LSU CC&E Student to Participate In National Water Center Innovators Program

March 7, 2019

  • Dongxiao Yin, Doctoral Student, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences
  • Hometown: Zoucheng, Shandong Province, China
  • High School: Zoucheng No.1 High School
  • Anticipated Graduation: May 2022
    Photo of two men posing in front of a building

    Photo of Dongxiao Yin and Z. George Xue in front of National Center for Atmospheric Research’s MESA Laboratory

Students in LSU’s College of the Coast & Environment, or CC&E, proactively engage in interdisciplinary collaboration within the scientific community. One such example is Dongxiao Yin, a doctoral student who has been selected to participate in the National Water Center Innovators Program Summer Institute of 2019 at the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The focus of this seven-week summer program is to improve water-related products and decision-support services. While there, Yin intends to explore potential ways to scale hydrologic and hydraulic models from small basins to regional watersheds.

Funded by LSU’s Economic Development Assistantship, Yin is studying the interactions between meteorological and hydrological processes under climate change with his major professor, Z. George Xue, an expert in physical-bio-geochemical modeling, coastal ocean carbon cycling, and coupled atmospheric-hydrological modeling. Yin was also the first LSU awardee of the graduate student visitor program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO last summer.

“I feel lucky to have a professor like Dr. Xue. Without his support, I could not have gotten this award. He creates an atmosphere in our lab that enables us to explore our full academic potentials,” Yin said.

The National Water Center was established to utilize the best available science in order to improve water resource forecasts, understand how water moves across the land and rivers, and facilitate creative and informed decisions.

Yin’s summer institute study will be supported by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc., a research organization representing more than 130 U.S. universities and international water science-related organizations.