Associate Professor 


No. 9, Block 4, Renminnanlu Road, Chengdu, 610041, People’s Republic of China  




Land surface water and heat exchange monitoring by remote sensing method, land surface soil moisture estimation and scaling effect, mountain eco-environment monitoring based spatial technology 


Sep. 2006-Jul. 2012 

PhD Degree, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural resource research, Beijing, China 

Sep. 2009-Aug. 2011 

Visiting scholar, University of Strasbourg, France 

Sep. 2002-Jul. 2006 

Bachelor Degree, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China 


Employment Record (including international working experience ) 

Nov. 2012-present 

Associate Professor, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu Sichuan, China 

Jul. 2012-Nov. 2015 

Research Assistant, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu Sichuan, China 


Running Projects 

[1] The General Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China 

[2] The Youth Innovation Promotion Association CAS 

[3] The 135 Strategic Program of the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, CAS, 

[4] The CAS “Light of West China” Program 

Academic Society Activities 

[1] Member of Geoscience & Remote Sensing Society, IEEE 

[2] Secretary of the Professional Committee of Digital Mountain, Chinese National Committee of International Society of Digital Earth 

[3] Vice Secretary of the Mountain Branch of the Geographical Society of China 

[4] Secretary of the Sino-Nepal Joint Research Center for Geography, the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China 



[1] 2012 Outstanding doctoral graduate thesis Award of the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research 

[2] 2015 Outstanding oral presentation, International Symposium on Earth Observation for One Belt and One Road, 

[3] 2017 The 14th National Youth Geography Science and Technology Award of the Geographical Society of China 

[4] 2017 The 3rd Youth Geography Science and Technology Award of the Geographical Society of Sichuan 

[5] 2017 Innovation program for youth talent of the National Remote Sensing Center 




Journal Publications: 

[1] Zhao, W., Wu, H., Yin, G., & Duan, Si-Bo (2019). Normalization of the temporal effect on the MODIS land surface temperature product using random forest regression. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 152: 109-118. 

[2] Zhao, W., He, J., Yin, G., Wen, F., & Wu, H. (2019). Spatiotemporal variability in land surface temperature over the mountainous region affected by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake from 2000 to 2017. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, online, DOI: 10.1029/2018JD030007. 

[3] Zhao, W., Duan, S.-B., Li, A., & Yin, G. (2019). A practical method for reducing terrain effect on land surface temperature using random forest regression. Remote Sensing of Environment, 221, 635-649. 

[4] Zhao, W., He, J., Wu, Y., Xiong, D., Wen, F. & Li, A.*, (2019). An Analysis of Land Surface Temperature Trends in the Central Himalayan Region Based on MODIS Products. Remote Sensing, 11(8), p.900. 

[5] Zhao, W., Li A., Huang Q., Gao Y., Li F., & Zhang L. (2019). An improved method for assessing vegetation cooling service in regulating thermal environment: A case study in Xiamen, China. Ecological Indicators, 98: 531-42. doi: 

[6] He, J., Zhao, W.*, Li, A., Wen, F., & Yu, D. (2019). The impact of the terrain effect on land surface temperature variation based on Landsat-8 observations in mountainous areas. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 40, 1808-1827.  

[7] Li, A., Deng, W., Zhao, W.*, Liu, B., Zhang, J., Kong, B., Nan, X., Bian, J., Koirala, H.L., Gilani, H., Sati, V.P., Gomes, P.I.A., & Khanal, N.R. (2018). A geo-spatial database about the eco-environment and its key issues in South Asia. Big Earth Data, 2, 298-319. 

[8] Zhao, W., Sánchez, N., Lu, H., & Li, A. (2018). A spatial downscaling approach for the SMAP passive surface soil moisture product using random forest regression. Journal of Hydrology, 563, 1009-1024. 

