Dr. Zhan Li

Building A 70, Room 305
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28847

Function and Responsibilities:

Postdoctoral researcher with the group of Earth-Atmosphere Interactions  TEAM

Research Interests:

My research focuses on observing and understanding two aspects of the Earth system, (1) the structure and functioning of terrestrial ecosystems, primarily forests and wetlands; (2) land cover and land use changes and their impacts to and implications for climate change and carbon cycling. I specialize in remote sensing of land at a range of spatial scales (plot to global, fine to medium resolution), by multiple sensors (multispectral, lidar, radar) on different platforms (ground, airborne and satellite).

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  • 2020 - present
    • Postdoctoral researcher at GFZ, Potsdam, Germany, with the group TEAM
  • 2018 - 2020
    • Postdoctoral researcher at Canadian Forest Service, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • 2015 - 2018
    • Research Fellow at University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, U.S.A., with the group SPECTRALMASS


  • 2011 - 2015        Ph.D. Geography at Boston University, Boston, MA, U.S.A.
  • 2008 - 2011        M.Sc. Cartography & GIS at Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • 2004 - 2008        B.Sc. GIS at Nanjing University, Nanjing, China


  • 2020 - present
    • Helmholtz-Initiative Climate Adaptation and Mitigation, funded by Helmholtz Association, Germany.
  • 2018 - 2020
    • Earth Observation to Inform Canada’s Climate Change Agenda, funded by Canadian Space Agency and Natural Resources Canada, Canada.
  • 2015 - 2018
    • North American Land Surface Albedo and Nearshore Shallow-Bottom Properties from Landsat and MODIS/VIIRS, funded by U.S. Geological Survey, Landsat Science Team, U.S.A.
  • 2015 - 2018
    • Suomi NPP VIIRS BRDF/Albedo/NBAR Products to Extend the Long Term Consistent MODIS Standard Data Record, funded by NASA, MODIS/VIIRS Science Team, U.S.A.
  • 2011 - 2015
    • Development of a Dual-Wavelength, Ground-Based, Echidna® Lidar (DWEL) for Structural Characterization and Virtual Reconstruction of Forest Canopies, funded by NSF, U.S.A.
  • 2008 - 2011
    • Mapping wetland changes in China between 1978 and 2008, funded by Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
    • ICEsat GLAS data for urban environment monitoring, funded by Chinese Academy of Sciences, China