Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Bin Tan

(Research Scientist)


Org Code: 619

Mail Code: 619
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Brief Bio

Dr. Bin Tan received his B.S. and M.S. from Peking University and his Ph.D. from Boston University majored in Remote Sensing. His Ph.D. research focused on impact of uncertainties on assessment and validation of MODIS LAI products. Dr Tan also maintained and developed MODIS landcover and phenology algorithm during his Post Doc at Boston University.
Dr. Tan started to support Code619 from 2007 and now he is a senior support scientist at Sigma Space Corp. Inc. He works on multiple projects including monitoring global urbanization, image navigation and registration evaluation for GOES-R, at launch sensor test evaluation for VIIRS, and upgrade geolocaiton operational algorithm for VIIRS.


Senior Support Scientist

Sigma Space Corp. Inc. - NASA/GSFC

2013 - Present

Senior Research Scientist

Earth Resources Technology, Inc - NASA/GSFC

2007 - 2013

Visiting Scholar

Boston University - Boston University

2007 - Present

Research Associate

Boston University - Boston University

2005 - 2007


Ph.D. in Geography, major in Remote Sensing, May 2005
Department of Geography, Boston University

M.S. in Geography, major in Remote Sensing and GIS, July 2001
Institute of Remote Sensing and GIS, Peking University, Beijing, China

B.S. in Geography, July 1998
Department of Urban Study and Environment Science, Peking University, Beijing, China



Zhang, P., G. Lin, J. Dellomo, B. Tan, and R. Wolfe. 2023. JPSS-2/NOAA-21 VIIRS early on-orbit geometric performance Earth Observing Systems XXVIII [10.1117/12.2677378]

Tan, B., A. Reth, J. C. Criscione, and J. Dellomo. 2023. Improving IPATS channel-to-channel registration assessment Earth Observing Systems XXVIII [10.1117/12.2676847]

Carr, J. L., J. Daniels, D. L. Wu, W. Bresky, and B. Tan. 2022. A Demonstration of Three-Satellite Stereo Winds Remote Sensing 14 (21): 5290 [10.3390/rs14215290]

Lin, G., R. E. Wolfe, P. Zhang, J. J. Dellomo, and B. Tan. 2022. Ten Years of VIIRS On-Orbit Geolocation Calibration and Performance Remote Sensing 14 (17): 4212 [10.3390/rs14174212]

Yin, H., B. Tan, D. Frantz, and V. C. Radeloff. 2022. Integrated topographic corrections improve forest mapping using Landsat imagery International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 108 102716 [10.1016/j.jag.2022.102716]

Buchner, J., H. Yin, D. Frantz, et al. T. Kuemmerle, E. Askerov, T. Bakuradze, B. Bleyhl, N. Elizbarashvili, A. Komarova, K. E. Lewińska, A. Rizayeva, H. Sayadyan, B. Tan, G. Tepanosyan, N. Zazanashvili, and V. C. Radeloff. 2020. Land-cover change in the Caucasus Mountains since 1987 based on the topographic correction of multi-temporal Landsat composites Remote Sensing of Environment 248 111967 [10.1016/j.rse.2020.111967]

Tan, B., R. E. Wolfe, A. D. Reth, and J. Dellomo. 2020. Seasonal Variation in the Measurement of GOES-16 ABI Channel-to-Channel Registration IGARSS 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 6405-6408 [10.1109/igarss39084.2020.9324127]

Lin, G., R. E. Wolfe, J. Dellomo, B. Tan, and P. Zhang. 2020. SNPP and NOAA-20 VIIRS on-orbit geolocation trending and improvements Earth Observing Systems XXV 11501 1150112 [10.1117/12.2569148]

Tan, B., J. J. Dellomo, C. N. Folley, et al. T. J. Grycewicz, S. Houchin, P. J. Isaacson, P. D. Johnson, B. C. Porter, A. D. Reth, P. Thiyanaratnam, and R. E. Wolfe. 2020. GOES-R series image navigation and registration performance assessment tool set Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 14 (03): 1 [10.1117/1.jrs.14.032405]

Lin, G., R. E. Wolfe, P. Zhang, et al. J. C. Tilton, J. J. Dellomo, and B. Tan. 2019. Thirty-six combined years of MODIS geolocation trending Earth Observing Systems XXIV 11127 1112715 [10.1117/12.2529447]

Tan, B., J. J. Dellomo, R. E. Wolfe, and A. D. Reth. 2019. GOES-16 and GOES-17 ABI INR assessment Earth Observing Systems XXIV 11127 111271D [10.1117/12.2529336]

