Published Research

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Bye, I. J., et al. 2017. Estimating forest canopy parameters from satellite waveform LiDAR by inversion of the FLIGHT three-dimensional radiative transfer model. Remote Sensing of Environment 188: 177–189. doi:

Chao, Nengfang, et al. 2017. Decline of Geladandong Glacier Elevation in Yangtze River’s Source Region: Detection by ICESat and Assessment by Hydroclimatic Data. Remote Sensing 9(1). Art. #75. doi:

Hajj, M. E., et al. 2017. Interest of Integrating Spaceborne LiDAR Data to Improve the Estimation of Biomass in High Biomass Forested Areas. Remote Sensing 9(3): Art. #213. doi:

Huber, Jacqueline, et al. 2017. A complete glacier inventory of the Antarctic Peninsula based on Landsat 7 images from 2000 to 2002 and other preexisting data sets. Earth System Science Data 9(1): 115-131. doi:

Mahoney, Craig, et al. 2017. Estimating Canopy Gap Fraction Using ICESat GLAS within Australian Forest Ecosystems. Remote Sensing 9(1). Art #59. doi:

Nelson, Ross, et al. 2017. Lidar-based estimates of aboveground biomass in the continental US and Mexico using ground, airborne, and satellite observations. Remote Sensing of Environment 188: 127-140. doi:

Phan, Vu Hien, Roderik Lindenbergh, and Massimo Menenti. 2017. Assessing Orographic Variability in Glacial Thickness Changes at the Tibetan Plateau Using ICESat Laser Altimetry. Remote Sensing 9(2). Art. #160. doi:

Price, Stephen F., et al. 2017. An ice sheet model validation framework for the Greenland ice sheet . Geoscientific Model Development 10(1): 255-270. doi:

Tang, Hao, and Ralph Dubayah. 2017. Light-driven growth in Amazon evergreen forests explained by seasonal variations of vertical canopy structure. PNAS 14(10): 2640-2644. doi:

Yue, Linwei, et al. 2017. High-quality seamless DEM generation blending SRTM-1, ASTER GDEM v2 and ICESat/GLAS observations. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 123: 20-34. doi:


Alley, Karen E., et al. 2016. Impacts of warm water on Antarctic ice shelf stability through basal channel formation. Nature Geoscience 9(4): 290-293. doi:

Christianson, Knut, et al. 2016. Basal conditions at the grounding zone of Whillans Ice Stream, West Antarctica, from ice-penetrating radar. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface 121(11): 1954–1983. doi:

de Moura, Yhasmin Mendes, et al. 2016. Scaling estimates of vegetation structure in Amazonian tropical forests using multi-angle MODIS observations. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 52: 580-590. doi:

Du, Xiaoping, et al. 2016. Vertical accuracy assessment of freely available digital elevation models over low-lying coastal plains. International Journal of Digital Earth 9(3): 252-271. doi:

Fayad, Ibrahim, et al. 2016. Aboveground biomass mapping in French Guiana by combining remote sensing, forest inventories and environmental data. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 52: 502-514. doi:

Fayad, Ibrahim, et al. 2016. Regional Scale Rain-Forest Height Mapping Using Regression-Kriging of Spaceborne and Airborne LiDAR Data: Application on French Guiana. Remote Sensing 8(3). Art. #240. doi:

Feng, L., and J.-P. Muller. 2016. Icesat validation of tandem-X I-DEMs. The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, XXIII ISPRS Congress, 12–19 July 2016, Prague, Czech Republic XLI-B4: 129-136. doi:

Ghosh, S., et al. 2016. Land Cover Classification Using ICESat/GLAS Full Waveform Data. Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing: 1-9. doi:

Hansen, Matthew C., et al. 2016. Mapping tree height distributions in Sub-Saharan Africa using Landsat 7 and 8 data. Remote Sensing of Environment 185: 221–232. doi:

Jawak, Shridhar D., and Alvarinho J. Luis. 2016. Generation of a precise DEM by interactive synthesis of multi-temporal elevation datasets: a case study of Schirmacher Oasis, East Antarctica . Proceedings of SPIE 9877. Art. #98772E. doi:

