Zhan Li

Zhan Li

Postdoctoral scientist / Remote Sensing Department (UFZ)

Department Remote Sensing, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

My research focuses on observing and understanding two aspects of the Earth system, (1) the structure and functioning of ecosystems; (2) the changes of land-water nexus and their responses 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). I have worked on several projects on remote sensing applications funded by different agencies, such as NASA’s MODIS Science Team, USGS’s Landsat Science Team, and Canadian Space Agency.


  • Ecosystem Ecology
  • Land-Water Nexus
  • Remote Sensing


  • PhD in Geography, 2015

    Boston University, Boston, MA, U.S.A.

  • MSc in Geographic Information Science, 2011

    Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

  • BSc in Geographic Information System, 2008

    Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

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