Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Xianglei Huang

Xianglei Huang

Associate Professor, Chair of Ph.D. Program

Graduate advisor
Program: Ph.D. in Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Sciences

Office: 1533 Space Research Bldg.
Phone: (734) 936-0491
Fax: (734) 936-0503


Ph.D. (2004) , M.S. (2000), Planetary Science (minor in Applied Computation), California Institute of Technology,

B.S. (1997), Atmospheric Physics and Environmental Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China


Infrared radiative transfer and remote sensing; diagnostic analysis of satellite observations and climate simulations; hydrological cycle and its interaction with atmospheric radiation and dynamics; planetary atmospheres

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Infrared radiative transfer and remote sensing
  • Diagnostic analysis of satellite observations and climate simulations
  • Hydrological cycle and its interaction with atmospheric radiation and dynamics
  • Climate diagnostics
  • Remote sensing of planetary atmospheres

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • 2015 AOSS Departmental Outstanding Merit Faculty Award
  • Recipient of NASA Langley's 2015 Henry J.E. Reid Award
  • Winner of inaugural Amazon Climate Research Grant
  • AGU Research Spotlight on our study of the impacts of cloud overlapping assumptions on spectral fingerprinting results.
  • Science Definition Team membership for the CLARREO mission, NASA
  • Highlight article on Geophysical Research Letters for the research on radiative effect of TTL cirrus on tropospheric-stratospheric transport
  • Being the first to demonstrate the superiority of spectral resolved measurements over broadband longwave flux in the GCM evaluation and diagnostics
  • Developed and validated the first algorithm to directly estmate the spectral flux over the entire longwave spectrum from the spectrally resolved radiance measurements
  • AOS postdoctoral fellowship, Princeton University

Professional Service

  • Member of AMS Satellite Meteorology, Oceaography, and Climatology Committee (effective January 2016)
  • Co-Chair of Hyperspectral Imaging and Sounding of Environment Conference 2015 sponsored by Optical Society of American
  • Science Team Member of NASA MODIS (Since Apr 2014)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Climate, AMS (Since Feb 2011)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, AMS (Since Jan 2007)
  • Panelist of various programs of NASA Rearth Opportunity in Space and Earth Sciences, 2009, 2010, 2014
  • Panelist of DoE Merit Review Panel, 2012
  • Science Definition Team Member for NASA CLARREO mission
  • Science Team members for NASA CERES and NASA AIRS
  • Members of American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union


The full list of peer-reviewed journal publications can be found at here.

Other peer-reviewed publications

  1. R Goody and X Huang, 2015, Absorption and Thermal Emission. In: Gerald R. North (editor-in-chief), John Pyle and Fuqing Zhang (editors). Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 5, pp. 5–12. ISBN: 9780123822253

Updated: 2016-09-30