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Zhong Lu

Zhong Lu

Shuler-Foscue Chair
Director of Graduate Studies

PH.D. University of Alaska


PH.D., Geophysics, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, 9/1992 - 8/1996
M.S., Geophysics, Peking University, Beijing, P. R. China, 9/1989 - 7/1992
B.S., Geophysics, Peking University, Beijing, P. R. China, 9/1985 - 7/1989


  • Technique developments on 1) synthetic aperture radar (SAR), interferometric SAR (InSAR), persistent scatterer InSAR (PSInSAR) processing, multi-aperture InSAR (MAI) processing and 3D deformation construction from InSAR and MAI/offset measurements, 2) high-resolution digital elevation model (DEM) generation with InSAR, 3) land cover characterization with SAR and Landsat imagery, and 4) InSAR deformation mapping with ERS-1, ERS-2, Radarsat-1, JERS-1, SIR-C, SRTM, Envisat, ALOS, TerraSAR-X, TanDEM-X, COSMO-SkyMed satellite SAR imagery.
  • Application research related to volcano deformation mapping, magma supply dynamics from InSAR imagery and numerical modeling, earthquake deformation mapping, seismic slip distribution and fault geometry from InSAR and modeling, land subsidence and infrastructure stability monitoring, ground-water basin analysis with InSAR, underground nuclear explosion monitoring, landslide monitoring with InSAR, mapping mine-induced deformation, mapping water-level changes of wetlands, flood mapping with SAR and Landsat-7 imagery, soil moisture mapping with SAR/InSAR, vegetation characterization with SAR, tidal study with InSAR, glacier dynamics with InSAR, fire scar mapping with SAR and InSAR, arctic ice and water mapping with SAR/InSAR.


11/2013 – present, Shuler-Foscue Professor of Earth Sciences, Southern Methodist University. 

12/2006 – 10/2013, Physical Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Cascades Volcano Observatory

3/1997 – 11/2006, Principal Scientist &Technical Fellow, Science Applications International Corporation, contractor to the U.S. Geological Survey/EROS,

9/1996 ‑ 2/1997, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Geophysical Institute of University of Alaska

9/1992 ‑ 8/1996, Research Assistant, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska



I am Looking for enthusiastic students pursuing PHD degrees in geophysics on areas of coastal subsidence, volcano deformation, induced seismicity, and landslide using InSAR and deformation modelling. Research or teaching assistantship is provided at ~30,000/year (+ waived tuition). Outstanding candidates (judged by GPA, GRE, and publication records) will receive additional $5000-$1000/year fellowships.



Lu, Z., and Dzurisin, D., 2014. “InSAR Imaging of Aleutian Volcanoes: Monitoring a Volcanic Arc from Space”: Springer Praxis Books, Geophysical Sciences, ISBN 978-3-642-00347-9, Springer, 390 pp. (http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-642-00348-6)



(* - corresponding author) (numbers in blue have PDF link to publication)

136.   Xie, H., Wang, T., Pierson, T.C., Lu, Z.*, Kim, J.W., Cecere, T.H.,  2016. Detecting seasonal landslide movement within the Cascade landslide complex (Washington) using time-series SAR imagery, Remote Sensing of Environment, 187, 49-61.    Download PDF

135.   Parker, A., Biggs, J. & Lu, Z., 2016. Time-scale and mechanism of subsidence at Lassen Volcanic Center, CA, from InSAR, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 320, 117–127.    Download PDF

134.   Ke, L.H., Ding, X.L., Zhang, L., Hu, J., Shum, C.K., Lu, Z., 2016. Compiling a new glacier inventory for Southeastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau from Landsat and PALSAR data, Journal of Glaciology, doi: 10.1017/jog.2016.58.    Download PDF

133.   Kim, J.W., Lu, Z.*, Degrandpre, K., 2016. Ongoing Deformation of Sinkholes in Wink, Texas, Observed by Time-Series Sentinel-1A SAR Interferometry (Preliminary Results), Remote Sensing, 8, 313, doi:10.3390/rs8040313.   Download PDF

132.   Lu, Z.*, Kim, J.W., and Shum, C.K., Coastal Wetlands: Mapping by Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR): Encyclopedia of Natural Resources, Taylor & Francis, Volume 1, doi:10.1081/E-ENRL-120049157, ISBN 9781439852583.

131.   Schaefer, L.N., Lu, Z., and Oommen, T., 2016. Post-Eruption Deformation Processes Measured Using ALOS-1 and UAVSAR InSAR at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala, 8, 73; doi:10.3390/rs8010073.    Download PDF

130.   Lu, Z.*, Dzurisin, D., Wicks, C., and Power, J., 2015. Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR)—a long-term monitoring tool, p. 235-260, in: Dean, K.G., and Dehn, J., Monitoring Volcanoes in the North Pacific: Observations from Space, Springer-Praxis Books in Geophysical Sciences, ISBN: 978-3-540-24125-6.    

