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JIANG Liguang
Assistant Professor

Liguang Jiang is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Science and Engineering, SUSTech. He received his MSc degree from the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2014, and PhD in Remote Sensing & Hydrology from the Technical University of Denmark in 2018.


His research interests span both remote sensing and hydrological sciences. He has worked on hydrological dynamics of surface water bodies, e.g. lakes, reservoirs, and rivers in the context of climate change. His PhD research has centered on the potentials of radar altimetry for inland water monitoring and modeling. He has investigated the pros/cons of different altimetry missions, e.g. SARAL/AltiKa, CryoSat-2, Sentinel-3 over mountainous lakes and rivers. In addition, he has made some contributions to hydrodynamic modeling using distributed altimetry-derived Water Surface Elevation data, broadening the range of applications of satellite altimetry.


Liguang has published more than 20 research articles on SCI-indexed journals, e.g. Remote Sensing of Environment, Journal of Hydrology, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, etc.


Professional Experience:
Mar 2021 - Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)
Oct 2018 - Sep 2021 Postdoc, Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Oct 2015 - Sep 2018 Research assistant, Technical University of Denmark
Jul 2014 - Aug 2015 Research assistant, IGSNRR, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Oct 2015 – Sep 2018: PhD, Remote Sensing and Hydrology, Technical University of Denmark
Sep 2011– Jun 2014: MSc, Natural Resources Science, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Sep 2007 – Jun 2011: BSc, Geographic Information System, North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power


Selected funded projects:
[1] EOForChina: Satellite EO for Flood and Drought Forecasting in China (2019.03 – 2022.02). Funded by Danida Fellowship Centre, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
[2] ChinaWaterSense: Remote sensing of inland water and land surface variables in China with satellites and unmanned airborne systems (UAS) (2019.10 – 2022.09). Funded by Innovation Fund Denmark
[3] HYDROCOASTAL: Sentinel-3 and CryoSat-2 SAR/sarin Radar Altimetry for Coastal Zone and Inland Water Level (2020.01 – 2021.12). Funded by European Space Agency (ESA)
[4] SWOT-Arctic-River: Enhanced Levels and Discharge Estimates for Arctic Rivers. SWOT Science Team (NASA/CNES)


Research Interests:
Surface water mapping
Hydrological modeling & uncertainty analysis
Hydraulic model & Hydrodynamic modeling
Data assimilation & Streamflow forecasting
Inland water altimetry
UAV Hydrometry
Climate change and water resources management


