Wenfeng Zhan

Associate Professor


Contact Information

Rm B412,Kunshan Building, Nanjing University Xianlin Campus

Research Areas

Thermal remote sensing; Remote sensing application

Personal Information


Research Interests

  • Disaggregation of remotely sensed land surface temperature
  • Modelling of LST dynamics by discrete thermal observations
  • Urban thermal anisotropy
  • Urban themral environment and its impacts


2014.01-2016.12 Soil thermal field inversion using remote sensing, National Science Foundation of China, 250k RMB. PI: Wenfeng Zhan

2013.07-2016.06 Subsurface urban heat island monitoring using remote sensing, Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, 200k RMB. PI: Wenfeng Zhan

2012.07-2014.06 Disaggregation of remotely sensed land surface temperature, the Open Fund of State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science, 60k RMB. PI: Wenfeng Zhan


Main Publications

I am the leading author of the following publications. They can be generally divided into three closely-related narrow fields. (*Corresponding author; †my graduate student)

(1) On interpolation (or extrapolation) of temporally discrete surface or subsurface temperatures

2014 Huang, F.†, Zhan, W.*, Ju, W., Wang, Z. Improved reconstruction of soil thermal field using two-depth measurements of soil temperature. Journal of Hydrology, 2014, 519, 711–719. 20151420491537041.pdf

2014 Huang, F.†, Zhan, W.*, Duan, S.-B., Ju, W., Quan, J. A generic framework for modeling diurnal land surface temperatures with remotely sensed thermal observations under clear sky. Remote Sensing of Environment, 2014, 150, 140–151. 20151420492836770.pdf

2014 Zhan, W., Zhou, J., Ju, W., Li, M., Sandholt, I., Voogt, J., & Yu, C. Remotely sensed soil temperatures beneath snow-free skin-surface using thermal observations from tandem polar-orbiting satellites: An analytical three-time-scale model. Remote Sensing of Environment, 2014, 143, 1-14. 20151420422112972.pdf

2012 Zhan, W., Chen, Y., Voogt, J., Zhou, J., Wang, J., Liu, W., Ma, W. Interpolating diurnal surface temperatures of an urban facet using sporadic thermal observations. Building and Environment, 2012, 57, 239-252. 20151420433494885.pdf

(2) On disaggregation of remotely sensed land surface temperature (DLST, these five articles are included in my PhD thesis)

2014 Chen, Y. Zhan, W.*, Quan, J., Zhou, J., Zhu, X., Sun, H. Disaggregation of remotely sensed land surface temperature: (II) A generalized paradigm. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2014, 52(9), 5952-5965. 2015142044233837.pdf

2013 Zhan, W., Chen, Y., Zhou, J., Wang, J., Liu, W., Voogt, J., Zhu, X., Quan, J., Li, J. Disaggregation of remotely sensed land surface temperature: (I) Literature survey, taxonomy, issues, and caveats. Remote Sensing of Environment, 2013, 131, 119-139. 20151420442812379.pdf

2012 Zhan, W., Chen, Y., Wang, J. F., Zhou, J., Quan, J., Liu, W., Li, J. Downscaling land surface temperatures through multi-spectral and multi-resolution bands. International Journal Applied Earth Observation and Geo-information, 2012, 18, 23-36. 20151420444490742.pdf

2011 Zhan, W., Chen, Y., Zhou, J., Li, J. An algorithm for separating soil and vegetation temperatures with sensors featuring a single thermal channel. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2011, 49(5), 1796-1809. 2015142045019406.pdf

2011 Zhan, W., Chen, Y., Zhou, J., Li, J., Liu, W. Sharpening thermal imageries: a generalized theoretical framework from an assimilation perspective. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2011, 49(2), 773-789. 20151420451458923.pdf

(3) On urban heat island and urban thermal anisotropy

2014 Zhan, W., Ju, W., Hai, S., Ferguson, G., Quan, J., Tang, C., Guo, Z., Kong, F. Satellite-derived subsurface urban heat island. Environmental Science & Technology, 2014, 48, 12134−12140. 20151420452676418.pdf

2012 Zhan, W., Chen, Y., Voogt, J. A., Zhou, J., Wang, J., Ma, W., Liu, W. Assessment of thermal anisotropy on remote estimation of urban thermal inertia. Remote Sensing of Environment, 2012, 123, 12–24. 20151420454532976.pdf

Coauthored International Publications

In press Sun, H., Chen, Y., Zhan, W., Wang, M., Ma, W. A kernel model for urban surface thermal emissivity anisotropy and its uncertainties. Journal of Infrared and Millimeter Waves, in press.

2015 Li, W., Chen, E., Li, Z., Ke, Y., Zhan, W. Forest aboveground biomass estimation using polarization coherence tomography and PolSAR segmentation. International Journal of Remote Sensing,36:2,530-550,DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2014.999383. 20151108001.pdf

2014 Quan, J., Chen, Y., Zhan, W., Wang, J., Voogt, J. A., Li, J. A hybrid method combining neighborhood information from satellite data with modeled diurnal temperature cycles over consecutive days. Remote Sensing of Environment, 155, 257–274. 20151420514664626.pdf

2014 Zeng, C., Wang, J., Zhan, W., Shi, P., Gambles, A. An elevation difference model for building height extraction from stereo-image-derived DSM. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 35(22), 7614–7630. 2015142053518843.pdf

2014 Quan, J., Chen, Y., Zhan, W., Wang, J., Voogt, J. A., Wang, M. Multi-temporal trajectory of the urban heat island centroid in Beijing, China based on a Gaussian volume model. Remote Sensing of Environment, 2014, 149, 33–46. 20151420531798609.pdf

