Xiaoming Zhai


  • 3.11 Sciences

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Personal profile


  • Senior Lecturer in Ocean Modelling, University of East Anglia (08/2017 - present)
  • Lecturer in Ocean Modelling, University of East Anglia (02/2012 - 08/2017)
  • PDRA in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, University of Oxford (02/2009 - 01/2012)
  • Postdoc in IFM-GEOMAR, Germany (02/2008 - 01/2009) 

Key Research Interests

My main interest is the key physical processes in the ocean, and the role they play in global climate variability and change. Whenever possible, I like to first develop some simple analytical theories and then test them using a hierarchy of numerical models and available observations.  My recent research topics include: Dynamics of ocean general circulation and its variability; Role of eddies in the ocean; Near-inertial waves and mixing; Ocean energetics; Air-sea interactions.

Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Key Responsibilities

  • Course Director, BSc/MSci Meteorology and Oceanography


I am an oceanographer interested in the key physical processes in the ocean and the role they play in our climate system.  I first became interested in the field of physical oceanography when I was working on near-inertial waves and ocean eddies as a PhD candidate in the Department of Oceanography at Dalhousie University.  After I finished my PhD at Dalhousie, I went to IFM-GEOMAR in Kiel, working in the Theory and Modelling group for one year as one of the institute-funded post-doctoral researchers.  I then spent three years in the ocean group at the University of Oxford before I joined the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA as a Lecturer in Ocean Modelling in February 2012.

PhD Studentships Available

The life cycle of wind-driven energy in the ocean


PhD Positions

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Website: http://www.uea.ac.uk/~xam12yru/

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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