Published Research

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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:

Du, Xiaoping, et al. 2015. Vertical accuracy assessment of freely available digital elevation models over low-lying coastal plains. International Journal of Digital Earth. doi:

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:

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:

Levinsen, J. F., et al. 2015. ESA ice sheet CCI: derivation of the optimal method for surface elevation change detection of the Greenland ice sheet-round robin results. International Journal of Remote Sensing 36(2): 551-573. doi:

Li, Zhiguo, et al. 2015. Changes in the glacier extent and surface elevation in Xiongcaigangri region, Southern Karakoram Mountains, China. Quaternary International 371: 67-75. doi:

Liu, Caixia, et al. 2015. Joint Use of ICESat/GLAS and Landsat Data in Land Cover Classification: A Case Study in Henan Province, China. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 8(2): 511-522. doi:

Lu, Xiaomei, and Yongxiang Hu. 2015. Accuracy of land surface elevation from CALIPSO mission data. Optical Engineering 54(3). Art. #031102. doi:

Margolis, Hank A., et al. 2015. Combining satellite lidar, airborne lidar, and ground plots to estimate the amount and distribution of aboveground biomass in the boreal forest of North America. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 45(7): 838-855. doi:

Massom, R. A., et al. 2015. External influences on the Mertz Glacier Tongue (East Antarctica) in the decade leading up to its calving in 2010. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface 120(1): 490–506. doi:

Ni, Xiliang, et al. 2015. Mapping Forest Canopy Height over Continental China Using Multi-Source Remote Sensing Data. Remote Sensing 7(7): 8436-8452. doi:

Nilsson, J., et al. 2015. Mass changes in Arctic ice caps and glaciers: implications of regionalizing elevation changes. The Cryosphere 9: 130-150. doi:

Nuimura, T., et al. 2015. The GAMDAM glacier inventory: a quality-controlled inventory of Asian glaciers. The Cryosphere 9: 849-864. doi:

Phan, Vu Hien. 2015. Observing changes in lake level and glacial thickness on the Tibetan Plateau with the ICESat laser altimeter.

Rastogi, Gunjan, Ritesh Agrawala, and Ajai. 2015. Bias corrections of CartoDEM using ICESat-GLAS data in hilly regions. GIScience & Remote Sensing 52(5): 571-585. doi:

Satgé, F., et al. 2015. Accuracy assessment of SRTM v4 and ASTER GDEM v2 over the Altiplano watershed using ICESat/GLAS data. International Journal of Remote Sensing 36(22): 465-488. doi:

Schoen, N., et al. 2015. Simultaneous solution for mass trends on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The Cryosphere 9: 805-819. doi:

Seehaus, Thorsten, et al. 2015. Changes in ice dynamics, elevation and mass discharge of Dinsmoor–Bombardier–Edgeworth glacier system, Antarctic Peninsula. Earth and Planetary Letters 427: 125-135. doi:

Song, Chunqiao, Bo Huang, and Linghong Ke. 2015. Heterogeneous change patterns of water level for inland lakes in High Mountain Asia derived from multi-mission satellite altimetry. Hydrological Processes 29(12): 2769-2781. doi:

Su, Xialoi, et al. 2015. High resolution Greenland ice sheet inter-annual mass variations combining GRACE gravimetry and Envisat altimetry. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 422: 11-17. doi:

Sørensen, Louise Sandberg, et al. 2015. Envisat-derived elevation changes of the Greenland ice sheet, and a comparison with ICESat results in the accumulation area. Remote Sensing of Environment 160: 56-62. doi:

Tian, Jinyan, Le Wang, and Xiaojuan Li. 2015. Sub-footprint analysis to uncover tree height variation using ICESat/GLAS. International J. of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 35B: 284-293. doi:

Wang, Fang, Bamber, J.L., and Xiao Cheng. 2015. Accuracy and Performance of CryoSat-2 SARIn Mode Data Over Antarctica. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 12(7): 1516-1520. doi:

Wang, Ninglian, et al. 2015. Variations of the glacier mass balance and lake water storage in the Tarim Basin, northwest China, over the period of 2003-2009 estimated by the ICESat-GLAS data. Environmental Earth Sciences 74: 1997-2008. doi:

Willis, Michael J., et al. 2015. Recharge of a subglacial lake by surface meltwater in northeast Greenland. Nature 518: 223-227. doi:

Wuite, J., et al. 2015. Evolution of surface velocities and ice discharge of Larsen B outlet glaciers from 1995 to 2013. The Cryosphere 9: 957-969. doi:

Yang, Ting, et al. 2015. Forest canopy height mapping over China using GLAS and MODIS data. Science China-Earth Sciences 57: 96-105. doi:

Yu, Ying, Xiguang Yang, and Wenyi Fan. 2015. Estimates of forest structure parameters from GLAS data and multi-angle imaging spectrometer data. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 38(1): 65-71. doi:

Zhao, Shangmin, et al. 2015. Rectification methods comparison for the ASTER GDEM V2 data using the ICESat/GLA14 data in the Lvliang mountains, China. Environmental Earth Sciences Thematic Issue. doi:

Zhou, Yu, et al. 2015. Improving InSAR elevation models in Antarctica using laser altimetry, accounting for ice motion, orbital errors and atmospheric delays. Remote Sensing of Environment 162: 112-118. doi:

Zhou, Yuhong, et al. 2015. ICESat waveform-based land-cover classification using a curve matching approach. International Journal of Remote Sensing 36(1): 36-60. doi:


Arsen, Adalbert, et al. 2014. Remote Sensing-Derived Bathymetry of Lake Poopó. Remote Sensing 6: 407-420. doi:

Baghdadi, N., et ak, 2014. Estimation of forest height and above ground biomass from ICESat/GLAS data in Eucalyptus plantations in Brazil. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2014 IEEE International: 725-728. doi:

Baghdadi, N., et al. 2014. Viability Statistics of GLAS/ICESat Data Acquired Over Tropical Forests. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 7(5): 1658-1664. doi:

Baghdadi, N., et al. 2014. Testing Different Methods of Forest Height and Aboveground Biomass Estimations From ICESat/GLAS Data in Eucalyptus Plantations in Brazil. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 7(1): 290-299. doi:

Borsa, A. A., et al. 2014. A Range Correction for ICESat and its Potential Impact on Ice-sheet Mass Balance Studies. The Cryosphere 8(2): 345-357. doi:

Bosch, Wolfgang, Denise Dettmering, and Christian Schwatke. 2014. Multi-Mission Cross-Calibration of Satellite Altimeters: Constructing a Long-Term Data Record for Global and Regional Sea Level Change Studies . Remote Sensing 6(3): 2255-2281. doi:

Chander, S., et al. 2014. Ice Height and Backscattering Coefficient Variability over Greenland Ice Sheets Using SARAL Radar Altimeter. Marine Geodesy. doi:

Cochran, J. R., et al. 2014. Bathymetric and Oceanic Controls on Abbot Ice Shelf Thickness and Stability. The Cryosphere 8(3): 877-889. doi:

Deo, Rinki and Rao. 2014. Vertical Accuracy Assessment of TanDEM-X DEM Over Indian Test Areas. EUSAR 2014; Proceedings of 10th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar: p 1-4.

Enßle, F., J. Heinzel, and B. Koch. 2014. Accuracy of Vegetation Height and Terrain Elevation Derived from ICESat/GLAS in Forested Areas. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 31: 37-44. doi:

Fang, Zhou, and Chunxiang Cao 2014. Estimation of Forest Canopy Height Over Mountainous Areas Using Satellite Lidar. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 7(7): 3157-3166. doi:

Farhan, Suhaib Bin et al. 2014. Hydrological regimes under the conjunction of westerly and monsoon climates: a case investigation in the Astore Basin, Northwestern Himalaya. Climate Dynamics. doi:

Fayad, I., et al. 2014. Coupling Potential of ICESat/GLAS and SRTM for the Discrimination of Forest Landscape Types in French Guiana. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 33: 21-31.

