Professor Dr Fangli Qiao has served and is serving on several national and international advisory committees. Currently he is the vice-chair of IOC/WESTPAC, the Governing Council member of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), the founding director of the UNESCO/IOC Regional Training and Research Center (RTRC) on ocean dynamics and climate, which is the first RTRC in UNESCO/IOC. He works at the First Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources of China. He is the editorial board members of peer review journals including Ocean Modelling and Journal of Marine Systems.
He developed the non-breaking surface wave-induced vertical mixing theory which much alleviated the traditional ocean model biases lasting for half century, and then developed the national and international wave-tide-circulation coupled operational ocean forecasting system. He recently developed the first Typhoon forecasting model with sea spray from breaking surface waves which much improved the forecasting ability of Typhoon intensity, solving a classical problem for several decades.