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Welcome to ESTC

College of Science established a new institute "Global Environment and Natural Resources Institute (GENRI)"

COS team attended the HMNDP meeting in Geneva during march 11-15, 2013.

Mr. Di Wu, an ESGS Ph.D. student, received the "Best Student Research Poster & Oral Presentation Award" in the GIS day 2012 poster competition.

Dr. Byong-Lyol LEE, President of the Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) visited College of Science (COS), George Mason University (GMU) during June 2-9, 2012.

ESTC and NCAM agreed on long-term cooperation

COS signs a MOU with the NCC/CMA for cooperative research and exchanging scientists and students

Mason Signs MOU for Environmental Research with Chinese Scientists

COS Starts New Environmental Science and Technology Center with China

Current Mebmbers      Visiting Scientists/Scholars      ESTC Alumni

Current Members

John J. Qu John J. Qu

Founding Director of ESTC
Professor of Department of Geography and Geoinformation Sciences
PhD, Colorado State University, 1997.
Remote Sensing, Earth System Sciences, Climate and Environmental Sciences, Fire Sciences and GIS Applications
Email: jqu@gmu.edu
Motha Raymond P. Motha

Advisor member and research professor
PhD, University of Nebraska, 1978.
USDA Chief Meteorologist, agricultural meteorology, climate and drought monitoring, climate impact assessment on agriculture, guiding scientific expert teams and organized training seminars and international workshops.
Email: rmotha@gmu.edu
Cleaves David A. Cleaves

Research professor, director of EastFIRE Lab
PhD, Texas A&M University, 1983
Decision science, risk management, organizational effectiveness, and science policy and application.
Email: davidacleaves@gmail.com
XHaoXianjun Hao

Research Professor, Assistant Director
PhD, George Mason University, 2006.
Remote sensing, fire sciences, earth sciences, inverse problems and high performance computing.
Email: xhao1@gmu.edu
Sommers William T. Sommers

Research professor and co-director of EastFIRE Lab
PhD, State University of New York (Albany), 1972.
Fire sciences, climate sciences, ecosystems sciences, ecological risk assessment, and sustainable development.

Email: wsommers@gmu.edu
Xu Jianjun Xu

Research Professor
PhD, Nanjing Institute of Meteorology
Mesoscale numerical modelling, satellite data assimilation, satellite remote sense and sun-earth's climate connection, decadal climate change and Air-Sea interaction, hydrometeorology.
Email: jianjun.xu@noaa.gov
Rui Zhang Rui Zhang

Affiliate Research Assistant Professor
PhD, Institute of Remote Sensing Applications, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2010.
Remote Sensing Application, Pattern Recognition, Data Processing and Analysis.

Email: rzhang5@gmu.edu
Conard Susan G. Conard
Principal Research Scientist
PhD in ecology, University of California, Davis, 1980.
US Forest Service fire ecologist, 1983-2008. Co-Editor of the International Journal of Wildland Fire and President of the International Boreal Forest Research.
Fire research, fire management; climate change; disturbance ecology.
Email: sgconard@aol.com
LLW Lingli Wang

Affiliate Research Associate Professor
PhD, George Mason University, 2008.
Environmental and Climate and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and GIS
Email: wanglingli.bj@gmail.com
KT Kuppusamy Thirumalai

Research Professor
Dr.Ing (PhD).,Freiberg Technical University, Germany
Transportation Systems, Safety of Operations, Remote Sensing & Spatial Information, Innovation Implementation.

Email: kt.sti@comcast.net
DSklarewDann Sklarew

Associate Professor of Dept. of ESP
Associate Director of the PEREC
Ecological collaboration, climate variability, sustainability, water resources and aquatic ecosystems.

Email: dsklarew@gmu.edu
RYangRuixin Yang

Associate Professor
PhD, University of Southern California, 1990.
Earth system science, data acquiring, data analysis, and data mining, data information systems and GIS, numerical simulation and model evaluation.
Email: ryang@gmu.edu
dcarr Daniel Carr

Fellow, American Statistical Association
PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1976.
Statistical graphics, knowledge visualization, data exploration, analysis of massive data sets.
Email: dcarr@gmu.edu
William RoperWilliam E. Roper P.E.

