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Xiaodong Chen, Ph.D.

Pacific Northwest Natioanl Laboratory
PO Box 999, MS: K9-30
Richland, WA 99352
Phone: +1-509-372-6448
Email: xiaodong.chen@pnnl.gov
Website: https://www.xiaodongchen.com

Research Interest
  • Hydrolclimate Extreme Events
  • Regional Climate Modeling and Applications
  • Machine Learning and Neuralhydorlogy
  • Engineering Hydrometeorology
  • Research Experience

    2021.2 - now

    2018.3 - 2021.1

    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA
    Mentor: Dr. Ruby Leung

    2013.7 - 2013.8

    Visiting Scholar
    National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
    Host: Dr. Shamil Maksyutov

    2015.3 - 2017.12

    Ph.D. in Civil and Environmetnal Engineering
    Dissertation: Understanding probable maximum precipitation and safety of water management infrastructures under a changing climate
    Adviser: Dr. Faisal Hosssain
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, USA

    2011.9 - 2015.3

    M.S. in Civil and Environmetnal Engineering
    Thesie: Model estimate of Pan-Arctic wetland methane emissions and their climate sensitivity during 1960-2006
    Adviser: Dr. Dennis Lettenmaier
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, USA

    2007.9 - 2011.7

    B.E. in Hydraulic Engineering
    Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, China
    Honors and Awards


    Pathway to Excellence Award


    American Meteorological Society


    EED Of-The-Year Award
    PNNL Energy and Environment Directorate


    Springer Sciences+Business Media and Science Press


    Graduate Student Fellowship
    University of Washington


    Friend of Tsinghua-Huang Qianheng Scholarship
    Tsinghua University


    Second Prize in 2nd Hydrological Innovation Competition
    Tsinghua University


    Allen T. Chwang Award of Fluid Mechanics
    Tsinghua University
  • American Geophysical Union (2012 - present)
  • American Meteorological Society (2015 - present)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012 - present)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (2015 - present)
  • Grants
    Understanding the Physics Representation of Deep Learning Models in Environmental Applications (PI)
    $80,000 (2021-2022)
    Approaching High-resolution Downscaling of Climate Projections with Machine Learning (PI)
    $7,000 (2019-2020)
    Community Services


    Associate Editor: Journal of Hydrometeorology (2018 - present)
    Review Editor: Frontiers in Water, Frontiers in Climate (2021 - present)


    IPCC AR6 WG I report (second round expert reviewer)


    AGU 2021: GC052 - Integrated investigations of hydroclimate variability and extremes across multiple scales: processes and implications over complex terrains


    Advances in Atmospheric Sciences; Atmosfera; Atmosphere; Atmospheric Sciences Letters; Climate Dynamics; Earth’s Future; Earth Interactions; Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science; Geophysical Research Letters; Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology; Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmosphere; Journal of Hydrologic Engineering; Journal of Hydrology; Journal of Hydrometeorology; Resources, Conservation & Recycling; Water Resources Research; WIREs Water


    Hisham Eldardiry (Ph.D. student at University of Washington, 2016-2017)
    Asif Mahmood (Ph.D. student at University of Washington, 2015-2016)


    PNNL Post Graduate Research Symposium (2018, 2021)