Professor of Physical Oceanography

State Key Laboratory of Tropical Oceanography

South China Sea Insitute of Oceanology,Chinese Academy of Sciences

Room 1206A,Building 2,

164 Xingang Road, Guangzhou 510301, China


Research Areas

Ocean Circulation and Climate Change,  Thermohaline Circulation;

Marine Energy;

Ocean eddies, Ocean Striations;

Hurricane or Typhoon.


Lanzhou University,China, Ph D in Atmospheric Science,1994

Lanzhou University,China, M.S. in Theoretical Physics,1990

Lanzhou University,China, S.B. in Theroetical Physics,1983


Selected papers

  • ​Shan, H., Y. Guan*, J. Huang, C, Dong,  Trajectory patterns of the annual cycle of the heat centre of the Indo-Pacific warm pool. International Journal of Climatology, 2017,37: 637-647. (* corresponding author, the same below)
  • Cui C, Y Guan*, Y Zhu, H Wang, R X Huang. Wind energy input and its secular change of surface waves in the South China Sea. Journal of Tropical Oceanograpgy, 2016, 35(4): 21-30. doi: 10.11978/2015097 (in Chinese with English abstract)

  •  Sun Z, J Xiang, Y Guan. Strengthening of the Pacific Walker Circulation in the recent decades. Journal of Tropical Oceanograpgy, 2016, 35(2): 19-29. doi: 10.11978/2015088 (in Chinese with English abstract)

  • Wang S, Y Guan*, Z Li, Y Chao, J Huang. Variable characteristics of the wintertime net heat flux along the Kuroshio system and its association with climate in China. International Journal of Climatology, 2015, 35:1180-1191, 10.1002/joc.4055

  • Shen Y, Guan YP*. Feature of Thermohaline circulation in two-layer conceptual model based on energy constraint. Science China: Earth Sciences, 2015, 58(8): 1397-1403. doi: 10.1007/s11430-015-5092-8

  •  Zhang Y, Y-P Guan*, Z-H Chen, H-L Liu, R-X Huang. Intercomparison of one-dimensional detecting methods of unveiling the global ocean striations. Acta Physica Sinica, 2015, 64(14), 149201. doi: 10.7498/aps.64.149201 (in Chinese with English abstract)

  •  Lin X, C Dong, De Chen, Y Liu, J Yang, B Zou, Y Guan. Three-dimensional properties of mesoscale eddies in the South China Sea based on eddy-resolving model output. Deep-Sea Research I, 2015, 99: 46-64. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2015.01.007

  • Zhan H, Y Guan*, J Huang. Surface air temperature patterns on a decadal scale in China using self-organizing map and their relationship to Indo-Pacific warm pool. International Journal of Climatology, 2014, 34: 3752-3765, 10.1002/joc.3943

  •  Zhang H, Y Guan*. Impacts of Four Types of ENSO Events on Tropical Cyclones Making Landfall over Mainland China Based on Three Best-track Datasets. Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, 2014, 31(1): 154–164.  doi:10.1007/s00376-013-2146-8

  •  Shan H, Y Guan*, J Huang. Investigating different bio-responses of the upper ocean to Typhoon Haitang using Argo and satellite data. Chinese Science Bullet, 2014, 59(8):785–794.  doi:10.1007/s11434-013-0101-9

  • Wang, S., Huang, J., He, Y. & Guan, Y. , Combined effects of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and El Nino-Southern Oscillation on Global Land Dry–Wet Changes. Sci. Rep. 20144, 6651; DOI:10.1038/srep06651

  • Zhu Y, Z Wei , G Fang, Y Wang, Y Guan. Interbasin exchanges and their roles in global ocean circulation: A study based on 1 400 years’ spin up of MOM4p1. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 2014, 33(1): 11–23.  doi:10.1007/s13131-014-0429-2

  •  Zhu Y,  Z Wei, Y Wang, Y Guan,  X Wang. The annual mean sketches and climatological variability of the volume and heat transports through the inter-basin passages: A study based on 1 400-year spin up of MOM4p1. Acta Oceanol. Sin., 2014, 33( 9): 12–24. doi:10.1007/s13131-014-0513-7

  •  Lin X, Y Guan*, Y Liu. Three-dimensional structure and evolution process of Dongsha Cold Eddy during autumn 2000. Journal of Tropical Oceanograpgy, 2013, 32(2): 55-65. doi: 10.11978/j.issn.1009-5470.2013.02.006 (in Chinese with English abstract)

  • Xing Y, L Yang, Y Guan*. Molecular dynamics simulation of gas behaviors in seawater diffusive layer beneath the air-sea interface. Journal of Tropical Oceanograpgy, 2013, 32(2): 82-87. doi: 10.11978/ j.issn.1009-5470.2013.02.009 (in Chinese with English abstract)

  • Liu, Y, C Dong, Y Guan*, D Chen, J C McWilliams, F. Nencioli. Eddy analysis in the subtropical zonal band of the North Pacific Ocean. Deep-Sea Research I, 2012, 68:54-67. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2012.06.001

  • Huang Q, Y Guan*. Does the Asian Monsoon modulate tropical cyclone activity over the South China Sea? Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, 2012, 30(6), 960-965. doi:10.1007/s00343-012-1273-x

