Jian Peng

Jian Peng

Professor for Hydrology and Remote Sensing/Head of Remote Sensing Department (UFZ)

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ - Leipzig, Germany

I am the head of the Department of Remote Sensing at the UFZ and a full professor for Hydrology and Remote Sensing at the University of Leipzig. My research interests are the quantitative retrieval of land surface parameters from remote sensing data, the assimilation of remote sensing data into climate and land surface process models, understanding land-atmosphere interactions using earth system models and observational data, and quantification of climate change impact on water resources. My research in particular focuses on estimation of high-resolution land surface water and energy fluxes from satellite observations, and the investigation of hydrological and climatic extremes as well as their impacts on ecosystems. I have been involved in various national and international research projects funded by e.g., ESA, EU, UK space agency, NERC, and DFG. I have received numerous international awards, most recently in 2019 the Remote Sensing Young Investigator Award of the Swiss scientific publisher MDPI. I am the Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Geoscience Data Journal”.


  • Hydrology and the atmospheric environment
  • Climatic extremes and climate variability
  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Process-based modeling and data-driven methods


  • Department head, 2020

    Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

  • Professor, 2020

    Leipzig University

  • Editor-in-Chief, 2020

    Geoscience Data Journal

  • Senior researcher, 2018-2020

    University of Oxford

  • PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018-2020

    University of Oxford

  • Research scientist, 2015-2017

    University of Munich

  • Post-Doc, 2013-2015

    Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

  • PhD in Earth science, 2010-2013

    Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

Publications (64)