129.   Teng, W., Poland, M., Lu, Z., 2015. Dome growth at Mount Cleveland, Aleutian Arc, quantified by time-series TerraSAR-X imagery, Geophysical Research Letters, 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL066784.    Download PDF

128.   Qu, F.F., Lu, Z.*, Poland, M., Freymueller, J., Zhang, Q., and Jung, H.S., 2015. Post-Eruptive Inflation of Okmok Volcano, Alaska, from InSAR, 2008–2014, Remote Sensing, 7, 16778–16794; doi:10.3390/rs71215839.    Download PDF

127.   Jung, H.S., Lu, Z., Shepherd, A., and Wright, T., 2015. Simulation of the SuperSAR Multi-Azimuth Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging System for Precise Measurement of Three-Dimensional Earth Surface Displacement, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 53, 6196-6206 (doi:10.1109/TGRS.2015.2435776).    Download PDF

126.   Parker , A., Biggs, J., Walters, R., Ebmeier, S., Wright, T., Teanby, N., Lu, Z., 2015. Systematic assessment of atmospheric uncertainties for InSAR data at volcanic arcs using large-scale atmospheric models: application to the Cascade volcanoes, Remote Sensing of Environment, 170, 102-114.    Download PDF

125.   Qu, F.F., Lu, Z.*, Zhang, Q., Bawden, G.W., Kim, J.W., Zhao, C.Y., and Qu, W., 2015. Mapping ground deformation over Houston-Galveston, Texas using Multi-temporal InSAR, Remote Sensing of Environment, 169, 290-306.    Download PDF

124.   Zhang, L., Ding, X.L., and Lu, Z, 2015. Ground deformation mapping by fusion of multi-temporal interferometric synthetic aperture radar images: A review, International Journal of Image and Data Fusion, DOI:10.1080/19479832.2015.1068874.    Download PDF

123.   Kim, J.-W., Lu, Z., Jia, Y., and Shum, C.K., 2015. Ground subsidence in Tucson, Arizona, monitored by time-series analysis using multi-sensor InSAR datasets from 1993 to 2011, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing, 107, 126-141.    Download PDF

122.   Schaefer, L.N., Lu, Z., and Oommen, T., 2015. Dramatic volcanic instability revealed by InSAR, Geology, v. 43, no. 8, 743–746.    Download PDF

121.   Zhao, Z., Pepe, A., Gao, W., Lu, Z., Bonano, M., He, M., Tang, X., 2015. A DInSAR Investigation of the Ground  Settlement Time Evolution of Ocean-Reclaimed Lands in Shanghai, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 8, 1763-1780, doi:10.1109/JSTARS.2015.2402168.    Download PDF

120.   Gong, G., Meyer, F., Lee, C.W., Lu, Z., and Freymueller, J., 2015, Measurement and interpretation of subtle deformation signals at Unimak Island from 2003 to 2010 using Weather Model-Assisted Time Series InSAR, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth,  120, 1175–1194, doi: 10.1002/2014JB011384.    Download PDF

119.   Larsen, J.F., Neal, C.A., Schaefer, J.R., Kaufman, A.M., and Lu, Z., 2015, The 2008 phreatomagmatic eruption of Okmok Volcano, Aleutian Islands, Alaska: Chronology, deposits, and landform changes: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Report of Investigation 2015-2, 53 p., doi:10.14509/29405.    Download PDF

118.   Lee, W.J., Jung, H.S., Lu, Z., 2015, Application of ERS and Envisat cross-interferometry to generation and accuracy assessment of digital elevation model over northern Alaska, J. Appl. Remote Sens., 9(1), doi:10.1117/1.JRS.9.096065.    Download PDF

117.   Kim, J.W., Lu, Z., Qu, F.F., and Hu, X., 2015. Pre-2014 mudslides at Oso revealed by InSAR and multi-source DEM analysis, Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk, 6(3), 184-194, doi:10.1080/19475705.2015.1016556.    Download PDF

116.   Jo, M.J, Jung, H.S., Won, J.S., Poland, M.P., Miklius, A., Lu, Z., 2015. Measurement of slow-moving along-track displacement from an efficient multiple-aperture SAR interferometry (MAI) stacking, Journal of Geodesy, 89 (5), 411-425, doi:10.1007/s00190-014-0786-9.    Download PDF

115.   Qu, F.F., Zhang, Q., Lu, Z.*, Zhao, C.Y., Yang, C.S., and Zhang, J., 2014. Land Subsidence and Ground Fissures in Xi’an, China 2005–2012 Revealed by Multi-band InSAR Time-series Analysis: Remote Sensing of Environment, 150, 366–376, 10.1016/j.rse.2014.09.008.    Download PDF

114.   Zhao C.Y., Lu, Z.,  Zhang, Q., Yang, C.S., and Zhu, W., 2014. Mining collapse monitoring with SAR imagery data: a case study of Datong mine, China: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 8(1):083574,  doi:10.1117/1.JRS.8.083574.

113.   Parker, A., Biggs, J., Lu, Z., 2014. Investigating long-term subsidence at Medicine Lake Volcano, CA, using multi-temporal InSAR: Geophysical Journal International, 199, 844-859.    Download PDF

112.   Kim, J.W., Lu, Z., Jones, J.W., Shum, C.K., Lee, H., and Jia, Y., 2014. Monitoring Everglades freshwater marsh water level using L-band synthetic aperture radar backscatter: Remote Sensing of Environment, 150, 66-81.    Download PDF

111.     Qu, W., Lu*, Z., Zhang, Q., Li, Z.H., Peng, J.B., Wang, Q.L., Drummond, J., and Zhang, M., 2014. Kinematic Model of Crustal Deformation of Fenwei Basin, China Based on GPS Observations: Journal of Geodynamics, 75, 1-8, doi:10.1016/j.jog.2014.01.001.    Download PDF

110.     Biggs, J., Ebmeier, S.K., Aspinall1, W.P., Lu, Z., Pritchard, M.E., Sparks, R.S.J., Mather, T.A., 2014. Global link between deformation and volcanic eruption quantified by satellite imagery: Nature Communications, 5, 3471, doi: 10.1038/ncomms4471.    Download PDF

