Xiaowen Li, Associate Research Scientist

Xiaowen Li


NASA Goddard
Bldg. 33, Room C416

Phone: 301-614-6319
Fax: 301-614-5492


Cloud and precipitation physics/dynamics; numerical simulation of Mesoscale precipitation systems; cloud and precipitation remote sensing.


Dr. Xiaowen Li received her B.S. degree in atmospheric sciences from Beijing University, China. She received her M.S. from the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences. Dr. Li finished her Ph.D. degree at the University of Chicago in 2002, studying cloud microphysics and radar meteorology. She joined GESTAR/Morgan State University as a research associate in May 2011, after nine years with GEST/UMBC. Dr. Li pioneered the research on direct radiative effect of anthropogenic aerosols in regional climate change in her early career in China. She was also a member of China-Japan East Asia monsoon study project, and participated surface turbulence observation on Tibetan Plateau from 1994 to 1996. Her Ph.D. dissertation studied the evaporation in stratiform rain region using both 1-D and 2-D simulations. Dr. Li is currently involved in studying the impact of aerosols on cloud and precipitation systems using numerical models, and the improvement of both bulk type and bin spectra microphysical schemes in the Goddard Cloud Ensemble Model.