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Lian Feng


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Dr. Feng received his Pd.D. degree from Wuhan University, China. He is the recipient of the Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award of Hubei Province. He was a postdoctoral researcher of the University of South Florida during the period of 2015-2017, he also severed as a consultant for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the USA. He has been the PI/Co-PI of >10 funded projects, and his research interests include remote sensing of inland and coastal water environments, and how these environments are influenced by climate variability and human activities. He has published 50 peer-reviewed SCI papers, more than half of which were appeared in TOP journals, such as Remote Sensing of Environment, Journal of Geophysical Research, and Environmental Science & Technology. His publications have been cited by >800 times by Google Scholar, with the highest one of >150 times (ESI indexed highly cited paper). His research has been highlighted by a number of domestic and international media and agencies, such as the CCTV of China, NASA, NOAA, IOCCG, etc.


Professional Experience

2017.9-present, Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
2015.1-2017.8, Post-Doctoral Associate, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, USA
2016.10-2017.6, Associate Professor, Wuhan University, China
2013.7-2016.10, Assistant Professor, Wuhan University, China
2012.5-2015.2, Consultant, NOAA Industrial Economics, Inc., USA



2008.9-2013.7, Ph.D. in the fields of Remote Sensing of the Environment & GIS application, State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
2010.10-2012.10, Exchange Ph.D. study program, College of Marine Science,              University of South Florida, USA, supported by the Ministry of Education, China
2004.9-2008.7, Bachelor in Geographic information science and technology, Yangtze University, Hubei, China


Synergistic Activities 

1. Reviewer of professional journals (>100 times): Remote Sensing of Environment, Journal of Geophysical Research, Water Resource Research, Environmental Research Letters, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing, IEEE JSTAEOR, IJRS, Chinese Science Bulletin, etc.

2. Reviewer of Belgian Remote Sensing Research Programme, National Science Foundation of China, etc.


Selected funded projects

1. The spatial and temporal dynamics of the major wetland vegetation communities in Poyang Lake under a changing “water depth”- A remote sensing based study, Funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), PI, 2017.1-2020.12
2. Remote sensing of the spatial and temporal dynamics of Chlorophyll-a concentrations in river-connected lakes based on optical type classification - taken Poyang Lake as an example, Funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), PI, 2015.1-2017.12
3. Remote sensing based spatio-temporal dynamics of Poyang Lake’s water budget and suspended sediment and their driving forces, Funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), co-PI, 2015.1-2017.12


Research Interests

1. Remote sensing of the water environments- algorithm development and applications
2. Environmental changes of inland and coastal waters in response to climate variability and human activities
3. Satellite instrument design and radiometric calibration

1. Introduction to Remote Sensing
2. Remote Sensing of Resources and the Environment
3. Remote Sensing Technology and Applications

Total: 50 peer-reviewed SCI papers; Feng as first and corresponding author for 25 papers. Cited times: 899 (data from Google Scholar). (as of 09/01/2017)


