Bin Tan

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Bin Tan

  • Research Scientist
  • 301.614.5965 | 301.614.6015
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 619
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: SCIENCE SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS INC
  • 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.

    Research Interests

    Land Cover and Land Cover Dynamics


    Land Cover Change Detection


    Algorithm development for vegetation remote sensing


    Validation, composting, and registration


    Positions/Employment

    2013 - Present

    Senior Support Scientist

    Sigma Space Corp. Inc. , NASA/GSFC
    2007 - 2013

    Senior Research Scientist

    Earth Resources Technology, Inc, NASA/GSFC
    2007 - Present

    Visiting Scholar

    Boston University, Boston University
    2005 - 2007

    Research Associate

    Boston University, Boston University

    Education

    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

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    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]

    Non-Refereed

    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]

    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.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    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 [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]

    Non-Refereed

    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]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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