London Metropolitan University / University of Derby

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Dr. Yong Xue leads a research group working on remote sensing and Geocomputation, especially aerosol quantitative remote sensing. Aerosol retrieval over land remains a difficult task because the solar light reflected by the Earth–atmospheric system mainly comes from the ground surface. The research group has been working in this area for more than 28 years. The group consists of thirteen research scientists at moment. The aim of our research team is to develop a collaborative environment “Multi-Scale Aerosol Optical Properties Datasets from Remotely-Sensed Data over Land Surface”. It will provide one-stop-service for multi-scale aerosol optical properties datasets from remote sensing data. We have developed a series of synergetic approaches for land surface aerosol retrieval from MODIS, MSG, AVHRR and HJ-1 data at 10km, 1km and 100m spatial resolution. We have built the China Collection 1.0 and 1.0 aerosol datasets for mainland China from August 2002 to now at 10km and 1km resolution, respectively.

Main tasks
The main task for University LondonMet is to integrate the aerosol data retrieved from different satellite sensor data and to estimate the PM emission from remotely-sensed data.

In 2016, Dr. Yong Xue has moved to the University of Derby, were he will continue his MarcoPolo activities.