Carr, J. L., D. L. Wu, R. E. Wolfe, et al. H. Madani, G. (. Lin, and B. Tan. 2019. Joint 3D-Wind Retrievals with Stereoscopic Views from MODIS and GOES Remote Sensing 11 (18): 2100 [10.3390/rs11182100]

Lin, G., R. E. Wolfe, J. C. Tilton, et al. P. Zhang, J. Dellomo, and B. Tan. 2018. JPSS-1/NOAA-20 VIIRS early on-orbit geometric performance Earth Observing Systems XXIII (107641H ): 10 [10.1117/12.2320767]

Tan, B., J. Dellomo, R. E. Wolfe, and A. D. Reth. 2018. GOES-16 ABI navigation assessment Earth Observing Systems XXIII (107640G): 12 [10.1117/12.2321170]

Tilton, J. C., G. Lin, and B. Tan. 2017. Measurement of the Band-to-Band Registration of the SNPP VIIRS Imaging System From On-Orbit Data IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 10 (3): 1056-1067 [10.1109/jstars.2016.2601561]

Schneider, A., C. M. Mertes, A. J. Tatem, et al. B. Tan, D. Sulla-Menashe, S. J. Graves, N. N. Patel, J. A. Horton, A. E. Gaughan, J. T. Rollo, I. H. Schelly, F. R. Stevens, and A. Dastur. 2015. A new urban landscape in East–Southeast Asia, 2000–2010 Environmental Research Letters 10 (3): 034002 [10.1088/1748-9326/10/3/034002]

Mertes, C., A. Schneider, D. Sulla-Menashe, A. Tatem, and B. Tan. 2015. Detecting change in urban areas at continental scales with MODIS data Remote Sensing of Environment 158 331-347 [10.1016/j.rse.2014.09.023]

Zhang, X., B. Tan, and Y. Yu. 2014. Interannual variations and trends in global land surface phenology derived from enhanced vegetation index during 1982–2010 International Journal of Biometeorology 58 (4): 547-564 [10.1007/s00484-014-0802-z]

Zhang, Q., Y.-B. Cheng, A. I. Lyapustin, et al. Y. Wang, X. Xiao, A. Suyker, S. Verma, B. Tan, and E. M. Middleton. 2014. Estimation of crop gross primary production (GPP): I. impact of MODIS observation footprint and impact of vegetation BRDF characteristics Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 191 51-63 [10.1016/j.agrformet.2014.02.002]

Xin, Q., P. Olofsson, Z. Zhu, B. Tan, and C. Woodcock. 2013. Toward near real-time monitoring of forest disturbance by fusion of MODIS and Landsat data Remote Sensing of Environment 135 234-247

Jarnevich, C. S., W. Esaias, P. Ma, et al. J. Morisette, J. Nickeson, T. J. Stohlgren, T. R. Holcombe, J. Nightingale, R. Wolfe, and B. Tan. 2013. Regional distribution models with lack of proximate predictors: Africanized honeybees expanding north Diversity and Distributions 20 (2): 193-201 [10.1111/ddi.12143]

Tan, B., R. E. Wolfe, F. Gao, et al. E. Vermote, J. O. Sexton, and G. A. Ederer. 2013. Improved forest change detection with terrain illumination corrected Landsat images Remote Sensing of Environment 136 469–483 [10.1016/j.rse.2013.05.013]

Xin, Q., C. Woodcock, J. Liu, et al. B. Tan, R. Melloh, and R. Davis. 2012. View angle effects on MODIS snow mapping in forests Remote Sensing of Environment 118 50-59

Tilton, J. C., E. C. Brown de colstoun, R. E. Wolfe, B. Tan, and C. Q. Huang. 2012. Generating ground reference data for a global impervious surface survey Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2012 IEEE International (5993-5996): 5993-5996 [10.1109/IGARSS.2012.6352242]

Townshend, J., J. G. Masek, C. Q. Huang, et al. E. F. Vermote, F. Gao, S. Channan, J. O. Sexton, M. Feng, R. Narasimhan, D. Kim, K. Song, D. X. Song, X. P. Song, P. Noojipady, B. Tan, M. C. Hansen, M. X. Li, and R. E. Wolfe. 2012. Global characterization and monitoring of forest cover using Landsat data: opportunities and challenges International Journal of Digital Earth 5 (5): 373-397 [10.1080/17538947.2012.713190]

Jiao, Z., C. Woodcock, C. Schaaf, et al. B. Tan, J. Liu, F. Gao, A. Strahler, X. Li, and J. Wang. 2011. Improving MODIS land cover classification by combining MODIS spectral and angular signatures in a Canadian boreal forest Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 37 1-20

