Meng Gao

Meng Gao

  • DATA SCIENTIST
  • 301.286.2760
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 616
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: SCIENCE SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS INC
  • Research Interests

    Multi-angle polarimetric remote sensing

    Joint atmospheric and ocean color remote sensing

    Deep learning for light scattering

    Positions/Employment

    2021 - Present

    Senior Research Scientist / Data Scientist

    SSAI, NASA GSFC
    2019 - 2020

    Scientific Programmer/Analyst

    Science Systems and Applications, Inc., NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    2016 - 2018

    Research Associate

    JCET/Department of Physics, University of Maryland - Baltimore County
    2014 - 2016

    Research Geophysicist

    CGG, Beijing/Singapore
    2014 - 2014

    Assistant Research Scientist

    Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University
    2013 - 2013

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas A&M University

    Education

    • 2012   Ph. D., Physics, Texas A&M University, Texas, USA
    • 2007    M. S., Physics, Peking University, Beijing, China
    • 2004    B. S., Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China

    Awards

    • 2020  Hydropsheric, Biospheric and Geophysics Peer Award - Scientific Achievement
    • 2012  U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship
    • 2010  Honorable Mention for Best Student Paper: “Understanding Cephalopod Camouflage by Use of a Novel 3D Vector Radiative Transfer Code” , Ocean Optics XX conference , Anchorage, Alaska.

    Grants

    10/01/2017 Remote Sensing of Water Quality, NASA, NASA NRA #: NNH16ZDA001N-RSWQ

    Atmospheric correction for complex scenes using co-located polarimetric and ocean color observations

    ; Co-I

    Publications

    Refereed

    Knobelspiesse, K., A. Ibrahim, B. Franz, et al. S. Bailey, R. Levy, Z. Ahmad, J. Gales, M. Gao, M. Garay, S. Anderson, and O. Kalashnikova. 2021. "Analysis of simultaneous aerosol and ocean glint retrieval using multi-angle observations." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 14: 3233-3252 [10.5194/amt-14-3233-2021]

    Gao, M., B. A. Franz, K. Knobelspiesse, et al. P.-W. Zhai, V. Martins, S. Burton, B. Cairns, R. Ferrare, J. Gales, O. Hasekamp, Y. Hu, A. Ibrahim, B. McBride, A. Puthukkudy, P. J. Werdell, and X. Xu. 2021. "Efficient multi-angle polarimetric inversion of aerosols and oceancolor powered by a deep neural network forward model." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussion, (Submitted) [10.5194/amt-2020-507]

    Hannadige, N. K., P.-W. Zhai, M. Gao, et al. B. A. Franz, Y. Hu, K. Knobelspiesse, J. Werdell, A. Ibrahim, B. Cairns, and O. P. Hasekamp. 2021. "Atmospheric correction over the ocean for hyperspectral radiometers using multi-angle polarimetric retrievals." Optics Express, 29 (3): 4504 [10.1364/oe.408467]

    Knobelspiesse, K., H. M. Barbosa, C. Bradley, et al. C. Bruegge, B. Cairns, G. Chen, J. Chowdhary, A. Cook, A. Di Noia, B. van Diedenhoven, D. J. Diner, R. Ferrare, G. Fu, M. Gao, M. Garay, J. Hair, D. Harper, G. van Harten, O. Hasekamp, M. Helmlinger, C. Hostetler, O. Kalashnikova, A. Kupchock, K. Longo De Freitas, H. Maring, J. V. Martins, B. McBride, M. McGill, K. Norlin, A. Puthukkudy, B. Rheingans, J. Rietjens, F. C. Seidel, A. da Silva, M. Smit, S. Stamnes, Q. Tan, S. Val, A. Wasilewski, F. Xu, X. Xu, and J. Yorks. 2020. "The Aerosol Characterization from Polarimeter and Lidar (ACEPOL) airborne field campaign." Earth System Science Data, 12 (3): 2183-2208 [Full Text (Link)] [10.5194/essd-12-2183-2020]