109.     Zhang, L., Ding, X.L., Lu, Z., and Jung, H.S., Hu, J., and Feng, G.C., 2014. A Novel Multi-Temporal InSAR Model for Joint Estimation of Deformation Rates and Orbital Errors: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 52, 3529-3540, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2013.2272791.    Download PDF

108.     Liu, Z., Jung, H.S., and Lu, Z., 2014. Joint correction of ionosphere noise and orbital error in L-band SAR interferometry of interseismic deformation in southern California: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 52, 3421-3427,  doi:10.1109/TGRS.2013.2272791.    Download PDF

107.     Lu, Z.*, and Zhang, L., 2014. Frontiers of Radar Remote Sensing: Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 80 (1), 5-13.    Download PDF

106.     Cho, M., Lu, Z., and Lee, C.W., 2013. Time-series analysis of trace of pyroclastic flow deposit and surface temperature at Merapi volcano in Indonesia using Landsat TM and ETM+: Korean Journal of Remote Sensing, 29 (5), 443-459, doi: 10.7780/kjrs.2013.29.5.1.

105.     Zhao, C.Y., Zhang, Q., Yin, Y., Lu, Z., Yang, C.,  Zhu, W., Li, B., 2013. Pre-, Co-, and Post- Rockslide Analysis with ALOS/PALSAR Imagery: A Case Study of the Jiweishan Rockslide, China:  Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 13, 2851-2861, doi:10.5194/nhess-13-2851-2013.    Download PDF

104.     Lee, C.W., Lu, Z.*, Won, J.S., Jung, H.S., and Dzurisin, D., 2013. Dynamic deformation of Seguam Island, Alaska, 1992–2008, from multi-interferogram InSAR processing: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 260, 43–51.   Download PDF

103.     Jung, H.S., Lee, D.T., Lu, Z., and Won, J.S., 2013. Ionospheric Correction in SAR Interferogram by Multiple-Aperture Interferometry: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 51, 3191-3199, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2012.2218660.    Download PDF

102.     Jung, H.S., Lu, Z., and Zhang, L., 2013. Feasibility of along-track displacement measurement from Sentinel-1 interferometric wide-swath mode: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 51, 573-578, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2012.    Download PDF

101.     Ji, L.Y., Lu, Z.*, Dzurisin, D., Senyukov, S., 2013. Pre-eruption deformation caused by dike intrusion beneath Kizimen volcano, Kamchatka, Russia, observed by InSAR: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 256, 87-95.    Download PDF

100.     Foster, J., Kealy, J., Cherubini,T., Businger, S., and Lu, Z., and Murphy, M., 2013. The Utility of Atmospheric Analyses for the Mitigation of Artifacts in InSAR: Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, 748-758, doi: 10.1002/jgrb.50093.    Download PDF

99.       Zhao, C.Y., Lu, Z.*, and Zhang, Q., 2013. Time-series deformation monitoring over mining regions with SAR intensity based offset measurement: Remote Sensing Letters, 4 (5), 436-445.    Download PDF

98.       Lu, Z.*, Jung, H.S., Zhang, L., Lee, W.J., Lee, C.W., and Dzurisin, D., 2012. DEM generation from satellite InSAR: Advanced in mapping from aerospace imagery: techniques and applications (edited by Yang, X. and Li, J.), CRC Press, 119-144.    Download PDF

97.       Zhang, J.X., Zhao, Z., Huang, G.M., and Lu, Z., 2012. CASMSAR: An Integrated Airborne SAR Mapping System: Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 78 (11), 1110-1114 (Journal Cover).    Download PDF

96.       Arp, C. D., Jones, B.M., Lu, Z., and Whitman, M.S., 2012. Shifting balance of lake ice regimes on the Arctic Coastal Plain of northern Alaska: Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L16503, doi:10.1029/2012GL052518.    Download PDF

95.       Zhao, C.Y., Lu, Z.*, Zhang, Q., de la Fuente, J., 2012. Large Area Landslide Detection and  Monitoring with ALOS/PALSAR Imagery Data over Northern California and Southern Oregon, USA: Remote Sensing of Environment, 124, 348–359.    Download PDF

94.       Chen, F., Lin, H., Zhang, Y., and Lu, Z., 2012. Ground subsidence geo-hazards induced by rapid urbanization: implications from InSAR observation and geological analysis: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 12, 935–942.    Download PDF

93.       Ramsey, E. III, Werle, D., Suzuoki, Y., Rangoonwala, A., and Lu, Z., 2012. Limitations and Potential of Satellite Imagery to Monitor Environmental Response to Coastal Flooding: Journal of Coastal Research, 282, 457-476 (doi:10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-11-00052.1).    Download PDF

92.       Wood, W., Bailey, R., Hampton, B., Kraemer, T., Lu, Z., Clark, D., James, R., and Ramadan, K., 2012. Rapid late Pleistocene/Holocene uplift and coastal evolution of the southern Arabian (Persian) Gulf: Quaternary Research, 77, 215-220 doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2011.10.008 (Journal cover).    Download PDF

91.       Lee, C.W., Lu, Z., and Jung, H.S., 2012. Simulation of time series surface deformation to validate multi-interferogram InSAR processing technique: International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33 (22), 7075-7087.    Download PDF

90.       Zhang, L., Lu, Z.*, Ding, X.L., Jung, H.S., Feng G., and Lee, C.W., 2012. Mapping ground surface deformation using temporarily coherent point SAR interferometry: Application to Los Angeles Basin: Remote Sensing of Environment, 117, 429-439.    Download PDF

89.       Zhao, C.Y., Zhang, Q., and Zhu, W., and Lu, Z., 2012. Monitoring the displacement of ground fissures at Xi’an using TerraSAR-X imagery: Bulletin of Wuhan University, 2012(1), 81-85.