2014 Zhou, J., Zhang, X., Zhan, W., Zhang, H. Land surface temperature retrieval from MODIS data by integrating regression models and the genetic algorithm in an arid region. Remote Sensing, 2014, 6(6), 5344-5367. 20151420534851696.pdf

2014 Sun, H., Chen, Y., Gong, A., Zhao, X., Zhan, W., Wang, M. Estimating mean air temperature using MODIS day and night land surface temperatures. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 2014, 118(1-2), 81-92. 20151420543790205.pdf

2014 Chen, X., Li, W., Chen, J., Zhan, W., & Rao, Y. A simple error estimation method for linear-regression-based thermal sharpening techniques with the consideration of scale difference. Geo-spatial Information Science, 2014, 17(1), 54-59. 20151420545246121.pdf

2013 Zhou, J., Chen, Y., Zhang, X., Zhan, W. Modelling the diurnal variations of urban heat islands with multi-source satellite data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 2013, 34(21), 7568-7588. 201514212225428.pdf

2013 Chen, Z., Qin, Q., Lin, L., Liu, Q., Zhan, W. DEM Densification using perspective shape from shading through multispectral imagery. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 2013, 99, 145-149. 20151420552390412.pdf

2012 Zhou, J., Li, J., Zhang, L., Hu, D., Zhan, W. F. Inter-comparison of methods for estimating land surface temperature from Landsat-5 TM image in an arid region with low water vapor in the atmosphere. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 2012, 33(8), 2582-2602. 20151420554180093.pdf

2011 Zhou, J., Chen, Y. H., Wang, J. F., Zhan, W. F. Maximum nighttime urban heat island (UHI) intensity simulation by integrating remotely sensed data and meteorological observations. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 2011, 4(1), 138-146. 20151420555470337.pdf

2011 Zhou, J., Li, J., Zhao, X., Zhan, W. F., Guo, J. X. A modified single-channel algorithm for land surface temperature retrieval from HJ-1B satellite data. Journal of Infrared and Millimeter Waves, 2011, 30(1), 61-67. 20151420561391261.pdf

2010 Zhou, J., Zhan, W. F., Hu, D. Y., Zhao, X. Improvements of the mono-window algorithm for retrieving land surface temperature from HJ-1B satellite data. Chinese Geographical Science, 2010, 20(2), 123-131. 20151420562915785.pdf

Selected Chinese publications [中文期刊论文]

2013 Quan, J., Zhan, W., Chen, Y., Liu, W. Downscaling remotely sensed land surface temperatures: A comparison of typical methods. Journal of Remote Sensing, 2013, 17(2), 374-387. [全金玲, 占文凤, 陈云浩, 刘闻雨. (2013). 基于遥感的地表温度降尺度方法比较研究—性能对比及适应性评价. 遥感学报, 17(2), 376-389.]

2013 Ma, W., Chen, Y., Zhan, W., Zhou, J. Thermal anisotropy model for simulated three dimensional urban targets. Journal of Remote Sensing, 2013, 17(1), 62-76. [马伟, 陈云浩, 占文凤, 周纪. (2013). 城市模拟目标的三维热辐射方向性模型. 遥感学报, 17(1), 69-76.]

2011 Zhan, W. F., Chen, Y. H., Zhou, J., Li, J. Spatial simulation of urban heat island intensity based on the support vector machine technique: A case study in Beijing. Acta Geodaetica et Cartographica Sinica, 2011, 40(1), 96-103. [占文凤, 陈云浩, 周纪, 李京. 基于支持向量机的北京城市热岛模拟—热岛强度空间格局曲面模拟及其应用. 测绘学报, 2011, 40(1), 96-103.]

2010 Zhan, W. F., Chen, Y. H., Ma, W., Zhou, J., Li, J. FOV effect analysis in directional brightness temperature observations for urban targets. Chinese Journal of Remote Sensing, 2010, 14(2), 379-386. [占文凤, 陈云浩, 马伟, 周纪. 城市目标方向亮温观测的视场效应分析. 遥感学报, 2010, 14(2), 379-386.]


2014 Spring semester Data Mining [In Chinese: 数据挖掘], for undergraduates

2014 Fall semester Thermal Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces [In Chinese: 热红外遥感], for graduates


As a faculty member

2014 DengFeng Program – Level B, Nanjing University [南京大学登峰计划-B类]

2013 Excellent Ph.D thesis, Beijing [北京市优秀博士学位论文, 北师大仅2名]

As a graduate

2012 Tingru Zhou Academic Scholarship, Beijing Normal University, Rank 1st among more than 100 new PhDs [周廷儒奖学金,北师大6个地学相关的学院(研究院),博士组第1名]

2011 Alumni Scholarship, Beijing Normal University [校友奖学金]

2010 Liyun Scholarship, Beijing Normal University [励耘奖学金]

2010 Major Award in the Jingshi Cup of Academic Competition, Beijing Normal University

2009 Graduate Comprehensive Scholarship, Beijing Normal University

2008 Excellent paper, The Fourth Forum for Geographical Graduates of Beijing

As an undergraduate

2007 GPA Rank: 1/166 [武汉大学遥感学院07届本]

2007 Excellent undergraduate thesis, Hubei Province [湖北省优秀本科毕业论文一等奖, on InSAR]

2007 Excellent graduate, Wuhan University [优秀毕业生]

2006 Surveying Scholarship, Wuhan University [科教兴测绘奖学金]

2006 Top Scholarship, Wuhan University [甲等奖学金]

2005 Wang Zhi-zhuo Innovative Scholarship, Wuhan University [王之卓奖学金,1/166]

2005 Top Scholarship, Wuhan University [甲等奖学金]