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MiaoHua Mao Professor
Institute: Key Laboratory of Coastal Zone Environmental Processes, Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (KLCEP)
Research Fields: Nearshore wave-current dynamics and interaction
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MiaoHua Mao

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Marine science, physical oceanography, environmental science, nearshore hydrodynamics, numerical modeling and observations of wave-current interaction, improvement and application of the wave-current coupled and Lagrangian models.


I got BS in Zhejiang University, and achieved PhD degree at University of Maryland in 2018. I work at Yantai Insitute of Coastal Zone Research (YIC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) as Professor and Ph.D. advisor. My research interests include not are not limited to nearshore hydrodynamics, numberical modeling and observation of wave-current interaction. Dr. Mao has published more than 10 papers as first/corresponding author in the prestigious top journals of physical oceanography and numerical modeling including Journal of Physical Oceanography, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans and Ocean Modelling, and presented over 20 times at the international acedamic conferences (Including Keynote Speaker, Session Chair, and Outstanding Poster Presenter etc.). Dr. Mao is the reviewer for the NSFC proposals and Ph.D. thesis from universities, he is also a reviewer of peer-reviewerd journals such as Progress in Oceanography, Ocean Modelling, Water Resources Research, Geoscientific Model Development, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (ECSS), Marine Pollution Bullentin, Ocean and Coastal Management, Journal of Sea Research, Ocean Dynamics, Journal of Operational Oceanography, Journal of Coastal Research, Acta Oceanologica Sinica, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (JMSE), Water, Sustainability, Energies, Frontiers in Marine Science, Frontiers in Earth Science, Journal of Oceanography and Limnology, Regional Studies in Marine Science, Quaternary Scinece Advances, Marine Technology Society Journal, Periodical of Ocean University of China, and award as the outstanding contribution in reviewing ECSS of year 2018, and 2023 Outstanding Reviewer Award of JMSE. I am the Principal Investigator (PI) of several projects including the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) etc.

Principal Investigator (PI):
7. High-level talent program of CAS,2021-2023, 5 Million RMB.
6. NSFC,2021-2023,0.24 Million RMB.
5. High-level talent program of Yantai City,2019-2024,1 Million RMB.
4. Seed program of YIC-CAS,2018-2021,0.8 Million RMB.

3. Ministry of Science and Technology Fellowship for Young Staff,2021-2022, 0.3 Million RMB, China host.
2. International Cooperation and Exchange of NSFC,2021-2022, 0.4 Million RMB, China host.
1. CAS President's International Fellowship for Young Staff, 2020-2022,0.3 Million, China host RMB.


Selected Publications:

19. Mao, M., Xia, M.*, 2024. Modeling blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) larval transport and recruitment dynamics in a shallow lagoon-inlet-coastal ocean system. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans., 129(5), e2023JC020785..

18. Mojtahedi, A., Beyramzadeh, M., Siadatmousavi, S.M.*, Mao, M., 2024. The role of different wind input, whitecap dissipation and quadruplet wave-wave interaction terms in wave evolution in Lake Michigan. Ocean Engineering, 307, 118149.

17. Peng, J., Mao, M.*, Xia, M., 2024. Wave spectra analysis on the spatiotemporal variability of sea states under distinct typhoon tracks in a semi-enclosed sea. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 54(3),

16. Mao, M., Xia, M.*, 2023. Seasonal dynamics of water circulation and exchange flows in a shallow lagoon-inlet-coastal ocean system. Ocean Modelling, 186, 102276,

15. Xia, M.*, Mao, M., Kang, X., 2023. Storm Surge Modeling: Influencing Factors. Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Book Chapter, Impact of extreme events, Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science, 2nd Edition, Academic Press.

14. Nguyen, Q.T., Mao, M.*, Xia, M., 2023. Numerical Modeling of Nearshore Wave Transformation and Breaking Processes in the Yellow River Delta with FUNWAVE-TVD Wave Model. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 11, 1380,

13. Peng, J., Mao, M.*, Xia, M., 2023. Dynamics of wave generation and dissipation processes during cold wave events in the Bohai Sea. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 280(7), 108161.

12. Fitzenreiter, K., Mao, M.*, Xia, M., 2022. Characteristics of surface currents in a shallow lagoon-inlet-coastal ocean system revealed by surface drifter observations, Estuaries and Coasts, 45(8), 2327-2344.

11. Sahoo, B., Mao, M.*, Xia, M., 2021. Projected changes of water currents and circulation in Lake Michigan under Representative Concentration Pathways scenarios. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans., 126, e2020JC016651,

10. Mao, M., Xia, M.*, 2020. Particle dynamics in the nearshore of Lake Michigan revealed by an observation–modeling system. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans., 125,

9. Mao, M., Xia, M.*, 2020. Monthly and episodic dynamics of summer circulation in Lake Michigan. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans., 124,

8. Xia, M.*, Mao, M., Niu, Q., 2020. Implementation and comparison of the recent three-dimensional radiation stress theory and vortex-force formalism in an unstructured-grid coastal circulation model. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 240, 106771.

7. Kang, X., Sahoo, B., Mao, M., Xia, M.*, 2020. “Marine Environmental Characterization”: A Practical Book for Marine Scientists and Engineers. Morgan & Claypool Publishers.

6. Mao, M., Xia, M.*, 2018. Wave–current dynamics and interactions at the two inlets of a shallow coastal lagoon system under Hurricane conditions. Ocean Modelling, 129, 124–144. (Most Cited Ocean Modelling Articles published since 2018, extracted from Scopus)

5. Xia, M.*, Mao, M., Kang, X., 2018. The St. Martin River and Maryland Coastal Bays inlet circulation and their sediment dynamics with the consideration of the ground water. Report to Maryland Coastal Bays Program.

4. Mao, M., Xia, M*, 2017. Dynamics of wave–current–surge interactions in Lake Michigan: A model comparison. Ocean Modelling, 110, 1–20. (Most Cited Ocean Modelling Articles published since 2017, extracted from Scopus)

3. Mao, M., van der Westhuysen, A.J., Xia, M.*, Schwab, D.J., Chawla, A., 2016. Modeling wind waves from deep to shallow waters in Lake Michigan using unstructured SWAN. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans., 121, 3836–3865.

2. He, Z., Weng, H., Ho, H.-C*., Ran, Q., Mao, M., 2014. Soil erosion and pollutant transport during rainfall-runoff processes. Water Resources, 41 (5), 604–611. 

1. He, Z.*, Weng, H.,  Mao, M., Ran, Q., 2013. Experimental study on soil erosion and pollutant transport during rainfall-runoff processes. In Proceedings of the 35th IAHR World Congress, Vols I and II. 

Welcome applications from international students/scholars for graduate school, postdoc, and falculty postions with backgrounds of marine science, atmospheric science, environmental science, fluid mechanics, numerical modeling, and mathmatics etc. Currently, 3 Ph.D. and 1 Master students are under my supervision. 2 MS students graduated. I have one international student get the UCAS full scholarship for MS study, and one graduated MS student get the full scholarship of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral Candidate (Ph.D. full scholarship) from University of Nottingham. Merit students/faculty will be supported to present in the international conference (e.g., Ocean Science Meeting from ASLO, AGU Meeting, CERF Meeting). MS students will also be recommended to overseas for Ph.D. study.


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