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Remote Sens. 2018, 10(11), 1764; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10111764

From Geometric-Optical Remote Sensing Modeling to Quantitative Remote Sensing Science—In Memory of Academician Xiaowen Li

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State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Beijing 100101, China
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College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
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State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science, Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100101, China
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Department of Geography, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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School for the Environment, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA 02125, USA
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Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215, USA
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Received: 2 August 2018 / Revised: 10 October 2018 / Accepted: 5 November 2018 / Published: 8 November 2018
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The academician Xiaowen Li devoted much of his life to pursuing fundamental research in remote sensing. A pioneer in the geometric-optical modeling of vegetation canopies, his work is held in high regard by the international remote sensing community. He codeveloped the Li–Strahler geometric-optic model, and this paper was selected by a member of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) milestone series. As a chief scientist, Xiaowen Li led a scientific team that made outstanding advances in bidirectional reflectance distribution modeling, directional thermal emission modeling, comprehensive experiments, and the understanding of spatial and temporal scale effects in remote sensing information, and of quantitative inversions utilizing remote sensing data. In addition to his broad research activities, he was noted for his humility and his dedication in making science more accessible for the general public. Here, the life and academic contributions of Xiaowen Li to the field of quantitative remote sensing science are briefly reviewed. View Full-Text
Keywords: geometric-optical model; thermal radiation directionality; quantitative remote sensing inversion; scale effects; comprehensive field experiment geometric-optical model; thermal radiation directionality; quantitative remote sensing inversion; scale effects; comprehensive field experiment
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Liu, Q.; Yan, G.; Jiao, Z.; Xiao, Q.; Wen, J.; Liang, S.; Wang, J.; Schaaf, C.; Strahler, A. From Geometric-Optical Remote Sensing Modeling to Quantitative Remote Sensing Science—In Memory of Academician Xiaowen Li. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 1764.

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