Jawat, Shridhar D., and Alvarinho J. Luis. 2016. Generation of a Precise DEM by interactive synthesis of multitemporal elevation datasets: a case study of Schirmacher Oasis, East Antarctica. Land Surface and Cryosphere Remote Sensing III edited by Reza Khanbilvardi, Ashwagosh Ganju, A. S. Rajawat, Jing M. Chen. New Dehli: SPIE, Art. #98772E.. doi:

Ke, Linghong, et al. 2016. Remote sensing of glacier distribution and change over the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications (EORSA), 2016 4th International Workshop on: 442-446. doi:

Ke, Linghong. 2016. Remote sensing of mountain glaciers over the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. . Ph. D. Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Kern, Stefan, and Burcu Ozsoy-Çiçek. 2016. Satellite Remote Sensing of Snow Depth on Antarctic Sea Ice: An Inter-Comparison of Two Empirical Approaches. Remote Sensing 8(6). Art. #450. doi:

Kern, Stefan, Burcu Ozsoy-Çiçek, and Anthony P. Worby. 2016. Antarctic Sea-Ice Thickness Retrieval from ICESat: Inter-Comparison of Different Approaches. Remote Sensing 8(7). Art. #538. doi:

Kim, Byeong-Hoon, et al. 2016. Active subglacial lakes and channelized water flow beneath the Kamb Ice Stream. The Cryosphere 10(6): 2971–2980. doi:

Li, Guoyuan, et al. 2016. Improve the ZY-3 Accuracy Using ICESat/GLAS Laser Altimeter Data. The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume XLI-B1, 2016 XXIII ISPRS Congress, 12–19 July 2016, Prague, Czech Republic 41-B1. Prague: ISPRS, 37-42. doi:

Li, Guoyuan, et al. 2016. ZY-3 Block adjustment supported by glas laser altimetry data. Photogrammetric Record 31(153): 88-107. doi:

Li, Rongxing, et al. 2016. Quality assessment of existing antarctic remote sensing products. 2016 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Beijing: 3481-3484. doi:

Li, Xiaolu, Kai Xu, and Lijun Xu. 2016. Within-footprint roughness measurements using ICESat/GLAS waveform and LVIS elevation. Measurement Science and Technology 27(12). Art. #125012. doi:

Li, Xiaolu, mand Lijun Xu. 2016. Surface slope and roughness measurement using ICESat/GLAS elevation and laser waveform. Measurement Science and Technology 27(9): Art. #095202. doi:

Li, Zhiguo, et al. 2016. Changes in glacier extent and surface elevations in the Depuchangdake region of northwestern Tibet, China. Quaternary Research 85(1): 25-33. doi:

Liu, Caixia, et al. 2016. The importance of data type, laser spot density and modelling method for vegetation height mapping in continental China. International Journal of Remote Sensing 37(24): 6127-6148. doi:

Liu, Shijie, et al. 2016. An Alternative Approach for Registration of High-Resolution Satellite Optical Imagery and ICESat Laser Altimetry Data. Sensors 16(12). Art. #2008. doi:

Magruder, Lori, Holly Leigh, and Amy Neuenschwander. 2016. Evaluation of terrain and canopy height products in central African tropical forests. International Journal of Remote Sensing 37(22): 5365-5387. doi:

Mahoney, Craig, et al. 2016. Continental-Scale Canopy Height Modeling by Integrating National, Spaceborne, and Airborne LiDAR Data. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 42(5): 574-590. doi:

Marsh, Oliver J., et al. 2016. High basal melting forming a channel at the grounding line of Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Geophysical Research Letters 43(1): 250-255. doi:

Montesano, Paul M., et al. 2016. Spaceborne potential for examining taiga–tundra ecotone form and vulnerability. Biogeosciences 13(13): 3847-3861. doi:

Muhammad, Sher, and Lide Tian. 2016. Changes in the ablation zones of glaciers in the western Himalaya and the Karakoram between 1972 and 2015. Remote Sensing of Environment 187: 505-512. doi:

O'Loughlin, Fiachra, et al. 2016. ICESat-derived inland water surface spot heights. Water Resources Research 524): 3276–3284. doi:

O'Loughlin, Fiachra, et al. 2016. A multi-sensor approach towards a global vegetation corrected SRTM DEM product. Remote Sensing of Environment 182: 49-59. doi:

Pandey, Pratima, et al. 2016. Qualitative and quantitative assessment of TanDEM-X DEM over western Himalayan glaciated terrain. Geocarta International. doi:

Satge, Frédéric, et al. 2016. Absolute and relative height-pixel accuracy of SRTM-GL1 over the South American Andean Plateau. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 121: 157-166. doi:

Seehaus, Thorsten C., et al. 2016. Dynamic Response of Sjögren Inlet Glaciers, Antarctic Peninsula, to Ice Shelf Breakup Derived from Multi-Mission Remote Sensing Time Series. Frontiers in Earth Science 14. doi:

Shean, David, et al. 2016. An automated, open-source pipeline for mass production of digital elevation models (DEMs) from very-high-resolution commercial stereo satellite imagery. SPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 116: 101-117. doi:

Song, Chunqiao, and Yongwei Sheng. 2016. Contrasting evolution patterns between glacier-fed and non-glacier-fed lakes in the Tanggula Mountains and climate cause analysis. Climatic Change 135(3): 493–507. doi:

Song, Chunqiao, et al. 2016. Glacial lake evolution in the southeastern Tibetan Plateau and the cause of rapid expansion of proglacial lakes linked to glacial-hydrogeomorphic processes. Journal of Hydrology 540: 504–514. doi:

Su, Yanjun, et al. 2016. Spatial distribution of forest aboveground biomass in China: Estimation through combination of spaceborne lidar, optical imagery, and forest inventory data. Remote Sensing of Environment 173: 187-199. doi:

Su, Yanjun, Qin, and Qinghua Guo. 2016. Fine-resolution forest tree height estimation across the Sierra Nevada through the integration of spaceborne LiDAR, airborne LiDAR, and optical imagery. International Journal of Digital Earth 10(3): 307-323. doi:

Takaku, Junichi, et al. 2016. Validation of 'AW3D' Global DSM Generated From ALOS Prism. ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences III-4: 25-31.

Tang, H., et al. 2016. Characterizing leaf area index (LAI) and vertical foliage profile (VFP) over the United States. Biogeosciences 13(1): 239-252. doi:

Tao, Shengli, et al. 2016. Global patterns and determinants of forest canopy height. Ecology 97(12): 3265–3270. doi:

Toyoda, Takahiro, et al. 2016. Data assimilation of sea ice concentration into a global ocean–sea ice model with corrections for atmospheric forcing and ocean temperature fields. Journal of Oceanography 72(2): 235-262. doi:

Treichler, D., and A. Kääb. 2016. ICESat laser altimetry over small mountain glaciers. Cryosphere 10(5): 2129-2146. doi:

Visakh, S., S. Muralikrishnan and M. Sreedhar. 2016. Improving the Elevation Accuracy of CARTOSAT -1 DEM. International Journal for Innovative Research in Science & Technology 2(8): 117-128.

Wang, Qiuyu, Shuang Yi, and Wenke Sun. 2016. The changing pattern of lake and its contribution to increased mass in the Tibetan Plateau derived from GRACE and ICESat data. Geophysical Journal International 207(1): 528-541. doi:

Wang, Xianwei, et al. 2016. Grounding and calving cycle of Mertz Ice Tongue revealed by shallow Mertz Bank. The Cryosphere 10(5): 2043–2056. doi:

Wang, Yuanyuan, et al. 2016. A combined GLAS and MODIS estimation of the global distribution of mean forest canopy height. Remote Sensing of Environment 174: 24-43. doi:

Wendleder, A., et al. 2016. A Method to Estimate Long-Wave Height Errors of SRTM C-Band DEM. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 13(5): 696-700. doi:

Xi, Xiaohuan, et al. 2016. Forest above Ground Biomass Inversion by Fusing GLAS with Optical Remote Sensing Data. International Journal of Geoinformation 5(4). Art. #45. doi:

Xie, Huan, et al. 2016. A Least-Squares Adjusted Grounding Line for the Amery Ice Shelf Using ICESat and Landsat 8 OLI Data. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 9(11): 5113-5122. doi:

Xie, Huan, et al. 2016. Antarctic Ice Sheet Surface Mass Balance Estimates From 2003 to 2015 Using ICESat and CRYOSAT-2 Data. The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume XLI-B8, 2016 XXIII ISPRS Congress, 12–19 July 2016, Prague, Czech Republic 41-B8. Prague: ISPRS, 549-553 . doi:

Xie, Huan, et al. 2016. A comparative study of changes in the Lambert Glacier/Amery Ice Shelf system, East Antarctica, during 2004–2008 using gravity and surface elevation observations. Journal of Glaciology 62(235): 888–904. doi:

Xing, Yanqiu, et al. 2016. Estimation of Regional Forest AbovegroundBiomass Combining ICESat/GLAS Waveforms and HJ-1A/HSI Hyperspectral Imageries. The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume XLI-B7, 2016 XXIII ISPRS Congress, 12–19 July 2016, Prague, Czech Republic 41(B7): 731-737. doi:

Yavaşlı, Doğukan Doğu. 2016. Estimation of above ground forest biomass at Muğla using ICESat/GLAS and Landsat data. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment 4: 211–218. doi:

Yi, Donghui, et al. 2016. Antarctic sea-ice freeboard and estimated thickness from NASA's ICESat and IceBridge observations. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2016 IEEE International. Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( IEEE ), 7682-7685. doi:

Yi, Shuang, et al. 2016. Changes in Mountain Glaciers, Lake Levels, and Snow Coverage in the Tianshan Monitored by GRACE, ICESat, Altimetry, and MODIS. Remote Sensing 8(10). Art. # 798. doi:

Yue, Ma, et al. 2016. Waveform model of a laser altimeter for an elliptical Gaussian beam. Applied Optics 55(8): 1957-1965. doi:

Zhang, Shuping, et al. 2016. Bathymetric survey of water reservoirs in north-eastern Brazil based on TanDEM-X satellite data. Science of The Total Environment 571: 575–593. doi:

Zhang, Tengyu, and Shuanggen Jin. 2016. Ice mass balance and GIA effects in tibet estimated from GRACE and ICESat measurements. Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS), Shanghai: 4780-4783. doi:

Zhou, Yuhong, et al. 2016. Curve matching approaches to waveform classification: a case study using ICESat data. GIScience & Remote Sensing 53(6): 739-758. doi:

Zou, Fang, and Shuanggen Jin. 2016. Estimations of glacier melting in Greenland from combined satellite gravimetry and icesat. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2016 IEEE International: 6185-6188. doi:


Andersen, M. L., et al. 2015. Basin-scale partitioning of Greenland ice sheet mass balance components (2007–2011). Earth and Planetary Science Letters 409: 89-95. doi:

Arthern, Robert J., Richard C. A. Hindmarsh, and C. Rosie Williams. 2015. Flow speed within the Antarctic ice sheet and its controls inferred from satellite observations. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface 120(7): 1171-1188. doi:

Bao, Wei-jia, et al. 2015. Glacier changes during the past 40 years in the west Kunlun Shan. Journal of Mountain Science 12(2): 344-357. doi:

Bevan, Suzanne L., et al. 2015. Seasonal dynamic thinning at Helheim Glacier. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 415: 47-53. doi:

Brinkerhoff, D., and J. Johnson. 2015. A stabilized finite element method for calculating balance velocities in ice sheets. Geoscience Model Development 8: 1275-1283. doi:

Chi, Hong, et al. 2015. National Forest Aboveground Biomass Mapping from ICESat/GLAS Data and MODIS Imagery in China. Remote Sensing 7(5): 5534-5564. doi:

Chuter, S. J., and J. L. Bamber. 2015. Antarctic ice shelf thickness from CryoSat-2 radar altimetry. Geophysical Research Letters 42(24): 10721-10729. doi:

Collins, M. B., and E. T. A. Mitchard. 2015. Integrated radar and lidar analysis reveals extensive loss of remaining intact forest on Sumatra 2007–2010. Biogeosciences 12: 6637-6653. doi:

Farrinotti, Daniel, et al. 2015. Substantial glacier mass loss in the Tien Shan over the past 50 years. Nature Geoscience 8: 716-722. doi:

Gao, Huilin. 2015. Satellite remote sensing of large lakes and reservoirs: from elevation and area to storage. WIRES 2(2): 147–157. doi:

Gwenzi, David. 2015. Lidar Remote Sensing of Savanna Biophysical Attributes. . Ph. D. Colorado State University.

