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Wenqing Tang

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-323

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Ocean Circulation And Air Sea Interaction


  • B. S., Physics, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China (1981)
  • M.S., Physics, Michigan State University (1984)
  • M.S., Computer Science, Michigan State University (1987)
  • Ph.D., Physics, Michigan State University (1987)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1989-present)
    • Senior MTS, Ocean Circulation Group, Science Division (1999-present)
    • Senior MTS, Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PODAAC) (1998-1999)
    • MTS/Senior MTS, Ocean Sciences Element, Earth and Space Sciences Division (1989-1997)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Math and Computer Science, Austin Peay State University (1988-1989)
  • Research Scientist, Department of Physics, Rutgers University (1987-1988)

Research Interests

  • Scientific analysis of Earth remote sensing data to understand the role of air-sea interaction in global climate change.
  • Algorithm development on retrieving geophysical parameters from spacebased instruments, e.g., scatterometer and microwave radiometers.
  • Ocean numerical modeling to study oceanic responses to atmospheric forcing.
  • Evaluation and validation of Earth remote sensing data using in situ measurements to identify systematic errors or trends.

Selected Awards

  • JPL Team Award (2016)
  • JPL Mariner Award (2014)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Aquarius Science Calibration and Validation Team (2013)
  • NASA Group Achieve Award, AQ Launch, Early Orbit Ops, and Commissioning Team (2012)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award (1998)
  • NASA Scatterometer Project Award (1997)
  • Sherwood Haynes Graduate Student Award, MSU (1987)

