Dr. Ying Zhang

Research Scientist

Leading research projects and activities, and conducting research works on development of methodologies and frameworks for Earth Observation applications.

Research and/or project statements

Land surface information detection and extraction, image processing, geospatial information integration, and spatial analysis for a broad range of applications such as urban disaster monitoring and risk analysis, mapping of mining land disturbances, improving understanding about urbanization impacts.

Professional activities / interests

 

Education and awards

Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics, 1990, Cologne University, Germany.

Key publications

He, Y., J. Wang, Y. Zhang, C. Liao, 2024. An efficient urban flood mapping framework towards disaster response driven by weakly supervised semantic segmentation with decoupled training samples, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. 207, 338–358. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2023.12.009

Lovitt J, G. Richardson, Y. Zhang, E. Richardson, 2023. Tree-CRowNN: A Network for Estimating Forest Stand Density from VHR Aerial Imagery. Remote Sensing. 15(22), 5307. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs15225307

Tan, W., N. Qin, Y. Zhang, H. McGrath, M. Fortin, J. Li, 2023. A rapid high-resolution multi-sensory urban flood mapping framework via DEM upscaling. Remote Sensing of Environment, 301, 113956. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2023.113956

Xu, H., H. He, Y. Zhang, L. Ma, J. Li, 2023. A comparative study of loss functions for road segmentation in remotely sensed road datasets. International Journal of Applied Earth Observations and Geoinformation, 116, 103159.

He Y., J. Wang, Y. Zhang, C. Liao, 2022. Enhancement of urban floodwater mapping from aerial imagery with dense shadows via semisupervised learning, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 15, 9086-9101. doi: 10.1109/JSTARS.2022.3215730.

Saboori, M., S. Homayouni, R. Shah-Hosseini, Y. Zhang, 2022. Optimum feature selection from very-high-resolution satellite imagery for accurate urban land cover classification, Remote Sensing, 4(9), 2097,  https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14092097

He, H., H. Xu, Y. Zhang, J. Li, 2022.  Mask R-CNN based automated identification and extraction of oil well sites. Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 112, 102875. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2022.102875

Sreekumar, U., C. Rennie, A. Mohammadian, I. Nistor, J. Lovitt, Y. Zhang, 2022. Modelling the transport of tailings after Mount Polley tailings dam failure using multisource geospatial data. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 49(12), 1870-1884. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjce-2021-0596

Zhang, Y., M. Roffey, S. G. Leblanc, 2021. A novel framework for rapid detection of damaged buildings using pre-event LiDAR data and shadow change information, Remote Sensing. 13, 3297. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13163297

Feng, B., Y. Zhang, R. Bourke, 2021. Urbanization impacts on flood risks based on urban growth data and coupled flood models. Natural Hazards, 106, 613-627. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-020-04480-0

Zhang, Y., 2021. Earth observation based understanding of Canadian urban form, in book ‘Advance in remote sensing for infrastructure monitoring’ edited by V. Singhroy, Springer, chapter 10, 229-258. ISBN-9783030591113. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-59109-0_10

Feng, B. J. Wang, Y. Zhang, B. Hall, C. Ceng, 2020. Urban flood hazard mapping using a hydraulic-GIS-combined model, Natural Hazards, 100, 1098-1104. DOI:10.1007/s11069-019-03850-7

Zhang, Y. and P. Crawford, 2020. Automated extraction of visible floodwater in dense urban areas from RGB aerial photos, Remote Sensing. 12(14), 2198. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12142198

Zhang, Y., Canisius, F., Zhen, C., Feng, B., Crawford, P., Huang, L. 2019. Effectiveness of aerial and ISERV-ISS RGB photos for real-time urban floodwater mapping: case of Calgary 2013 flood. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 13(04), 1. https://doi.org/10.1117/1.jrs.13.044521

Hong, G., Y. Zhang, 2018. Haze removal for new generation optical sensors. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 39(5), 1491-1509.           

Zhang, Y., N. Lantz, B. Guindon, X. Jiao, 2017. Spectral-analysis-based extraction of land disturbances arising from oil and gas development in diverse landscapes. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 11(1), 015026, doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.11.015026.

