Kehui XuKehui (Kevin) Xu

Position: Associate Professor, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences

Phone: 225-578-0389
Fax: 225-578-6513

Office: 2165 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Bachelor's Degree(s): B.S. Geology & Computer Applications, Ocean University of China, 1999
Master's Degrees(s): M.S. Geological Oceanography, Ocean University of China, 2002
Ph.D.(s): Ph.D. Marine Science, College of William and Mary, 2006



Geological oceanography, coastal morphodynamics, observation and numerical modeling of sediment transport along bottom boundary layer; sedimentary geology; coastal processes


Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (2016-2019), “Assessment of Ship Shoal Borrow Areas for Coastal Restoration of Louisiana Barrier Islands”, PI, Xu, K.H., Co-PI, Bentley, S., Li, C, Shaw, R.

Louisiana Board of Regents, Traditional Enhancement Program (2016-2017), “Acquisition of Acoustic and Optical Sensors to Enhance the Research and Teaching of Sediment Diversion and Coastal Restoration”, PI, Xu, K.H.

Louisiana Sea Grant, (2016-2018), “From Physics to Oysters: An Integrated Modeling Study of the Potential Impacts of Future Large Sediment Diversions on Louisiana Eastern Oyster“. PI, Huang, H., Co-PI, Justic, D., Xu, K.H., LaPeyre, M., LaPeyre, J.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, (2015-2018), “Investigation of an Ancient Bald Cypress Forest in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, U.S.A.”,PI, DeLong, K., Co-PI, Harley, G., Bentley, S., Xu, K.H., Reese, C.

Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, (2015-2016), “Reducing Uncertainty on Nutrient Removal for Sediment Diversions”, PI, White, J., Co-PI, Xu, K.H. [link]

National Science Foundation, (2014-2017), “Coastal SEES Collaborative Research: Changes in actual and perceived coastal flood risks due to river management strategies”, PI, Twilley, R., Co-PI, Xu, K.H., Bentley, S., Chen, Q., Lam, N. [link]

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (2014-2017), “Assessment of Mud-Capped Dredge Pit Evolution on the Outer Continental Shelf of northern Gulf of Mexico”, PI, Xu, K.H., Co-PI, Bentley, S., Li, C.

Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (2014-2015), Applied Research Program, “Characterization and Modeling of Sediment Settling, Consolidation, and Suspension to Optimize the Retention Rate of Sediment Diversions for Coastal Restoration”, PI, Xu, K.H., Co-PI, Bentley, S. [link]

National Science Foundation and the Louisiana Board of Regents, EPSCoR Pfund Program (2014-2015), “A Study of Sediment-Plant Interaction to Benefit Coastal Protection and Restoration”,PI, Xu, K.H.

The Water Institute of Gulf (2014-2015), “Geological and Geotechnical Characterization of Middle Barataria Bay and Middle Breton Sound Diversion Receiving Basins“,PI, Bentley, S., Co-PI, Xu, K.H., Chen, Q.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (2013-2016), “Mass Wasting Processes and Products of the Mississippi Delta Front: Data Synthesis and Observation”, PI, Bentley, S., Co-PI, Xu, K.H., Georgiou, I. [link]

The Water Institute of Gulf (2013-2014), “Geological and Geotechnical Characterization of Lower Barataria Bay and Lower Breton Sound Diversion Receiving Basins“, PI, Bentley, S., Co-PI, Xu, K.H., Chen, Q.

South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium (2012-2014), “Observational and modeling studies to benefit the management and selection of borrow sites for beach nourishment in South Carolina“, PI, Xu, K.H., Co-PI, Wren, P.A., Van Dolah, R.F., Ma, Y. [link]

National Science Foundation (2011-2012), “RAPID: Collaborative Research: Signature of the 2011 Flooding on the Mississippi Subaqueous Delta“. PI, Xu, K.H. [link]

National Science Foundation (2010-2013), MRI-R2, “Acquisition of a Small Computing Cluster for Geophysical Research“. PI, Limpasuvan, V., Co-PI, Xu, K.H. [link]

