Qiaozhen Mu

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Research Scientist


Doctor of Philosophy
PhD, 2001, Climatology, Peking University
Master's Degree
MS, 1998, Geography, Beijing Normal University
Undergraduate Degree
BS, 1995, Physics, Beijing Normal University



Dr. Mu worked on General Circulation Models at University of Texas, Austin for two years before she joined University of Montana in November 2003 with a PhD in climatology at Peking University. Her current research expertise and interests involve carbon, water and energy interactions between land surface and atmosphere using remote sensing models and ecosystem process-based models regionally and globally. As the core science developer for NASA MOD16 evapotranspiration algorithm, she together with her colleagues developed the first regular 1-km2 global evapotranspiration for the 109.03 Million km2 global vegetated land areas at 8-day, monthly and annual intervals. This dataset has been well validated over AmeriFlux tower sites and global watersheds, and has been used by hundreds of users worldwide.

Using the MOD16 evapotranspiration product, Dr. Mu and her colleagues developed a MODIS Global Terrestrial Drought Severity Index (DSI) to monitor and detect terrestrial droughts.

Curriculum Vitae:


MODIS Evapotranspiration Project (MOD16):
MOD16 Global Terrestrial Evapotranspiration Project: http://ntsg.umt.edu/project/mod16
MOD16 Global Terrestrial Evapotranspiration Data Set: ftp://ftp.ntsg.umt.edu/pub/MODIS/Mirror/MOD16/

MODIS Global Terrestrial Drought Severity Index (MODIS DSI):

Consultant for Generation of Operational Evapotranspiration (ET) Datasets and System to estimate spatially contiguous ET in Nile River Basin to NBI-PMU and National DSS Units (Sep. 20, 2011-August31, 2012)
Research Scientist: Oct. 1, 2008-, The University of Montana, Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group, College of Forestry and Conservation
Postdoctoral Researcher: Nov. 2003-Sep 30, 2008, The University of Montana, Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group, College of Forestry and Conservation.
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2001-2003, University of Texas at Austin, Institute for Geophysics.

Society Affiliations

American Geophysical Union (AGU)
American Meteorological Society (AMS)

Journal Referee

Agricultural and Forest Meteorology; Algorithms; Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences; Biogeosciences; Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing; Earth Interactions; Ecohydrology; Ecological Modelling; Global Change Biology; International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation; Journal of Applied Remote Sensing; Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres; Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences; Journal of Hydrology; Journal of Hydrometeorology; Journal of Plant Ecology; Journal of Selected Topics in Earth Observations and Remote Sensing; Nature Geoscience; Remote Sensing; Remote Sensing of Environment; Sensors; Surveys in Geophysics; Water Resources Management; Water Resources Research

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