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Xiaodong Zhang

Dr. Xiaodong Zhang

Full Professor


I am an Endowed Chair and Professor with the Division of Marine Science at USM. Before joining USM in 2019, I had been a professor with University of North Dakota for 17 years. A central theme of my research is to study natural aquatic environment through optical observation. The research conducted in my lab involves theoretical development in light scattering and radiative transfer, and novel applications of optics to quantify and characterize various constituents in the aquatic environment. The research approach ranges from modeling, lab and field experiments, to satellite data analysis and interpretation. ResearchGate and Google Scholar.

  • Variability of relationship between the volume scattering function at 180° and the backscattering coefficient for aquatic particles, Applied Optics, 2020, 10.1364/AO.383229
  • Mitigating Impact of Devils Lake Flooding on the Sheyenne River Sulfate Concentration, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 2020,
  • A closure study of ocean inherent optical properties using flow cytometry measurements, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 2020,
  • Calibration of the LISST-VSF to derive the volume scattering functions in clear waters, Optics Express, 2019, 10.1364/OE.27.0A1188
  • Modeling Atmosphere-Ocean Radiative Transfer: A PACE Mission Perspective, Frontiers in Earth Science, 2019, 10.3389/feart.2019.00100
  • Light scattering by pure seawater: Effect of pressure, Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 2019, 10.1016/j.dsr.2019.03.009
  • New Model for Simulating Hydrologic Processes under Influence of Surface Depressions, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 2019, 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001772
  • Retrieval of Phytoplankton Pigments from Underway Spectrophotometry in the Fram Strait, Remote Sensing, 2019, 10.3390/rs11030318
  • Light scattering by pure water and seawater: the depolarization ratio and its variation with salinity, Applied Optics, 2019, 10.1364/AO.58.000991
  • Wetland loss impact on long term flood risks in a closed watershed, Environmental Science & Policy, 2019, 10.1016/j.envsci.2018.12.032
  • Preventing Discrimination & Harassment: Employees V2.3
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Title IX: Preventing Sexual Misconduct for Faculty and Staff – "Responsible Employee" Edition

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Areas of Expertise

Optical Oceanography, Ocean Optics, Ocean Color, Remote Sensing