88.       Zhang, L., Ding, X.L., and Lu, Z., 2011. Ground settlement monitoring based on temporarily coherent points between two SAR acquisitions: ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 66 (1), 146-152.    Download PDF

87.       Lu, Z.*, Dzurisin, D., and Jung, H.S., 2011. Monitoring Natural Hazards in Protected Lands Using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR): Remote Sensing of Protected Lands (Ed. Y.Q. Wang), Taylor & Francis, 439-471.    Download PDF

86.       Jung, H.S., and Lu, Z., 2011. Topographic Phase Correction of MAI (Multiple Aperture SAR Interferometry) Interferogram, Korean Journal of Remote Sensing, 27 (2), 171-180.

85.       Wang, Y.Q., Wu, Z.F., Yuan, X., Zhang, H.Z., Zhang, J.Q., Xu, J.W.,  Lu, Z., Zhou, Y.Y., and Feng, J., 2011. Remote Sensing Assessment of Natural Resources and Ecological Security of the Changbai Mountain Region in Northeast Asia: Remote Sensing of Protected Lands (Ed. Y.Q. Wang), Taylor & Francis, 203-232.

84.       Zhang, L., Ding, X.L., and Lu, Z., 2011. Modeling PSInSAR Time-Series without Phase Unwrapping: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 49 (1), 547-556, 10.1109/TGRS.2010.2052625.    Download PDF

83.       Ramsey, E. III, Lu, Z., Suzuoki, Y., Rangoonwala, A., Werle, D., and Wolcott, M., 2011. Monitoring duration and extent of storm surge flooding along the Louisiana coast with Envisat ASAR data: IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 4 (2), 387-399, 10.1109/JSTARS.2010.2096201.    Download PDF

82.     Jung, H.S., Lu, Z.*, Won, J., Poland, M., and Miklius, A., 2011. Mapping three-dimensional surface deformation by combining multiple aperture interferometry and conventional interferometry: application to the June 2007 eruption of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii: IEEE Geoscience & Remote Sensing Letters, 8 (1), 34-38, 10.1109/LGRS.2010.2051793.    Download PDF

81.       Wu, H., Zhang, Y., Chen, X., Lu, Z., Du, J., Sun, Z., and Sun, G., 2011. Monitoring land subsidence of Tai-Yuan, China, based on small-baseline DInSAR: Acta Geophysica Sinica, 54 (3), 673-680.

80.       Rykhus, R., and Lu, Z.*, 2011. Monitoring a 2003, Yukon Flats, Alaska wildfire using multi-temporal Radarsat-1 intensity and interferometric coherence images: Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk, 2 (1), 15–32.    Download PDF

79.       Lu, Z.*, and Dzurisin, D., 2010. Ground surface deformation patterns, magma supply, and magma storage at Okmok volcano, Alaska, from InSAR analysis: 2. Coeruptive deflation, July–August 2008: Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, B00B03, doi:10.1029/2009JB006970.    Download PDF

78.      Lu, Z.*,  Dzurisin, D., Biggs, J., Wicks, C., Jr, and McNutt, S., 2010. Ground surface deformation patterns, magma supply, and magma storage at Okmok volcano, Alaska, from InSAR analysis: 1. Intereruption deformation, 1997–2008: Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, B00B02, doi:10.1029/2009JB006969.    Download PDF

77.       Lee, W.J., Jung, H.S., and Lu, Z., 2010. A study of high-precision DEM generation using ERS-Envisat SAR cross-interferometry: Journal of Korean Society of Surveying, Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography, 28 (4), 431-439.

76.      Lu, Z.*, and Wicks, C., 2010. Study of the 6 August 2007 Crandall Canyon mine (Utah, USA) collapse from ALOS PALSAR InSAR: Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk, 1, 85-93.    Download PDF

75.       Lu, Z.*, Dzurisin, D., H.S. Jung, J.X. Zhang, Y.H. Zhang, 2010. Radar Image and Data Fusion for Natural Hazards Characterization: International Journal of Image and Data Fusion, 1, 217-242.    Download PDF

74.       Lu, Z.*, Zhang, J., Zhang, Y., and Dzurisin, D., 2010. Monitoring and characterizing natural hazards with satellite InSAR imagery: Annals of GIS, 16, 55-66.    Download PDF

73.       Pallister, J., McCausland, W., Jónsson, S., Lu, Z., Zahran, H., Hadidy, S., Aburukbah, A., Stewart, I., Lundgren, P., White, R., and Moufti, M.,  2010. Broad accommodation of rift-related extension recorded by dyke intrusion in Saudi Arabia: Nature Geoscience, 3, 705-712.