    Gao, M., P.-W. Zhai, B. A. Franz, et al. K. Knobelspiesse, A. Ibrahim, B. Cairns, S. E. Craig, G. Fu, O. Hasekamp, Y. Hu, and P. J. Werdell. 2020. "Inversion of multiangular polarimetric measurements from the ACEPOL campaign: an application of improving aerosol property and hyperspectral ocean color retrievals." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 13: 3939–3956 [10.5194/amt-13-3939-2020]

    Mukherjee, L., P.-W. Zhai, M. Gao, et al. Y. Hu, B. A. Franz, and J. Werdell. 2020. "Neural Network Reflectance Prediction Model for Both Open Ocean and Coastal Waters." Remote Sensing, 12 (9): 1421 [10.3390/rs12091421]

    Zhou, Y., Y. Yang, M. Gao, and P.-W. Zhai. 2020. "Cloud detection over snow and ice with oxygen A- and B-band observations from the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC)." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 13 (3): 1575-1591 [10.5194/amt-13-1575-2020]

    Fu, G., O. Hasekamp, J. Rietjens, et al. M. Smit, A. Di Noia, D. Diner, F. Xu, M. Gao, S. Burton, C. Hostetler, J. Hair, R. Ferrare, K. D. Knobelspiesse, B. Cairns, A. P. Wasilewski, and A. M. Da Silva. 2020. "Aerosol retrievals from different polarimeters during the ACEPOL campaign using a common retrieval algorithm." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 13: 553-573 [10.5194/amt-13-553-2020]

    Gao, M., P.-W. Zhai, B. A. Franz, et al. Y. Hu, K. Knobelspiesse, P. J. Werdell, A. Ibrahim, B. Cairns, and A. Chase. 2019. "Inversion of multi-angular polarimetric measurements over open and coastal ocean waters: a joint retrieval algorithm for aerosol and water leaving radiance properties." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 12 (7): 3921–3941 [10.5194/amt-12-3921-2019]

    Gao, M., P.-W. Zhai, Y. Yang, and Y. Hu. 2019. "Cloud remote sensing with EPIC/DSCOVR observations: A sensitivity study with radiative transfer simulations." Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 230: 56-60 [10.1016/j.jqsrt.2019.03.022]

    Jamet, C., A. Ibrahim, Z. Ahmad, et al. F. Angelini, M. Babin, M. J. Behrenfeld, E. Boss, B. Cairns, J. Churnside, J. Chowdhary, A. B. Davis, D. Dionisi, L. Duforêt-Gaurier, B. Franz, R. Frouin, M. Gao, D. Gray, O. Hasekamp, X. He, C. Hostetler, O. V. Kalashnikova, K. Knobelspiesse, L. Lacour, H. Loisel, V. Martins, E. Rehm, L. Remer, I. Sanhaj, K. Stamnes, S. Stamnes, S. Victori, J. Werdell, and P.-W. Zhai. 2019. "Going Beyond Standard Ocean Color Observations: Lidar and Polarimetry." Frontiers in Marine Science, 6: [10.3389/fmars.2019.00251]

    Gao, M., P.-W. Zhai, B. Franz, et al. Y. Hu, K. Knobelspiesse, P. J. Werdell, A. Ibrahim, F. Xu, and B. Cairns. 2018. "Retrieval of aerosol properties and water-leaving reflectance from multi-angular polarimetric measurements over coastal waters." Optics Express, 26 (7): 8968 [10.1364/oe.26.008968]

    Zhai, P.-W., K. Knobelspiesse, A. Ibrahim, et al. B. A. Franz, Y. Hu, M. Gao, and R. Frouin. 2017. "Water-leaving contribution to polarized radiation field over ocean." Optics Express, 25 (16): A689 [10.1364/oe.25.00a689]

    Brady, P. C., A. A. Gilerson, G. W. Kattawar, et al. J. M. Sullivan, M. S. Twardowski, H. M. Dierssen, M. Gao, K. Travis, R. I. Etheredge, A. Tonizzo, A. Ibrahim, C. Carrizo, Y. Gu, B. J. Russell, K. Mislinski, S. Zhao, and M. E. Cummings. 2015. "Open-ocean fish reveal an omnidirectional solution to camouflage in polarized environments." Science, 350 (6263): 965-969 [10.1126/science.aad5284]

    Zhao, S., P. C. Brady, M. Gao, et al. R. I. Etheredge, G. W. Kattawar, and M. E. Cummings. 2015. "Broadband and polarization reflectors in the lookdown, Selene vomer." Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 12 (104): 20141390-20141390 [10.1098/rsif.2014.1390]

    Bell, G. R., L. M. Mäthger, M. Gao, et al. S. L. Senft, A. M. Kuzirian, G. W. Kattawar, and R. T. Hanlon. 2014. "Diffuse White Structural Coloration from Multilayer Reflectors in a Squid." Advanced Materials, 26 (25): 4352-4356 [10.1002/adma.201400383]

    Gao, M., P. Yang, and G. W. Kattawar. 2013. "Polarized extinction properties of plates with large aspect ratios." Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 131: 72-81 [10.1016/j.jqsrt.2013.03.010]

    Gao, M., X. Huang, P. Yang, and G. W. Kattawar. 2013. "Angular distribution of diffuse reflectance from incoherent multiple scattering in turbid media." Applied Optics, 52 (24): 5869 [10.1364/ao.52.005869]

    Gao, M., P. Yang, D. McKee, and G. W. Kattawar. 2013. "Mueller matrix holographic method for small particle characterization: theory and numerical studies." Applied Optics, 52 (21): 5289 [10.1364/ao.52.005289]

    Gao, M., Y. You, P. Yang, and G. W. Kattawar. 2012. "Backscattering properties of small layered plates: a model for iridosomes." Optics Express, 20 (22): 25111 [10.1364/oe.20.025111]

    Jiang, C.-W., X. Zhou, Z. Lin, et al. R.-H. Xie, F.-L. Li, M. Gao, and R. E. Allen. 2011. "Semiclassical simulations in materials science." physica status solidi (b), [10.1002/pssb.201147141]

    Gao, M., and L. Yin. 2008. "VORTEX LATTICE STATE OF A SUPERFLUID FERMI GAS IN THE UNITARY REGION." International Journal of Modern Physics B, 22 (23): 3967-3976 [10.1142/s0217979208048814]

    Gao, M., H. Wu, and L. Yin. 2006. "Vortex properties of a resonant superfluid." Physical Review A, 74 (2): 023604 [10.1103/physreva.74.023604]

    Publications

    Refereed

    Knobelspiesse, K., A. Ibrahim, B. Franz, et al. S. Bailey, R. Levy, Z. Ahmad, J. Gales, M. Gao, M. Garay, S. Anderson, and O. Kalashnikova. 2021. "Analysis of simultaneous aerosol and ocean glint retrieval using multi-angle observations." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 14 3233-3252 [10.5194/amt-14-3233-2021]

    Gao, M., B. A. Franz, K. Knobelspiesse, et al. P.-W. Zhai, V. Martins, S. Burton, B. Cairns, R. Ferrare, J. Gales, O. Hasekamp, Y. Hu, A. Ibrahim, B. McBride, A. Puthukkudy, P. J. Werdell, and X. Xu. 2021. "Efficient multi-angle polarimetric inversion of aerosols and oceancolor powered by a deep neural network forward model." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussion (Submitted) [10.5194/amt-2020-507]

    Hannadige, N. K., P.-W. Zhai, M. Gao, et al. B. A. Franz, Y. Hu, K. Knobelspiesse, J. Werdell, A. Ibrahim, B. Cairns, and O. P. Hasekamp. 2021. "Atmospheric correction over the ocean for hyperspectral radiometers using multi-angle polarimetric retrievals." Optics Express 29 (3): 4504 [10.1364/oe.408467]