  • Wang S, Y Guan*, T. Guan, J. Huang. Oscillation in frequency of tropical cyclones passing Taiwan and Hainan Islands and the relationship with summer monsoon. Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, 2012, 30(6), 966-973. Doi:10.1007/s00343-012-1274-9

  • Shan H, Y Guan*, J. Huang. Effects of spectral nudging on the 2010 East Asia summer monsoon using WRF model. Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, 2012, 30(6), 1105-1115.doi:10.1007/s00343-012-1272-y

  • Zhang H, Y Guan*. Latitudinal distribution of landing tropical cyclones over mainland China. Acta Physica Sinica, 2012, 61(16), 169203. doi:10.7498/aps.61.169203 (in Chinese with English abstract)

  •  Wang S, Y Guan*, Z Li, Y Chao, J Huang. Preliminary analyses on characteristics of sea surface temperatures in Kuroshio and its extension and relations to atmospheric circulations. Acta Phys. Sin., 2012, 61(16), 169201. doi:10.7498/aps.61.169201 (in Chinese with English abstract)

  • Zhang H, Y Guan*. Relationship between the South China Sea summer monsoon and the first-landfall tropical cyclone over mainland of China. Acta Physica Sinica, 2012, 61(12), 149201.  doi: 10.7498/aps.61.129201 (in Chinese with English abstract)

  • Dong C, X Lin, Y Liu, F Nencioli, Y Chao, Y Guan, D Chen, T Dickey, and J C McWilliams. Three-dimensional oceanic eddy analysis in the Southern California Bight from a numerical product. J. Geophys. Res.., 2012, 117, C00H14, doi:10.1029/2011JC007354.

  • Shan H, Y Guan*, D Wang J Huang. Responses of equatorial ocean to rare typhoon Vamei. Journal of Tropical Oceanograpgy, 2012, 31(1): 28-34. doi:10.3969/j.issn.1009-5470.2012.01.004(in Chinese with English abstract)

  • Xing Y, L Yang, Y Guan*. Molecular dynamics simulation of the interaction between CO2 and the water surface. Journal of Lanzhou University(Natural Sciences), 2012, 48(1): 108-112. Doi :10.13885/j .issn.0455-2059.2012.01.011 (in Chinese with English abstract)

  • Shen Y, Y Guan*, Liang C, Chen D. A three-box model of thermohaline circulation under the energy constraint. Chinese Physics letters, 2011, 28(5), 059201.

  • Dong C, Y Liu, R Lumpkin, M Lankhorst, D Chen, J C McWilliams, Y Guan. A Scheme to Identify Loops from Trajectories of Oceanic Surface Drifters: An Application in the Kuroshio Extension Region. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 2011, 281167–1176.  Doi : 10.1175/JTECH-D-10-05028.1

  • Guan Y, Q Xie, W Yan, Y Du, X Wang. Third Revolution from Oceanography and Our Countermeasures. Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2009, 24(3): 297-302. DOI:10.16418/j.issn.1000-3045.2009.03.001 (in Chinese with English abstract)

  • GuanY P and R X Huang. Stommel’s box model of thermohaline circulation revisited: The role of mechanical energy supporting mixing and wind-driven Gyration. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 2008, 8(4)909-917. Doi : 10.1175/2007JPO3535.1

  • Lin YH, You XB, Guan YP. Interannual variability of mixed layer depth and heat storage of upper layer in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 2004, 23 (1): 31-39.

  • Xu SK, Guan YP. Numerical simulation and experimental validation of magnetic medium performance in air-dense medium fluidized bed (ADMFB). Coal Preparation, 2003, 23 (1-2): 57-65.

  • Fan MM, Chen QR, Zhao YM, Luo ZF, Guan YP. Fundamentals of a magnetically stabilized fluidized bed for coal separation. Coal Preparation, 2003, 23 (1-2): 47-55.

  • Gao, H.-W., Feng S.-Z, Y.-P. Guan. Modelling annual cycles of primary production in different regions of the Bohai Sea. Fisheries Oceanography,1998, 7:258-264.

  • Guan Y, H Gao, S Feng, Y Lin. Basic views of ocean ecosystem dynamics. Advance in Earth Sciences, 1997, 12(5): 447-450. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  • Wang YH, Guan YP. Chaotic phenomena in a 2-photon laser with injected signal. Communications in Theoretical physics, 1992, 17 (4): 393-400.



Yu Liu,  

Yang Shen,

Jiaofeng Huang, 

Yuanming Xing, 

Xiayan Lin, 

Han Zhang,  

Qian Huang, 

Haixia Shan,

Shanshan Wang,

Chaoran Cui, 

Zhiquan Sun,

Han Li.



Qian Yang,  

Shuheng Lin,  

Yu Zhang,

Zhao Meng,

Shuang Qiu. 

Honors & Distinctions

The First Prize, Jiangsu Innovation Award in Marine and Fishery of Scinece and Technology,2017

The Second Prize, Chinese  Marine Science and Technology Award, 2017 

The First  Prize,  Guangdong Innovation Papers Award, 2011