72.       Lu, Z.*, 2010. Report on International Conference on Geo-spatial Solutions for Emergency Management 2009: International Journal of Image and Data Fusion, 1 (1), 109-112.    Download PDF

71.       Biggs, J., Lu, Z., Fourneir,T., and Freymueller, J., 2010. Magma flux at Okmok Volcano, Alaska from a joint inversion of continuous GPS, campaign GPS and InSAR: Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, B12401, doi:10.1029/2010JB007577.    Download PDF

70.       Damoah-Afari, P., Ding, X.L., Lu, Z., Li, Z.W. and Omura, M., 2010. Magnitude and extent of six years of land subsidence in Shanghai revealed by JERS-1 SAR data: in Geoscience and Remote Sensing New Achievements (ed. by Imperatore, P. and Riccio, D.), In-Tech. 477-496.    Download PDF

69.       Lee, C.W., Lu, Z.*, H.S. Jung, J.S. Won, and D. Dzurisin, 2010. Surface deformation of Augustine volcano (Alaska), 1992-2005, from multiple-interferogram processing using a refined SBAS InSAR approach: The 2006 eruption of Augustine Volcano, Alaska (edited by Power, J.A., Coombs, M.L., and Freymueller, J.T.),  U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1769, 453–465 [http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1769/chapters/p1769_chapter18.pdf].    Download PDF

68.       Lu, Z.*, and Kwoun, O., 2009. Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) study of coastal wetlands over southeastern Louisiana: Remote Sensing of Wetlands (edited by Y.Q. Wang), CRC Press, 25-60.    Download PDF

67.       Zhang, Y., Zhang, J., Gong, W., and Lu, Z., 2009. Monitoring urban subsidence based on SAR interferometric point target analysis: Acta Geodaetica et Cartographica Sinica, 38 (6), 482-487+493.

66.       Lee, H., Shum, C.K., Yi, Y.C., Ibaraki, M., Kim, J.W., Braun, A., Kuo, K.Y., and Lu, Z., 2009. Louisiana wetland water level monitoring using retracked TOPEX/POSEIDON altimetry: Marine Geodesy, 32 (3), 284-302.    Download PDF

65.       Ramsey, E. III, Werle, D., Lu, Z., Rangoonwala, A., and Suzuoki, Y., 2009. A Case of timely satellite image acquisitions in support of coastal emergency environmental response management: Journal of Coastal Research, 25, 1168-1172 (Journal cover).    Download PDF

64.       Kim, J.W., Lu, Z., Lee, H.K., Shum, C.K., Swarzenski, C.M., and Doyle, T.W., 2009. Integrated analysis of PALSAR/Radarsat-1 InSAR and ENVISAT altimeter for mapping of absolute water level changes in Louisiana wetland: Remote Sensing of Environment, 113, 2356-2365.    Download PDF

63.     Lu, Z., Kim, J.W., Lee, H.K., Shum, C.K., Duan, J.B., Ibaraki, M., Akyilmaz, O., and Read, C.H., 2009. Helmand river hydrologic studies using ALOS PALSAR InSAR and ENVISAT altimetry: Marine Geodesy, 32 (3), 320-333.    Download PDF

62.     Zhang, Y.H., Yu, H.K., Lu, Z., and Gong, W.Y., 2009. A new numerical method of calculating extrema of received power for polarimetric SAR: IEEE Remote Sensing Letters, 6, 666-670.    Download PDF

61.     Zhao, C.Y., Zhang, Q., Ding, X.L., Lu, Z.,  Yang, C.S., and Qi, X.M., 2009. Monitoring of land subsidence and ground fissures in Xian, China 2005–2006: mapped by SAR interferometry: Environmental Geology, 10.1007/s00254-008-1654-9, 2009.    Download PDF

60.       Biggs, J., Burgmann, R., Freymueller, J., Lu, Z., Ryder, I., Parsons, B., and Wright, T., 2009. The postseismic response to the 2002 M7.9 Denali Fault earthquake: constraints from InSAR: Geophysical Journal International, 176, 353-367.    Download PDF

59.       Ramsey, E., Rangoonwala, A., Middleton, B., and Lu, Z., 2009. Satellite optical and radar data used to track wetland forest impact and short-term recovery from Hurricane Katrina: Wetlands, 29 (1), 66-79.    Download PDF

58.     Kwoun, O. and Lu, Z.*, 2009. Multi-temporal RADARSAT-1 and ERS backscattering signatures of coastal wetlands at southeastern Louisiana: Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 75 (5), 607-617.    Download PDF

57.     Poland, M., and Lu, Z., 2008. Radar interferometry observations of surface displacements during pre- and co-eruptive periods at Mount St. Helens, Washington, 1992-2005: A volcano rekindled: the renewed eruption of Mount St. Helens, 2004-2006 (edited by D. Sherod, W. Scott, and P. Stauffer), U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1750, 361-386.    Download PDF

56.     Jones, B., Rykhus, R., Lu, Z., Arp, C., and Selkowitz, D., 2008. Radar imaging of winter seismic surveys in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska: Polar Record, 44, 1-5.    Download PDF

55.       Lu, Z.* and O. Kwoun, 2008. Radarsat-1 and ERS interferometric analysis over southeastern coastal Louisiana: implication for mapping water-level changes beneath swamp forests: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 46 (4), 2167-2184 (Journal Cover).    Download PDF

54.     Lee, C.W., Lu, Z.*, Kwoun, O., and Won, J., 2008. Deformation of Augustine volcano, Alaska, 1992-2005, measured by ERS and ENVISAT SAR interferometry: Earth, Planets and Space, 60, 447-452.    Download PDF

53.      Rykhus, R., and Lu, Z.*, 2008. InSAR detects possible thaw settlement in the Alaskan Arctic Coastal Plain: Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 34 (2), 100-112.    Download PDF

52.     Lu, Z.*, Kwoun, and Rykhus, R., 2007. Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR): its past, present and future: Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 73 (3), 217-221 (Journal Cover).    Download PDF

