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Professor Lee’s research and teaching concern the interactions between the terrestrial biosphere, the atmosphere and anthropogenic drivers. His areas of interest include boundary-layer meteorology, micrometeorological instrumentation, remote sensing, and carbon cycle science. One focus of his research activity is on biophysical effects of land use on the climate system. Other ongoing projects investigate greenhouse gas fluxes in the terrestrial environment (forests, cropland and lakes), isotopic tracers in the cycling of carbon dioxide and water vapor, and urban climate adaptation and mitigation. His lab group deploys an array of research methodologies, including field observations (eddy covariance, optical isotope instruments, and high-precision greenhouse gas analyzers), mathematical models (land surface models, large-eddy simulation, WRF, and earth system models), and environmental remote sensing (satellites and drones). He is Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor of Meteorology and Director of the Yale Center for Earth Observation. His recent textbook Fundamentals of Boundary-Layer Meteorology offers the accumulation of insights gained during his academic career as a researcher and teacher in the field of boundary-layer meteorology.
We study study the interactions between the terrestrial biosphere, the atmosphere and anthropogenic drivers. Our research methodology consists of field observations (eddy covariance, IoT smart sensors, optical isotope instruments, and high-precision greenhouse gas analyzers), mathematical models (land-surface models, large-eddy simulation, meso-scale models, and earth-system models), and environmental remote sensing (drones and satellites).
I teach two courses in the spring. "Physical Science of Climate Change" (co-taught with Professor Peter Raymond) provides students with core knowledge on processes controlling the climate system and updates on the latest advances in climate modeling. "Observing Earth from Space" covers the theory and application of satellite remote sensing as a tool for environmental science.
In the fall, I alternate between two classes. "Workshop on Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry with Drones" explores the current state and future outlook of unmanned aerial vehicles as a tool for environmental monitoring. "Boundary-Layer Meteorology" examines the interactions between the lower atmosphere and the Earth's surface.
B.S.C., M.S.C., Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, China; Ph.D., University of British Columbia
Xuhui Lee in the News
Taxonomy of seasonal and diurnal clear-sky climatology of surface urban heat island dynamics across global citiesISPRS JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAMMETRY AND REMOTE SENSING2022
Nitrous oxide flux observed with tall-tower eddy covariance over a heterogeneous rice cultivation landscapeSCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT2022
AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT2022
Quantifying the contribution of evaporation from Lake Taihu to precipitation with an isotope-based methodISOTOPES IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH STUDIES2022