Published Works:
Peer-reviewed articles (* indicates corresponding author)
[1] Cécile M.M. Kittel, Liguang Jiang, Christian Tøttrup, Peter Bauer-Gottwein. “Sentinel-3 radar altimetry for river monitoring - a catchment-scale evaluation of satellite water surface elevation from Sentinel-3A and Sentinel-3B”. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 2021, 25(1). DOI: 10.5194/hess-25-333-2021
[2] Youjiang Shen, Dedi Liu, Liguang Jiang, Jiabo Yin, Karina Nielsen, Peter Bauer-Gottwein, Shenglian Guo, Jun Wang. “On the contribution of satellite altimetry-derived water surface elevation to hydrodynamic model calibration in the Han River”. Remote Sensing, 2020, 12(24), 4087. DOI: 10.3390/rs12244087
[3] Liguang Jiang*, Karina Nielsen, Ole B. Andersen, Peter Bauer-Gottwein. “A bigger picture of how the Tibetan lakes have changed over the past decade revealed by CryoSat-2 altimetry”. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 2020, 125(23). DOI: 10.1029/2020JD033161
[4] Xingxing Zhang, Liguang Jiang*, Cécile M. M. Kittel, Zhijun Yao, Karina Nielsen, Zhaofei Liu, Rui Wang, Jun Liu, Ole B. Andersen, Peter Bauer-Gottwein. “On the Performance of Sentinel‐3 Altimetry Over New Reservoirs: Approaches to Determine Onboard A Priori Elevation”. Geophysical Research Letters, 2020, 47(17). DOI: 10.1029/2020GL088770
[5] Guoqing Zhang, Taodong Yao, Hongjie Xie, Kun Yang, Liping Zhu, C.K. Shum, Tobias Bolch, Shuang Yi, Simon Allen, Liguang Jiang, Wenfeng Chen, Changqing Ke. “Response of Tibetan Plateau’s lakes to climate changes: Trend, pattern, and mechanisms”. Earth-Science Reviews, 2020, 208(103269). DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2020.103269
[6] Liguang Jiang*, Filippo Bandini, Inger Jensen, Ole Smith, Peter Bauer-Gottwein. “The value of distributed high-resolution UAV-borne observations of water surface elevation for river management and hydrodynamic modelling”. Remote Sensing, 2020, 12(7), 1171. DOI: 10.3390/rs12071171 Feature paper (free of charge)
[7] Liguang Jiang*, Karina Nielsen, Salvatore Dinardo, Ole B. Andersen, Peter Bauer-Gottwein. “Evaluation of Sentinel-3 SRAL SAR altimetry over Chinese rivers”. Remote Sensing of Environment, 2020, 237, 111546. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2019.111546
[8] Liguang Jiang*, Henrik Madsen, Peter Bauer-Gottwein. “Simultaneous Calibration of Multiple Hydrodynamic Model Parameters using Satellite Altimetry Observations of Water Surface Elevation in the Songhua River”. Remote Sensing of Environment, 2019,225: 229-247. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2019.03.014
[9] Liguang Jiang*, Peter Bauer-Gottwein. “How do GPM IMERG precipitation estimates perform as hydrological model forcing? Evaluation for 300 catchments across Mainland China”. Journal of Hydrology, 2019, 572: 486-500. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.03.042
[10] Liguang Jiang*, Ole Baltazar Andersen, Karina Nielsen, Guoqing Zhang, Peter Bauer-Gottwein. “Influence of local geoid variation on water surface elevation estimates derived from multi-mission altimetry for Lake Namco”. Remote Sensing of Environment, 2019, 211: 65-79. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2018.11.004
[11] Liguang Jiang*, Karina Nielsen, Ole B. Andersen, Peter Bauer-Gottwein. “CryoSat-2 radar altimetry for monitoring freshwater resources of China”. Remote Sensing of Environment, 2017, 200: 125-139. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2017.08.015
[12] Liguang Jiang*, Raphael Schneider, Ole B. Andersen, Peter Bauer-Gottwein. “CryoSat-2 Altimetry Applications over Rivers and Lakes”. Water, 2017, 9(3), 211. DOI: 10.3390/w9030211
[13] Liguang Jiang*, Karina Nielsen, Ole B. Andersen, Peter Bauer-Gottwein. “Monitoring recent lake level variations on the Tibetan Plateau using Cryosat-2 SARIn mode data”. Journal of Hydrology, 2017, 544: 109-124. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.11.024 [Highly Cited Paper on January 2018]
[14] Liguang Jiang, Zhijun Yao, He Qing Huang. “Climate variability and change on the Mongolian Plateau: Historical variation and future predictions”. Climate Research, 2016, 67:1-14. DOI: 10.3354/cr01347
[15] Rui Wang, Zhaofei Liu, Liguang Jiang, Zhijun Yao, Junbo Wang, Jianting Ju. “Comparison of surface water chemistry and weathering effects of two lake basins in the Changtang Nature Reserve, China”. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2016, 28(3):183-194. DOI: 10.1016/j.jes.2015.03.016
[16] Lei Wang, Zhijun Yao, Liguang Jiang, Rui Wang, Shanshan Wu, Zhaofei Liu. “Changes in climate extremes and catastrophic events in the Mongolian Plateau from 1951 to 2012”. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 2016, 55(5): 1169-1182. DOI: 10.1175/JAMC-D-14-0282.1
[17] Liguang Jiang, Zhijun Yao, Zhaofei Liu, Shanshan Wu, Rui Wang, Lei Wang. “Estimation of soil erosion in some sections of lower Jin sha River based on RUSLE”. Natural Hazards, 2015, 76(3): 1831-1847. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-014-1569-6
[18] Liguang Jiang, Zhijun Yao, Rui Wang, Zhaofei Liu, Lei Wang. “Hydrochemistry of the Middle and Upper Reaches of the Yarlung Tsangpo River System: Weathering Processes and CO2 Consumption”. Environmental Earth Sciences, 2015, 74(3): 2369-2379. DOI: 10.1007/s12665-015-4237-6
[19] Liguang Jiang, Zhijun Yao, Zhaofei Liu, Rui Wang, Shanshan Wu. “Hydrochemistry and its controlling factors of rivers in the source region of the Yangtze River on the Tibetan Plateau”. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 2015, 155:76-83. DOI: 10.1016/j.gexplo.2015.04.009
[20] Rui Wang, Zhijun Yao, Zhaofei Liu, Shanshan Wu, Liguang Jiang, Lei Wang. “Snow cover variability and snowmelt in a high altitude ungauged catchment”. Hydrological Processes, 2015, 29(17): 3665-3676. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10472
[21] Zhijun Yao, Rui Wang, Zhaofei Liu, Shanshan Wu, Liguang Jiang. “Spatial-temporal patterns of major ion chemistry and its controlling factors in the Manasarovar Basin, Tibet”. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2015, 25(6): 687-700. DOI: 10.1007/s11442-015-1196-5