Research Professor
PhD, Michigan State University
Environmental Engineering, remote sensing, water quality, water resource management, sustainable development, energy efficiency
Email: wroper@gmu.edu
Ayalew Balehager Ayalew

Research Scientist, African Project Coordinator
PhD, George Mason University, 2013
Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Geoinformation Science, GeoSpatial Intelligence Engineering, Sustainable Development Food and Water Security, Renewable Energy and Energy efficiency.
Email: bayalew@gmu.edu
KamalMohammed M. Kamal
Affiliate Research Faculty
PhD, George Mason University, 2012.
Effect of Dust variability, Temperature and Moisture Profiles on Tropical cyclones; Remote Sensing, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences.
Job: Office of Enterprise Solutions, CIO Directorate, Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Email: guineajewel@gmail.com
ShriSriharsha Madhavan

PhD, George Mason University, 2016
Instrument calibration and characterization, remote sensing applications, and aerosol modeling.

Email: sriharsha_madhavan@ssaihq.com
JasonTaeyoung (Jason) Choi

PhD Candidate
Monitoring radiometric, spatial and spectral on-orbit changes from Spectro-Radiometric Calibration Assembly (SRCA).
Email: tchoi@sigmaspace.com
Min ShaoMin Shao

PhD student
Mesoscale numerical modelling, satellite data assimilation, troposphere-stratosphere interaction.

Email: mshao@gmu.edu
Laurel GutenbergLaurel Gutenberg

PhD student
Earth systems and geoinformation sciences; hydrology, biomass and carbon.

Email: laurelgutenberg@gmail.com
Chenyang XuChenyang Xu

PhD student
Satellite remote sensing and GIS applications,drought monitoring and analysis.

Email: cxu8@gmu.edu
Adel Al-ShomranyAdel Al-Shomrany

PhD student
Agriculture Drought, Desertification, Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques.

Email: aalshomr@gmu.edu

Visiting Scientists/Scholars

Lan Shi Lan Shi

Visiting Scientist
PhD, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, China.
Climate Sciences, GIS Applications, Remote Sensing Applications

Email: sl_nim@163.com; Slan2@gmu.edu
Shenbei Zhou Shenbei Zhou

Visiting Scientist
PhD, Hohai University, China.
Water resources management, engineering economy, strategy management, and assessment of the adaptation to climate change on water resources.
Email: szhou4@gmu.edu ; zsb@hhu.edu.cn
Xiangyu Wu Xiangyu Wu

Visiting Scientist
Associate Professor, National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center

Email: fbbyh.wu@gmail.com
Yungang Cao Yungang Cao

Visiting Scientist
PhD, Southwest Jiaotong University, China.
Remote Sensing Digital Image Processing, Remote Sensing Information Modeling and Applications
Email: yungang@swjtu.cn

ESTC Alumni

coloffStanley G. Coloff

Affiliate Faculty
Principal Research Scientist
M.S. University of New Mexico.
Fire sciences, fire policy, air quality/smoke management, atmospheric deposition, global change. Scientist Emeritus, US Geological Survey.
ARAllen R. Riebau

Affiliate Faculty
PhD, Colorado State University, 1996.
Air quality and natural resources management.
National Atmosphere Program Manager of USDA/FS/HQ (retired).
Email: ARiebau@msn.com
WDiDi Wu

PhD, George Mason University, 2014
Remote sensing applications, data information systems and GIS.

Email: dwu6@gmu.edu
HaileHaile K. Tadesse

PhD, George Mason University, 2016
Cartographic Technician, USGS
Land use classification and analysis using radar and optical data.

Email: htadess1@gmu.edu
vanuSwarvanu Dasgupta

PhD, George Mason University, 2007.
Remote sensing, real time monitoring of fire conditions using satellite direct broadcast, data information systems and GIS.
First Job: Lead Systems Engineer/Senior Scientist, GST/NASA GSFC.
Email: sdasgupt@gmu.edu
MelissaMelissa Soriano

Master, George Mason University, 2008.
Remote sensing, hydrology, water resources, soil moisture, drought.
First Job: Staff Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Email: msoriano@gmu.edu
sanjeebSanjeeb Bhoi

PhD, George Mason University, 2009
Remote Sensing and Air Quality Modelling of pollution due to forest fire. Studies of the impact of global climate changes on the frequency and distribution of forest fires.
First Job: Research Scientist, GST/NASA GSFC
Email: sbhoi@gmu.edu
wwangWanting Wang

PhD, George Mason University, 2009
Remote sensing application on active fire, fuel loading and dust storm detection.
First Job: Research Scientist, SSAI/NASA Langley Research Center.

