Xiaojun Yuan

Lamont Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean and Climate Physics
204D Oceangraphy
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845) 365-8820
(845) 365-8157
Fields of interest: 
My primary research interest is in the Antarcitc atmosphere, ocean and sea ice/glacial ice fields.

I have engaged in studies of variability of the Antarctic atmosphere-ocean-sea ice system and its role in global climate since 1995. My research has progressed from the identification of polar-global linkages, expanded to an ENSO-Antarctic Dipole teleconnection mechanism study, and finally resulted in an Antarctic sea ice forecast. At the same time, I have utilized space-born scatterometer observations and developed a series of studies focused on air-sea interactions on synoptic time scales, ranging from cyclone-sea ice interaction, high wind evaluations to satellite enhanced cyclone statistics in the Southern Ocean. With the accumulation of knowledge regarding climate variability in the atmosphere, sea ice and at the air-sea interface, an understanding of the ocean’s role in the mid-high latitudes climate system becomes increasingly important. However, this task is much more challenging because of sparse observations in the Southern Ocean. In recent years, I have developed a few oceanic field programs to advance our knowledge of how the polar ocean plays out in the climate system.

List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
B.S. in Physical Onceanigraphy
Shandong College of Oceanography, Qingdao, China
Lamont Projects: 
Selected Publications: 
Inflow of Warm Circumpolar Deep Water in the Central Amundsen Shelf, Wahlin, A K; Yuan, X; Bjork, G; Nohr, C , Journal of Physical Oceanography, (2010)

Satellite-based midlatitude cyclone statistics over the Southern Ocean: 2. Tracks and surface fluxes, Yuan, X., J. Patoux and C. Li, , J. Geophys. Res., , Volume 114, (2009)

Trends in Antarctic annual sea ice retreat and advance and their relation to El Nino-Southern Oscillation and Southern Annular Mode variability, Stammerjohn, S. E.; Martinson, D. G.; Smith, R. C.; Yuan, X.; Rind, D. , Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, Mar 14, Volume 113, Issue C3, p.-, (2008), Doi 10.1029/2007jc004269

Fronts and strong currents of the upper southeast Indian Ocean, He, Z. G.; Dong, Z. Q.; Yuan, X. J. , Acta Oceanologica Sinica, Volume 25, Issue 2, p.1-24, (2006)

ENSO-related impacts on Antarctic sea ice: a synthesis of phenomenon and mechanisms, Yuan, X. J. , Antarctic Science, Dec, Volume 16, Issue 4, p.415-425, (2004), Doi 10.1017/S0954102004002238

High-wind-speed evaluation in the Southern Ocean, Yuan, X. J. , Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, Jul 1, Volume 109, Issue D13, p.-, (2004), Doi 10.1029/2003jd004179

A Markov model for seasonal forecast of Antarctic sea ice, Chen, D. K.; Yuan, X. J. , Journal of Climate, Aug, Volume 17, Issue 16, p.3156-3168, (2004)

Re-evaluating Antarctic sea-ice variability and its teleconnections in a GISS global climate model with improved sea ice and ocean processes, Liu, J. P.; Yuan, X. J.; Martinson, D. G.; Rind, D. , International Journal of Climatology, Jun 15, Volume 24, Issue 7, p.841-852, (2004), Doi 10.1002/Joc.1040

Upper ocean thermohaline structure and its temporal variability in the southeast Indian Ocean, Yuan, X. J.; Martinson, D. G.; Dong, Z. , Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers, Feb, Volume 51, Issue 2, p.333-347, (2004), DOI 10.1016/j.dsr.2003.10.005

Sensitivity of sea ice to physical parameterizations in the GISS global climate model, Liu, J. P.; Schmidt, G. A.; Martinson, D. G.; Rind, D.; Russell, G.; Yuan, X. J. , Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, Feb 27, Volume 108, Issue C2, p.-, (2003), Doi 10.1029/2001jc001167

Evaluating Antarctic sea ice variability and its teleconnections in global climate models, Liu, J. P.; Martinson, D. G.; Yuan, X. J.; Rind, D. , International Journal of Climatology, Jun 30, Volume 22, Issue 8, p.885-900, (2002), Doi 10.1002/Joc.770

Mechanism study of the ENSO and southern high latitude climate teleconnections, Liu, J. P.; Yuan, X. J.; Rind, D.; Martinson, D. G. , Geophysical Research Letters, Jul 15, Volume 29, Issue 14, p.-, (2002), Doi 10.1029/2002gl015143

The Antarctic Dipole and its predictability, Yuan, X. J.; Martinson, D. G. , Geophysical Research Letters, Sep 15, Volume 28, Issue 18, p.3609-3612, (2001)

Climate response to basin-specific changes in latitudinal temperature gradients and implications for sea ice variability, Rind, D.; Chandler, M.; Lerner, J.; Martinson, D. G.; Yuan, X. , Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, Sep 16, Volume 106, Issue D17, p.20161-20173, (2001)

Antarctic sea ice extent variability and its global connectivity, Yuan, X. J.; Martinson, D. G. , Journal of Climate, May 15, Volume 13, Issue 10, p.1697-1717, (2000)

Effect of air-sea-ice interaction on winter 1996 Southern Ocean subpolar storm distribution, Yuan, X. J.; Martinson, D. G.; Liu, W. T. , Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, Jan 27, Volume 104, Issue D2, p.1991-2007, (1999)

Climate variation - Cycling around the South Pole, Yuan, X. J.; Cane, M. A.; Martinson, D. G. , Nature, Apr 25, Volume 380, Issue 6576, p.673-674, (1996)

The subarctic frontal zone in the North Pacific: Characteristics of frontal structure from climatological data and synoptic surveys, Yuan, X. J.; Talley, L. D. , Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, Jul 15, Volume 101, Issue C7, p.16491-16508, (1996)