Selected Publications

  1. Tang, W., S.H. Yueh, A. Fore, A.Hayashi, and M. Steele. 2021. An Empirical Algorithm for Mitigating the Sea Ice Effect in SMAP Radiometer for Sea Surface Salinity Retrieval in the Arctic Seas. Submitted to JSTARS special issue on SMAP.
  2. Yu, L., Bingham, F. M., Lee, T., Dinnat, E. P., Fournier, S., Melnichenko, O., Tang, W., and Yueh, S., 2021. Revisiting the global patterns of seasonal cycle in sea surface salinity. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 126, e2020JC016789.
  3. Vazquez-Cuervo, J., Gentemann, C.; Tang,W., Carroll, D., Zhang, H., Menemenlis, D., Gomez-Valdes, J., Bouali, M. Steele, M. 2021. Using Saildrones to Validate Arctic Sea-Surface Salinity from the SMAP Satellite and from Ocean Models. Remote Sens. 2021, 13, 831.
  4. Tang, W., S. Yueh, D. Yang, E. Mcleod, A. Fore, A. Hayashi, E. Olmedo, J. Martinez, and C. Gabarró, 2020. The potential of space-based sea surface salinity on monitoring the Hudson Bay Freshwater cycle. Remote Sens., 2020, 12, 873; doi:10.3390/rs12050873.
  5. Fournier, S., T. Lee, W. Tang, M. Steele and E. Olmedo, 2019. Evaluation and Intercomparison of SMOS, Aquarius, and SMAP Sea Surface Salinity Products in the Arctic Ocean. Remote Sens., 2019, 11, 3043; doi:10.3390/rs11243043, December 2019.
  6. Vazquez-Cuervo, J., J. Gomez-Valdes, M. Bouali, L. E. Miranda, T. Van der Stocken, W. Tang and C. Gentemann, 2019. Using Saildrones to Validate Satellite-Derived Sea Surface Salinity and Sea Surface Temperature along the California/Baja Coast. Remote Sens., 2019, 11, 1964; doi:10.3390/rs11171964, August 2019.
  7. Fore, A., S. H. Yueh, B. W. Stiles, W. Tang, and A. K. Hayashi, 2018. SMAP Radiometer-Only Tropical Cyclone Intensity and Size Validation. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2018.2849649, October 2018.
  8. Tang, W., S. Yueh, D. Yang, A. Fore, A. Hayashi, T. Lee, S. Fournier, and B. Holt, 2018. The potential and challenges of using SMAP SSS to monitor Arctic Ocean freshwater changes. Remote Sens., doi:10.3390/rs10060869, June 2018.
  9. Tang, W., A. Fore, S. Yueh, T. Lee, A. Hayashi, A. Sanchez-Franks, J. Martinez, B. King, and D. Baranowski, 2017, Validating SMAP SSS with in situ measurements. Remote Sensing of Environment, pp. 326-340. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2017.08.021.
  10. Fore, A.G., S.H. Yueh, W. Tang, et al., 2016: Combined Active / Passive Retrievals of Ocean Vector Wind and Sea Surface Salinity with SMAP. IEEE Trans. Geoscience and Remote Sensing. In press.
  11. Liu, W. Timothy and W. Tang, 2016, Relating wind and stress under tropical cyclones with scatterometer. J. of Atmos. And Oceanic Tech., 33, 1151-1158. DOI: 10.1175/JTECH-D-16-0047.1.
  12. Boutin, J., Y. Chao, W.E. Asher, T. Delcroix, R. Drucker, K. Drushka, N. Kolodziejczyk, T. Lee, N. Reul, G. Reverdin, J. Schanze, A. Soloviev, L. Yu, J. Anderson, L.  Brucker, E. Dinnat, A.S. Garcia, W.L. Jones, C. Maes, T. Meissner, W. Tang, N.  Vinogradova, B. Ward, 2015, Satellite and In Situ Salinity: Understanding Near-surface Stratification and Sub-footprint Variability. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00032.1
  13. Tang, W., S. H. Yueh, A. Hayashi, A. G. Fore, W. L. Jones, A. Santos-Garcia, and M. M. Jacob, 2015, Rain-induced near surface salinity stratification and rain roughness correction for Aquarius SSS retrieval. The Special Issue of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS) “Aquarius/SACD mission calibration/validation performance and retrieval algorithms”, 8 (12), 5474-5484, DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2015.2463768.
  14. Yueh, S. H., W. Tang, A. G. Fore, and A. Hayashi, 2015, Impact of Ocean Wave Height on L-band  Passive and Active Microwave Observation of Sea Surfaces. The Special Issue of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS) “Aquarius/SACD mission calibration/validation performance and retrieval algorithms”, 8 (12), 5491-5499, DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2015.2432134.
  15. Tang, W., S. H. Yueh, A. G. Fore, A. Hayashi, T. Lee, and G. Lagerloef, 2014, Uncertainty of Aquarius sea surface salinity retrieved under rainy conditions and its implication on the water cycle study. J. Geophys. Res.-Oceans, DOI: 10.1002/2014JC009834.
  16. Tang, W., S. H. Yueh, A. G. Fore, A. Hayashi, 2014,Validation of Aquarius sea surface salinity with in situ measurements from ARGO floats and moored buoys. J. Geophys. Res.-Oceans, DOI:10.1002/2014JC010101.
  17. Yueh, S. H., W. Tang, A. G. Fore, A. Hayashi, and Y. T. Song, 2014, Aquarius Geophysical Model Function and Combined Active Passive Algorithm for Ocean Surface Salinity and Wind Retrieval. J. Geophys. Res.-Oceans, DOI: 10.1002/2014JC009939.
  18. Liu, W.T., W. Tang, R. T. Pinker, X. Niu, T. Lee, 2013, Solar warming of south central Pacific.International Journal of Remote Sensing, DOI:10.1080/01431161.2014.926426.
  19. Tang, W., S. Yueh, A. Fore, G. Neumann, A. Hayashi, and G. Lagerloef, 2013, The rain effect on Aquarius’ L-band sea surface brightness temperature and radar backscatter. Remote Sensing of Environment, 137, 147-157.
