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Dr Tianran Zhang

Research Associate

Tel: +44 (0)7423 401 926

Department of Geography
Office: Bush House North East Wing, Room 5.15



Tianran is a Research Associate working on the development of Global Fire Assimilation System (GFAS), which is one of essential inputs for Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS). Currently at King’s, the main developments involves enabling new satellite FRP data steams to be used within CAMS, from both polar-orbiting (SLSTR, VIIRS, etc) and geostationary (Meteosat, GOES, etc) systems.

She joined the Department as a PhD student from 2013 to 2017. Tianran’s project was supported by ‘King’s China Award’ from King’s Graduate School, with title 'Smoke emissions from eastern China's agricultural residue burning assessed using remotely sensing and in situ measurement'. During this project, she explored the capabilities of satellite instruments, such as the new NASA/NOAA/DoD VIIRS sensor, for enhancing current estimates of such agricultural fire emissions, alongside making field-based measurements of smoke chemical and particulate makeup during the burning season.

Tianran has a BSc in Environmental Science from Ocean University of China (OUC). She was one of the undergraduate students (less than 1%) at OUC using three years (usually four years) to get the BSc degree. She then got her MSc from OUC in 2013. Her research on aerosol iron solubility was presented on Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) open scientific conference, which was awarded as one of the best posters. 

Research interests
  • Remote sensing
  • Earth observation
  • Biomass burning
  • Agricultural fires
  • Air quality
  • PM2.5
  • Deep learning application in remote sensing 

T. R. Zhang, Wooster, M.J., de Jong, M.C. and Xu, W., 2018. How Well Does the ‘Small Fire Boost’Methodology Used within the GFED4. 1s Fire Emissions Database Represent the Timing, Location and Magnitude of Agricultural Burning? Remote Sensing, 10(6), p.823.

T. R. Zhang, Wooster, M. J., & Weidong, Xu. (2016) Approaches for Synergistically Exploiting VIIRS I- and M-Band Data in Regional Active Fire Detection and FRP Assessment: A Demonstration in Eastern China. Remote Sensing of Environ., 198, 407-424.

T. R. Zhang, Wooster, M. J., Green, D. C., & Main, B. (2015) New Field-Based Agricultural Biomass Burning Trace Gas, PM 2.5, and Black Carbon Emission Ratios and Factors Measured in-situ at Crop Residue Fires in Eastern China. Atmos. Environ.

T. R. Zhang, J.H. Shi, H.W. Gao, J. Zhang, X.H. Yao (2013) Impacts of sources and atmospheric processing on Fe solubility in aerosols over the Yellow Sea, China, Atmos. Environ., 75, 249-256.

Wooster, M.J., Gaveau, D.L., Salim, M.A., T. R. Zhang,. Xu, W., Green, D., Huijnen, V., Murdiyarso, D., Gunawan, D., Borchard, N. and Schirrmann, M., 2018. New Tropical Peatland Gas and Particulate Emissions Factors Indicate 2015 Indonesian Fires Released Far More Particulate Matter (but Less Methane) than Current Inventories Imply. Remote Sensing, 10(4), p.495.

Xu, W., Wooster, M.J., Kaneko, T., He, J, T. R. Zhang,. and Fisher, D., 2017. Major advances in geostationary fire radiative power (FRP) retrieval over Asia and Australia stemming from use of Himarawi-8 AHI. Remote sensing of environment, 193, pp.138-149.

Ying Liu, T. R. Zhang, J.H. Shi, H.W. Gao, X.H. Yao (2013) Responses of chlorophyll-a to added nutrients, Asian dust and rainwater in an oligotrophic zone of the Yellow Sea: Implications for promotion and inhibition effects in an incubation experiment, Biogeosciences, 118(4), 1763-1772

J.L. Feng, Z.G. Guo, T. R. Zhang, X.H. Yao, C.K. Chan, and M. Fang (2012), Source and formation of secondary particulate matter in PM2.5 in Asian continental outflow, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D03302, doi:10.1029/2011JD016400.

H.W. Gao, H. Yan, J.H. Shi, J.H.Qi, B.Wang, T.R. Zhang & X.H. Yao (2009) Atmospheric dry deposition fluxes of dust and nitrogen to the Yellow Sea in spring, National report for SOLAS, 2009, China

Professional activities

Teaching Experience

01-03/2014, 2015 King's BA & MSc module Environ. Remote Sensing, Teaching assistant, 15 hrs.

01/2014, 2015 King's MSc module Monitoring Global Change, Guest Lecturer, 3 hrs.

Public Engagement

Guest lecturer for EUMETSAT on line course Monitoring Atmospheric Composition.

Pint of Science talk: 'Big brother in space: a crop residue burning battle.'



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