. Z. Trepte, W. L. Smith, J. K. Ayers, S. C. Gibson, W. F. Miller, G. Hong, V. Chakrapani, Y. Takano, K. N. Liou, Y. Xie, and P. Yang.  CERES edition-2 cloud property retrievals using TRMM VIRS and TERRA and AQUA MODIS data, part I: algorithms, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 49(11), 4374-4400 (2011).

Xie, Y., P. Yang, G. W. Kattawar, B. Baum, and Y. X. Hu.  Simulation of the optical properties of ice particle aggregates for application to remote sensing of cirrus clouds, Appl. Opt. 50, 1065-1081 (2011).

Jourdan, O., G. Mioche, T. J. Garrett, A. Schwarzenbock, J. Vidot, Y. Xie, V. Shcherbakov, P. Yang, and J. F. Gayet.  Coupling of the microphysical and optical properties of an Arctic nimbostratus cloud during the ASTAR 2004 experiment: Implications for light-scattering modeling, J. Geophys. Res. 115(D23206), doi:10.1029/2010JD014016 (2010).

Xie, Y., F. Wei, G. Chen, T. Zhang, and L. Hu.  Analysis of the 2008 heavy snowfall over South China using GPS PWV measurements from the Tibetan Plateau, Ann Geophys 28(6), 1369-1376 (2010).

Ding, S. G., Y. Xie, P. Yang, F. Z. Weng, Q. H. Liu, B. Baum, and Y. X. Hu.  Estimates of radiation over clouds and dust aerosols: Optimized number of terms in phase function expansion, J. Quant. Specrtrosc. Radiat. Transfer 110(13), 1190-1198 (2009).

Xie, Y., P. Yang, G. W. Kattawar, P. Minnis, and Y. X. Hu.  Effect of the inhomogeneity of ice crystals on retrieving ice cloud optical thickness and effective particle size, J. Geophys. Res. 114, doi:10.1029/2008JD011216 (2009).

Jin, Z. H., T. P. Charlock, P. Yang, Y. Xie, and W. Miller.  Snow optical properties for different particle shapes with application to snow grain size retrieval and MODIS/CERES radiance comparison over Antarctica, Remote Sensing Environ. 112(9), 3563-3581 (2008).

Wei, F. Y., Y. Xie, and M. E. Mann.  Probabilistic trend of anomalous summer rainfall in Beijing: Role of interdecadal variability, J. Geophys. Res. 113(D20), doi:10.1029/2008JD010111 (2008).

Lawless, R., Y. Xie, and P. Yang.  Polarization and effective Mueller matrix for multiple scattering of light by nonspherical ice crystals, Opt. Express 14(14), 6381-6393 (2006).

Xie, Y., P. Yang, B. C. Gao, G. W. Kattawar, and M. I. Mishchenko.  Effect of ice crystal shape and effective size on snow bidirectional reflectance, J. Quant. Specrtrosc. Radiat. Transfer 100(1-3), 457-469 (2006).