1. Xingxing Han, Lian Feng*, Chuanmin Hu, Xiaoling Chen, Wetland changes of China's largest freshwater lake and their linkage with the Three Gorges Dam,  Remote Sensing of Environment, Accepted.
2. Junsheng Li, Chuanmin Hu, Qian Shen, Brian B. Barnes, Brock Murch, Lian Feng, Minwei Zhang, Bing Zhang: Recovering low quality MODIS-Terra data over highly turbid waters through noise reduction and regional vicarious calibration adjustment: A case study in Taihu Lake. Remote Sensing of Environment 08/2017; 197:72-84., DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2017.05.027
3. Lian Feng, Chuanmin Hu: Land adjacency effects on MODIS Aqua top-of-atmosphere radiance in the shortwave infrared: Statistical assessment and correction. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 05/2017; DOI:10.1002/2017JC012874
4. Yumin Shi, Lian Feng*, Jianya Gong: Four decades of the morphological dynamics of the lakes in the Jianghan Plain using Landsat observations: Morphological dynamics of Jianghan Plain lakes. Water and Environment Journal 04/2017;, DOI:10.1111/wej.12250
5. Zhigang Cao, Hongtao Duan, Lian Feng, Ronghua Ma, Kun Xue: Climate- and human-induced changes in suspended particulate matter over Lake Hongze on short and long timescales. Remote Sensing of Environment 04/2017; 192:98-113., DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2017.02.007
6. Zhen Song, Shunlin Liang, Lian Feng, Tao He, Xiao-Peng Song, Lei Zhang: Temperature changes in Three Gorges Reservoir Area and linkage with Three Gorges Project. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres 03/2017;, DOI:10.1002/2016JD025978
7. Xuejiao Hou, Lian Feng*, Hongtao Duan, Xiaoling Chen, Deyong Sun, Kun Shi: Fifteen-year monitoring of the turbidity dynamics in large lakes and reservoirs in the middle and lower basin of the Yangtze River, China. Remote Sensing of Environment 03/2017; 190:107-121., DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2016.12.006
8. Chuanmin Hu, Lian Feng: Modified MODIS fluorescence line height data product to improve image interpretation for red tide monitoring in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 12/2016; 11(1):012003., DOI:10.1117/1.JRS.11.012003
9. Lian Feng, Chuanmin Hu, Brian Barnes, Antonio Mannino, Andrew K. Heidinger, Kathleen Strabala, Laura T. Iraci: Cloud and sun-glint statistics derived from GOES and MODIS observations over the Intra-Americas Sea for GEO-CAPE mission planning: GOES cloud statistics for GEO-CAPE. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres 12/2016;, DOI:10.1002/2016JD025372
10. Xiaobin Cai, Lian Feng*, Xuejiao Hou, Xiaoling Chen: Remote Sensing of the Water Storage Dynamics of Large Lakes and Reservoirs in the Yangtze River Basin from 2000 to 2014. Scientific Reports 11/2016; 6:36405., DOI:10.1038/srep36405
11. Juan Li, Lian Feng*, Xiaoping Pang, Weishu Gong, Xi Zhao: Radiometric cross Calibration of Gaofen-1 WFV Cameras Using Landsat-8 OLI Images: A Simple Image-Based Method. Remote Sensing 05/2016; 8(5):411., DOI:10.3390/rs8050411
12. Chuanmin Hu, Robert Hardy, Eric Ruder, Amelia Geggel, Lian Feng, Sean Powers, Frank Hernandez, George Graettinger, Jill Bodnar, Trent McDonald: Sargassum coverage in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico during 2010 from Landsat and airborne observations: Implications for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill impact assessment. Marine Pollution Bulletin 05/2016; 107(1)., DOI:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.04.045
13. Lian Feng, Xingxing Han, Chuanmin Hu, Xiaoling Chen: Four decades of wetland changes of the largest freshwater lake in China: Possible linkage to the Three Gorges Dam?. Remote Sensing of Environment 04/2016; 176:43-55., DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2016.01.011
14. Lian Feng, Chuanmin Hu: Cloud adjacency effects on top-of-atmosphere radiance and ocean color data products: A statistical assessment. Remote Sensing of Environment 03/2016; 174:301-313., DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2015.12.020
15. Lian Feng, Juan Li, Weishu Gong, Xi Zhao, Xiaoling Chen, Xiaoping Pang: Radiometric cross-calibration of Gaofen-1 WFV cameras using Landsat-8 OLI images: A solution for large view angle associated problems. Remote Sensing of Environment 03/2016; 174:56-68., DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2015.11.031