  20. Tang, W., W. T. Liu, B. Stiles and A. Fore, 2013, The diurnal cycle of ocean surface wind from space-based observations. International Journal of Remote Sensing, DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2014.926413.
  21. Yueh, S. H., W. Tang, A. Fore, G. Neumann, A. Hayashi, A. Freedman, J. Chaubell, and G. Lagerloef, 2013, L-band  Passive and Active Microwave Geophysical Model Functions of Ocean Surface Winds and Applications to Aquarius Retrieval. IEEE Trans. Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 51 (9), 4619-4632, DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2013.2266915.
  22. Lee, T., O. Wang, W. Tang and W. T. Liu, 2008: Wind stress measurements from the QuikSCAT-SeaWinds tandem mission and the impact on an ocean model, J. of Geo. Res. – Oceans, 113, C12019, doi:10.1029/2008JC004855.
  23. Liu, W.T., W. Tang, X. Xie, 2008: Wind power distribution over the ocean. Geophys. Res. Lett., VOL. 35, L13808, doi:10.1029/2008GL034172.
  24. Liu, W.T., W. Tang, X. Xie, R.Navalgund ,and K.Xu, 2008: Power density of ocean surface wind from international scatterometer tandem missions, Int. J. Remote Sens.,  Vol.29, Issue 21, Pages: 6109-6116.
  25. Tang, W., W. T. Liu, and B. W. Stiles, 2004: Evaluation of high-resolution coastal winds measured by spacebased scatterometer. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens,, in press.
  26. Liu, W. T., S-B. Kim, T. Lee, Y. T. Song, and W. Tang, 2004: Scientific Impacts of Wind Direction Errors, JPL Publication 04-008, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, 19pp.
  27. Liu, W.T. and W. Tang, 2004: Calibration/validation of SeaWinds on ADEOS-2, in Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VII, edited by R. Meynart, S.P.Neeck, H. Shimoda, J.B. Lurie, and M.L. Aten, Proc. SPIE, Vol. 5234, SPIE, Bellingham, WA, 47-52.
  28. Pickett, M. H., W. Tang, L. K. Rosenfeld, and C. H. Wash, 2003: QuikSCAT Satellite Comparisons with Near-Shore Buoy Wind Data off the US West Coast, J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 20, 1869-1879.
  29. Chen, D., W. Timothy Liu, W. Tang, and Z. Wang, 2003: Air-sea interaction at an oceanic front: implications for frontogenesis and primary production. Geophys. Res. Lett., 30(14), 1745, doi:10.1029/2003GL017536.
  30. Bourras, D., W. T., Liu, L. Eymard, and W. Tang, 2003: Evaluation of Latent Heat Flux Fields from Satellites and Models Over the SEMAPHORE Region. J. Appl. Meteor., 42, 227-239.
  31. Carr, M.E., W. Tang, and W.T. Liu, 2002: CO2 exchange coefficients from remotely sensed wind speed measurements: SSM/I versus QuikSCAT in 2000. Geophys. Res. Lett. 29 (15), doi:10.1029/2002GL015068.
  32. Tang, W. and W. T. Liu, 2002: Moisture advection and fresh water flux over oceans. 16th Conference on Hydrology, 24-28, Amer. Meteor. Soc., Orlando.
  33. Liu, W.T., X. Xie, W. Tang, and S.V. Nghiem, 2002: Wind Changes over the Western Pacific. East Asia and Western Pacific Meteorology and Climate. Vol. 1, 27-37, World Scientific Co., London.
  34. Tang, W., and W. T. Liu, 2001: Moisture transport and fresh water flux over oceans. IGRASS 2001, 9-13 July, 2001, Sydney, Australia.
  35. Liu, W. T., and W. Tang, 2001: Latent heat flux and evaporation over oceans from spaceborne sensors, IGRASS 2001, 9-13.
  36. Fu, R., H. Wang, M. Chen, W. T. Liu, and W. Tang, 2001: Influences of Amazon Rainfall on the Atmospheric Circulation over the North Atlantic Detected by QuikSCAT and TRMM. Proc. Atlantic CLIVAR meeting, Bolder, Colorado.
  37. Liu, W.T., H. Hu, W. Tang, and X. Xie, 2001: Continuous strife for better coverage and more details in ocean surface wind measurements - from Midori and ADEOS-2 to GCOM. Proc of IGRASS 2001.
  38. Liu, W.T. and W. Tang, 2001: Ocean-atmosphere interaction in the North Pacific observed by microwave scatterometer, altimeter, and radiometer. Proc. 11th PAMS/JECSS, B.H. Choi (ed), 41-44.
  39. Liu, W.T., and W. Tang, 2000: Direct retrieval of ocean surface evaporation and latent heat flux from spacebased observations. Proc. PORSEC 2000, Vol. 1, 118-121.
  40. Polito, P.S., W.T. Liu, and W. Tang, 2000: Correlation-based interpolation of NSCAT wind data. J. Atmos Ocean Tech., 17, 1016-1026.
  41. Liu, W.T., W. Tang, and H. Hu, 1998: Spaceborne sensors observe El Nino effects on ocean and atmosphere in North Pacific. Eos, Trans. of Amer. Geophys. Union, 79, 249 & 252.
  42. Liu, W.T., W. Tang, and P.S. Polito, 1998: NASA Scatterometer provides global ocean-surface wind fields with more structures than numerical weather prediciton. Geophys. Res. Lett., 25, 761-764.
  43. Liu, W.T., W. Tang, and R. S. Dunbar, 1997: NASA Scatterometer Observes the Extratropical Transition of Pacific Typhoon. Eos, Trans. of Amer. Geophys. Union, 78, 237 & 240.
  44. Zheng, Q., X. H. Yan, W. T. Liu, W. Tang, and D. Kurz, 1997: Seasonal and interannual variability of atmospheric convergence zones in the tropical Pacific observed with ERS-1 scatterometer, Geophy. Res. Lett. Vol 24, No. 3, 261-263.