Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Zhuosen Wang

(ASSOCIATE RESEARCH SCIENTIST)

 zhuosen.wang@nasa.gov

 301.614.5140

Org Code: 619

NASA/GSFC
Mail Code: 619
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Employer: UNIV OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK

Brief Bio


Zhuosen Wang received his B.S. degree in Geography from Beijing Normal University, China and Ph.D. degree in Geography from Boston University in 2003 and 2011 respectively. He was a NASA Post Doctoral Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt and is an Associate Research Scientist at University of Maryland College Park.

He is the PI of NASA Black Mable nighttime light product suite and the chief architect of the Collection V006 MODIS BRDF/Albedo/NBAR algorithm. Wang co-leads the CEOS Land Product Validation (LPV) Subgroup Surface Radiation/Albedo Product Validation focus area. Wang’s areas of interest include 1) Monitoring energy services in human settlements using Suomi-NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band; 2) Modeling and evaluation of land surface anisotropic characteristics and albedo; 3) Canopy structure estimation using optical remote sensing and Lidar.

Education


 Ph.D. in Geography, 2011
Department of Geography and Environment, Boston University

B.S. in Geography, 2003
Department of Geography, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Current Projects


NASA’s Black Marble Standard Product Suite: Algorithm Refinement Efforts

Remote Sensing

Agency/Program Element: The Science of Terra, Aqua, and Suomi NPP
Program Point of Contact: Hank Margolis, Hank.A.Margolis@nasa.gov
Performance Period: 2018 – 2021


A Framework for the Validation of Global Nighttime Environmental Products

Remote Sensing

Agency/Program Element: NASA Applied Sciences Program - GEO Human Planet Initiative
Program Point of Contact: Nancy Searby, Nancy.D.Searby@nasa.gov
Performance Period: 2018 – 2021


Multi AngLe Imaging Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function sUAS (MALIBU)

Remote Sensing

Agency/Program Element: NASA Earth Sciences Division
Program Point of Contact: Hank Margolis, Hank.A.Margolis@nasa.gov
Performance Period: 2017 – 2021


Maintenance and Continuation of NASA's Black Marble Nighttime Lights Product Suite from Suomi-NPP and NOAA-20 VIIRS

Agency/Program Element: NASA Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (NPP) and the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Satellites Standard Products for Earth System Data Records

Program Point of Contact: Michael Falkowski, Michael.Falkowski@NASA.gov

Performance Period: 2021 – 2024

Positions/Employment


Associate Research Scientist

University of Maryland College Park - College Park, Maryland

April 2022 - Present


Assistant Research Scientist

University of Maryland College Park - College Park, Maryland

December 2015 - March 2022

Professional Societies


IEEE Geoscience & Remote Sensing Society

Chapter Chair, Washington DC and North Virginia

2013 - Present


CEOS Land Product Validation Subgroup

Co-leads the Surface Radiation/Albedo Product Validation focus area

2016 - Present

Selected Public Outreach


Reviewers of the Following Journals

2010 - Present

 Remote Sensing of Environment
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Ecosystems
Sensors
Journal of Land Use Science
Geocarto International
Journal of Applied Remote Sensing
Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology
Atmospheric Measurement Techniques
Journal of Mountain Science
International Journal of Digital Earth
Remote Sensing
Journal of Geophysical Research
Solar Energy
Geoinformatics & Geostatistics: An Overview
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
International Journal of Remote Sensing

Journal Editorial Board

2013 - Present

 Advances in Remote Sensing

Publications


Refereed

Li, T., Z. Zhu, Z. Wang, et al. M. O. Román, V. L. Kalb, and Y. Zhao. 2022. Continuous monitoring of nighttime light changes based on daily NASA's Black Marble product suite Remote Sensing of Environment 282 113269 [10.1016/j.rse.2022.113269]

Chopping, M., Z. Wang, C. Schaaf, M. A. Bull, and R. R. Duchesne. 2022. Forest aboveground biomass in the southwestern United States from a MISR multi-angle index, 2000–2015 Remote Sensing of Environment 275 112964 [10.1016/j.rse.2022.112964]

Wang, Z., R. M. Shrestha, M. O. Roman, and V. L. Kalb. 2022. NASA’s Black Marble Multiangle Nighttime Lights Temporal Composites IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 19 1-5 [10.1109/lgrs.2022.3176616]

Stokes, E. C., M. O. Román, Z. Wang, et al. C. C. Kyba, S. D. Miller, T. Storch, and K. R. Gurney. 2021. Retired satellites: A chance to shed light Science 373 (6562): 1451-1452 [10.1126/science.abl9965]