16. Shaojie Sun, Chuanmin Hu, Lian Feng, Gregg A. Swayze, Jamie Holmes, George Graettinger, Ian MacDonald, Oscar Garcia, Ira Leifer: Oil slick morphology derived from AVIRIS measurements of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Implications for spatial resolution requirements of remote sensors. Marine Pollution Bulletin 12/2015; 103(1-2)., DOI:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.12.003
17. I.R. MacDonald, O. Garcia-Pineda, A. Beet, S. Daneshgar Asl, L. Feng, G. Graettinger, D. French-McCay, J. Holmes, C. Hu, F. Huffer, I. Leifer, F. Mueller-Karger, A. Solow, M. Silva, G. Swayze: Natural and unnatural oil slicks in the Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 12/2015; 120(12):n/a-n/a., DOI:10.1002/2015JC011062
18. Jian Li, Xiaoling Chen, Liqiao Tian, Jue Huang, Lian Feng: Improved capabilities of the Chinese high-resolution remote sensing satellite GF-1 for monitoring suspended particulate matter (SPM) in inland waters: Radiometric and spatial considerations. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 08/2015; 106., DOI:10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2015.05.009
19. Xiaoling Chen, Xingxing Han, Lian Feng*: Towards a practical remote-sensing model of suspended sediment concentrations in turbid waters using MERIS measurements. 08/2015; 36(15-15):3875-3889., DOI:10.1080/01431161.2015.1055606
20. Chuanmin Hu, Lian Feng, Robert F. Hardy, Eric J. Hochberg: Spectral and spatial requirements of remote measurements of pelagic Sargassum macroalgae. Remote Sensing of Environment 06/2015; 167., DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2015.05.022
21. Xiaobin Cai, Lian Feng*, Yuxi Wang, Xiaoling Chen: Influence of the Three Gorges Project on the Water Resource Components of Poyang Lake Watershed: Observations from TRMM and GRACE. Advances in Meteorology 05/2015; 2015(3):1-7., DOI:10.1155/2015/148913
22. Peng Zhang, Jianzhong Lu, Lian Feng, Xiaoling Chen, Li Zhang, Xiongwu Xiao, Honggao Liu: Hydrodynamic and Inundation Modeling of China’s Largest Freshwater Lake Aided by Remote Sensing Data. Remote Sensing 04/2015; 7(4):4858-4879., DOI:10.3390/rs70404858
23. Xingxing Han, Xiaoling Chen, Lian Feng*: Four decades of winter wetland changes in Poyang Lake based on Landsat observations between 1973 and 2013. Remote Sensing of Environment 01/2015; 156:426-437., DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2014.10.003
24. Jian Li, Xiaoling Chen, Liqiao Tian, Lian Feng: Tracking radiometric responsivity of optical sensors without on-board calibration systems-case of the Chinese HJ-1A/1B CCD sensors. Optics Express 01/2015; 23(2-2):1829-1847., DOI:10.1364/OE.23.001829
25. Lian Feng, Chuanmin Hu: Comparison of Valid Ocean Observations Between MODIS Terra and Aqua Over the Global Oceans. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 01/2015; 54(3):1-11., DOI:10.1109/TGRS.2015.2483500
26. Hongtao Duan, StevenArthur Loiselle, Li Zhu, Lian Feng, Yuchao Zhang, Ronghua Ma: Distribution and incidence of algal blooms in Lake Taihu. Aquatic Sciences 01/2015; 77(1-1):9-16., DOI:10.1007/s00027-014-0367-2
27. Xingxing Han, Lian Feng*, Xiaoling Chen, Herve Yesou: MERIS observations of chlorophyll-a dynamics in Erhai Lake between 2003 and 2009. International Journal of Remote Sensing 12/2014; 35(24-24):8309-8322., DOI:10.1080/01431161.2014.985395
28. Lian Feng, Chuanmin Hu, Xingxing Han, Xiaoling Chen, Lin Qi: Long-Term Distribution Patterns of Chlorophyll-a Concentration in China’s Largest Freshwater Lake: MERIS Full-Resolution Observations with a Practical Approach. Remote Sensing 12/2014; 7(1-1):275-299., DOI:10.3390/rs70100275
29. Liqiao Tian, Onyx W. H. Wai, Xiaoling Chen, Yaohui Liu, Lian Feng, Jian Li, Jue Huang: Assessment of Total Suspended Sediment Distribution under Varying Tidal Conditions in Deep Bay: Initial Results from HJ-1A/1B Satellite CCD Images. Remote Sensing 10/2014; 6(10):9911-9929., DOI:10.3390/rs6109911
30. Hongtao Duan, Lian Feng, Ronghua Ma, Yuchao Zhang, Steven Arthur Loiselle: Variability of particulate organic carbon in inland waters observed from MODIS Aqua imagery. Environmental Research Letters 08/2014; 9(8):084011., DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/9/8/084011
31. Xi Zhao, Alfred Stein, Xiang Zhang, Lian Feng, Xiaoling Chen: Variation analysis of lake extension in space and time from MODIS images using random sets. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 08/2014; 30(1):86–97., DOI:10.1016/j.jag.2014.01.003
32. Chuanmin Hu, Lian Feng*: GOES Imager Shows Diurnal Changes of a Trichodesmium erythraeum Bloom on the West Florida Shelf. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 07/2014; 11(8)., DOI:10.1109/LGRS.2013.2294753
