Kai Yan

Website https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kai_Yan19

Email kaiyan.earthscience@gmail.com

My CV can be download: Kai Yan's CV


Research Interests

Land surface BRDF modeling and albedo estimation over rugged terrain

MODIS/VIIRS LAI/FPAR operational algorithm development and products evaluation

Radiative transfer modeling of vegetation canopy

Vegetation Dynamics


 Academic Background

Surveying and Mapping

Geography Information System


Satellite Remote Sensing


Education Experience

Nov, 2016 – Current: Beijing Normal University, Department of Geography / 
State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science, GIS, Master-PHD candidate

                    Advisor: Prof. Guangjian Yan

Oct, 2014 – Oct, 2016:  Boston University, Department of Earth and Enviroment, Visiting Scholar

                   Advisor: Prof. Ranga B. Myneni

Sep, 2011 – Sep, 2014: Beijing Normal University, Department of Geography /
State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science, GIS, Master-PHD candidate

                    Advisor: Prof. Wuming Zhang and Guangjian Yan

Sep, 2007 – Jul, 2011: Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Surveying and Mapping



1.          Yan K, Park T, Yan G, Chen C, Yang B, Liu Z, Nemani R, Knyazikhin Y, Myneni R. Evaluation of MODIS LAI/FPAR Product Collection 6. Part 1: Consistency and Improvements [J]. Remote Sensing2016, 8(5): 359.

2.          Yan K, Park T, Yan G, Liu Z, Yang B, Chen C, Nemani R, Knyazikhin Y, Myneni R. Evaluation of MODIS LAI/FPAR Product Collection 6. Part 2: Validation and Intercomparison [J]. Remote Sensing2016, 8(6): 460.

3.          Yan K, Park T, Chen C, Xu B, Song W, Yang B, Zeng Y, Liu Z, Yan G, Knyazikhin Y, Myneni R. Generating Global Products of LAI and FPAR from NPP-VIIRS Data: Theoretical Background and Implementation [J]. Remote Sensing of Environment, 2017 (under review).

4.          Zeng Y, Li J, Liu Q, Huete A, Xu B, Yin G, Fan W, Zhao J, Yang L, Yan KA radiative transfer model for ecotones based on stochastic radiative transfer theory [J].  Remote Sensing of Environment, 2017 (under review)

5.          Chen L, Mei G, Yan K, Hao W, Fang L, Yu X. Capabilities of random forest and a two-step feature selection method for subtropical tree species mapping with the support of age classes and texture orientations [J]. Remote Sensing, 2017 (under review)

6.          Yang B, Knyazikhin Y, Lin Y, Yan K, Chen C, Park T, Choi S, Mõttus M, Rautiainen M, Myneni R, Yan L. Analyses of impact of needle surface properties on estimation of needle absorption spectrum: Case study with coniferous needle and shoot samples [J]. Remote Sensing, 2016, 8(7): 563.

7.          Bi J, Myneni R, Lyapustin A, Wang Y, Park T, Chen C, Yan K, Knyazikhin Y. Amazon Forests’ Response to Droughts: A Perspective from the MAIAC Product [J]. Remote Sensing, 2016, 8(4): 356.

8.          Chen C, Knyazikhin Y, Park T, Yan K, Lyapustin A, Wang Y, Yang B, Myneni R. Prototyping of LAI and FPAR Algorithm with MODIS MultiAngle Implementation of Atmospheric Correction (MAIAC) data [J]. Remote Sensing, 2017, 9(4): 370.

9.          Zeng Y, Li J, Liu Q, Huete A, Xu B, Yin G, Zhao J, Wu S, Yan K. An iterative BRDF/NDVI inversion algorithm based on a posteriori variance estimation of observation errors [J]. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2016, PP(99): 0196-2892.

10.          Zeng Y, Li J, Liu Q, Huete A, Yin G, Xu B, Fan W, Zhao J, Yan K, Mu X. A Radiative Transfer Model for Heterogeneous Agro-Forestry Scenarios [J]. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2016, 54(8): 4613-4628.

11.          Yang B, Knyazikhin Y, Mõttus M, Rautiainen M, Stenberg P, Yan L, Chen C, Yan K, Choi S, Park T, Myneni R. Estimation of leaf area index and its sunlit portion from DSCOVR EPIC data: Theoretical Basis [J]. Remote Sensing of Environment, 2017

12.       Liu Z, Anderson B, Yan K, Dong W, Liao H, Shi P. Global and regional changes in exposure to extreme heat and the relative contributions of climate and population change [J]. Scientific Reports, 2017, 7:43909 EP

13.       Wang H, Zhang W, Chen Y,Chen M, Yan K. Semantic Decomposition and Reconstruction of Compound Buildings with Symmetric Roofs from LiDAR Data and Aerial Imagery [J]. Remote Sensing, 2015, 7(10): 13945-13974.

14.       Zhang W, Zhao J, Chen M, Chen Y, Yan K, Li L, Qi J, Wang X, Luo J, Chu Q. Registration of optical imagery and LiDAR data using an inherent geometrical constraint [J]. Optics express, 2015, 23(6): 7694-7702.

15.       Yan K, Park T, Chen C, Yang B, Yan G, Knyazikhin Y, Myneni R, Choi S. Evaluation and Validation of Updated MODIS C6 and VIIRS LAI/FPAR [C]. 2015 AGU Fall Meeting. AGU, 2015.

16.       Zhang W, Wang H, Chen Y, Yan K, Chen M. 3D building roof modeling by optimizing primitive’s parameters using constraints from LiDAR data and aerial imagery [J]. Remote Sensing, 2014, 6(9): 8107-8133.

17.       Zhang W, Zhang X, Chen Y, Yan K, Yan G, Liu Q, Zhou G. Generation of pixel-level resolution lunar DEM based on Chang'E-1 three-line imagery and laser altimeter data [J]. Computers & Geosciences, 2013, 59: 53-59.

18.       Yan K, Ren H, Hu R, Mu X, Liu Z, Yan G. Error analysis for emissivity measurement using FTIR spectrometer [C]. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2013 IEEE International. IEEE, 2013: 3080-3083.

19.       Zhang W, Chen Y, Yan K, Yan G, Zhou G. Primitive-based 3D building reconstruction method tested by reference airborne data [J]. International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, 2012, 39: 373-378.

20.       Chen Y, Zhang W, Yan K, Li X, Zhou G. Extracting corn geometric structural parameters using Kinect [C]. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2012 IEEE International. IEEE, 2012: 6673-6676.

21.       Zhou G, Yan K, Zhang W, Yan G, Chen Y, Grussenmeyer P, Mohamed M. Comparison of 3D buildings reconstructed by different data sources [C]. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2012 IEEE International. IEEE, 2012: 6001-6004.

22.       Yan G, Ren H, Hu R, Yan K, Zhang W. A portable multi-angle observation system [C]. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2012 IEEE International. IEEE, 2012: 6916-6919.

Patent of Invention

l   Xihan Mu, Guangjian Yan, Kai Yan, Jianbo Qi, A device for remote sensing multi-angle ground measurement, No.: ZL201410001586.3.

l   Xihan Mu, Kai Yan, Jianbo Qi, Guangjian Yan, Peng Liu, An automatic and multi-angular observation system for UAV, No.: 2014102193507

l   Kai Yan, Zhao Liu, A method and a system for the route planning of multi-destination navigation, No.: CN201610054144.4.

l   Kai Yan, Guangjian Yan, et.al, A method for measuring the BRF of rugged terrain based on a sand table.


2014, Two-year scholarship from China Scholarship Council

2011, Outstanding graduates of Beijing

2010, National scholarship