Xitian Cai

Curriculum Vitae as of March 2013

Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences,
University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station C1160, Austin, TX 78712
E-mail: xtcai AT utexas.edu

Education

Ph.D., expected 2014    Geological sciences, University of Texas at Austin
    Hydrological modeling, land nitrogen cycling,     Supervisor: Zong-Liang Yang
M.S., 2009    Hydrology and water resources, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
    Hydrological and environmental modeling,    Supervisor: Zongxue Xu
B.S., 2005    Irrigation and drainage engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

Experience
6/2010-     NASA Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science (IDS) Program   (PI: Zong-Liang Yang)
                   Research Assistant: Land surface model development and evaluation
8/2009-5/2010    Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI) Hydrologic Information System, Funded by NSF            (PI: David Maidment)
                   Research Assistant: UML for WaterML, Web service test, HydroDesktop
5/2007-7/2009    Hai Basin Integrated Water Management and Environment Project
Funded by Global Environmental Fund (GEF)
                    Core member for hydrological, agricultural, and environmental modeling
7/2005-8/2006    Hebei Institute of Water Conservancy & Hydropower Design & Research
                    Assistant Engineer: reservoir and hydropower design

Publications
Cai, X.T., Y.L. Xia, Z.-L. Yang, M.Y. Huang, H.L. Wei, and M. Ek, 2013: Evaluation of Advanced Land Surface Models in the NLDAS Testbed. (in preparation for J. Hydromet.)
Cai, X.T., Z.-L. Yang, C.H. David, G.-Y. Niu, M. Rodell, and Y. Fan, 2013: Regional-scale hydrologic evaluation of the community Noah land surface model with multi-parameterization options (Noah-MP). (in preparation for JGR-Atmospheres)
Tavakoly, A.A., C.H. David, D.R. Maidment, Z.-L. Yang, and X.T. Cai, 2013: River Routing for the Mississippi River Basin using Grid and Vector Based River Networks. (in preparation)
Li, Z.L., Q.X. Shao, Z.X. Xu and X.T. Cai, 2010: Analysis of parameter uncertainty in semi-distributed hydrological models using bootstrap method: A case study of SWAT model applied to Yingluoxia watershed in northwest China. J. Hydrol., 385(1-4): 76-83, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.01.025.
Cai, X.T., Z.X. Xu, B.L. Su and W.D. Yu, 2009: Distributed simulation for regional evapotranspiration and verification by using remote sensing data. Transactions of the Chinese Society of Agricultural Engineering, 25(10): 154-160 (in Chinese with English abstract, EI).
Cai, X.T., B.L. Su and Z.X. Xu, 2008: Hydrological modelling for the Zhangweinan River basin with intensive human activities. In: T.Q. Ao and X.H. Zhang (Editors), Hydrological Modelling and Integrated Water Resources Management in Ungauged Mountainous Watersheds. IAHS Publ., pp. 97-104 (EI).
Cai, X.T., Z.X. Xu and Z.L. Li, 2008: Analyzing long-term trend of hydrological and meteorological changes in Zhangweinan River Basin. Resources Science, 30(3): 363-370 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Conference Presentations
Cai, X.T., Y.L. Xia, Z.-L. Yang, M.Y. Huang, H.L. Wei, and M. Ek, 2013: Evaluation of Advanced Land Surface Models in the NLDAS Testbed (oral). American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting 2013, 4B.8, 8 January, Austin, TX.
Cai, X.T., Z.L. Yang and J.W. Nielsen-Gammon, 2012: Noah-MP Land Surface Model in Supporting Drought Forecast for Texas (poster), Water Forum II: Texas Drought and Beyond, 22-23 October, Austin, TX.
Cai, X.T., Z.L. Yang, C.H. David and A.A. Tavakoly, 2011: Evaluation of a Newly Augmented Land Surface Model (Noah-MP) Over the Mississippi River Basin Using Available Observational Datasets (poster), American Geophysical Union Fall meeting, H43A-1183, 8 December, San Francisco, CA.
Tavakoly, A.A., C.H. David, X.T. Cai, Z.L. Yang and D.R. Maidment, 2011: River Routing for the Mississippi River Basin using grid- and vector-based river networks (presentation), World Climate Research Program Open Science Conference: Climate Research in Service to Society, 24-26 October, Denver, CO.
Yang, Z.L., C.H. David, A.A. Tavakoly, X.T. Cai, L.C. Helper, Z.F. Xu, D.R. Maidment, J.W. McClelland, P.A. Montagna, H.J. Xie, and W.M. Hao, 2011: An Integrated Approach for Predicting Nutrient Transports from the Land to the Ocean (presentation), Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone Open Science Conference, 12-16 September, Yantai, Shandong, China.
Xu, Z.X., X.T. Cai, B.L. Su, W.D. Yu, and S.C. Tian, 2009: Application of SWAT for ET Management in the Zhangweinan River Basin. International Workshop of Hai Basin Integrated Water and Environment Management, Beijing, China (ISTP).
Cai, X.T. and Z.X. Xu (2008) Analysis for the Arid Trend in the Zhangweinan River Basin, North China. Proceeding of 4th Conference of the Asia Pacific Association of Hydrology and Water Resources (4th APHW), Beijing, China.

Membership
Member, American Geophysical Union
Member, American Meteorological Society

Honors and Awards

9/2007-8/2008    Outstanding Graduate Students Scholarship of Beijing Normal University
9/2006-8/2007    Outstanding Graduate Students Scholarship of Beijing Normal University
9/2003-7/2004    Outstanding Students Fellowship of Wuhan University, Third Prize
9/2002-7/2003    Outstanding Students Fellowship of Wuhan University, Third Prize