Wang, Z., M. O. Román, V. L. Kalb, et al. S. D. Miller, J. Zhang, and R. M. Shrestha. 2021. Quantifying uncertainties in nighttime light retrievals from Suomi-NPP and NOAA-20 VIIRS Day/Night Band data Remote Sensing of Environment 263 112557 [10.1016/j.rse.2021.112557]

Enenkel, M., R. M. Shrestha, E. Stokes, et al. M. Roman, Z. Wang, M. T. Espinosa, I. Hajzmanova, J. Ginnetti, and P. Vinck. 2019. Emergencies do not stop at night: Advanced analysis of displacement based on satellite-derived nighttime light observations IBM Journal of Research and Development 1-1 [10.1147/jrd.2019.2954404]

Román, M. O., E. C. Stokes, R. Shrestha, et al. Z. Wang, L. Schultz, E. A. Carlo, Q. Sun, J. Bell, A. Molthan, V. Kalb, C. Ji, K. C. Seto, S. N. McClain, and M. Enenkel. 2019. Satellite-based assessment of electricity restoration efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria PLOS ONE 14 (6): e0218883 [10.1371/journal.pone.0218883]

Jiao, Z., X. Zhang, F.-M. Bréon, et al. Y. Dong, C. B. Schaaf, M. Román, Z. Wang, L. Cui, S. Yin, A. Ding, and J. Wang. 2018. The influence of spatial resolution on the angular variation patterns of optical reflectance as retrieved from MODIS and POLDER measurements Remote Sensing of Environment 215 371-385 [10.1016/j.rse.2018.06.025]

Román, M. O., Z. Wang, Q. Sun, et al. V. Kalb, S. D. Miller, A. Molthan, L. Schultz, J. Bell, E. C. Stokes, B. Pandey, K. C. Seto, D. Hall, T. Oda, R. E. Wolfe, G. Lin, N. Golpayegani, S. Devadiga, C. Davidson, S. Sarkar, C. Praderas, J. Schmaltz, R. Boller, J. Stevens, O. M. Ramos González, E. Padilla, J. Alonso, Y. Detrés, R. Armstrong, I. Miranda, Y. Conte, N. Marrero, K. MacManus, T. Esch, and E. J. Masuoka. 2018. NASA's Black Marble nighttime lights product suite Remote Sensing of Environment 210 113-143 [10.1016/j.rse.2018.03.017]

Wang, Z., M. O. Román, Q. Sun, et al. A. L. Molthan, L. A. Schultz, and V. L. Kalb. 2018. MONITORING DISASTER-RELATED POWER OUTAGES USING NASA BLACK MARBLE NIGHTTIME LIGHT PRODUCT ISPRS - International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences XLII-3 1853-1856 [10.5194/isprs-archives-xlii-3-1853-2018]

Jiao, Z., Y. Dong, C. B. Schaaf, et al. J. M. Chen, M. Román, Z. Wang, H. Zhang, A. Ding, A. Erb, M. J. Hill, X. Zhang, and A. Strahler. 2018. An algorithm for the retrieval of the clumping index (CI) from the MODIS BRDF product using an adjusted version of the kernel-driven BRDF model Remote Sensing of Environment 209 594-611 [10.1016/j.rse.2018.02.041]

Wang, Z., C. B. Schaaf, Q. Sun, Y. Shuai, and M. O. Román. 2018. Capturing rapid land surface dynamics with Collection V006 MODIS BRDF/NBAR/Albedo (MCD43) products Remote Sensing of Environment 207 50-64 [10.1016/j.rse.2018.02.001]

Klosterman, S., E. Melaas, J. A. Wang, et al. A. Martinez, S. Frederick, J. O’Keefe, D. A. Orwig, Z. Wang, Q. Sun, C. Schaaf, M. Friedl, and A. D. Richardson. 2018. Fine-scale perspectives on landscape phenology from unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) photography Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 248 397-407 [10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.10.015]

Liu, Y., Z. Wang, Q. Sun, et al. A. M. Erb, Z. Li, C. B. Schaaf, X. Zhang, M. O. Román, R. L. Scott, Q. Zhang, K. A. Novick, M. Syndonia Bret-Harte, S. Petroy, and M. SanClements. 2017. Evaluation of the VIIRS BRDF, Albedo and NBAR products suite and an assessment of continuity with the long term MODIS record Remote Sensing of Environment 201 256-274 [10.1016/j.rse.2017.09.020]

