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Xindi (Randy) Bian

Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences
3101 Discovery Dr., Ste. F
Lansing, MI 48910
United States
Current Research
Development of improved understanding and descriptions of surface and boundary-layer processes for accurate high resolution forecasting of fire-weather indices and smoke transport, on the impacts of global change on forest microclimates and water resources. The current research is very important for land/fire managers and public people to use of our research products as state-of-art tools for keeping ecosystem health in safe and effective manner.
Research Interest
Atmosphere interaction with the physical, biological, and social components of ecosystems at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
  • Iowa State University, M.S., Water Resources, 1993
  • Nanjing University, M.S., Atmospheric Physics, 1985
  • Nanjing University, B.S., Atmospheric Physics, 1982
Professional Organizations
  • American Meteorological Society,  Current
  • American Geophysical Union,  Current
Featured Publications
Other Publications
Research Highlights

Understanding Wind Gusts During Fire can Help Fire and Smoke Managers

Year: 2018
Wind fields in the vicinity of wildland fires can be highly variable or turbulent, exhibiting significant gusts that can lead to erratic fire behavior and enhanced mixing of smoke into the atmosphere. Northern Research Station scientists are examining the properties of turbulent circulations in for...

El Niño and El Niño Modoki impacts on extreme precipitation in the U.S.

Year: 2017
Many areas of the U.S. are vulnerable to socioeconomic disruptions caused by extreme precipitation and resulting floods, and there has been an increasing trend in both the frequency and particularly the intensity of extreme precipitation. Forest Service research is helping to identify the different ...

The Influence of Forest Gaps on Fire-Atmosphere Interactions

Year: 2016
Model simulations have been used to examine how gaps in forest stands can affect the response of the atmosphere to low-intensity wildland fires occurring in those stands. The study provides insight into potential smoke dispersion and fire behavior during low-intensity prescribed fires in forested en...

Fireflux Experiments Improve Safety of Prescribed Burns in the New Jersey Pine Barrens

Year: 2011
Predicting the effects of smoke from low-intensity prescribed fires on local air-quality is being made easier by new tools developed by Forest Service scientists. These tools are now being validated through data collected from fuels, meteorological, and air quality monitoring networks set up near an...