Fangli Qiao is Chair Professor of Physical Oceanography at First Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources of China. He is a member of the Executive Planning Group for the UN Decade of Ocean Science, and the vice chair of IOC/WESTPAC. He discovered the non-breaking surface wave-induced vertical mixing, which is crucial for reducing systematic simulation biases in the upper ocean for various ocean and climate models. He led the development of a highly efficient parallel surface wave model which ran on more than 10 million CPU cores, and was a Gordon Bell Prize Finalist in 2016. He has more than 270 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has served as editor of Ocean Modelling and the Journal of Marine Systems.