Zhanqing Li received his Ph.D. degree from McGill University in 1991 and M.S. and B.S. degrees from Nanjing Institute of Meteorology in 1983 and 1985, respectively. After one year of postdoctoral research at the Meteorological Service of Canada, he was employed as a research scientist by the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing in 1992. He became a Full Professor at the Department of Meteorology at the University of Maryland in 2001. Dr. Li has engaged in numerous meteorological and interdisciplinary studies concerning cloud, radiation budget, aerosol, UV radiation, terrestrial environment, forest fire and carbon budget cycle, and so forth. So far, he has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles in many leading journals such as Nature, Science, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Climate, Journal of Atmospheric Science, and Remote Sensing of Environment. Dr. Li has received numerous major achievement awards. His photo appeared in the newspaper and the cover of Science magazine. His scientific results were reported by some leading public media such as the Discovery TV, the Weather Channel, Global and Mail, New Scientist, Voice of America, Science Daily, US News, and World Report. He has developed a suite of original algorithms for atmospheric and terrestrial applications. His algorithm for retrieving surface radiation budget (SRB) was adopted by NASA. The fire monitoring and mapping algorithm developed by his team is run operationally at the Canadian Forest Service, which is also the foundation of the NOAA fire monitoring system. Applying the algorithms to various satellite data, long-term datasets of SRB, ultraviolet radiation, albedo, biomass burning, and so forth have been developed. He has also engaged in studies on scene classification, sensor calibration, BRDF, spectral conversion, and so forth. He has served as PI and science team members in numerous projects/programs including the most recent East Asian Study of Tropospheric Aerosols, an International Regional Experiment (EAST-AIRE).
Biography Updated on 9 December 2010