Congratulations to Xin-Zhong Liang, Fellow of AMS

Dr. Liang smiles at the camera Congratulations to Xin-Zhong Liang, newly elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). This honor is an apt recognition of his vigorous multidisciplinary research efforts and notable achievements.


Liang is an ESSIC/CISESS Professor and has been working at the University of Maryland since 2011. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Dynamics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing in 1987. 


Liang has received research grants totaling more than $25 million (directly controlled by Liang) from major agencies, including DOE, EPA, NASA, NOAA, NSF, and USDA. In particular, the CWRF-based earth system model Liang developed has been applied to address the frontier challenges on the food-energy-water nexus (FEW), resulting in four major grants with a total of $16.5 million during 2016-2025. This includes three NSF INFEWS projects on FEW modeling and sustainability research and graduate FEW training, and the most recent USDA NIFA project to develop a predictive decision support Dashboard for Agricultural Water use and Nutrient management (DAWN).


Liang’s research has resulted in 155 peer-reviewed papers, of which 131 are in SCI journals including Nature (1), Science (3), PNAS (1), and AMS journals (33), and Google Scholar citations of 9,306 with H-index of 52 as of 04/16/2021. His core work is highly transdisciplinary, published in >33 prominent journals in the fields of climate, hydrology, environment, biosphere, agriculture, health, economy, numerical modeling, decision support, and machine learning.