Dept. Earth System Science and Policy
University of North Dakota
Office: Clifford Hall room 326
Address:4149 University Avenue Stop 9011
Xiaodong Zhang joined the University of North Dakota in April 2002 after receiving a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, where he studied the optical properties of microbubbles in the ocean and their effect on the hyperspectral reflectance at surface. Xiaodong had been working for 7 years at Ocean Remote Sensing Institute, Ocean University of China, studying satellite remote sensing and its application in oceanography. He also holds a M.S. degree in Oceanography from Dalhousie University, and a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Nanjing University, China.
As a founding member of the Earth System Science and Policy program, Xiaodong was appointed as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Full Professor in 2004, 2007, and 2016, respectively. He teaches the ESSP 502 Hydrologic Cycle, ESSP 530 Principles of Environmental Physics, and ESSP 333 Oceanography. His general research interests are (1) understanding the interaction of light and matter in the aquatic environment and (2) deciphering this interaction to characterize water constituents. The research topics, while evolving constantly, have been on: (1) Theoretical and algorithm development in Ocean Color and remote sensing, (2) Impact of land use and climate on water quality in inland and coastal waters, and (3) Development and application of novel optical methods to characterize particles in aquatic environment. In addition to theoretical development and modeling simulation, his research is conducted through laboratory measurements, field experiments and satellite observations.