51.     Biggs, J., Wright, T., Lu, Z.,  and Parsons, B., 2007. Multi-interferogram method for measuring interseismic deformation: Denali Fault, Alaska: Geophysical Journal International, 173, 1165-1179.    Download PDF

50.     Lu, Z.*, Dzurisin, D., Wicks, C., Power, J., Kwoun, O., and Rykhus, R., 2007. Diverse deformation patterns of Aleutian volcanoes from satellite interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR): Volcanism and Subduction: The Kamchatka Region (edited by J. Eichelberger and others), American Geophysical Union Geophysical Monograph  Series 172, 249-261.    Download PDF

49.     Rykhus, R., and Lu, Z.*, 2007. Hurricane Katrina Flooding and Possible Oil Slicks Mapped With Satellite Imagery, in Science and the Storms - The USGS Response to the Hurricanes of 2005: US Geological Survey Circular 1306, 50-53.

48.      Lu, Z.*, 2007. InSAR Imaging of Volcanic Deformation Over Cloud-prone Areas—Aleutian Islands: Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 73 (3), 245-257 (Awarded Article).    Download PDF

47.       Dzurisin, D., and Lu, Z., 2007. Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) (Chapter 5): Volcano Deformation: Geodetic Monitoring Techniques (by D. Dzurisin), Springer-Praxis Publishing Ltd., UK, 153-194.    Download PDF

46.       Damoah-Afari, P., Ding, X.L., Lu, Z., 2006. Subsidence phenomenon in Shanghai measured with PSInSAR: some preliminary results: Journal of Geospatial Engineering, 7 (2), 28-38.

45.       Ramsey, E. III, Lu, Z.,  Rangoonwala, A., and Rykhus, R., 2006. Multiple baseline radar interferometry applied to coastal landscape classification and changes: GIScience and Remote Sensing, 43 (4), 283-309.    Download PDF

44.       Lundgren, P., and Lu, Z., 2006. Inflation model of Uzon caldera, Kamchatka, constrained by satellite radar interferometry observations: Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L06301, doi:10.1029/2005GL025181.    Download PDF

43.       Lu, Z.*, Zhang, J., and Zhang, Y., 2006. Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) and its applications to study volcanoes, part 1: Principles of InSAR: Science of Surveying and Mapping, 31 (1), 51-54.

42.       Lu, Z.*, Dzurisin, D., Wicks, C., and Power, J., 2006. Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) and its applications to study volcanoes, part 2: InSAR imaging of Alaskan Volcanoes: Science of Surveying and Mapping, 31 (2), 36-39.

41.       Kwoun, O., Lu, Z., Neal, C., and Wicks, C., 2006. Quiescent deformation of the Aniakchak Caldera, Alaska, mapped by InSAR: Geology, 34 (1), 5-8.    Download PDF

40.       Masterlark, T., Lu, Z., and Rykhus, R., 2006. Thickness distribution of a cooling pyroclastic flow deposit: Optimization using InSAR, FEMs, and an adaptive mesh algorithm: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 150, 186-201.    Download PDF

39.       Moran, S., Kwoun, O., Masterlark, T., and Lu, Z., 2006. On the absence of deformation signals from InSAR interferograms bracketing the 1995-1996 and 1999 eruptions of Shishaldin Volcano, Alaska: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 150, 119-131.    Download PDF

38.       Rykhus, R., Lu, Z., and Jones, B., 2005. Satellite imagery maps hurricane Katrina induced flooding and oil slicks: EOS Transactions of AGU, 86 (41), 381-382.    Download PDF

37.       Lu, Z.*, Crane, M., Kwoun, O., Wells, C., Swarzenski, C., and Rykhus, R., 2005. C-band Radar Observes Water-level Change in Swamp Forests: EOS Transactions of AGU, 86 (14), 141-144.    Download PDF

36.       Lu, Z.*, Wicks, C., Kwoun, O., Power, J., and Dzurisin, D., 2005. Surface deformation associated with the March 1996 earthquake swarm at Akutan Island, Alaska, revealed by C-band ERS and L-band JERS radar interferometry: Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 31 (1), 7-20.    Download PDF

35.       Lu, Z.*, Masterlark, T., and Dzurisin, D., 2005. Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) Study of Okmok Volcano, Alaska, 1992-2003: Magma Supply Dynamics and Post-emplacement Lava Flow Deformation: Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, B02403, DOI:10.1029/2004JB003148.    Download PDF

34.       Baek, S., Kwoun, O., Braun, A., Lu, Z., and Shum, C.K., 2005. Digital Elevation Model of King Edward VII Peninsula, West Antarctica, from SAR Interferometry and ICESat Laser Altimetry: IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 2 (4), 413- 417.    Download PDF

33.       Lu, Z.*, Wicks, C., Dzurisin, D., and Power, J., 2005. InSAR study of Alaskan volcanoes: Korean Journal of Remote Sensing, 21 (1), 59-72.

