Dr Ming-Xi Yang

Chemical Oceanographer

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+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)

Dr Ming-Xi Yang straddles the boundary between chemical oceanography and atmospheric chemistry, having spent a substantial amount of time on both research ships and aircraft. Dr Ming-Xi Yang's work often starts at the air-sea interface, and extends to the 100 m below and 1000 m above.

Key Projects

- The North Atlantic Climate System Integrated Study (ACSIS)

- Ocean Regulation of Climate by Heat and Carbon Sequestration and Transports (ORCHESTRA)

- Global Methane Budget (MOYA)


Hopkins, F., Bell, T., Yang, M., Suggett, D., Steinke M., Air exposure of coral is a significant source of dimethylsulfide (DMS) to the atmosphere, Nature Scientific Reports, DOI: 10.1038/srep36031, 2016.
Yang, M
. et al., Comparison of two closed-path cavity based spectrometers for measuring air-water CO2 and CH4 fluxes by eddy covariance, Atmos. Meas. Tech. 9, 5509–5522, 2016.

Yang, M., Bell, T. G., Hopkins, F. E., Kitidis, V., Cazenave, P. W., Nightingale, P. D., Yelland, M. J., Pascal, R. W., Prytherch, J., Brooks, I. M., and Smyth, T. J.: Air–sea fluxes of CO2 and CH4 from the Penlee Point Atmospheric Observatory on the south-west coast of the UK, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 5745-5761, doi:10.5194/acp-16-5745-2016, 2016.

Yang, M., Bell, T. G., Hopkins, F. E., and Smyth, T. J.: Attribution of atmospheric sulfur dioxide over the English Channel to dimethyl sulfide and changing ship emissions, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4771-4783, doi:10.5194/acp-16-4771-2016, 2016. 

Yang, M., Bell, T., Blomquist, B., Fairall, C., Brooks, I., and Nightingale, P., Air-Sea transfer of gas phase controlled compounds. Gas Transfer at Water Surfaces Proceedings. Institute of Physics Conference Series: Earth and Environment Sciences, 2016.

Yang, M., B. W. Blomquist, P. D. Nightingale, Air-Sea exchange of methanol and acetone during HiWinGs – Estimation of air phase, water phase gas transfer velocities, under review in J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 2014.

Land, P., J. Shutler, T. Bell, and M. Yang, Exploiting satellite Earth Observation to quantify current global oceanic dimethyl sulphide fluxes and their sensitivity to future climate, under review in J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 2014.

Yang, M., R. Beale, P. Liss, M. Johnson, B. Blomquist, and P. Nightingale, Air–sea fluxes of oxygenated volatile organic compounds across the Atlantic Ocean, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 7499-7517, doi:10.5194/acp-14-7499-2014, 2014.

Yang, M., P. Nightingale, R. Beale, P. Liss, B. Blomquist, and C. Fairall, Atmospheric deposition of methanol over the Atlantic Ocean, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 110, 50, 20034–20039, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1317840110, 2013.

Yang, M., S. Archer, B. Blomquist, D. Ho, V. Lance, and R. Torres, Lagrangian evolution of DMS during the Southern Ocean gas exchange experiment: The effects of vertical mixing and biological community shift, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 118, doi:10.1002/2013JC009329, 2013

Yang, M., R. Beale, T. Smyth, and B. Blomquist, Measurements of OVOC fluxes by eddy covariance using a proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometer – method development at a coastal site, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 6165-6184, doi:10.5194/acp-13-6165-2013, 2013.

Yang, M., B. Huebert, B. Blomquist, S. Howell, L. Shank, C. McNaughton, A. Clarke, L. Hawkins, L. Russell, D. Covert, D. Coffman, T. Bates, P. Quinn, N. Zagorac, A. Bandy, S. de Szoeke, P. Zuidema, S. Tucker, W. Brewer, K. Benedict, and J. Collett, Atmospheric sulfur cycling in the Southeastern Pacific – longitudinal distribution, vertical profile, and diel variability observed during VOCALS-REx, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 5079-5097, doi:10.5194/acp-11-5079-2011, 2011.

Yang, M., B. Blomquist, C. Fairall, S. Archer, and B. Huebert, Air-sea Exchange of Dimethylsulfide (DMS) in the Southern Ocean – Measurements from SO GasEx compared to temperate and tropical regions, J. Geophys. Res., 116, C00F05, doi:10.1029/2010JC006526, 2011.

Fairall, C., M. Yang, L. Bariteau, J. Edson, D. Helmig, W. McGillis, S. Pezoa, J. Hare, B. Huebert, and B. Blomquist, Implementation of the Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Response Experiment flux algorithm with CO2, dimethyl sulfide, and O3, J. Geophys. Res., 116, C00F09, doi:10.1029/2010JC006884, 2011.

Salter, M, R. Upstill-Goddard, P. Nightingale, S. Archer, B. Blomquist, D. Ho, B. Huebert, P. Schlosser, and M. Yang, Impact of an artificial surfactant release on air–sea gas fluxes during DOGEE II Geophys. Res. Lett., 116, C11016, doi:10.1029/2011JC007023, 2011.

Hind, A., C. Rauschenberg, J. Johnson, M. Yang, and P. Matrai, The use of algorithms to predict surface seawater dimethyl sulphide concentrations in the SE Pacific, a region of steep gradients in primary productivity, biomass and mixed layer depth, Biogeosciences, 8, 1-16, doi:10.5194/bg-8-1-2011, 2011.

Huebert, B., B. Blomquist, M. Yang, S. Archer, P. Nightingale, M. Yelland, J. Stephens, R. Pascal, and B. Moat, Linearity of DMS transfer coefficient with both friction velocity and wind speed in the moderate wind speed range, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L01605, doi:10.1029/2009GL041203, 2010.

Yang, M., B. Blomquist, and B. Huebert, Constraining the concentration of the hydroxyl radical in a stratocumulus-topped marine boundary layer from sea-to-air eddy covariance flux measurements of dimethylsulfide, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 9225-9236, 2009.

Yang, M., S. Howell, J. Zhuang, and B. Huebert, Attribution of Aerosol Light Absorption to black carbon, brown carbon, and dust in China – Interpretations of atmospheric measurements during EAST-AIRE, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 2035-2050, 2009.

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