Xi Zhao

Xi Zhao is an Associate Professor in Chinese Antarctic Center of Surveying and Mapping at Wuhan University, where she has been since 2012. Xi will be residing at PSC, collaborating with Jinlun Zhang, through late 2018 -2019. She received her Ph.D. in earth observation science from the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Supervised by Prof. Alfred Stein, Xi’s PhD research addressed spatial and spatio-temporal uncertainty by random sets, with applications in vegetation and flood level monitoring at various scale levels. After her PhD research, she worked on remote sensing and uncertainty of the polar sea ice.

Xi won the James Smith Medal for 2018, awarded by the International Spatial Accuracy Research Association, for her achievement as a junior scientist. She also served as a guest editor for Spatial Statistics’ special issue, Regional Economy and Development: A Viewpoint and Application of Spatial Statistics, in 2017, and was a keynote speaker at the Spatial Statistics Conference in 2015, and again in 2018. Xi has also published 46 peer-reviewed papers, among which 24 are SCI/EI indexed.

Xi’s research interests include sea ice remote sensing, uncertainty modeling, and data quality analysis of remote sensing images. Her recent studies focus on marginal ice zone dynamics (both Arctic and Antarctic), the thin ice thickness retrieval and polynya monitoring (Ross Sea/Antarctic), along with ice leads detection (Beaufort Sea/Arctic). During her stay at the Polar Science Center, Xi expects to learn from our team of scientists and researchers, cooperate closely with sea ice modelers and remote sensing experts, and make enhanced efforts to bring a fruitful future.

Selected publications

Xiaoping Pang, Jian Pu, Xi Zhao, Qing Ji, Meng Qu, Zian Cheng (2018). Comparison between AMSR2 Sea Ice Concentration Products and Pseudo-Ship Observations of the Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice Edge on Cloud-Free Days. Remote Sensing, 2018, 10,317, doi:10.3390/rs10020317. [SCI]

Qingquan Liu, Qing Ji, Xiaoping Pang, Xin Gao, Xi Zhao, Ruibo Lei (2017). Inter-Calibration of Passive Microwave Satellite Brightness Temperatures Observed by F13 SSM/I and F17 SSMIS for the Retrieval of Snow Depth on Arctic First-Year Sea Ice. Remote Sensing, 2017, 10(1),36; doi:10.3390/rs10010036.

Zian Cheng, Xiaoping Pang, Xi Zhao and Cheng Tan (2017). Spatio-Temporal Variability and Model Parameters Sensitivity Analysis of Ice Production in Ross Ice Shelf Polynya from 2003 to 2015. Remote Sensing, 9, 934, doi:10.3390/rs9090934.

Xi Zhao, Lei Xu, Alfred Stein and Xiaoping Pang (2016). The impact of averaging methods on the trend analysis of the Antarctic sea ice extent and perimeter. Spatial Statistics, 18, pp 221-233.

Lian Feng, Juan Li, Weishu Gong, Xi Zhao, Xiaoling Chen, Xiaoping Pang (2016). Radiometric cross-calibration of Gaofen-1WFVcameras using Landsat-8 OLI images: A solution for large view angle associated problems. Remote Sensing of Environment, 174, pp.56–68

Juan Li, Lian Feng, Xiaoping Pang, Weishu Gong and Xi Zhao (2016). Radiometric cross Calibration of Gaofen-1WFV Cameras Using Landsat-8OLI Images: A Simple Image-Based Method. Remote Sensing, 8, 411, doi:10.3390/rs8050411.

Xi Zhao, Haoyue Su, Alfred Stein and Xiaoping Pang (2015) Comparison between AMSR-E ASI sea-ice concentration product, MODIS and pseudo-ship observations of the Antarctic sea-ice edge. Annals of Glaciology, 56(69), pp.45-52

Qing ji, Xiaoping Pang and Xi Zhao (2014) A bibliometric analysis of research on Antarctica during 1993-2012. Scientometrics, 101(3), pp.1925-1939

Xi Zhao, Alfred Stein, Xiang Zhang, Lian Feng and Xiaoling Chen (2014) Variation analysis of lake extension in space and time from MODIS images using random International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 30, pp86-97.

Xiaoping Pang, Haiyan Liu and Xi Zhao (2014) Selecting suitable sites for an Antarctic research station: a case for a new Chinese research station. Antarctic Science, 26(5), pp. 479-490.