Moustafa, S. E., A. K. Rennermalm, M. O. Román, et al. Z. Wang, C. B. Schaaf, L. C. Smith, L. S. Koenig, and A. Erb. 2017. Evaluation of satellite remote sensing albedo retrievals over the ablation area of the southwestern Greenland ice sheet Remote Sensing of Environment 198 115-125 [10.1016/j.rse.2017.05.030]

Wang, Z., C. B. Schaaf, Q. Sun, et al. J. Kim, A. M. Erb, F. Gao, M. O. Román, Y. Yang, S. Petroy, J. R. Taylor, J. G. Masek, J. T. Morisette, X. Zhang, and S. A. Papuga. 2017. Monitoring land surface albedo and vegetation dynamics using high spatial and temporal resolution synthetic time series from Landsat and the MODIS BRDF/NBAR/albedo product International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 59 104-117 [10.1016/j.jag.2017.03.008]

Sun, Q., Z. Wang, Z. Li, A. Erb, and C. B. Schaaf. 2017. Evaluation of the global MODIS 30 arc-second spatially and temporally complete snow-free land surface albedo and reflectance anisotropy dataset International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 58 36-49 [10.1016/j.jag.2017.01.011]

Liu, Y., M. J. Hill, X. Zhang, et al. Z. Wang, A. D. Richardson, K. Hufkens, G. Filippa, D. D. Baldocchi, S. Ma, J. Verfaillie, and C. B. Schaaf. 2017. Using data from Landsat, MODIS, VIIRS and PhenoCams to monitor the phenology of California oak/grass savanna and open grassland across spatial scales Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 237-238 311-325 [10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.02.026]

Jiao, Z., C. B. Schaaf, Y. Dong, et al. M. Román, M. J. Hill, J. M. Chen, Z. Wang, H. Zhang, E. Saenz, R. Poudyal, C. Gatebe, F.-M. Bréon, X. Li, and A. Strahler. 2016. A method for improving hotspot directional signatures in BRDF models used for MODIS Remote Sensing of Environment 186 135-151 [10.1016/j.rse.2016.08.007]

Wang, Z., A. M. Erb, C. B. Schaaf, et al. Q. Sun, Y. Liu, Y. Yang, Y. Shuai, K. A. Casey, and M. O. Román. 2016. Early spring post-fire snow albedo dynamics in high latitude boreal forests using Landsat-8 OLI data Remote Sensing of Environment [10.1016/j.rse.2016.02.059]

Campagnolo, M. L., Q. Sun, Y. Liu, et al. C. Schaaf, Z. Wang, and M. O. Román. 2016. Estimating the effective spatial resolution of the operational BRDF, albedo, and nadir reflectance products from MODIS and VIIRS Remote Sensing of Environment 175 52-64 [10.1016/j.rse.2015.12.033]

Ghimire, B., C. Williams, J. G. Masek, et al. F. Gao, Z. Wang, C. Schaaf, and T. He. 2014. Global albedo change and radiative cooling from anthropogenic land cover change, 1700 to 2005 based on MODIS, land use harmonization, radiative kernels, and reanalysis Geophysical Research Letters 41 (24): 9087-9096 [10.1002/2014GL061671]

Wang, Z., C. B. Schaaf, A. H. Strahler, et al. M. J. Chopping, M. O. Roman, Y. Shuai, C. E. Woodcock, D. Y. Hollinger, and D. R. Fitzjarrald. 2014. Evaluation of MODIS albedo product (MCD43A) over grassland, agriculture and forest surface types during dormant and snow-covered periods Remote Sensing of Environment 140 60-77 [10.1016/j.rse.2013.08.025]

Shuai, Y. M., C. Schaaf, X. Y. Zhang, et al. A. Strahler, D. Roy, J. Morisette, Z. S. Wang, J. Nightingale, J. Nickeson, A. D. Richardson, D. H. Xie, J. D. Wang, X. W. Li, K. Strabala, and J. E. Davies. 2013. Daily MODIS 500 m reflectance anisotropy direct broadcast (DB) products for monitoring vegetation phenology dynamics International Journal of Remote Sensing 34 (16): 5997-6016 [10.1080/01431161.2013.803169]

Justice, C., M. O. Roman, I. Csiszar, et al. E. Vermote, R. E. Wolfe, S. J. Hook, M. Friedl, Z. Wang, C. B. Schaaf, T. Miura, M. Tschudi, G. Riggs, D. K. Hall, A. I. Lyapustin, S. Devadiga, C. C. Davidson, and E. J. Masuoka. 2013. Land and cryosphere products from Suomi NPP VIIRS: Overview and status J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 118 (17): 9753-9765 [10.1002/jgrd.50771]

Roman, M. O., C. K. Gatebe, Y. Shuai, et al. Z. Wang, F. Gao, J. Masek, T. He, S. Liang, and C. L. Schaaf. 2013. Use of In Situ and Airborne Multiangle Data to Assess MODIS- and Landsat-Based Estimates of Directional Reflectance and Albedo IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 51 (3): 1393-1404 [10.1109/TGRS.2013.2243457]

Yang, Y., A. Marshak, S. P. Palm, Z. Wang, and C. Schaaf. 2013. Assessment of Cloud Screening With Apparent Surface Reflectance in Support of the ICESat-2 Mission IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 51 (2): 1037-1045 [10.1109/TGRS.2012.2204066]

Zhao, F., X. Yang, A. Strahler, et al. C. Schaaf, T. Yao, Z. Wang, M. Román, C. Woodcock, W. Ni-Meister, D. L. Jupp, J. Lovell, D. Culvenor, G. Newnham, H. Tang, and R. Dubayah. 2013. A comparison of foliage profiles in the Sierra National Forest obtained with a full-waveform under-canopy EVI lidar system with the foliage profiles obtained with an airborne full-waveform LVIS lidar system Remote Sensing of Environment 136 330–341 [10.1016/j.rse.2013.05.020]

Wang, Z., C. B. Schaaf, P. Lewis, et al. Y. Knyazikhin, M. A. Schull, A. H. Strahler, T. Yao, R. B. Myneni, M. J. Chopping, and B. J. Blair. 2011. Retrieval of canopy height using moderate-resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS) data Remote Sensing of Environment 115 (6): 1595-1601 [10.1016/j.rse.2011.02.010]

Zhao, F., X. Yang, M. A. Schull, et al. M. O. Roman, T. Yao, Z. Wang, Q. Zhang, D. L. Jupp, J. L. Lovell, D. S. Culvenor, G. J. Newnham, A. D. Richardson, W. Ni-Meister, C. B. Schaaf, C. E. Woodcock, and A. H. Strahler. 2011. Measuring effective leaf area index, foliage profile, and stand height in New England forest stands using a full-waveform ground-based lidar Remote Sensing of Environment 115 (11): 2954-2964 [10.1016/j.rse.2010.08.030]

Román, M., C. K. Gatebe, C. Schaaf, et al. R. Poudyal, Z. Wang, and M. D. King. 2011. Variability in surface BRDF at different spatial scales (30m–500m) over a mixed agricultural landscape as retrieved from airborne and satellite spectral measurements Remote Sensing of Environment 115 (9): 2184-2203 [10.1016/j.rse.2011.04.012]

Non-Refereed

Kostis, H.-N., M. O. Román, V. Kalb, et al. E. C. Stokes, R. M. Shrestha, Z. Wang, L. Schultz, Q. Sun, J. Bell, A. Molthan, R. Boller, and A. Anyamba. 2020. Reaching Broad Audiences from a Large Agency Setting Foundations of Data Visualization 319-340 [10.1007/978-3-030-34444-3_18]

Special Experience


 FIELD WORK EXPERIENCE

2007 Howland/Bartlett/Harvard forest
Measurements: Canopy height/DBH/tree species/forest density/Echidna gournd lidar
measurements/LAI2000/TRAC

2008 California Sierra forest
Measurements: Canopy height/DBH/tree species/forest density/Echidna gournd lidar
measurements/LAI2000/TRAC

2009 Howland/Bartlett/Harvard forest
Measurements: Canopy height/DBH/tree species/forest density/Echidna gournd lidar
measurements/LAI2000/TRAC

2010 Harvard/Bartlett forest
Measurements: Canopy height/DBH/tree species/forest density/Echidna gournd lidar
measurements/LAI2000/TRAC

2011 Milton/Sharon at Boston area
Measurements: Soil moisture

2012 Florida salt marsh
Measurements: Picarro CO2

2012 Harvard Forest
Measurements: Canopy height/DBH/tree species/forest density/Hemi photo

2013 California Sierra forest
Measurements: Canopy height/DBH/tree species/forest density/Hemi photo/Ground based Lidar

2013 Harvard Forest
Measurements: Canopy height/DBH/tree species/forest density/Hemi photo/Ground based Lidar