32.       Wright, T., Lu, Z., and Wicks, C., 2004. Constraining the slip distribution and fault geometry of the Mw 7.9, 3 November 2002, Denali Fault Earthquake with InSAR and GPS: Bulletin of Seismological Society of America, 94 (6B), S175-S189.    Download PDF

31.       Wright, T., Parsons, B., and Lu, Z. (2004). Toward mapping surface deformation in three dimensions using InSAR: Geophysical Research Letters, 31, L01607, doi:10.1029/2003GL018827 (Journal Cover).    Download PDF

30.       Lu, Z.*, Rykhus, R., Masterlark, T., and Dean, K., 2004. Mapping recent lava flows at Westdahl volcano, Alaska, using radar and optical satellite imagery: Remote Sensing of Environment, 91, 345-353.    Download PDF

29.       Masterlark, T., and Lu, Z., 2004. Transient volcano deformation sources imaged with InSAR: Application to Seguam island: Journal of Geophysical Research, 109, B01401, doi:10.1029/2003JB002568.    Download PDF

28.       Lu, Z.*, Wright, T., and Wicks, C., 2003. Deformation of the 2002 Denali Fault earthquakes, Alaska, mapped by Radarsat-1 interferometry: EOS Transactions of AGU, 84 (41), 425-431.    Download PDF

27.       Wright, T., Lu, Z., and Wicks, C., 2003. Source model for the Mw 6.7, October 23 2002, Nenana Mountain Earthquake (Alaska) from InSAR: Geophysical Research Letters, 30 (18), doi:10.1029/2003GL018014.    Download PDF

26.       Lu, Z.*, Wicks, C., Dzurisin, D., Power, J., Thatcher, W., and Masterlark, T., 2003. Interferometric synthetic aperture radar studies of Alaska volcanoes: Earth Observation Magazine (EOM), 12 (3), 8-18, 2003 (Journal Cover).

25.       Lu, Z.*, Masterlark, T., Dzurisin, D., Rykhus, R., and Wicks, C., 2003. Magma Supply Dynamics at Westdahl Volcano, Alaska, Modeled from Satellite Radar Interferometry: Journal of Geophysical Research, 108 (B7), 2354, 10.1029/2002JB002311.    Download PDF

24.       Patrick, M.R., Dehn, J., Papp, K., Lu, Z., Moxey, L., Dean, K., and Guritz, R., 2003. The 1997 eruption of Okmok Volcano, Alaska: A synthesis of remotely sensed imagery: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 127, 89-107.    Download PDF

23.       Lu, Z.*, Fielding, E., Patrick, M., and Trautwein, C., 2003. Estimating Lava Volume by Precision Combination of Multiple Baseline Spaceborne and Airborne Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar: the 1997 Eruption of Okmok Volcano, Alaska: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 41 (6), 1428-1436.    Download PDF

22.       Lu, Z.*, Masterlark, T., Power, J., Dzurisin, D., and Wicks, C., 2002. Subsidence at Kiska volcano, Western Aleutians, detected by satellite radar interferometry: Geophysical Research Letters, 29 (18), 1855, doi:10.1029/2002GL014948.    Download PDF

21.       Wicks, C., Dzurisin, D., Ingebritsen, S., Thatcher, W., Lu, Z., and Iverson, J., 2002. Magma intrusion beneath the Three Sisters Volcanic Center in the Cascade Range of Oregon, USA, from interferometric radar measurements: Geophysical Research Letters, 29 (7), 10.1029/2001GL014205.    Download PDF

20.       Lu, Z.*, Wicks, C., Dzurisin, D., Power, J., Moran, S., and Thatcher, W., 2002. Magmatic inflation at a dormant stratovolcano: 1996-98 activity at Mount Peulik volcano, Alaska, revealed by satellite radar interferometry: Journal of Geophysical Research, 107 (B7), 2134, doi:10.1029/2001JB000471.  Download PDF

19.       Lu, Z.*, Power, J., McConnell, V., Wicks, C., and Dzurisin, D., 2002. Pre-Eruptive inflation and surface interferometric coherence characteristics revealed by satellite radar interferometry at Makushin volcano, Alaska: 1993 – 2000: Journal of Geophysical Research, 107 (B11), 2266, doi:10.1029/2001JB000970.  Download PDF

18.       Mann, D., Freymueller, J., and Lu, Z., 2002. Deformation associated with the 1997 eruption of Okmok volcano, Alaska: Journal of Geophysical Research, 107 (B4), 10.1029/2001JB000163.  Download PDF

17.       Lu, Z.*, and Meyer, D., 2002. Study of high SAR backscattering due to an increase of soil moisture over less vegetated area: its implication for characteristic of backscattering: International Journal of Remote Sensing, 23 (6), 1065-1076.  Download PDF

16.       Lu, Z.*, and Danskin, W., 2001. InSAR analysis of natural recharge to define structure of a ground-water basin, San Bernardino, California: Geophysical Research Letters, 28, 2661-2664 (AGU and AP Press Releases).  Download PDF

15.       Mayer, L., and Lu, Z., 2001. Elastic rebound following the Kocaeli Earthquake, Turkey, recorded using SAR interferometry: Geology, 29, 495-498.  Download PDF

14.       Lu, Z.*, Wicks, C., Power, J., and Dzurisin, D., 2000. Ground deformation associated with the March 1996 earthquake swarm at Akutan volcano, Alaska, revealed by satellite radar interferometry: Journal of Geophysical Research, 105, 21,483-21,496.  Download PDF

13.       Lu, Z.*, Wicks, C., Dzurisin, D., Thatcher, W., Freymueller, J., McNutt, S., and Mann, D., 2000. Aseismic inflation of Westdahl volcano, Alaska, revealed by satellite radar interferometry: Geophysical Research Letters, 27, 1567-1570 (Journal Cover).  Download PDF

12.       Lu, Z.*, Mann, D., Freymueller, J., and Meyer, D., 2000. Synthetic aperture radar interferometry of Okmok volcano, Alaska: Radar observations: Journal of Geophysical Research, 105, 10791-10806.  Download PDF

11.       Lu, Z.*, Wicks, C., Dzurisin, D., Thatcher, W., Freymueller, J., McNutt, S., and Mann, D., 2000. Watching magma from space: Geotimes, 45 (11), 36-37.

