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Xiaobing Zhou, Associate Professor of Geophysicis

My primary research interests are in remote sensing theory, instrumentation, algorithm development, and applications in geosciences, geophysical exploration, geoinformatics, and earth system science. These include 1) ground truth instrumentation, data collection, analysis and interpretation; 2) radiative transfer modeling of optical sensors and radar data; 3) algorithm development for science data product derivation from optical sensor and microwave data; 4) air-borne and space-borne remotely sensed image processing and interpretation; 5) applications of remote sensing in geophysics, geology, hydrology, cryspheric science. Past activities mainly focused on field instrumentation, measurement and analysis of snow, vegetation, mineral, and soil physical parameters and radiative quantities, satellite data validation using ground truth and GIS database, GIS database establishment from remotely sensed data, and radiative transfer modeling of satellite signals. Recent interests also include the radiative response (optical reflection and thermal infrared emission) of vegetation to water availability in semiarid regions; relationship among snow cover, stream flow, and climate change within mountainous river basins using both ground-based and remote sensing data; algorithm development for the derivation of liquid water content in snow and soil from radar data, and remote sensing of precipitation.

Research activities and topics include

  • Derivation of Liquid Water Content for Mixed Terrain of Snow and Soil from Radar Backscattering Coefficient

  • Hyperspectral Unmixing Analysis in Mineral Exploration and Brightness Data Analysis in Geothermal Exploration

  • Drought Condition Monitoring within Vegetation using Multispectral and Hyperspectral Optical Sensor and Thermal Infrared Radiometer

  • Snow Cover, Rainfall, Stream flow, and Climate Change: Relationship Observed from Space

  • Validation of MODIS Snow Product: from Reflectance to Snow Cover and Snow Liquid Water Content

  • Remotely Sensed Data Validation: Integration of Remote Sensing with GIS

  • Snow Albedo from Field Measurement to Radiative Transfer Modeling

  • Electromagnetic Scattering in Dispersive Medium: Theory for Remote Sensing

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