Principal Investigator

Dr. Xian lu

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Clemson University

Office Location: 102A Kinard Laboratory
Office Phone: (864) 656-4204
Fax: (864) 656-0805

Curriculum Vita

Dr. Lu’s research focuses on the study of the atmospheric wave dynamics and coupling (including gravity waves, planetary waves and tides), and the neutral-plasma coupling in the Atmosphere-Magnesosphere-Ionosphere (AIM) system. She has extensive research experiences of analyzing the observational data from the satellite measurements as well as from the ground-based instruments such as lidar, airglow imager, meteor radar, and radiosonde. She also has the rich experiences of applying the assimilation data from MERRA and ECMWF for the wave studies. Her modeling experiences include developing a mechanistic model to study the planetary waves in Antarctica, and working with several general circulation models for the studies of wave dynamics and AIM coupling, which include the CTIPe, WACCM, and WAM. Dr. Lu is a PI and Co-I of several projects funded by NSF and NASA. She has been frequently serving as a reviewer for peer-reviewed journal papers and science proposals. She has extensive and successful experiences of advising graduate and undergraduate students in the atmospheric and space science studies.


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011, Atmospheric Sciences
  • Masters, Wuhan University, China, 2006, Space Physics
  • B.S., Wuhan University, China, 2003, Electrical Engineering

Professional Experience:

  • Clemson University, 2016-, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
  • University of Colorado Boulder, 2012–16, Research Scientist & Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow (1 yr)
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2011–12, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006–11, Graduate Research Assistant, High Altitude Observatory (HAO), NCAR, 2010–11, Graduate Student Visitor

Professional Memberships:

  • Member, American Geophysical Union, AGU, (2007- )

Research Interests:

  • Atmospheric wave dynamics including gravity waves, planetary waves and tides.
  • Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere coupling and space weather.
  • Data analysis and numerical modeling of atmospheric dynamics and space weather.
  • Lidar remote sensing technology.

Research Grants:

    • CEDAR: Exploration of Lower-atmosphere Wave Forcing, Vertical Wave Coupling and Their Impacts on the Ionosphere and Thermosphere Variability Using WAM, Lidar and ISR, NSF CEDAR award 1343106, PI, $311,418.00, 2014-2017
    • Signatures of Energy Dissipation in the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupled System NASA award NNX15AW12G, PI, $228,765.00, 2016-2017
    • Collaborative Research: Characterizing Atmospheric Gravity Waves and their Effects on the Antarctic Ozone Layer, NSF award 1543536, Co-I, $235,000.00, 2016-2019
    • Explore the atmospheric dynamics and space weather combining numerical modeling, ground-based and satellite observations, Clemson University, PI, $170,000.00, 2017-2019

Main Collaborators:

  • Dr. Xinzhao Chu, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Dr. Tim Fuller-Rowell, NOAA
  • Dr. Hanli Liu, HAO, NCAR
  • Dr. Anne Smith, ACD, NCAR
  • Dr. Knipp Delores, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Dr. Martin Mlynzak, NASA
  • Dr. Sharon Vadas, NWRA
  • Dr. Adrain McDonald, University of Canterbury, New Zealand