Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Ping Zhang


Ping Zhang's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.6698
Org Code: 619
Mail Code 619
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

Dr. Ping Zhang received her B.S. and M.S. degree in Urban and Environment Science from Peking University (China) and her Ph.D. in Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University. Dr. Zhang’s Ph.D. research centers on large-scale vegetation dynamics and their interactions with the climate system and its variations.
Dr. Zhang started to work as a contract research scientist at Biosphere Science Laboratory at NASA GSFC from 2007. She uses remotely-sensed land surface temperature and impervious surface area to assess the urban heat island (UHI) amplitude and its relationship to intensity and surrounding ecological setting over the cities at regional to global scales.

Selected Publications


2015. "Evapotranspiration trends over the Eastern United States during the 20th Century." Hydrology 2 (2): 93-111 [10.3390/hydrology2020093] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Mapping Biophysical Parameters for Land Surface Modeling over the Continental US Using MODIS and Landsat." Dataset Papers in Science 2015 (Article ID 564279): 11 pp. [10.1155/2015/564279] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Comparison of MODIS Land Surface Temperature and Air temperature over the Continental USA Meteorological Stations." Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 40 (2): 110-122 [10.1080/07038992.2014.935934] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Combining Satellite Data and Models to Assess Vulnerability to Climate Change and its Impact on Food Security in Morocco." Sustainability 6 (4): 1729-1746 [10.3390/su6041729] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Linking Climate to Incidence of Zoonotic Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (L. major) in Pre-Saharan North Africa." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 10 (8): 3172-3191 [10.3390/ijerph10083172] [Journal Article/Letter]

2012. "Exploring the influence of impervious surface density and shape on urban heat islands in the northeast United States using MODIS and Landsat." Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 38 (4): 441-451 [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "Characterizing urban heat islands of global settlements using MODIS and nighttime lights products." Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 36 (3): 185-196 [10.5589/m10-039] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "Remote sensing of the urban heat island effect across biomes in the continental USA." Remote Sensing of Environment 114 (3): 504-513 [10.1016/j.rse.2009.10.008] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

2006. "Monitoring 2005 Corn Belt Yields from Space." EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union 87 (15): 150-151 [Journal Article/Letter]

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 [Journal Article/Letter]

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 [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

2005. "Assessment of the Broadleaf Crops Leaf Area Index Product from the Terra MODIS Instrument." Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 135 124-134 [Journal Article/Letter]

2005. "Potential Monitoring of Crop Yield Using a Satellite-Based Climate-Variability Impact Index." Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 132 344-358 [Journal Article/Letter]

2004. "Climate Related Vegetation Characteristics Derived from MODIS LAI and NDVI." Journal of Geophysical Research 109 [doi:10.1029/2004JD004720] [Journal Article/Letter]