33. Jian Li, Liqiao Tian, Xiaoling Chen, Xi Li, Jue Huang, Jianzhong Lu, Lian Feng: Remote-sensing monitoring for spatio-temporal dynamics of sand dredging activities at Poyang Lake in China. International Journal of Remote Sensing 07/2014; 35(16):6004-6022., DOI:10.1080/01431161.2014.939783
34. Jue Huang, Liqiong Chen, Xiaoling Chen, Liqiao Tian, Lian Feng, Hervé Yesou, Fangfang Li: Modification and validation of a quasi-analytical algorithm for inherent optical properties in the turbid waters of Poyang Lake, China. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 04/2014; 8(1):083643., DOI:10.1117/1.JRS.8.083643
35. Lian Feng, Chuanmin Hu, Xiaoling Chen: Dramatic Inundation Changes of China’s Two Largest Freshwater Lakes: Natural Process or Influenced by the Three Gorges Dam? A Revisit. Environmental Science & Technology 01/2014; 48(3)., DOI:10.1021/es500042k
36. Lian Feng, Chuanmin Hu, Xiaoling Chen, Qingjun Song: Influence of the Three Gorges Dam on total suspended matters in the Yangtze Estuary and its adjacent coastal waters: Observations from MODIS. Remote Sensing of Environment 01/2014; 140:779-788.
37. Jianzhong Lu, Xiaoling Chen, Xiaobin Cai, Lian Feng: Geomatics-based water capacity monitoring for Quake Lake and its web service implementation. Desalination and water treatment 11/2013; 52:1-9., DOI:10.1080/19443994.2013.822638
38. Lian Feng, Chuanmin Hu, Xiaoling Chen, Xi Zhao: Dramatic Inundation Changes of China's Two Largest Freshwater Lakes Linked to the Three Gorges Dam. Environmental Science & Technology 08/2013; 47(17)., DOI:10.1021/es4009618
39. Chuanmin Hu, Lian Feng, Zhongping Lee: Uncertainties of SeaWiFS and MODIS remote sensing reflectance: Implications from clear water measurements. Remote Sensing of Environment 01/2013; 133:168-182.
40. Chuanmin Hu, Lian Feng, ZhongPing Lee: Evaluation of GOCI sensitivity for At-Sensor radiance and GDPS-Retrieved chlorophyll-a products. Ocean Science Journal 09/2012; 47(3)., DOI:10.1007/s12601-012-0028-0
41. Feng Qiu, Xiaoling Chen, Liqiao Tian, Lian Feng: Quality improvement of atmospheric correction products of MODIS with HJ-1 A/B satellite CCD images.
42. Chuanmin Hu, Lian Feng, Zhongping Lee, Curtiss O Davis, Antonio Mannino, Charles R McClain, Bryan A Franz: Dynamic range and sensitivity requirements of satellite ocean color sensors: Learning from the past. Applied Optics 09/2012; 51(25):6045-62., DOI:10.1364/AO.51.006045
43. Lian Feng, Chuanmin Hu, Xiaoling Chen: Satellites Capture the Drought Severity Around China's Largest Freshwater Lake. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 08/2012; 5(4-4):1266-1271., DOI:10.1109/JSTARS.2012.2188885
44. Lian Feng, Chuanmin Hu, Xiaoling Chen, Liqiao Tian, Liqiong Chen: Human induced turbidity changes in Poyang Lake between 2000 and 2010: Observations from MODIS. 07/2012; 117(C7)., DOI:10.1029/2011JC007864
45. Lian Feng, Chuanmin Hu, Xiaoling Chen, Xiaobin Cai, Liqiao Tian, Wenxia Gan: Assessment of inundation changes of Poyang Lake using MODIS observation between 2000 and 2010. Remote Sensing of Environment 06/2012; 121:80-92., DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2012.01.014
46. Zhifeng Yu, Xiaoling Chen, Bin Zhou, Liqiao Tian, Xiaohong Yuan, Lian Feng: Assessment of total suspended sediment concentrations in Poyang Lake using HJ-1A/1B CCD imagery. Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology 03/2012; 30(2):295-304., DOI:10.1007/s00343-012-1094-y
47. Chengfeng Le, Chuanmin Hu, David English, Jennifer Cannizzaro, Zhiqiang Chen, Lian Feng, Richard Boler, Charles Kovach: Towards a long-term chlorophyll-a data record in a turbid estuary using MODIS observations. Progress In Oceanography 01/2012; 109., DOI:10.1016/j.pocean.2012.10.002
48. Xi Zhao, Alfred Stein, Xiaoling Chen, Lian Feng: Modeling spatial-temporal change of Poyang Lake marshland based on an uncertainty theory - Random sets. 12/2011; 3:105-110., DOI:10.1016/j.proenv.2011.02.019
49. Lian Feng, Chuanmin Hu, Xiaoling Chen, Rongfang Li: Satellite observations make it possible to estimate Poyang Lake’s water budget. Environmental Research Letters 12/2011; 6(4):044023., DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/6/4/044023
50. Lian Feng, Chuanmin Hu, Xiaoling Chen, Rongfang Li, Liqiao Tian, Brock Murch: MODIS observations of the bottom topography and its inter-annual variability of Poyang Lake. Remote Sensing of Environment 10/2011; 115(10):2729-2741., DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2011.06.013