Armenakis, C., E. X. Du, S. Natesan, R. A. Persad, Y. Zhang, 2017. Flood risk assessment in urban areas based on spatial analytics and social factors. Geosciences, 7, 123. doi:10.3390/geosciences7040123.

Zhang, Y., B. Guindon, 2017. Detection and quantification of extended landscape structure with spatial co-occurrence surfaces.  Pattern Analysis and Application. 20(2), 519-529.

Zhang, Y., B. Guindon, K. Sun, 2016. Exploring the link between urban form and work related transportation using combined satellite image and census information: Case of the Great Lakes region. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 47, 139–150.

Guindon, B., Y. Zhang, 2016. Application of the Dice Coefficient to accuracy assessment of object-based classification. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 43(1), 48-61.

Jiao, X., Y. Zhang, B. Guindon, 2015. Synergistic use of RADARSAT-2 Ultrafine and Fine Quad-Pol data to map oilsands infrastructure land: object-based approach. International Journal of Applied Earth observation and Geoinformation. 38, 193-203.  

Zhang Y., B. Guindon, X. Li, 2014. A robust approach for object-based detection and radiometric characterization of cloud shadow using haze optimized transformation. IEEE Transaction on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. 52(9), 5540-5547.

Zhang, Y., B. Guindon, K. Sun, 2014. Spatial-temporal-thematic assimilation of Landsat-based and archived historical information for measuring urbanization processes. Journal of Land Use Science, 10(4), 369-387.

Zhang, Y., B. Guindon, X. Li, N. Lantz, X. Zhu and Z. Sun, 2014. Synoptic mapping of high-rise buildings in urban areas based on combined shadow analysis and scale space processing. International journal of Remote Sensing. 35(5), 367-381.

Zhang, Y., B. Guindon, N. Lantz, T. Shipman, D. Chao and D. Raymond, 2014. Quantification of anthropogenic and natural changes in oil sands mining infrastructure land based on RapidEye and SPOT5. International Journal of Applied Earth observation and Geoinformation. 29, 31-43.

Zhang, Y., X. Li, B. Guindon, N. Lantz, Z. Sun, 2014. Target-driven extraction of urban land surface information from high-resolution imagery, Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. 8(1), 084594. 10.1117/1.JRS.8.084594

Guo, H., Q. Huang Q., X. Li, Z. Sun, Y. Zhang, 2013. Spatiotemporal analysis of urban environment based on the vegetation-impervious surface-soil model. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. 8(1), 084597.

Zhang, Y., B. Guindon, S. Lemay, 2013. Development of a system for rapid topographic map revision of urban built-up areas. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. 39(5), 367-381.

Chen Z, Y. Zhang, B. Guindon, A. Roth, T. Esch, J-L Shang, 2013.  Urban land use mapping using high resolution SAR data based on density analysis and contextual information. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. 38(6), 738-749.

Zhang, Y., B. Guindon, 2012. A spatial-spectral methodology to detect narrow shadows cast by low-rise buildings.  PE&RS. 79(3), 269-276.

Zhang, Y., B. Guindon, 2012. Multi-spectral analysis for man-made surface extraction from RapidEye and SPOT5. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. 38(2), 1-17.

Zhang, Y., J. Wang, N. Coops, 2010. Methodologies and applications of urban remote sensing, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. 36(3), iii-v.

Zhang, Y., B. Guindon, K. Sun, 2010. Measuring the trajectories of urban land use change: Assessment for major Canadian urban areas in 1966-2001. Journal of Land Use Science, 5, 217-235.

Zhang, Y., B. Guindon, K. Sun, 2010. The concepts and application of the Canadian urban land use survey. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. 36(3), 224-235.

Guindon, B., Y. Zhang, 2009. Automated urban delineation from Landsat imagery based on spatial information processing. PE&RS. 75, 845-858.

Zhang, Y., B. Guindon, 2009. Multi-resolution integration of land cover for urban subpixel density mapping. International Journal of Digital Earth. 2, 89-108.

Guindon, B., Y. Zhang, 2007. Using satellite remote sensing to survey transportation-related urban sustainability. Part II: Results of a Canadian urban assessment.   International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 9, 276-293.

