Hao Tang

Assistant Research Professor

Hao is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at University of Maryland College Park, where he also received his PhD degree in 2015. Before joining UMD Hao completed his BS in GIS from Nanjing University (China). His primary interests focus on characterizing 3D dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems using different lidar remote sensing platforms. He is currently working on NASA's Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) mission as a member of the Science Definition Team. He is also a NASA Earth and Space Science fellow (NESSF) from 2012 ~2015.

Journal articles

Tang, H., & Dubayah, R. (2017). Light-driven growth in Amazon evergreen forests explained by seasonal variations of vertical canopy structure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 114(10), 2640-2644.

Tang, H., Swatantran, A., Barrett, T., DeCola, P., & Dubayah, R. (2016). Voxel-Based Spatial Filtering Method for Canopy Height Retrieval from Airborne Single-Photon Lidar. Remote Sensing, 8(9), 771.

Brolly, M., Simard, M., Tang, H., Dubayah, R. O., & Fisk, J. P. (2016). A Lidar-Radar Framework to Assess the Impact of Vertical Forest Structure on Interferometric Coherence. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, PP(99), 1–12.

Swatantran, A., Tang, H., Barrett, T., DeCola, P., & Dubayah, R. (2016). Rapid, High-Resolution Forest Structure and Terrain Mapping over Large Areas using Single Photon Lidar. Scientific Reports, 6, 28277.

Tang, H., Ganguly, S., Zhang, G., Hofton, M., Nelson, R., & Dubayah, R. (2016). Characterizing leaf area index (LAI) and vertical foliage profile (VFP) over the United States. Biogeosciences 13, 239-252

Huang, W., Swatantran, A., Johnson, K., Duncanson, L., Tang, H., O'Neil Dunne, J., Hurtt, G., & Dubayah, R. (2015). Local discrepancies in continental scale biomass maps: a case study over forested and non-forested landscapes in Maryland, USA. Carbon Balance and Management C7 - 19, 10, 1-16

Tang, H.,Brolly, M., Zhao, F., Strahler, A.H., Schaaf, C.L., Ganguly, S., Zhang, G., & Dubayah, R. (2014a). Deriving and validating Leaf Area Index (LAI) at multiple spatial scales through lidar remote sensing: A case study in Sierra National Forest, CA. Remote Sensing of Environment, 143, 131-141

Tang, H., Dubayah, R., Brolly, M., Ganguly, S., & Zhang, G. (2014b). Large-scale retrieval of leaf area index and vertical foliage profile from the spaceborne waveform lidar (GLAS/ICESat). Remote Sensing of Environment, 154, 8-18

Zhao, F., Yang, X.Y., Strahler, A.H., Schaaf, C.L., Yao, T., Wang, Z.S., Roman, M.O., Woodcock, C.E., Ni-Meister, W., Jupp, D.L.B., Lovell, J.L., Culvenor, D.S., Newnham, G.J., Tang, H., & Dubayah, R.O. (2013). A comparison of foliage profiles in the Sierra National Forest obtained with a full-waveform under-canopy EVI lidar system with the foliage profiles obtained with an airborne full-waveform LVIS lidar system. Remote Sensing of Environment, 136, 330-341


Tang, H., Dubayah, R., Swatantran, A., Hofton, M., Sheldon, S., Clark, D.B., & Blair, B. (2012). Retrieval of vertical LAI profiles over tropical rain forests using waveform lidar at La Selva, Costa Rica. Remote Sensing of Environment, 124, 242-250

  • PhD Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland
  • BS Department of Geographic Information System, Nanjing University
2138 LeFrak
Department of Geographical Sciences
Phone: (202) 570-6047
Email: htang@umd.edu