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Xiaomin Chen  
Northern Gulf Institute
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Dr. Chen is a Northern Gulf institute Research Scientist at NOAA/AOML's Hurricane Research Division (HRD) in Miami, FL. His work focuses on dynamic and thermodynamic processes related to tropical cyclone intensity and structural changes, with special attention to boundary-layer processes and air-sea interactions. His research utilizes a combination of observations and numerical simulations (including large-eddy simulations) to improve the understanding and modeling of boundary-layer processes in high-impact weather systems. His recent research developed a novel framework to evaluate and improve PBL schemes in hurricane conditions.
Research Interest
Tropical cyclones
High-wind boundary layers
Air-sea interactions
Numerical modeling
Hiking, music, basketball, and photography
Selected Publications Total Publications:  12 
Chen, X., Xue, M., Zhou, B., Fang, J., Zhang, J. A., & Marks, F. D. (2021). Effect of Scale-Aware Planetary Boundary Layer Schemes on Tropical Cyclone Intensification and Structural Changes in the Gray Zone. Monthly Weather Review. American Meteorological Society. 149(7), 2079-2095. DOI:10.1175/MWR-D-20-0297.1. [Abstract] [Document Site]

Chen, X., Gu, J., Zhang, J. A., Marks, F. D., Rogers, R. F., & Cione, J. J. (2021). Boundary Layer Recovery and Precipitation Symmetrization Preceding Rapid Intensification of Tropical Cyclones under Shear. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. American Meteorological Society. 78(5), 1523-1544. DOI:10.1175/jas-d-20-0252.1. [Abstract] [Document Site]

Wu, D., Zhang, F., Chen, X., Ryzhkov, A., Zhao, K., Kumjian, M., Chen, X., & Chan, P. (2021). Evaluation of Microphysics Schemes in Tropical Cyclones Using Polarimetric Radar Observations: Convective Precipitation in an Outer Rainband. Monthly Weather Review. American Meteorological Society. 149(4), 1055-1068. DOI:10.1175/mwr-d-19-0378.1. [Document Site]

Cione, J. J., Bryan, G. H., Dobosy, R., Zhang, J. A., Boer, G. D., Aksoy, A., Wadler, J. B., Kalina, E. A., Dahl, B. A., Ryan, K., Neuhaus, J., Dumas, E., Marks, F. D., Farber, A. M., Hock, T., & Chen, X. (2020). Eye of the Storm: Observing Hurricanes with a Small Unmanned Aircraft System. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. American Meteorological Society. 101(2), E186-E205. DOI:10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0169.1. [Document Site]

Chen, X., Zhang, J. A., & Marks, F. D. (2019). A Thermodynamic Pathway Leading to Rapid Intensification of Tropical Cyclones in Shear. Geophysical Research Letters. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 46(15), 9241-9251. DOI:10.1029/2019gl083667. [Document Site]