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Fengchao Yao, PhD

Research Scientist

Research Interests

​Dr. Yao is interested in using numerical modeling and in situ and remote sensing observations to understand and predict the ocean circulations in the Arabian marginal seas, including the Red Sea​ and Arabian Gulf, and the impacts of the circulations on the marine ecosystems.

Selected Publications

Rapid Red Sea deep water renewals caused by volcanic eruptions and the North Atlantic Oscillation
F. Yao, I. Hoteit
Sci. Adv., 4, eaar5637, 2018

Thermocline regulated seasonal evolution of surface chlorophyll in the Gulf of Aden
F. Yao, I. Hoteit
PloS one, 2015

Seasonal overturning circulation in the Red Sea: 1. Model validation and summer circulation
F. Yao, I. Hoteit, L. J. Pratt, A. S. Bower, P. Zhai, A. Köhl, G. Gopalakrishnan J. Geophys Res. Oceans, 119, 2238–2262, 2014

Seasonal overturning circulation in the Red Sea: 2. Winter circulation
F. Yao, I. Hoteit, L. J. Pratt, A. S. Bower, A. Köhl, G. Gopalakrishnan, D. Rivas J. Geophys Res. Oceans, 119, 2263–2289, 2014

A HYCOM modeling study of the Persian Gulf: 1. Model configurations and surface circulation
F. Yao, W. E. Johns
J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 115, C11017, 2010

Education

  • Ph.D., Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, University of Miami
  • M.Sc., Fluid Mechanics, Ocean University of China
  • B.Sc., Oceanography, Ocean University of China

Professional Profile

  • 2014-Present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010-2014: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​American Geophysical Union