[9] Zhao, W., Sánchez, N., & Li, A. (2018). Triangle Space-Based Surface Soil Moisture Estimation by the Synergistic Use of in situ Measurements and Optical/Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing: An Alternative to Conventional Validations. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 56, 4546-4558. 

[10] Zhao, W., Li, A., & Zhao, T. (2017). Potential of Estimating Surface Soil Moisture with the Triangle-Based Empirical Relationship Model. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 55 (11), 6494 - 6504. 

[11] Zhao, W., Li, A., Nan, X., Zhang, Z., & Lei, G. (2017). Postearthquake Landslides Mapping from Landsat-8 Data for the 2015 Nepal Earthquake Using a Pixel-Based Change Detection Method. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 10 (5), 1758-1768. 

[12] Zhao, W., Li, A., Jin, H., Zhang, Z., Bian, J., & Yin, G. (2017). Performance Evaluation of the Triangle-Based Empirical Soil Moisture Relationship Models Based on Landsat-5 TM Data and In Situ Measurements. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 55 (5), 2632-2645. 

[13] Huang, P., Zhao, W.*, & Li, A. (2017). The Preliminary Investigation on the Uncertainties Associated with Surface Solar Radiation Estimation in Mountainous Areas. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 14 (7), 1071-1075. 

[14] Xia, H.#, Zhao, W.#, Li, A., Bian, J., & Zhang, Z. (2017). Subpixel Inundation Mapping Using Landsat-8 OLI and UAV Data for a Wetland Region on the Zoige Plateau, China. Remote Sensing, 9 (1), 31.  

[15] Zhao, W., & Li, A. (2015). A Review on Land Surface Processes Modelling over Complex Terrain. Advances in Meteorology, 2015, 17.  

[16] Li, A., Zhao, W.*, & Deng, W. (2015). A Quantitative Inspection on Spatio-Temporal Variation of Remote Sensing-Based Estimates of Land Surface Evapotranspiration in South Asia. Remote Sensing, 7, 4726-4752.  

[17] Zhao, W., & Li, A. (2015). A comparison study on empirical microwave soil moisture downscaling methods based on the integration of microwave-optical/IR data on the Tibetan Plateau. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 36, 4986-5002.  

[18] Zhao, W., Li, A., & Deng, W. (2014). Surface Energy Fluxes Estimation Over the South Asia Subcontinent Through Assimilating MODIS/TERRA Satellite Data with In Situ Observations and GLDAS Product by SEBS Model. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 7, 3704-3712.  

[19] Zhao, W., Li, A., Bian, J., Jin, H., & Zhang, Z. (2014). A Synergetic Algorithm for Mid-Morning Land Surface Soil and Vegetation Temperatures Estimation Using MSG-SEVIRI Products and TERRA-MODIS Products. Remote Sensing, 6, 2213-2238.  

[20] Zhao, W., & Li, A. (2013). A Downscaling Method for Improving the Spatial Resolution of AMSR-E Derived Soil Moisture Product Based on MSG-SEVIRI Data. Remote Sensing, 5, 6790-6811.  

[21] Zhao, W., & Li, Z.-L. (2013). Sensitivity study of soil moisture on the temporal evolution of surface temperature over bare surfaces. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34, 3314-3331.  

[22] Zhao, W., Li, Z.-L., Wu, H., Tang, B.-H., Zhang, X., Song, X., & Zhou, G. (2013). Determination of bare surface soil moisture from combined temporal evolution of land surface temperature and net surface shortwave radiation. Hydrological Processes, 27, 2825-2833. 


[1] A. Li, W. Deng, and W. Zhao, "Land Cover Change and Its Eco-environmental Responses in Nepal," ed: Springer, 2017. 

[2] Deng WeiLi Ainong et al. South Asia Geography. Sichuan Science and Technology Press, 2016. (Chapter 3, 7, 8, 12, and 13)In Chinese) 

[3] Li Ainong eds. Mountain Remote sensing. Science press, 2016(Chapter 7, 8, and 9)(In Chinese)