National Science Foundation (2010-2012), EAR-IF, “Acquisition of instrumentation for the sediment analysis laboratory at Coastal Carolina University“, PI, Hill, J., Co-PI, Xu, K.H., Wright, E. [link]

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2009-2014), NGOMEX Program, “Mechanisms Controlling Hypoxia: Integrated Casual Modeling“. PI, DiMarco, S., Co-PI, Hetland, R., Harris, C., Fennel, K., Xu, K.H. and others. [link]


OCS 4210 – Geological Oceanography
OCS 4024 – Coastal Morphodynamics


2015, LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award

2015, Phi Kappa Phi Non-Tenured Professor Award, LSU Chapter

2013, Top 25 most cited articles published on ‘Geomorphology’, 2008-2013;  Xu and Milliman (2009)

2012 – now, James P. Morgan Distinguished Professorship, Louisiana State University

2011-2012 Emerging Scholar Incentive Award, Coastal Carolina University


Xu, K.H., Bentley, S.J., Robichaux, P.*, Sha, X.*, Yang, H.*, 2016. Implications of Texture and Erodibility for Sediment Retention in Receiving Basins of Coastal Louisiana Diversions, Water, 8, 26; doi:10.3390/w8010026. [open access link]

Xu, K.H., Mickey, R.C.*, Chen, Q.J., Harris, C.K., Hetland, D., Hu, K., Wang, J., 2016. Shelf Sediment Transport during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Computers& Geosciences. [link]

Xu, K.H., Yang, S.L., 2014. A Comparative Study of the Flux and Fate of the Mississippi and Yangtze River Sediments. International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) Redbook, Publication 367, 312-319. ISSN 0144-7815. doi:10.5194/piahs-367-312-2015 [ PDF link]

Xu, K.H., Corbett, D., Walsh, J., Young, D., Briggs, K., Cartwright, G., Friedrichs, C., Harris, C., Mickey*, R., Mitra, S., 2014. Seabed Erodibility Variations on the Louisiana Continental Shelf Before and After the 2011 Mississippi River Flood, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 149, 283-293. [link]

Xu, K.H., Sanger, D., Riekerk, G., Crowe, S., Van Dolah, R., Wren, P., Ma, Y., 2014. Seabed texture and composition changes offshore of Port Royal Sound, South Carolina before and after the dredging for beach nourishment, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 149, 57-67. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2014.07.012. [link]

Xu, K.H., Li, A.C., Liu, J.P., Milliman, J.D., Yang, Z.S., Liu, C.S., Kao, S.J., Wan, S.M., Xu, F.J., 2012. Provenance, structure, and formation of the mud wedge along inner continental shelf of the East China Sea: A synthesis of the Yangtze dispersal system, Marine Geology, 291-294, 176-191. doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2011.06.003. [link]

Xu, K.H., Harris, C.K., Hetland, R.D., Kaihatu, J. M., 2011. Dispersal of Mississippi and Atchafalaya Sediment on the Texas-Louisiana Shelf: Model Estimates for the Year 1993, Continental Shelf Research, 31, 1558-1575. doi:10.1016/j.csr.2011.05.008. [link]

Xu, K.H., Milliman, J.D., Xu, H., 2010. Temporal Trend of Precipitation and Runoff in Major Chinese Rivers since 1951, Global and Planetary Change,73, 219-232. doi:10.1016/ j.gloplacha.2010.07.002. [link]

Xu, K.H., Milliman, J.D., Li, A.C., Liu, J. P., Kao, S.J. and Wan, S.M., 2009. Yangtze- and Taiwan-Derived Sediments in the Inner Shelf of East China Sea, Continental Shelf Research, 29, 2240-2256. doi:10.1016/j.csr.2009.08.017. [link]

Xu, K.H. and Milliman, J.D., 2009. Seasonal variations of sediment discharge from the Yangtze River before and after impoundment of the Three Gorges Dam, Geomorphology, 104(3-4),276-283. [link]

Xu, K.H., Milliman, J.D., Yang, Z.S. and Wang, H.J., 2006. Yangtze Sediment Decline Partly from Three Gorges Dam. EOS, 87(19): 185,190. [link] [pdf]