Yangyang Xu

Yangyang Xu

Associate Professor

Climate, hydroclimate, radiative effects of aerosols and pollutants


  (979) 845-8076

  Eller O&M 1210H

  • Diao, C., Xu, Y. Reassessing the relative role of anthropogenic aerosols and natural decadal variability in driving the mid-twentieth century global “cooling”: a focus on the latitudinal gradient of tropospheric temperature. Clim Dyn (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-022-06235-y (pdfsupplement)
  • Xu, Y., Lin, L., Diao, C., Wang, Z., Bates, S., & Arblaster, J. (2022). The response of precipitation extremes to the twentieth- and twenty-first-century global temperature change in a comprehensive suite of CESM1 large ensemble simulation: Revisiting the role of forcing agents vs. the role of forcing magnitudes. Earth and Space Science, 9, e2021EA002010. (abstractpdf)
  • Diao, C., Xu, Y., and Xie, S.-P.: Anthropogenic aerosol effects on tropospheric circulation and sea surface temperature (1980–2020): separating the role of zonally asymmetric forcings, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 18499–18518, 2021. (abstractpdf)
  • Ramanathan, V., Xu, Y. & Versaci, A. Modelling human–natural systems interactions with implications for twenty-first-century warming. Nat Sustain (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-021-00826-z (abstractonline pdfpdfsupplement)
  • Ocko, I. B., Sun, T., Shindell, D., Oppenheimer, M., Hristov, A. N., Pacala, S. W., Mauzerall, D. L., Xu, Y., & Hamburg, S. P. (2021). Acting rapidly to deploy readily available methane mitigation measures by sector can immediately slow global warming. Environmental Research Letters16 054042 (abstractEDF press release, featured in Washington Post)
  • Hanna, R., Abdulla, A., Xu, Y., Victor, D. (2021) Emergency deployment of direct air capture as a response to the climate crisis. Nature Communication 12, 368 . (abstractpdfsupplement, featured in WIRED)



I am a climate modeler that used a variety of numerical models to study climate variability and change at decadal-to-centennial time scale. I am also interested in working with interdisciplinary colleagues to study (1) the role of air pollutants as part of climate change mitigation solution (2)  climate change impact on physical, eco and societal system.


PHD 2014 University of California, San Diego

MS 2011 University of California, San Diego

BS 2008 Peking University


Global and Environment Change Early Career Award, American Geophysical Union (2019) (citation and response) (presented annually and recognizes outstanding contributions in research, educational, or societal impacts in the area of global environmental change by honorees within 10 years of receiving their Ph. D. or highest terminal degree)


Distinguished Achievement Award - Faculty Excellence in Research (“in recognition of exemplary contribution to the College of Geosciences”), TAMU (2021).

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