Tan, B., J. Morisette, R. E. Wolfe, et al. F. Gao, G. Ederer, J. Nightingale, and J. Pedelty. 2011. An Enhanced TIMESAT Algorithm for Estimating Vegetation Phenology Metrics From MODIS Data IEEE J. Sel. Top. Appl. Earth Observations Remote Sensing 4 (2): 361-371 [10.1109/JSTARS.2010.2075916]

Sangram, G., F. Mark, B. Tan, Z. Xiaoyang, and V. Manish. 2010. Land surface phenology from MODIS: Characterization of the Collection 5 global land cover dynamics product Remote Sensing of Environment 114 1805-1816

Gao, F., F. Jeffrey, R. E. Wolfe, and B. Tan. 2010. Normalizing Landsat and Aster Data Using MODIS Data Products for Forest Change Detection Proceedings of IGARSS 3206-3209

Mark, A., S. Damien, B. Tan, et al. S. Annemarie, R. Navin, S. Adam, and H. Xiaoman. 2010. MODIS Collection 5 global land cover: Algorithm refinements and characterization of new datasets Remote Sensing of Environment 114 168-182

Zhang, P., A. Bruce, B. Mathew, B. Tan, and M. Ranga. 2010. Monitoring crop yield in USA using a satellite-based climate-variability Impact Index 2010 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 1815-1818 [10.1109/IGARSS.2010.5650394]

Nightingale, J. M., J. T. Morisette, R. E. Wolfe, et al. B. Tan, F. Gao, G. Ederer, G. J. Collatz, and D. P. Turner. 2009. Temporally smoothed and gap-filled MODIS land products for carbon modeling: application of the fPAR product International Journal of Remote Sensing 30 (4): 1083-1090 [10.1080/01431160802398064]

Myneni, R., W. Yang, R. Nemani, et al. A. Huete, R. Dickinson, Y. Knyazikhin, K. Didan, R. Fu, R. I. Juárez, S. Saatchi, H. Hashimoto, K. Ichii, N. Shabanov, B. Tan, P. Ratana, J. Privette, J. Morisette, E. F. Vermote, D. P. Roy, R. E. Wolfe, M. Friedl, S. Running, P. Votava, N. El-Saleous, S. Devadiga, Y. Su, and V. V. Salomonson. 2007. Large seasonal swings in leaf area of Amazon rainforests PNAS 104 (12): 4820-4823 [10.1073/pnas.0611338104]

Huang, D., W. Yang, B. Tan, et al. M. Rautiainen, P. Zhang, J. Hu, N. Shabanov, S. Linder, Y. Knyazikhin, and R. Myneni. 2006. The Importance of Measurement Error for Deriving Accurate Reference Leaf Area Index Maps for Validation of the MODIS LAI Product IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens. 44 (7): 1866-1871

Tan, B., C. Woodcock, J. Hu, et al. P. Zhang, M. Ozdogan, D. Huang, W. Yang, Y. Knyazikhin, and R. Myneni. 2006. The Impact of Geolocation Offsets on the Local Spatial Properties of MODIS Data: Implications for Validation, Compositing, and band-to-band Registration Remote Sensing of Environment 105 98-114

Tan, B., J. Hu, P. Zhang, et al. D. Huang, N. Shabanov, M. Weiss, Y. Knyazikhin, and R. Myneni. 2005. Validation of Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer Leaf Area Index Product in Croplands of Alpilles, France Journal of Geophysical Research 110 [doi:10.1029/2004JD004860]

Tan, B., J. Hu, D. Huang, et al. W. Yang, P. Zhang, N. Shabanov, Y. Knyazikhin, and R. Nemani. 2005. Assessment of the Broadleaf Crops Leaf Area Index Product from the Terra MODIS Instrument Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 135 124-134

Zhang, P., B. Anderson, B. Tan, D. Huang, and R. Myneni. 2005. Potential Monitoring of Crop Yield Using a Satellite-Based Climate-Variability Impact Index Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 132 344-358

Zhang, P., B. Anderson, M. Barlow, B. Tan, and R. Myneni. 2004. Climate Related Vegetation Characteristics Derived from MODIS LAI and NDVI Journal of Geophysical Research 109 [doi:10.1029/2004JD004720]


Tan, B., J. T. Morisette, R. E. Wolfe, et al. G. Gao, J. M. Nightingale, J. A. Pedelty, and G. A. Ederer. 2008. Vegetation Phenology Metrics Derived from Temporally Smoothed and Gap-Filled MODIS Data IGARSS 2008 - 2008 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 3 III-593 - III-596 [10.1109/IGARSS.2008.4779417]