Dr. Jida Wang
Ph.D., 2013, University of California, Los Angeles
I lead the Surface Hydrology group in the Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences at KSU. I am actively involved in the current Science Team of NASA/CNES Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite mission. I work with my group and collaborators to improve the a priori hydrological data and leverage the roles of lakes and reservoirs to assist in discharge estimation. I am also engaged in multiple projects that aim at improving the representation of human water managements in terrestrial hydrology, the attribution of lake storage dynamics, the monitoring of lake water quality, and the understanding of lake-river-wetland hydrodynamics.
- Wang, J., Walter, B.A., Yao, F., Song, C., Ding, M., Maroof, A.S., Zhu, J., Fan, C., McAlister, J.M., Sikder, S., Sheng, Y., Allen, G.H., Crétaux, J.-F., and Wada Y. 2022. GeoDAR: Georeferenced global dams and reservoirs dataset for bridging attributes and geolocations. Earth System Science Data, 14:1869-1899. DOI:10.5194/essd-2021-468.
- An, L., Wang, J., Huang, J., Pokhrel, Y., Hugonnet, R., Wada, Y., Cáceres, D., Schmied, H.M., Song, C., Berthier, E., Yu, H., and Zhang, G. 2021. Divergent causes of terrestrial water storage decline between drylands and humid regions globally. Geophysical Research Letters 48:e2021GL095035. DOI:10.1029/2021GL095035.
- Yao, F., Wang, J., Wang, C., Crétaux, J-F. 2019. Constructing long-term high-frequency time series of global lake and reservoir areas using Landsat imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment 232:111210. DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2019.111210.
- Wang, J., Song, C., Reager, J.T., Yao, F., Famiglietti, J.S., Sheng, Y., MacDonald, G.M., Brun, F., Müller Schmied, H., Marston, R.A., and Wada, Y. 2018. Recent global decline in endorheic basin water storages. Nature Geoscience 11:926-932. DOI:10.1038/s41561-018-0265-7.
- Wang, J., Sheng, Y., Wada, Y. 2017. Little impact of the Three Gorges Dam on recent decadal lake decline across China’s Yangtze Plain. Water Resources Research 53(5):3854–3877. DOI:10.1002/2016WR019817.
- GEOG 121 Introductory Physical Geography: Earth Systems Science
- GEOG 508 Geographical Information Systems I
- GEOG 605 Remote Sensing of the Environment
- GEOG 707 Remote Sensing of Water
- Editorial Board for The Professional Geographer, AAG
- Associate Editor of The International Journal of Remote Sensing (IJRS)
- US Lead of the SWOT Science for Lakes and Wetlands (SLeW) Working Group
- Member of the NASA PO.DAAC User Working Group (UWG)
- Departmental representative of the KSU Diversity Committee
Jida Wang joined the Geography faculty at KSU in 2014 after earning his Ph.D. at UCLA. He is a broadly-trained physical geographer and hydrologist. His work focuses on surface water abundance and dynamics, particularly in lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands. He studies how these water stores function as sentinels, regulators, and integrators of climate change, and how lakes of different types interact with the cryosphere, the river systems, the carbon cycle, and human water managements. He conducts such studies through applications and innovations of integrated methods, which combine multi-sensor satellite remote sensing, in situ measurements, and hydrological modeling.
Dr. Wang has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. His research findings and expert opinions appeared in numerous media outlets and reports, and he was the 2019 Early Career awardee in the Remote Sensing Special Group of the American Association of Geographers. Dr. Wang teaches classes in physical geography and Earth observing remote sensing. He was one of the five recipients of the 2013 University Distinguished Teaching Assistant at UCLA and was the awardee of the 2020 William L. Stamey Teaching Award at KSU.
In addition, Dr. Wang is active in multiple academic services. For example, he co-leads the SWOT lakes and wetlands working group (SLeW) and is a member of the NASA Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) User Working Group. He also serves as an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Remote Sensing and an Editorial Board member for The Professional Geographer.