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Qian Zhang

Research Associate
room: C1.018 (tower)
phone: +49 3641 57 6288
Email: qzhang(at)

Professional background

since 2016: Research Associate at International Institute for Earth System Science of Nanjing University, China
2013: Visiting Scientist at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Melbourne, Austrila
2011-16: PhD in Remote Sensing and Carbon Cycle, Nanjing University, China
2008-11: MAgr in Forestry Management, Nanjing Forestry University, China
2004-08: BAgr in Forestry and BSc in Biotechnology, Shandong Agricultural University, China

My work at BGI

Detection of heat and drought stress on vegetation using vegetation indices and fluorescence from remote sensing

Current Projects:

DAAD PostDoc Scholarship

Research Interest:

  • Near-surface automatic hyperspectral and Lidar observations
  • Plant photosynthesis and carbon cycle
  • Photochemical reflectance index and solar-induced fluorescense
  • Heat and drought stress on vegetation
  • Multi-angle observation, sun-target-viewer geometry and correction of angular effects
  • UAV-platform observation and application


Qian Zhang, Jing M. Chen, Weimin Ju, Yongguang Zhang, Zhaohui Li, Liming He, Javier Pacheco-Labrador, Ji Li, Bo Qiu, Xiaokang Zhang, Feng Qiu, Bin Chen, Shuren Chou, Zhaoying Zhang, Nan Shan, Ground-based Multi-angle Solar-induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence Observation and Angular Normalization for Assessing Vegetation Productivity. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 2021, 126, e2020JG006082

Jun Geng, Qian Zhang, Feng Qiu, Jing M. Chen, Yongguang Zhang, Weiliang Fan, Lili Tu, Jianwei Huang, Shaoteng Wang, Lichen Xu, Jinchao Li, Evaluation of GOFP over four forest plots using RAMI and UAV measurements. International Journal of Digital Earth, 2021, online, doi: 10.1080/17538947. 2021.1936226

Jinghua Chen, Qian Zhang, Bin Chen, Yongguang Zhang, Li Ma, Zhaohui Li, Xiaokang Zhang, Yunfei Wu, Shaoqiang Wang, Robert A Mickler, Evaluating Multi-Angle Photochemical Reflectance Index and Solar-Induced Fluorescence for the Estimation of Gross Primary Production in Maize. Remote Sensing, 2020,12, 2812

Xiaokang Zhang, Feng Qiu,Chunhui Zhan, Qian Zhang, Zhaohui Li, Yunfei Wu,Yu Huang, Xinghai Chen, Acquisitions and Applications of Forest Canopy Hyperspectral Imageries at Hotspot and Multi-View Angle Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Platform. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 2020, 14, 022212.

Zhaohui Li, Qian Zhang, Ji Li, Xi Yang, Yunfei Wu, Zhaoying Zhang, Songhan Wang, Hezhou Wang, Yongguang Zhang, Solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence and its link to canopy photosynthesis in maize from continuous ground measurements. Remote Sensing of Environment, 2020, 236, 111420

Chunhui Zhan, Qian Zhang, Zhaohui Li, Xiaokang Zhang, Yunfei Wu, Impacts of different radiometric calibration methods on the retrievals of sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence and its relation to productivity for continuous field measurements, Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 2020, 14(2), 022206.

Qian Zhang, Xiaokang Zhang, Zhaohui Li, Yunfei Wu, Yongguang Zhang, Comparison of bi-hemispherical and hemispherical-conical configurations for in situ measurements of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence, Remote Sensing, 2019, 11, 2642.

Qing Huang, Feng Qiu, Weiliang Fan, Yibo Liu, Qian Zhang, Evaluation of Different Methods for Estimating the Fraction of Sunlit Leaves and Its Contribution for Photochemical Reflectance Index Utilization in a Coniferous Forest, Remote Sensing, 2019,11(14), 1643.

Xiaorong Wang, Bo Qiu, Wenkai Li, Qian Zhang, Impacts of drought and heatwave on the terrestrial ecosystem in China as revealed by satellite solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence, Science of The Total Environment, 2019(693), 133627.

Feng Qiu, Jing M. Chen, Weimin Ju, Jun Wang, Qian Zhang, Meihong Fang. Improving the PROSPECT Model to Consider Anisotropic Scattering of Leaf Internal Materials and Its Use For Retrieving Leaf Biomass in Fresh Leaves. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2018, 99: 1-18.

Qian Zhang, Jing M. Chen, Weimin Ju, Huimin Wang, Feng Qiu, Fengting Yang, Weiliang Fan, Qing Huang, et al. Improving the ability of the photochemical reflectance index to track canopy light use efficiency through differentiating sunlit and shaded leaves. Remote Sensing of Environment, 2017, 194: 1-15.

Qian Zhang, Weimin Ju, Jing M. Chen, Huimin Wang, Fengting Yang, Weiliang Fan, Qing Huang, Ting Zheng, et al. Ability of the Photochemical Reflectance Index to Track Light Use Efficiency for a Sub-Tropical Planted Coniferous Forest. Remote Sensing, 2015, 7 (12): 16938-16962.

#Other works

Other works

ChinaSpec: a network for long-term in situ measurements of solar-induced fluorescence and reflectance in China

SIFprism and Multi-Fluo systems for automatic measurements of SIF and reflectance

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