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


Xianglei Huang
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Xianglei Huang

Associate Professor, Chair of Ph.D. Program

Graduate advisor
Program: Ph.D. in Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering

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

  • Co-Investigator of PREFIRE (Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment), an Earth Venture mission by NASA.
  • 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: 2018-03-02