    Knobelspiesse, K., H. M. Barbosa, C. Bradley, et al. C. Bruegge, B. Cairns, G. Chen, J. Chowdhary, A. Cook, A. Di Noia, B. van Diedenhoven, D. J. Diner, R. Ferrare, G. Fu, M. Gao, M. Garay, J. Hair, D. Harper, G. van Harten, O. Hasekamp, M. Helmlinger, C. Hostetler, O. Kalashnikova, A. Kupchock, K. Longo De Freitas, H. Maring, J. V. Martins, B. McBride, M. McGill, K. Norlin, A. Puthukkudy, B. Rheingans, J. Rietjens, F. C. Seidel, A. da Silva, M. Smit, S. Stamnes, Q. Tan, S. Val, A. Wasilewski, F. Xu, X. Xu, and J. Yorks. 2020. "The Aerosol Characterization from Polarimeter and Lidar (ACEPOL) airborne field campaign." Earth System Science Data 12 (3): 2183-2208 [Full Text (Link)] [10.5194/essd-12-2183-2020]

    Gao, M., P.-W. Zhai, B. A. Franz, et al. K. Knobelspiesse, A. Ibrahim, B. Cairns, S. E. Craig, G. Fu, O. Hasekamp, Y. Hu, and P. J. Werdell. 2020. "Inversion of multiangular polarimetric measurements from the ACEPOL campaign: an application of improving aerosol property and hyperspectral ocean color retrievals." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 13 3939–3956 [10.5194/amt-13-3939-2020]

    Mukherjee, L., P.-W. Zhai, M. Gao, et al. Y. Hu, B. A. Franz, and J. Werdell. 2020. "Neural Network Reflectance Prediction Model for Both Open Ocean and Coastal Waters." Remote Sensing 12 (9): 1421 [10.3390/rs12091421]

    Zhou, Y., Y. Yang, M. Gao, and P.-W. Zhai. 2020. "Cloud detection over snow and ice with oxygen A- and B-band observations from the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC)." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 13 (3): 1575-1591 [10.5194/amt-13-1575-2020]

    Fu, G., O. Hasekamp, J. Rietjens, et al. M. Smit, A. Di Noia, D. Diner, F. Xu, M. Gao, S. Burton, C. Hostetler, J. Hair, R. Ferrare, K. D. Knobelspiesse, B. Cairns, A. P. Wasilewski, and A. M. Da Silva. 2020. "Aerosol retrievals from different polarimeters during the ACEPOL campaign using a common retrieval algorithm." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 13 553-573 [10.5194/amt-13-553-2020]

    Gao, M., P.-W. Zhai, B. A. Franz, et al. Y. Hu, K. Knobelspiesse, P. J. Werdell, A. Ibrahim, B. Cairns, and A. Chase. 2019. "Inversion of multi-angular polarimetric measurements over open and coastal ocean waters: a joint retrieval algorithm for aerosol and water leaving radiance properties." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 12 (7): 3921–3941 [10.5194/amt-12-3921-2019]

    Gao, M., P.-W. Zhai, Y. Yang, and Y. Hu. 2019. "Cloud remote sensing with EPIC/DSCOVR observations: A sensitivity study with radiative transfer simulations." Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 230 56-60 [10.1016/j.jqsrt.2019.03.022]

    Jamet, C., A. Ibrahim, Z. Ahmad, et al. F. Angelini, M. Babin, M. J. Behrenfeld, E. Boss, B. Cairns, J. Churnside, J. Chowdhary, A. B. Davis, D. Dionisi, L. Duforêt-Gaurier, B. Franz, R. Frouin, M. Gao, D. Gray, O. Hasekamp, X. He, C. Hostetler, O. V. Kalashnikova, K. Knobelspiesse, L. Lacour, H. Loisel, V. Martins, E. Rehm, L. Remer, I. Sanhaj, K. Stamnes, S. Stamnes, S. Victori, J. Werdell, and P.-W. Zhai. 2019. "Going Beyond Standard Ocean Color Observations: Lidar and Polarimetry." Frontiers in Marine Science 6 [10.3389/fmars.2019.00251]