Fayad, Ibrahim 2014. Canopy Height Estimation in French Guiana with LiDAR ICESat/GLAS Data Using Principal Component Analysis and Random Forest Regressions. Remote Sensing 6(12): 11883-11914. doi:

Flament, T., E. Berthier, and F. Remy. 2014. Cascading Water Underneath Wilkes Land, East Antarctic Ice Sheet, Observed Using Altimetry and Digital Elevation Models. The Cryosphere 8(3): 673-687. doi:

Gascon, F., et al. 2014. Copernicus Sentinel-2 Mission: Products, Algorithms and Cal/Val . SPIE Proceedings 9218. doi:

Gogineni, S., et al. 2014. Bed topography of Jakobshavn Isbræ, Greenland, and Byrd Glacier, Antarctica. Journal of Glaciology 60(223): 813-833. doi:

Groh, A. 2014. Zur Bestimmung eisinduzierter Massensignale aus der Kombination geodätischer Daten. . Dresden, Technische Universitat Dresden, Ph. D.

Groh, A., et al. 2014. Assessing the Current Evolution of the Greenland Ice Sheet by Means of Satellite and Ground-Based Observations. Surveys in Geophysics. doi:

Gu, Zhenxiong, et al. 2014. Experimental Results of Elevation Change Analysis in the Antarctic Ice Sheet Using DEMs from ERS and ICESat data. Annals of Glaciology 55(66): 198-204. doi:

Gunter, B. C., et al. 2014. Empirical Estimation of Present-day Antarctic Glacial Isostatic Adjustment and Ice Mass Change. The Cryosphere 8(3): 743-760. doi:

Gwenzi, David, and Michael Andrew Lefsky. 2014. Modeling canopy height in a savanna ecosystem using spaceborne lidar waveforms. Remote Sensing of Environment 154: 338-344. doi:

Hansen, M. C., et al. 2014. Monitoring Conterminous United States (CONUS) Land Cover Change with Web-Enabled Landsat Data (WELD). Remote Sensing of Environment 140: 466-484. doi:

Helm, V., A. Humbert, and H. Miller. 2014. Elevation and elevation change of Greenland and Antarctica derived from CryoSat-2. The Cryosphere 8(4): 1539-1559. doi:

Herzfeld, Ute C. and Bruce Wallin. 2014. Spatio-temporal Analysis of Surface Elevation Changes in Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica, from ICESat GLAS Data and ERS-1 Radar Altimeter Data. Annals of Glaciology 55(66): 248-258. doi:

Jiang, Houjun, et al. 2014. Fusion of High-resolution DEMs Derived from COSMO-SkyMed and TerraSAR-X InSAR Datasets. Journal of Geodesy 88(6): 587-599. doi:

Kropácek, Jan, Niklas Neckel, and Andreas Bauder. 2014. Estimation of Mass Balance of the Grosser Aletschgletscher, Swiss Alps, from ICESat Laser Altimetry Data and Digital Elevation Models. Remote Sensing 6(6): 5614-5632. doi:

Langley, K., et al. 2014. Complex Network of Channels Beneath an Antarctic Ice Shelf. Geophysical Research Letters 41(4): 1209-1215. doi:

Larour, E., et al. 2014. Representation of sharp rifts and faults mechanics in modeling ice shelf flow dynamics: Application to Brunt/Stancomb-Wills Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface 119(9): 1918-1935. doi:

Li, Long, et al. 2014. Changes of the three holy lakes in recent years and quantitative analysis of the influencing factors. Quaternary International 349: 339-345. doi:

Liu, Jun, et al. 2014. Glacier Mass Change Evaluation in Lambert-Amery Area from 2002 to 2012 Using ASTER Stereo Images and ICESat GLAS Laser Altimetry. IOP Conf. Series: Earth and Environmental Science 17. Art. # 012136. doi:

Liu, Yan, et al. 2014. Detection of Crevasses Over Polar Ice Shelves Using Satellite Laser Altimeter. Science China-Earth Sciences 57(6): 1267-1277. doi:

Mahoney, Craig, et al. 2014. Slope Estimation from ICESat/GLAS. Remote Sensing 6(10): 10051-10069. doi:

Michel, Aurélie, Thomas Flament, and Frédérique Rémy. 2014. Study of the Penetration Bias of ENVISAT Altimeter Observations over Antarctica in Comparison to ICESat Observations . Remote Sensing 6(10): 9412-9434. doi:

Moholdt, Geir, et al. 2014. Basal mass budget of Ross and Filchner-Ronne ice shelves, Antarctica, derived from Lagrangian analysis of ICESat altimetry. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface 119(1): 2361-2380. doi:

Montesano, Paul M., et al. 2014. The Uncertainty of Plot-Scale Forest Height Estimates from Complementary Spaceborne Observations in the Taiga-Tundra Ecotone . Remote Sensing 6(10): 10070-10088. doi:

Montesano, Paul M., et al. 2014. The uncertainty of biomass estimates from LiDAR and SAR across a boreal forest structure gradient. Remote Sensing of Environment 154: 398-407. doi:

Morton, Douglas C., et al. 2014. Amazon Forests Maintain Consistent Canopy Structure and Greenness During the Dry Season. Nature 506(7487): 221-224. doi:

Munchow, Andreas, Laurie Padman, and Helen A. Fricker. 2014. Interannual Changes of the Floating Ice Shelf of Petermann Gletscher, North Greenland, from 2000 to 2012. Journal of Glaciology 60(221): 489-499. doi:

Muskett, Reginald R. 2014. ICESat-Derived Elevation Changes on the Lena Delta and Laptev Sea, Siberia. Open Journal of Modern Hydrology 4(1): p 1-9. doi:

Neckel, N., J. Kropá?ek, T. Bolch, and V. Hochschild. 2014. Glacier Mass Changes on the Tibetan Plateau 2003–2009 Derived from ICESat Laser Altimetry Measurements. Environmental Research Letters 9(1). doi:

Ni, Xiliang, et al. 2014. Allometric Scaling and Resource Limitations Model of Tree Heights: Part 3. Model Optimization and Testing over Continental China. Remote Sensing 6(5): 3533-3553. doi:

Nie, Sheng, et al. 2014. Signal-to-noise ratio–based quality assessment method for ICESat/GLAS waveform data. Optical Engineering 53(10). Art. #103104. doi:

Nielsen, Karina, et al. 2014. Towards Constraining Glacial Isostatic Adjustment in Greenland Using ICESat and GPS Observations. International Association of Geodesy Symposia 139: 325-331.

Park, Taejin, et al. 2014. Application of Physically-Based Slope Correction for Maximum Forest Canopy Height Estimation Using Waveform Lidar across Different Footprint Sizes and Locations: Tests on LVIS and GLAS. Remote Sensing 6(7): 6566-6586. doi:

Peterson, Birgit, and Kurtis J. Nelson. 2014. Mapping Forest Height in Alaska Using GLAS, Landsat Composites, and Airborne LiDAR. Remote Sensing 6: 12409-12426. doi:

Richter, Andreas, et al. 2014. Height changes over subglacial Lake Vostok, East Antarctica: Insights from GNSS observations. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface 119(11): 2460–2480. doi:

Ross, Neil, et al. 2014. The Ellsworth Subglacial Highlands: Inception and retreat of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Geological Society of America Bulletin 126(1-2): 3-15. doi:

Scambos, T. A., et al. 2014. Detailed ice loss pattern in the northern Antarctic Peninsula: widespread decline driven by ice front retreats. The Cryosphere 8: 2135-2145. doi:

Schenk, Toni, et al. 2014. Fusion of Multi-sensor Surface Elevation Data for Improved Characterization of Rapidly Changing Outlet glaciers in Greenland. Remote Sensing of Environment  3576:00:00: 239-251. doi:

Sergienko, O. V., T. T. Creyts, and R. C. A. Hindmarsh. 2014. Similarity of organized patterns in driving and basal stresses of Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets beneath extensive areas of basal sliding. Geophysical Research Letters 41(11): 3925-3932. doi:

Smith, Noah H., et al. 2014. Laser Reference Sensor Alignment Estimation Using Star Observations. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 0(0): p 1-11. doi: