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Lixin Qu
Lixin Qu
Eller O&M 618

Texas A&M University O&M Building
Room 618 MS 3146 
College Station, Texas 77843


Ph.D. Physical Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 2014-Present

M.Sc. Physical Oceanography, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China

B.Sc. Information and Computing Science, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China



Webber Scholarship 2016 - 2017

Robert O. Reid Oceanography Fellowship 2015 - 2016

James Sharp Memorial Scholarship 2014 - 2015


Lixin Qu

Graduate Student

Research Interests

  • Coastal circulation forecasting
  • River plume dynamics
  • Ocean turbulence associated with coastal mixing processes
  • Data assimilation
  • Theory and numerical simulation of flow in estuarine, coastal, and continental shelf environments

Selected Publications

  • Qu, L., X. Lin, R. D. Hetland, and J. Guo (submitted): The asymmetric continental shelf wave in response to the synoptic wind event in a semi-enclosed double-shelf basin. Journal of Geophysical Research.
  • Qu, L., and X. Lin, 2014: The effect of continental shelf slope around island on the Island Rule. Journal of Ocean University of China, 44(Sup.), 001-006. (In Chinese with English abstract)

Additional Information

AdvisorDr. Robert Hetland

Research Experience:

Pearl River Forecast System 

  • Researcher for developing a high-resolution forecast model in the Pearl River region of China. The system is a fully operational ocean circulation forecast model on the South China Sea shelf and provides the real-time analysis and 7-day forecast data for investigating the coastal environments in the Pearl River region.

River Plume Prediction

  • Graduate student researcher for studying the wind forcing mechanism controlling the structure, instability, and evolution of river plumes. This research quantified the temporal resolution of wind forcing required for river plume prediction.

Particle Tracking Bias

  • Graduate student assistant for investigating Lagrangian tracking errors due to temporal subsampling of numerical model output in collaboration with Dr. Kristen Thyng. This research allows us to estimate better the errors in particle trajectories which is helpful for properly setting up particle tracking simulations.

Baroclinic Instability in River Plume

  • Graduate student researcher for studying mechanisms controlling the development of baroclinic instability in a forced river plume. This research allows us to better interpret why the Pearl River plume could not maintain a well-developed eddy field and understand the effects of wind and tide on the suppression of baroclinic instability.
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