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Xiangyu Li

Aerosols and Aerosol-Cloud Int
Earth Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-30
Richland, WA 99352


I got my PhD at NORDITA and MISU in 2018 in Sweden, after which I came to US to continue my research. Life is short, stay hungry, stay foolish.

Research Interests

  • Particle transport and clustering in atmospheric and geophysical turbulence;
  • Effect of turbulence on cloud physics, moist convection, climate modeling;
  • Quantum computing; Planet formation.

Education and Credentials

  • 05/2016-09/2018 Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography, NORDITA & Department of Meteorology, KTH & Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, Ph.D. thesis:"Droplet growth in atmospheric turbulence: a direct numerical simulation study"(ISBN9789177973584).
  • 08/2016-08/2018 Visiting Ph.D. candidate, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics & JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, USA.
  • 09/2014-05/2016 Lic.Phil. in Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography,NORDITA & Department of Meteorology, KTH & Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, Licentiate thesis:"Numerical approaches to droplet growth in atmospheric turbulence"(ISBN:978-91-7649-440-0).
  • 08/2012-08/2014 M.Phil. in Physics, Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, M.Phil. thesis:"An Experimental Study of Two-dimensional Con-vective Turbulence in a Soap Film".
  • 08/2008-07/2012B.Sc. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics,School of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China.

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • 03/2020-present: Post-doctor, PNNL, Richland, USA
  • 12/2019-02/2020: Researcher, NORDITA, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 01/2019-11/2019: Postdoctoral research fellow (climate modeling), University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
  • 10/2018-12/2018: Scientific researcher (planet formation), NORDITA, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 05/2016-09/2018: Ph.D. candidate (turbulence, cloud physics), NORDITA, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 09/2014-05/2016: Ph.D. student (turbulence, cloud physics), NORDITA, Stockholm, Sweden08/2012-08/2014: Teaching assistant (experimental turbulence), Department of Physics, CUHK, Hong Kong

PNNL Publications


  • Li X., H. Wang, M. Christensen, J. Chen, S. Tang, S. Kirschler, and E. Crosbie, et al. 2024. "Process Modeling of Aerosol-cloud Interaction in Summertime Precipitating Shallow Cumulus over the Western North Atlantic." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 129, no. 7:Art. No. e2023JD039489. PNNL-SA-186592. doi:10.1029/2023JD039489
  • Mei F., H. Wang, Z. Zhu, D. Zhang, Q. Zhang, J.D. Fast, and W.I. Gustafson, et al. 2024. "Bridging new observational capabilities and process-level simulation: Insights into aerosol roles in the Earth system." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 105, no. 3:E709-E724. PNNL-SA-189607. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-23-0110.1


  • Li X., H. Wang, J. Chen, S. Endo, S. Kirschler, C. Voigt, and E. Crosbie, et al. 2023. "Large-eddy simulations of marine boundary layer clouds associated with cold-air outbreaks during the ACTIVATE Campaign. Part II: aerosol-meteorology-cloud interaction." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 80, no. 4:1025-1045. PNNL-SA-169198. doi:10.1175/JAS-D-21-0324.1


  • Brunke M., L. Cutler, R. Urzua, A. Corral, E. Crosbie, J. Hair, and C.A. Hostetler, et al. 2022. "Aircraft Observations of Turbulence in Cloudy and Cloud-Free Boundary Layers Over the Western North Atlantic Ocean From ACTIVATE and Implications for the Earth System Model Evaluation and Development." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 127, no. 19:e2022JD036480. PNNL-SA-169729. doi:10.1029/2022JD036480
  • Chen J., H. Wang, X. Li, D. Painemal, A. Sorooshian, K.L. Thornhill, and C. Robinson, et al. 2022. "Impact of Meteorological Factors on the Mesoscale Morphology of Cloud Streets during a Cold Air Outbreak over the western North Atlantic." Journal of Atmospheric Sciences 79, no. 11:2863-2879. PNNL-SA-171421. doi:10.1175/JAS-D-22-0034.1
  • Li X., H. Wang, J. Chen, S. Endo, G. George, B. Cairns, and S. Chellappan, et al. 2022. "Large-Eddy Simulations of Marine Boundary Layer Clouds Associated with Cold-Air Outbreaks during the ACTIVATE Campaign. Part I: Case Setup and Sensitivities to Large-Scale Forcings." Journal of Atmospheric Sciences 79, no. 1:73-100. PNNL-SA-162328. doi:10.1175/JAS-D-21-0123.1


  • Seethala C., P. Zuidema, J. Edson, M. Brunke, G. Chen, X. Li, and D. Painemal, et al. 2021. "On assessing ERA5 and MERRA2 representations of cold-air outbreaks across the Gulf Stream." Geophysical Research Letters 48, no. 19:Art. No. e2021GL094364. PNNL-SA-162399. doi:10.1029/2021GL094364


  • Li X., and L. Mattsson. 2020. "Dust growth by accretion of molecules in supersonic interstellar turbulence." The Astrophysical Journal 903, no. 2:Article No. 148. PNNL-SA-153790. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/abb9ad

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