Email: cecilia.fleeger@nasa.gov
yongYong Xie

PhD, George Mason University, 2009.
Remote sensing, fire science, smoke detection, and MODIS calibration.
First Job: Sigma Space Corporation.

Email: yxie2@gmu.edu
MinMin Li

PhD, George Mason University, 2010.
Biomass and carbon change estimation with multi sensor. Phynology detection based on remote sensing technology. Environmental Remote sensing.
First Job: Scientific Analyst at IMSG@NOAA.
Email: mli4@gmu.edu
Wang Likun Wang

PhD, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2004
Lidar/Radar remote sensing of clouds, sensor calibration and validation, climate data records.

Email: likun.wang@noaa.gov
Jian Li Jian Li

Research Assistant Professor
PhD, George Mason University, 2011
Satellite remote sensing application, instrument calibration and data processing, climate variability, numerical simulation.
Email: jli9@gmu.edu
Zhiyong Wu Zhiyong Wu

Visiting Scientist
PhD, Hohai University, 2008
Hydrology, Flood forecasting, Drought monitoring and forecasting, Climate change impact assessment

Email: wzyhhu@gmail.com
Xuemei Lei Xuemei Lei

Visiting Scientist
PhD, University of Science and Technology Beijing, 2011
Data Mining, data Visualization, and GIS Application

Email: xmlei@yahoo.com
Dan Xu Dan Xu

Visiting Scientist
PhD,Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology , 2011.
Atmospheric Aerosol and Environment; Radiation and Microphysics

Email: marysmiling1@gmail.com
Lanlan Xiao Lanlan Xiao

Visiting Scientist
PhD, Wuhan University, 2011
Climate Change and New Energy Policy, Climate Change and Agriculture

Jiaxi Cai Jiaxi Cai

Visiting Scholar
Ph.D., Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, 2010.
Climate Dynamics, Interactions between Land/Ocean/Atmosphere

Email: jcai4@gmu.edu
Jing Shu Jing Shu

Visiting Scholar
Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute,China
Small Hydropower, Water Resources, Renewable Energy.

Email: jshu2006@hotmail.com
Hai He Hai He

Visiting Scientist
PhD, Hohai University, China.
Hydrology, water resources, and climate change and its effect on hydrological cycle and water resources.

Email: hhe@gmu.edu ; hhe@hhu.edu.cn
Weijie Fu Weijie Fu

Visiting Scientist
Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute,China
Hydrology,Water Resources,Soil moisture.
Email: wjfu333@sohu.com
Lilong Zhao Lilong Zhao

Visiting Scientist
PhD, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology.
Electro-optical information processing and detection,data analysis,numerical computation
Email: lzhao3@gmu.edu
Yansong Bao Yansong Bao

Visiting Scientist
Associate professor in School of atmospheric physics, Nanjing university of information science and technology.
Radiance data assimilation, atmospheric sounding.
Email: ysbao@hotmail.com
Yana Guo Yana Guo

Visiting Scholar
Jiangsu Maritime Institute, China
Regional Climate, Maritime Meteorology

Email: gynxz@163.com
Dongying Zhang Dongying Zhang

Visiting Scholar
School of Remote Sensing and Information Engineering, Wuhan University, China.
Remote Sensing Techniques for Soil Moisture , Vegetation Moisture, Water Coverage, Agricultural Drought and Hydrological Drought
Email: dzhang7@gmu.edu
Liu Peng Peng Liu

Visiting Scholar
PhD, Ocean University of China, 2012.
Remote Sensing applications on ocean environment.
First Job, CNEMC, Ministry of Enviromental Protection of China.
Email: jack.liu.peng.56@gmail.com
Yanfang Zhang Yanfang Zhang

Visiting Scientist
PhD, Shanxi Normal University, China.
Ecological security, conservation of water and soil, remote sensing and GIS.

Email: yzhang19@gmu.edu
Francesca Orlando Francesca Orlando

Visiting Scholar
PhD student in Soil Science and Climatology, University of Florence, Italy.
Agrometeorology and crop modelling, impact of climate variability on crop production and water resources.

Email: francesca.orlando@unifi.it