• Dr. Meng Xia
    Associate Professor

    Address: University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Carver Hall, Dept. of Natural Sciences, Princess Anne, MD, 21853
    Curriculum Vitae

    North Carolina State University, Ph.D. 2007 (Physical Oceanography)
    First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, China, M.S. 2002 (Physical Oceanography)
    Ocean University of Qingdao, B.S. 1999 (Physical Oceanography)

    Positions Held
    Associate Professor (with Tenure), Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Eastern Shore 2011-Present
    Research Investigator, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environments,
                                      Cooperative Institute of Limnology and Ecosystems Research,  2008-2011
    Water Resource Scientist, Dynamics Solution LLC, Knoxville, TN, 2007-2008
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, North Carolina State University, 2007-2007

    Major Research Interests
    Dr. Xia’s research interests focus on improving and understanding estuarine and coastal dynamics with the help of measurement data and numerical modeling including:
              • River Plume and Estuary Dynamics
              • Ecological, Biogeochemistry and Larval Transport Process, TMDL modeling
              • Nearshore Wave-Current Dynamics and Sediment Transport Process
              • River Watershed modeling

    Recent Grants  
    Geophysical surveys of the continental shelf offshore Ocean City, Maryland, 7.5K, 2015-2016, Coastal Planning & Engineering, INC. PI: Meng Xia.

    Student Internship Program at Assateague Island National Seashore, 37K, 2014-2017, NPS.  PI(D)s: Joseph Pitula, Meng Xia.

    Development of a model to predict short-term impacts of climate change on Delmarva's coastal, wetland and upland forests, 330K, 2013-2016, National Inst. for Food and Agriculture. PI(D)s: Moses Kairo, Eric May, Meng Xia, Tracie Bishop.

    The Geophysical Survey at the Maryland Coastal Ocean, 125K, 2013-2015, Maryland Energy Administration. PI: Meng Xia. 

    The effect of climate change to the coastal bay dynamics, 9K, 2013-2014, Maryland Sea Grant. PI: Meng Xia.

    Impact of wave on the dynamics of a coastal plume, 200K, 2012- 2014, NSF. PI: Meng Xia.

    A linkage development for EFDC and RCA, 5K, 2013, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences. PI: Meng Xia.

    Biophysical model to forecast yellow perch recruitment success in Lake Erie, 200K, 2011-13, Great Lakes Fishery Commission. PIs: Meng Xia (UMES); Kevin Pangle (Co-lead, University of Central Michigan) and Stu Ludsin (OSU); Ed Rutherford and Doran Mason (NOAA GLERL); Michael Wiley (UM SNRE).

    Develop Forecasting Predictive Models Improving Coastal and Human Health and Beach, Forecasting, 835K, 2010-2011, NOAA. PIs: David Schwab, Gary Fahnenstiel and Juli Dyble Bressie (NOAA GLERL); Allen Burton, Tom Johengen, Meng Xia and David Rockwell (UM CILER).

    The building of Chesapeake Community Model, 200K, 2007-2009, University of Maryland. PIs: Leonard J. Pietrafesa, Machuan Peng, Shaowu Bao, Meng Xia, Huiqing Liu (NCSU).

    Coastal, Inland Flood Observation and Warning, 40K, 2007-2008, NOAA NSSL. PIs: Leonard J. Pietrafesa, Meng Xia, Machuan Peng, Shaowu Bao (NCSU).

    Wave-current Interaction and its influence to the ecosystem at the Grand Haven River and adjacent Lake Region, 20K, 2009-2010, NOAA. PIs: Meng Xia, Dimitry Beletsky (UM SNRE), David Schwab (NOAA GLERL).

    Selected Publications

    (*Represents the Graduate Student of Dr. Xia)

    Kang, X*, & Xia, M. (2017). Dynamics of water and salt exchange in Maryland Coastal Bays. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Sciences (Accepted with minor revision)

    Mao, M.*, & Xia, M. (2017). Dynamics of wave-current-surge interactions in Lake Michigan: a model comparison, Ocean Modeling doi:

    Xia, M. & Jiang, L.* (2016). Application of an unstructured grid-based water quality model to Chesapeake Bay and its adjacent coastal ocean. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. doi:

    Niu, Q.* & Xia, M. (2016). Wave climatology of Lake Erie based on an unstructured-grid wave model. Ocean Dynamics. doi:

    Mao, M.*, Andre Van der Westhuysen & Xia, M., David J. Schwab, Arun Chawl (2016), Modeling wind waves from deep to shallow waters in Lake Michigan using unstructured SWAN. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. doi:

    Jiang, L.* & Xia, M. (2016), Dynamics of the Chesapeake Bay outflow plume Realistic plume simulations and its seasonal, interannual variability. Journal of Geophysical Research: Ocean. doi:

    Irby, I. D., Friedrichs, M. A.M., Friedrichs, C. T., Bever, A. J., Hood, R. R., Lanerolle, L. W.J., Scully, M. E., Sellner, K., Shen, J., Testa, J., Li, M.,Wang, H., Wang, P., L. Lewis, Xia, M. (2016) Challenges associated with modeling low-oxygen waters in Chesapeake Bay: a multiple model comparison. Biogeosciences, 13, 2011-2028, doi:

    Xia, M., & Jiang, L.* (2015). Influence of wind and river discharge on the hypoxia in a shallow bay. Ocean Dynamics, 65(5), 665-678. doi: 10.1007/s10236-015-0826-x

    Irby, I. D., Friedrichs, M. A.M., Friedrichs, C. T., Bever, A. J., Hood, R. R., Lanerolle, L. W.J., Scully, M. E., Sellner, K., Shen, J., Testa, J., Li, M.,Wang, H., Wang, P., L. Lewis, Xia, M. (2015) Challenges associated with modeling low-oxygen waters in Chesapeake Bay: a multiple model comparison. Biogeosciences Discuss, 12, 20361-20409, doi:10.5194/bgd-12-20361-2015

    Jiang, L.*, Xia, M., Ludsin, S. A., Rutherford, E. S., Mason, D. M., Jarrin, J. M., Pangle, K. L. (2015). Research summary: Dreissenid mussel impacts on plankton dynamics in western Lake Erie. Lake Scientist

    Jiang, L.*, Xia, M., Ludsin, S.A, Rutherford, E.S., Mason, D.M., Pangle, K.L., Marin Jarrin, J.R. (2015). Biophysical modeling assessment of the drivers for plankton dynamics at western Lake Erie. Ecological Modelling. 308, 18-33. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.04.004

    Niu, Q.*, Xia, M., Rutherford, E. S., Mason, D. M., Anderson, E. J., & Schwab, D. J. (2015). Investigation of interbasin exchange and interannual variability in Lake Erie using an unstructured‐grid hydrodynamic model. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans120, 2212-2232. doi: 10.1002/2014JC010457

    Xia, M., Xie, L., Pietrafesa, L. J., & Whitney, M. M. (2011). The ideal response of a Gulf of Mexico estuary plume to wind forcing: Its connection with salt flux and a Lagrangian view. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans (1978–2012)116(C8). doi: 10.1029/2010JC006689

    Xia, M., Craig, P. M., Wallen, C. M., Stoddard, A., Mandrup-Poulsen, J., Peng, M., ... & Liu, Z. (2011). Numerical simulation of salinity and dissolved oxygen at Perdido Bay and adjacent coastal ocean. Journal of Coastal Research27(1), 73-86. doi: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-09-00044.1 

    Xia, M., Xie, L., & Pietrafesa, L. J. (2010). Winds and the orientation of a coastal plane estuary plume. Geophysical Research Letters37(19). doi: 10.1029/2010GL044494

    Xia, M., Craig, P. M., Schaeffer, B., Stoddard, A., Liu, Z., Peng, M., ... & Mandrup-Poulsen, J. (2010). Influence of physical forcing on bottom-water dissolved oxygen within Caloosahatchee River Estuary, Florida. Journal of Environmental Engineering136(10), 1032-1044. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0000239

    Liu, Z., Choudhury, S. H., Xia, M., Holt, J., Wallen, C. M., Yuk, S., & Sanborn, S. C. (2009). Water quality assessment of coastal Caloosahatchee River watershed, Florida. Journal of Environmental Science and Health Part A44(10), 972-984. doi: 10.1080/10934520902996872

    Liu, Z., Hashim, N. B., Kingery, W. L., Huddleston, D. H., & Xia, M. (2008). Hydrodynamic modeling of St. Louis Bay estuary and watershed using EFDC and HSPF. Journal of Coastal Research, 107-116. doi: 

    Xia, M., Xie, L., Pietrafesa, L. J., & Peng, M. (2008). A numerical study of storm surge in the Cape Fear River Estuary and adjacent coast. Journal of Coastal Research24(sp3), 159-167. doi: 

    Xia, M., Xie, L., & Pietrafesa, L. J. (2007). Modeling of the Cape Fear River estuary plume. Estuaries and Coasts30(4), 698-709. doi: 10.1007/BF02841966 

    Peng, M., Pietrafesa, L. J., Bao, S., Liu, H., Xia, M., & Yan, T. (2007). LIDAR vs. GEODAS land elevation data in hurricane induced inundation modelling. Ocean Science Discussions4(2), 399-414. doi:10.5194/osd-4-399-2007

    Xia, M., Xie, L., & Pietrafesa, L. J. (2006). Cape Fear River Estuary plume modeling: Model configuration and sensitivity experiments. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling, Charleston, South Carolina, 66-84.

    Zhang, Q., Xia, M., Qu, Y. (2002). The solution for the Yellow Sea cold water mass circulation. The national hydrodynamics conference 16Ocean publication. 659-668.

    Zhang, Q., Xia, M., Qu, Y.  (2001). The boundary solution for the complex oceanic region. The national hydrodynamics conference 15Ocean publication, 16-19.

    Zhang, Q., Xia, M., Qu, Y. (2001). The spectrum method in the assimilation. The National Fluid Mechanics Conference 5Meteorological Publication, 382-385.

    Zhang, Q. & Xia, M. (1999). A layer model of the Kuroshio Flow on the east of Taiwan: The solution of steady state. Journal of Hydrodynamics14(4), 68-75.

    Zhang, Q. & Xia, M. (1999). A two-layer model of the Kuroshio at the east of Taiwan: The numerical calculation. Advanced Res 5Science and Engineering Computation Book, 91-95.


    Current Graduate Students at UMES/MEES
       (a) Qianru Niu (2012 - present)
       (b) Long Jiang (2012 - present)
       (c) Zhendong Cao (2012-present)
       (d) Katlyn Lecorchick (2013 - present)
       (e) Miaohua Mao (2013 - present)
       (f) Xinyi Kang (2013 - present)

    Synergistic Activities
    Manuscript Reviewer for Geophysical Research Letter, Journal of Geophysical Research-Ocean, Estuaries and Coasts, Water Resources Research, Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Sciences, Coastal Lagoon (Book), Estuarine and Coastal Modeling, Environmental Management, Marine Geodesy, International Journal of Geosciences, Monitoring and Modeling the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (Book), Environmental Modeling and Software, Journal of Coastal Research, Environmental Sciences and Technology

    Proposal Reviewer for the Louisiana Board of Regents, NOAA Great Lakes Observing System