International Celebrated Physical Scientist XIE Shang-Ping Taught “Ocean-Star” Open Course: Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction and Climate


November 6th, SOED Open Course Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction and Climate was held. The Course was taught by Professor XIE Shangping from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, and has attracted over 90 young scientists and students from First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhejiang University, Xiamen University, Tongji University, China Ocean University, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Hangzhou Normal University, etc.


    Dr. XIE Shang-Ping is a professor of climate science and holds the Roger Revelle Chair at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, USA. He studies ocean-atmosphere interactions, climate variability and change. Dr. XIE is a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, and a Highly Cited Researcher of Thomson Reuters. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and American Meteorological Society (AMS), and the AMS Sverdrup Gold Medal.


    Dr. XIE’s course starts with a description of major features of tropical climate, followed by discussions of interactive processes that cause climate to vary in space and time. We focus on tropical climate for two reasons: the ocean-atmosphere coupling is strongest there, and latent heat released in tropical convection drives the global atmospheric circulation. Subtropical climate and extratropical ocean-atmosphere interaction are also covered.


    SOED is creating a unique marine science and technology platform with distinctive international influence. To showcase the lab, SOED has set up a series of “Ocean-Star Open Courses,” which are open to Ph. D. candidates and young researchers nationwide by inviting internationally renowned scientists to teach. In 2017, four short courses were offered in spring and summer, namely, Satellite Oceanography, Cycles in the Earth System, Introduction to Optical Oceanography and Ocean Color Remote Sensing, Innovation in Science and Technology: Understanding American Culture and Politics, and Chemical Oceanography. Two course will be held in fall. Detailed information is available at the official website of SOED (