Shusen Wang

Current research and/or projects


My interest in land surface modelling began with my first research project on agromicroclimate simulation back in 1985. Since then, I have had the opportunity to study the physical, physiological, and biogeochemical processes in the Earth System using numerical modelling approaches and remote sensing technologies. Currently my research team focuses on developing innovative EO technologies and modelling tools for characterising the terrestrial water dynamics for Canada. My research goal is to contribute to Natural Resources Canada’s mandate to ensure the sustainable development of natural resources under various environmental and social-economic challenges.

Research and/or project statements

Current Research Projects:

  • Terrestrial Water EO and Modelling

Professional activities / interests

  • Terrestrial water budget and surface water-groundwater interactions.
  • Applications of remote sensing for water, ecosystem and climate research.
  • Land surface modelling and data assimilation.

Education and awards

Ph.D. in land surface modelling, University of Alberta.

Key publications

  1. Wang, S., et al.: 2023, Methods for estimating surface water storage changes and their evaluations. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 24, 445-461, DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-22-0098.1.
  2. Wang, S., et al.: 2021, A novel method for cold-region streamflow hydrograph separation using GRACE satellite observations. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 2649–2662,
  3. Wang, S., 2019, Freezing temperature controls winter water discharge for cold region watershed. Water Resources Research, 55, 10,479-10,493. DOI: 10.1029/2019WR026030.
  4. Wang, S., Zhou, F., Russell, H. A. J., 2017. Estimating snow mass and peak river flows for the Mackenzie River basin using GRACE satellite observations. Remote Sensing, 9, 256, doi: 10.3390/rs9030256. 
  5. Wang, S. and H. Russell, 2016, Forecasting snowmelt-induced flooding using GRACE satellite data: A case study for the Red River watershed. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 42: 1-11, DOI: 10.1080/07038992.2016.1171134.
  6. Wang, S. and J. Li, 2016, Terrestrial water storage climatology for Canada from GRACE satellite observations in 2002-2014. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 42: 1-13, DOI: 10.1080/07038992.2016.1171132.
  7. Wang, S., M. Pan, Q. Mu, X. Shi, J. Mao, C. Brümmer, R. S. Jassal, P. Krishnan, J. Li, T. A. Black, 2015, Comparing evapotranspiration from eddy covariance measurements, water budgets, remote sensing, and land surface models over Canada. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 16: 1540-1560, DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-14-0189.1.
  8. Wang, S., J. Huang, D. Yang, G. Pavlic, J. Li, 2015, Long-term water budget imbalances and error sources for cold region drainage basins. Hydrological Processes, 29: 2125–2136, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10343.
  9. Wang, S., D. W. McKenney, J. Shang, and J. Li, 2014, A national-scale assessment of long-term water budget closures for Canada’s watersheds, Journal of Geophysical Research, 119: 8712–8725, DOI: 10.1002/2014JD021951.
  10. Wang, S., J. Huang, J. Li, A. Rivera, D.W. McKenney, and J. Sheffield, 2014, Assessment of water budget for sixteen large drainage basins in Canada. Journal of Hydrology, 512: 1-15, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.02.058.
  11. Wang, S., Yang, Y., Luo, Y., and Rivera, A., 2013, Spatial and seasonal variations in evapotranspiration over Canada's landmass, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17: 3561–3575. DOI: 10.5194/hess-17-3561-2013.
  12. Wang, S. Evaluation of water stress impact on the parameter values in stomatal conductance models using tower flux measurement of a boreal aspen forest (2012) Journal of Hydrometeorology, 13 (1), 239-254. DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-11-043.1
  13. Wang, S., Yang, Y., Trishchenko, A.P. Assessment of canopy stomatal conductance models using flux measurements (2009) Ecological Modelling, 220 (17), 2115-2118. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2009.04.044
  14. Wang, S., Yang, Y., and Trishchenko, A. P., Barr, A. G., Black, T. A., and McCaughey, H.: Modelling the response of canopy stomatal conductance to humidity, J. Hydrometeorol., 10, 521–532, doi:10.1175/2008JHM1050.1, 2009b.
  1. Wang, S. Simulation of evapotranspiration and its response to plant water and CO2 transfer dynamics (2008) Journal of Hydrometeorology, 9 (3), 426-443. DOI: 10.1175/2007JHM918.1
  1. Wang, S., Davidson, A. Impact of climate variations on surface albedo of a temperate grassland (2007) Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 142 (2-4), 133-142. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2006.03.027
  2. Wang, S., Trishchenko, A.P., Sun, X., 2007. Simulation of canopy radiation transfer and surface albedo in the EALCO model. Climate Dynamics. 29, 615–632.
  3. Wang, S., A. P. Trishchenko, K. V. Khlopenkov, and A. Davidson (2006), Comparison of International Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report climate model simulations of surface albedo with satellite products over northern latitudes, J. Geophys. Res., 111, D21108, doi:10.1029/2005JD006728.
  4. Wang, S. Dynamics of surface albedo of a boreal forest and its simulation (2005) Ecological Modelling, 183 (4), 477-494. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2004.10.001
  5. Wang, S., Chen, W., Cihlar, J. New calculation methods of diurnal distribution of solar radiation and its interception by canopy over complex terrain (2002) Ecological Modelling, 155 (2-3), 191-204. DOI: 10.1016/S0304-3800(02)00122-9
  6. Wang, S., Grant, R.F., Verseghy, D.L., Black, T.A. Modelling carbon dynamics of boreal forest ecosystems using the Canadian Land Surface Scheme (2002) Climatic Change, 55 (4), 451-477. DOI: 10.1023/A:1020780211008
  7. Wang, S., Grant, R.F., Verseghy, D.L., Black, T.A. Modelling carbon-coupled energy and water dynamics of a boreal aspen forest in a general circulation model land surface scheme (2002) International Journal of Climatology, 22 (10), 1249-1265. DOI: 10.1002/joc.776
  8. Wang, S., Grant, R.F., Verseghy, D.L., Black, T.A. Modelling plant carbon and nitrogen dynamics of a boreal aspen forest in CLASS - The Canadian Land Surface Scheme (2001) Ecological Modelling, 142 (1-2), 135-154. DOI: 10.1016/S0304-3800(01)00284-8
  9. Wang, S., Zhu, Z., Sun, X. Characteristics of energy and mass exchanges in the wheat field of Lhasa, Xizang (Tibet) (1996) Science in China, Series D: Earth Sciences, 39 (4), 418-424.
  10. Medlyn, B. E., et al., 2015, Using Ecosystem Experiments to Improve Vegetation Models. Nature Climate Change, 5, 528-534, doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2621.

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Canada Centre for Remote Sensing