10.       Lu, Z.*, 1999. Satellite radar interferometry and its application to detection of volcanic deformation: Remote Sensing Information, 53 (1), 18-23.

9.         Lu, Z.*, Mann, D., and Freymueller, J., 1998. Satellite radar interferometry measures deformation at Okmok volcano: EOS Transactions of AGU, 79, 461-468.  Download PDF

8.         Lu, Z.*, and Freymueller, J., 1998. Synthetic aperture radar interferometry coherence analysis over Katmai volcano group, Alaska: Journal of Geophysical Research, 103, 29887-29894.  Download PDF

7.         Lu, Z.*, Fatland, R., Wyss, M., Li, S., Eichelberger, J., Dean, K., and Freymueller, J., 1997. Deformation of Volcanic Vents Detected by ERS‑1 SAR Interferometry, Katmai National Park, Alaska: Geophysical Research Letters, 24, 695‑698.  Download PDF

6.         Lu, Z.*, Wyss, M., and Pulpan, H., 1997. Details of stress directions in the Alaska subduction zone from fault plane solutions: Journal of Geophysical Research, 102, 5385‑5402.  Download PDF

5.         Lu, Z.*, 1996. Stress and surface deformation due to earthquakes and volcanoes in Alaska: Ph. D. dissertation, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, 142 pp.

4.         Dean, K., Engle, K., Lu, Z., Eichelberger, J., Neal, T., and Doukas, M., 1996. Use of SAR data to study active volcanoes in Alaska: Earth Observation Quarterly, 53, 21‑23.

3.         Lu, Z.*, and Wyss, M., 1996. Segmentation of the Aleutian plate boundary derived from stress directions estimates based on fault plane solutions: Journal of Geophysical Research, 101, 803‑816.  Download PDF

2.         Wyss, M., and Lu, Z., 1995. Plate boundary segmentation by stress directions: southern San Andreas fault, California: Geophysical Research Letters, 22, 547‑550.  Download PDF

1.        Lu, Z.*, Wyss, M., Tytgat, G., McNutt, S., and Stihler, S., 1994. Aftershocks of the 13 May 1993 Shumagin Alaska earthquake: Geophysical Research Letters, 21, 497‑500.  Download PDF



  • Member -> Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) (1996-2006, 2007-present).
  • Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU) (1993 - ).
  • Member, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) (1997-2001).
  • Member, Seismological Society of America (SSA) (1992-1998).
  • Member of Asia Pacific Geodynamics Program (1998 - ).
  • Team Member of USGS Future Science Direction on Earthquake Hazards (2001).
  • Principal Investigator of SRTM-X, German Space Agency (1999 – 2002)
  • Principal Investigator of Envisat, European Space Agency (2002 – 2012)
  • Principal Investigator of ALOS, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (2005 – 2011).
  • Principal Investigator of ALOS-2, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (2013 –).
  • USGS representative for the Western North America InSAR WInSAR Consortium (2005 - 2013).
  • Executive Committee member for the Western North America InSAR (WInSAR) Consortium (2005 - 2006).
  • Member of Science Team for TanDEM-X, a radar satellite constellation mission by German Space Agency (DLR) (2005 -).
  • Member of NASA’s Advisory Committee for Alaska Satellite Facility (2005 - ).
  • USGS representative for the International User Team for Canadian Space Agency’s Radarsat SAR Constellations (2005 - 2007).
  • Member of International User Team for Canadian Space Agency’s Radarsat-C mission (2005-2007).
  • Member of Science Application International Corporation (SAIC) Engineering, Science and Technology Committee (2005 - 2006).
  • Science Application International Corporation (SAIC) Technical Fellow (2005 - 2006).
  • USGS representative and member for the US Interagency Working Group on Orbital InSAR (2006 - 2009).
  • Member of Science Council of USGS Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (2006 - 2007).
  • Ex officio Member of National Science Foundation GeoEarthScope InSAR Working Committee (2006 - 2008).
  • Committee member of NASA ALOS TDRSS Downlink (2008 -2010).
  • Member of Review Panel – NASA Earth Surface & Interior, 2008.
  • Scientific committee member of NSF SmartGeo Intelligent Geosystems Project (2007-2008).
  • Co-chair, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), Working Group VII/6 - Remote Sensing Data Fusion (2008-present).
  • Member of NASA DESDynI-R (radar mission) Science Definition Team (2012-present).
  • Editorial Board, Geographic Information Sciences (ISSN 1082-4006) (2007 - 2008).
  • Editorial Board, Annals of GIS, Taylor & Francis (2009 - 2011)
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Image and Data Fusion, Taylor & Francis (2009 –present)
  • Editorial Board, Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk, Taylor & Francis (2009 – present)
  • Member of Editorial Board of Dataset Papers in Geosciences (2012-)
  • Associate Editor, Frontier in Volcanology (2014 - )
  • Adjunct Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2014 – present).
  • Honorary Professorship, Chinese Academy of Surveying & Mapping (2007-present).
  • Honorary Professorship, Liaoning Science & Technology University (2010-present).
  • Honorary Professorship (Chang Jiang Scholarship), Chang’An University (2010-present).
  • Guest Professorship, China Central South University (2014-present).
  • Affiliate Research Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey (2014-present)
  • Affiliate Faculty, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2011- 2014).