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Dr. Xiangbo Feng

Senior Research Scientist (NCAS)

 I am a senior research scientist at NCAS-Climate (Reading). I research towards better understanding and predictions of tropical cyclones and associated extremes on different time scales. I collaborate with the UK Met Office, WMO, China and Southeast Asia partners to evaluate dynamical models, and design tailored statistical models if necessary, for tropical cyclone hazards for operational purposes. I am also interested in the underpinning physical processes in tropical cyclones (e.g., precursors, genesis and intensification) and associted extremes. I also have research experience in sea level extremes (storm surge and ocean waves) and data assimilation. 


Currently, I mainly work on the following research projects:

  • FORSEA-FO-CO: FORecasting for SouthEast Asia follow on continuation (Co-I, Newton Fund WCSSP-Souteast Asia)
  • WESTPAC: Waves and ENSO: Seasonal Teleconnections to Predict the Activity of Cyclones (PI, Newton Fund WCSSP-Souteast Asia)
  • WWRP Probabilistic Tropical Cyclone Forecast Products Project (Co-I, WMO, in support of the TCPFP project)
  • Climate risk in the Southeast and East Asia (Singapore Green Finance Centre, work with Prof Ralf Toumi at Imperial College London)
  • HURACAN: HUrricane Risk Amplification and Changing North Atlantic Natural disasters (Co-I, NSF-NERC Large Grant project, led by Prof Pier Luigi Vidale)
  • Pilot projects: "Climate Impacts on the Extreme Marine Environments over the China's 21st Century Maritime Silk Road", and "Global changes in oceanic extremes caused by tropical cyclones" (PI, funded by Hohai University, China)


Past research projects (as PDRA/researcher):

  • CASPER: Coupled Air-Sea Prediction of Extreme Rainfall (Newton Fund WCSSP-India)
  • FASCINATE: Forecasting Air-Sea Coupled Interactions in NWP for Atmospheric Tropical Extremes (Newton Fund WCSSP-Souteast Asia)
  • PERCHANCE: Process Evaluation of Regional Chinese Hydrological and Atmospheric Natural Climate Extremes (Newton Fund CSSP-China)
  • ERA-CLIM2 project: European Reanalysis of the Global Climate System-2 (focus on atmosphere-ocean coupled climate reanalysis CERA-20C/SAT, EU-FP7)
  • LRF Marine Extremes: LRF Global Network to Improve Prediction of Extreme Marine Events (focus on sea level extremes, Lloyd's Register Foundation)


PhD student supervision

  • Bernard (BA) Racoma, PhD on interactions between tropical tyclones and the Sierra Madre Mountain Range in Luzon, Philippines, co-supervised with Chris Holloway and Reinhard Schiemann, Unversity of Reading.
  • Yichen Tan, PhD on Long-term variability and predictions of regional sea level extremes from global perspectives, co-supervised with Prof Wei Zhang, Hohai University, China.

Centaur Publications

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Number of items: 38.


Shi, J., Feng, X. ORCID:, Toumi, R., Zhang, C., Hodges, K. I., Tao, A., Zhang, W. and Zheng, J. (2024) Global increase in tropical cyclone ocean surface waves. Nature Communications, 15. 174. ISSN 2041-1723 doi:


Peng, Y., Guo, Y.-P., Zhao, J., Tan, Z.-M., Chen, X. and Feng, X. ORCID: (2023) Tropical cyclogenesis bias over the central North Pacific in CMIP6 simulations. Journal of Climate. ISSN 1520-0442 doi:

Feng, X. ORCID:, Toumi, R., Roberts, M., Hodges, K. I. and Vidale, P. L. ORCID: (2023) An approach to link climate model tropical cyclogenesis bias to large-scale wind circulation modes. Geophysical Research Letters, 50 (15). e2023GL103838. ISSN 1944-8007 doi:

Liao, X., Holloway, C. E. ORCID:, Feng, X. ORCID:, Liu, C., Lyu, X., Xue, Y., Bao, R., Li, J. and Qiao, F. (2023) Observed interannual relationship between ITCZ position and tropical cyclone frequency. Journal of Climate, 36 (16). pp. 5587-5603. ISSN 1520-0442 doi:

Conroy, A., Titley, H., Rivett, R., Feng, X. ORCID:, Methven, J. ORCID:, Hodges, K., Brammer, A., Burton, A., Chakraborty, P., Chen, G., Cowan, L., Dunion, J. and Sarkar, A. (2023) Track forecast: operational capability and new techniques - summary from the Tenth International Workshop on Tropical Cyclones (IWTC-10). Tropical Cyclone Research and Review. ISSN 2225-6032 doi: (In Press)

Yang, G.-Y. ORCID:, Feng, X. ORCID: and Hodges, K. (2023) Seasonal and interannual variation of equatorial waves in ERA5 and GloSea5. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 149 (752). pp. 1109-1134. ISSN 1477-870X doi:

Feng, Z., Lv, S., Sun, Y., Feng, X. ORCID:, Zhai, P., Lin, Y., Shen, Y. and Zhong, W. (2023) Skillful seasonal prediction of typhoon track density using deep learning. Remote Sensing, 15 (7). 1797. ISSN 2072-4292 doi:

Racoma, B. A. B. ORCID:, Holloway, C. E. ORCID:, Schiemann, R. K. H. ORCID:, Feng, X. ORCID: and Bagtasa, G. ORCID: (2023) The effect of the Cordillera mountain range on tropical cyclone rainfall in the Northern Philippines. Atmosphere, 14 (4). 643. ISSN 2073-4433 doi:

Hallam, S., McCarthy, G. D., Feng, X. ORCID:, Josey, S. A., Harris, E., Düsterhus, A., Ogungbenro, S. and Hirschi, J. J.-M. (2023) The relationship between sea surface temperature anomalies, wind and translation speed and North Atlantic tropical cyclone rainfall over ocean and land. Environmental Research Communications, 5 (2). 025007. ISSN 2515-7620 doi:

Feng, X. ORCID:, Yang, G.-Y. ORCID:, Hodges, K. and Methven, J. ORCID: (2023) Equatorial waves as useful precursors to tropical cyclone occurrence and intensification. Nature Communications, 14 (511). ISSN 2041-1723 doi:

Tan, Y., Zhang, W., Feng, X. ORCID:, Guo, Y. and Hoitink, A. J. F. (2023) Storm surge variability and prediction from ENSO and tropical cyclones. Environmental Research Letters, 18 (2). 024016. ISSN 1748-9326 doi:


Feng, X. ORCID:, Hodges, K., Hoang, L., Pura, A. G., Yang, G.-Y. ORCID:, Luu, H., David, S. J., Duran, G. A. M. W. and Guo, Y.-p. (2022) A new approach to skillful seasonal prediction of Southeast Asia tropical cyclone occurrence. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 127 (12). e2022JD036439. ISSN 2169-8996 doi:

Castillo, J. M., Lewis, H. W., Mishra, A., Mitra, A., Polton, J., Brereton, A., Saulter, A., Arnold, A., Berthou, S., Clark, D., Crook, J., Das, A., Edwards, J., Feng, X. ORCID:, Gupta, A., Joseph, S., Klingaman, N. ORCID:, Momin, I., Pequignet, C., Sanchez, C., Saxby, J. and Valdivieso da Costa, M. ORCID: (2022) The Regional Coupled Suite (RCS-IND1): application of a flexible regional coupled modelling framework to the Indian region at km scale. Geoscientific Model Development, 15 (10). pp. 4193-4223. ISSN 1991-9603 doi:


Feng, X. ORCID:, Klingaman, N. ORCID: and Hodges, K. (2021) Poleward migration of western North Pacific tropical cyclones related to changes in cyclone seasonality. Nature Communications, 12. ISSN 2041-1723 doi:

Feng, X. ORCID:, Zhang, W., Zhu, Z., Chevuturi, A. ORCID: and Chen, W. (2021) Variability and changes in Pearl River Delta water level: oceanic and atmospheric forcing perspectives. Journal of Hydrometeorology. ISSN 1525-7541 doi:

Liu, H., Feng, X. ORCID:, Tao, A. and Zhang, W. (2021) Intraseasonal variability of sea level in the Western North Pacific. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 126 (6). e2021JC017237. ISSN 0148-0227 doi:

Feng, X., Li, H., Feng, X. ORCID:, Zhao, J. and Feng, W. (2021) Dependence of ocean wave return levels on water depth and sampling length: a focus on the South Yellow Sea. Ocean Engineering, 219. 108295. ISSN 0029-8018 doi:


Feng, X. ORCID:, Klingaman, N. ORCID:, Hodges, K. and Guo, Y.-P. (2020) Western North Pacific tropical cyclones in the Met Office Global Seasonal Forecast System: performance and ENSO teleconnections. Journal of Climate, 33 (24). pp. 10489-10504. ISSN 1520-0442 doi:

Guo, Y.-P., Feng, X. ORCID:, Klingaman, N. ORCID: and Tan, Z.-M. (2020) Impact of Indo-Pacific warm pool Hadley circulation on the seasonal forecast performance for summer precipitation over the western North Pacific. Environmental Research Letters, 15 (10). ISSN 1748-9326 doi:

Feng, X. ORCID:, Klingaman, N. ORCID:, Zhang, S. and Guo, L. (2020) Building sustainable science partnerships between early-career researchers to better understand and predict East Asia water cycle extremes. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 101 (6). E785-E789. ISSN 1520-0477 doi:


Feng, X. ORCID:, Klingaman, N. P. ORCID: and Hodges, K. I. (2019) The effect of atmosphere-ocean coupling on the prediction of 2016 western North Pacific tropical cyclones. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 145 (723). pp. 2425-2444. ISSN 1477-870X doi:

Feng, X. ORCID: and Cheng, Y. (2019) Observing sea levels in the China seas from satellite altimetry. In: Barale, V. and Gade, M. (eds.) Remote Sensing of the Asian Seas. Springer, pp. 321-338. ISBN 978-3-319-94067-0 doi:

Storto, A., Bonaduce, A., Feng, X. ORCID: and Yang, C. (2019) Steric sea level changes from ocean reanalyses at global and regional scales. Water, 11 (10). 1987. ISSN 2073-4441 doi:


Buizza, R., Brönnimann, S., Haimberger, L., Laloyaux, P., Martin, M. J., Fuentes, M., Alonso-Balmaseda, M., Becker, A., Blaschek, M., Dahlgren, P., de Boisseson, E., Dee, D., Doutriaux-Boucher, M., Feng, X. ORCID:, John, V., Haines, K. ORCID:, Jourdain, S., Kosaka, Y., Lea, D., Lemarié, F., Mayer, M., Messina, P., Perruche, C., Peylin, P., Pullainen, J., Rayner, N., Rustemeier, E., Schepers, D., Saunders, R., Schulz, J., Sterin, A., Stichelberger, S., Storto, A., Testut, C.-E., Valente, M.-A., Vidard, A., Vuichard, N., Weaver, A., While, J. and Ziese, M. (2018) The EU-FP7 ERA-CLIM2 project contribution to advancing science and production of Earth-system climate reanalyses. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 99 (5). pp. 1003-1014. ISSN 1520-0477 doi:

Feng, X. ORCID:, Haines, K. ORCID:, Liu, C., de Boisséson, E. and Polo, I. (2018) Improved SST-precipitation intraseasonal relationships in the ECMWF coupled climate reanalysis. Geophysical Research Letters, 45 (8). pp. 3664-3672. ISSN 0094-8276 doi:

Feng, X. ORCID:, Haines, K. ORCID: and Boisseson, E. (2018) Coupling of surface air and sea surface temperatures in the CERA-20C reanalysis. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 144 (710). pp. 195-207. ISSN 0035-9009 doi:


Zhang, H., Cheng, W. , Qiu, X., Feng, X. ORCID: and Gong, W. (2017) Tide-surge interaction along the east coast of the Leizhou Peninsula, South China Sea. Continental Shelf Research, 142. pp. 32-49. ISSN 0278-4343 doi:


Martínez-Asensio, A., Marcos, M., Tsimplis, M. N., Jorda, G., Feng, X. ORCID: and Gomis, D. (2016) On the ability of statistical wind-wave models to capture the variability and long-term trends of the North Atlantic winter wave climate. Ocean Modelling, 103. pp. 177-189. ISSN 1463-5003 doi:

Martínez-Asensio, A., Tsimplis, M. N., Feng, X. ORCID:, Marcos, M., Gomis, D., Jordà, G. and Josey, S. A. (2016) Response of the North Atlantic wave climate to atmospheric modes of variability. International Journal of Climatology, 36 (3). pp. 1210-1225. ISSN 0899-8418 doi:


Feng, X. ORCID:, Tsimplis, M. N., Marcos, M., Calalfat, F. M., Zheng, J., Jorda, G. and Cipollini, P. (2015) Spatial and temporal variations of the seasonal sea level cycle in the northwest Pacific. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 120 (10). pp. 7091-7112. ISSN 2169-9291 doi:

Feng, X. ORCID:, Tsimplis, M. N. and Woodworth, P. L. (2015) Nodal variations and long-term changes in the main tides on the coasts of China. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 120 (2). pp. 1215-1232. ISSN 2169-9291 doi:


Feng, X. ORCID: and Tsimplis, M. N. (2014) Sea level extremes at the coasts of China. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 119 (3). pp. 1593-1608. ISSN 2169-9291 doi:

Feng, X. ORCID:, Tsimplis, M.N., Yelland, M.J. and Quartly, G.D. (2014) Changes in significant and maximum wave heights in the Norwegian Sea. Global and Planetary Change, 113. pp. 68-76. ISSN 0921-8181 doi:

Feng, X. ORCID:, Tsimplis, M.N., Quartly, G.D. and Yelland, M.J. (2014) Wave height analysis from 10 years of observations in the Norwegian Sea. Continental Shelf Research, 72. pp. 47-56. ISSN 0278-4343 doi:


Feng, X. ORCID:, Shaw, A. G. P. and Zhang, W. (2013) Study on reverse calculation for unidirectional waves from shallow water. Journal of Coastal Research, 65. pp. 219-224. ISSN 0749-0208 (Special Issue)


Feng, X. ORCID:, Zheng, J. and Yan, Y. (2012) Wave spectra assimilation in typhoon wave modeling for the East China Sea. Coastal Engineering, 69. pp. 29-41. ISSN 0378-3839 doi:

Parada, J., Feng, X. ORCID:, Hauerhof, E., Suzuki, R. and Abubakar, U. (2012) The deep sea energy park: harvesting hydrothermal energy for seabed exploration. In: The deep sea energy park: harvesting hydrothermal energy for seabed exploration. University of Southampton, Southampton. ISBN 9780854329519


Feng, X. ORCID:, Yan, Y.-x. and Zhang, W. (2011) Application of two-dimensional wavelet transform in near-shore X-band radar images. Journal of Hydrodynamics Series B, 23 (2). pp. 179-186. ISSN 1001-6058 doi:

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