Zhang, Y., B. Guindon, 2006. Using satellite remote sensing to survey transportation-related urban sustainability. Part I: Methodologies for indicator quantification.  Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 8, 149-164.

Zhang, Y., B. Guindon, 2005. Landscape assessment of human impacts on deforestation in the Great Lakes watershed. Canada Journal of Remote Sensing, 31(2), 153-166.

Guindon, B., Y. Zhang, 2004. CoLaPS: An integrated system linking land cover product generation and interpretation.  PE&R, 70, 733-741.

Guindon, B., Y. Zhang, C. Dillabaugh, 2004. Landsat urban mapping based on a combined spectral-spatial methodology, Remote Sensing of Environment, 92, 218-232.

Zhang, Y., B. Guindon, 2003. Quantitative assessment of a haze suppression methodology: Effect on land cover classification performance. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. 4(5), 1082-1089.

Zhang, Y., B. Guindon, J. Cihlar, 2002.  An image transform to characterize and compensate for spatial variations in thin cloud contamination of Landsat images. Remote Sensing of Environment. 82. 173-187.

Zhang, Y., Z. Li, A. Macke, 2002. Retrieval of surface solar radiation budget under ice-cloudy sky: Uncertainty analysis and parameterisation. Journal of Atmospheric Sciences. 59. 2951-2965.

Zhang, J., Y. Wu, C.L. Liu, Z.B. Shen, Z.G. Yu, Y. Zhang, 2002. Major components of aerosols in North China: Desert region and the Yellow Sea in spring and summer of 1995 and 1996.  Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 59, 1515-1532.

Zhang, Y., B. Rockel, R. Stuhlmann, R. Hollmann, U. Karstens, 2001. REMO cloud modeling: Improvements and validation with ISCCP DX data. Journal of Applied Meteorology, 40. 389-408.

Zhang, J., Y. Wu, C.L. Liu, Z.B. Shen, Z.G. Yu, Y. Zhang, 2001. Aerosol characters from the desert region of Northwest China and the Yellow Sea in spring and summer: observation at Minqin, Qingdao and Qianliyan in 1995-1996.  Atmospheric Environment. 35, 5007-5018.

Zhang, Y., A. Macke, F. Albers, 1999. Effect of crystals size spectrum and crystal shape on stratiform cirrus radiative forcing. Atmospheric Research, 52, 59-75.

Zhang, Y., Y.-H. Ding, 1997. Aerosol impacts on cloud radiative properties, (in Chinese). In: Climate Changes in China, 102-106. Meteorology Press, 154pp.

Zhang, Y., Q.-X. Gao, Y.-H. Ding, Z.-H. Ren, 1997. Radiative forcing of sulfate and soot aerosols in China region. (in Chinese). Applied Meteorology, 8, 87-91.

Zhang, Y., 1996. Modeling of indirect aerosol effects on radiation, (in Chinese). In: Studies on Short-term Climate Changes. Ed. By Zhao, Z.-C., Meteorology Press, 187pp.

Fang, X.-J., Y. Zhang, 1995. Estimation of surface albedo using satellite data. Journal of Climatic Geography. 5(2), 59-76.

Zhang, Y., M. Laube, E. Raschke, 1994. Numerical simulations of cirrus properties. Contributions to Atmospheric Physics, 67(2), 109-120.

Zhang, Y., M. Laube, E. Raschke, 1992. Evolution of stratiform cirrus simulated in a lifting layer. Contributions to Atmospheric Physics, 65(1), 23-33.

Zhang, Y., M. Laube, E. Raschke, 1989. Numerical studies of the time behavior of cirrostratus in still air. Contributions to Atmospheric Physics, 62(4), 307-320.

Zhang, Y., M.-C. Tang, 1986. A climatic oscillation model with cloudiness as implicit variable. English version, Scientia Scinica (Series B), XXIX(6), 644-653.

Zhang, Y., M.-C. Tang, 1986. A climatic oscillation model with cloudiness as implicit variable. Chinese version, Scientia Scinica (Series B). 1, 104-112.