Haarpaintner, J., et al. 2015. Tropical Forest Remote Sensing Services for the Democratic Republic of Congo Insidc the EU FP7 ‘Recover’ Project (Final Results 2000-2012). The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume XL-7/W3, 2015 36th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, 11–15 May 2015, Berlin, Germany XL-7/W3: 397-402. doi:

Han, Hyangsun, and Hoonyol Lee. 2015. Tide-corrected flow velocity and mass balance of Campbell Glacier Tongue, East Antarctica, derived from interferometric SAR. Remote Sensing of Environment 160: 180-192. doi:

Hayashi, Masato, et al. 2015. Quantitative assessment of the impact of typhoon disturbance on a Japanese forest using satellite laser altimetry. Remote Sensing of Environment 156: 216-225. doi:

Howat, I. M., et al. 2015. Brief Communication: Sudden drainage of a subglacial lake beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. The Cryosphere 9(1): 103-108. doi:

Hu, Deyong, et al. 2015. Parameterizing the aerodynamic roughness length on a regional scale based on multi-source remote-sensing data. International Journal of Remote Sensing 36(13): 3483-3502. doi:

Jarihani, Abdollah A., et al. 2015. Satellite-derived Digital Elevation Model (DEM) selection, preparation and correction for hydrodynamic modelling in large, low-gradient and data-sparse catchments. Journal of Hydrology 524: 489-506. doi:

Jiao, Jiu Jimmy, Xiaotao Zhang, and Xusheng Wang. 2015. Satellite-based estimates of groundwater depletion in the Badain Jaran Desert, China. Scientific Reports 5. #8960. doi:

Kääb, A., et al. 2015. Brief Communication: Contending estimates of 2003–2008 glacier mass balance over the Pamir–Karakoram–Himalaya. The Cryosphere 9(2): 557-564. doi:

Ke, Linghong, Xiaoli Ding, and Chunqiao Song. 2015. Estimation of mass balance of Dongkemadi glaciers with multiple methods based on multi-mission satellite data. Quaternary International 371: 58-66. doi:

Ke, Linghong, Xiaoli Ding, and Chunqiao Song. 2015. Heterogeneous changes of glaciers over the western Kunlun Mountains based on ICESat and Landsat-8 derived glacier inventory. Remote Sensing of Environment 168: 13-23. doi:

Kern, Stefan, and Gunnar Spreen. 2015. Uncertainties in Antarctic sea-ice thickness retrieval from ICESat. Annals of Glaciology 56(69): 107-119. doi:

Khan, Shfaqat A., et al. 2015. Greenland ice sheet mass balance: a review. Reports on Progress in Physics 78(4). #046801. doi:

Kinyanjui, Mwangi James, et al. 2015. Comparing Tree Heights among Montane Forest Blocks of Kenya Using LiDAR Data from GLAS. Open Journal of Forestry 5(1). Art. #53470. doi:

Kjeldsen, Kristian K., et al. 2015. Spatial and temporal distribution of mass loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet since AD 1900. Nature 528: 396-400. doi:

Kropáček, Jan, et al. 2015. Remote Sensing for Characterisation and Kinematic Analysis of Large Slope Failures: Debre Sina Landslide, Main Ethiopian Rift Escarpment. Remote Sensing 7(12): 16183-16203. doi:

Landy, Jack C., Jens K. Ehn, and David G. Barber. 2015. Albedo feedback enhanced by smoother Arctic sea ice. Geophysical Research Letters 42(24): 10,714–10,720. doi:

Lee, Changno, et al. 2015. Automated Generation of a Digital Elevation Model Over Steep Terrain in Antarctica From High-Resolution Satellite Imagery. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 53(3): 1186-1194. doi: