Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
University of Michigan
Email: xianglei at
Phone: (734) 936-0491
2455 Hayward Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2143
Research Interests:
  • A unique trait in our research is the use of spectrally resolved observations. Here is a slide show (link) explaining why we need to study climate through such a spectral lens.
  • Radiative transfer and remote sensing
  • Our research on the effect of cloud overlapping assumptions on spectral fingerprintings has been chosen as AGU research spotlight.
  • Diagnostic analysis of satellite observations and climate simulations
  • Our research on radiative effect of TTL cirrus on tropospheric-stratospheric transport has been highlighted on Geophysical Research Letters.
  • Hydrological cycle and its interaction with atmospheric radiation and dynamics
  • Climate diagnostics
  • Planetary Atmospheres
Research Projects and Data Products:
Research Group and News (separate link)

Job Opportunity:
  • Current Opening: a postdoc position in satellite data analysis (details)
  • Please directly contact me if you are interested in opportunities of graduate study or postdoctoral research.
  • We heartily invite self-motivated and talented s tudents to join our group. Given the interdisciplinary nature of our research, s tudents from all related fields are encouraged to apply. The related fields include but not be limited to physics, applied mathematics, meteorology, environmental engineering.