    Gao, M., P.-W. Zhai, B. Franz, et al. Y. Hu, K. Knobelspiesse, P. J. Werdell, A. Ibrahim, F. Xu, and B. Cairns. 2018. "Retrieval of aerosol properties and water-leaving reflectance from multi-angular polarimetric measurements over coastal waters." Optics Express 26 (7): 8968 [10.1364/oe.26.008968]

    Zhai, P.-W., K. Knobelspiesse, A. Ibrahim, et al. B. A. Franz, Y. Hu, M. Gao, and R. Frouin. 2017. "Water-leaving contribution to polarized radiation field over ocean." Optics Express 25 (16): A689 [10.1364/oe.25.00a689]

    Brady, P. C., A. A. Gilerson, G. W. Kattawar, et al. J. M. Sullivan, M. S. Twardowski, H. M. Dierssen, M. Gao, K. Travis, R. I. Etheredge, A. Tonizzo, A. Ibrahim, C. Carrizo, Y. Gu, B. J. Russell, K. Mislinski, S. Zhao, and M. E. Cummings. 2015. "Open-ocean fish reveal an omnidirectional solution to camouflage in polarized environments." Science 350 (6263): 965-969 [10.1126/science.aad5284]

    Zhao, S., P. C. Brady, M. Gao, et al. R. I. Etheredge, G. W. Kattawar, and M. E. Cummings. 2015. "Broadband and polarization reflectors in the lookdown, Selene vomer." Journal of The Royal Society Interface 12 (104): 20141390-20141390 [10.1098/rsif.2014.1390]

    Bell, G. R., L. M. Mäthger, M. Gao, et al. S. L. Senft, A. M. Kuzirian, G. W. Kattawar, and R. T. Hanlon. 2014. "Diffuse White Structural Coloration from Multilayer Reflectors in a Squid." Advanced Materials 26 (25): 4352-4356 [10.1002/adma.201400383]

    Gao, M., P. Yang, and G. W. Kattawar. 2013. "Polarized extinction properties of plates with large aspect ratios." Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 131 72-81 [10.1016/j.jqsrt.2013.03.010]

    Gao, M., X. Huang, P. Yang, and G. W. Kattawar. 2013. "Angular distribution of diffuse reflectance from incoherent multiple scattering in turbid media." Applied Optics 52 (24): 5869 [10.1364/ao.52.005869]

    Gao, M., P. Yang, D. McKee, and G. W. Kattawar. 2013. "Mueller matrix holographic method for small particle characterization: theory and numerical studies." Applied Optics 52 (21): 5289 [10.1364/ao.52.005289]

    Gao, M., Y. You, P. Yang, and G. W. Kattawar. 2012. "Backscattering properties of small layered plates: a model for iridosomes." Optics Express 20 (22): 25111 [10.1364/oe.20.025111]

    Jiang, C.-W., X. Zhou, Z. Lin, et al. R.-H. Xie, F.-L. Li, M. Gao, and R. E. Allen. 2011. "Semiclassical simulations in materials science." physica status solidi (b) [10.1002/pssb.201147141]

    Gao, M., and L. Yin. 2008. "VORTEX LATTICE STATE OF A SUPERFLUID FERMI GAS IN THE UNITARY REGION." International Journal of Modern Physics B 22 (23): 3967-3976 [10.1142/s0217979208048814]

    Gao, M., H. Wu, and L. Yin. 2006. "Vortex properties of a resonant superfluid." Physical Review A 74 (2): 023604 [10.1103/physreva.74.023604]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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