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Menghua Wang

Satellite Oceanography & Climatology Division

Branch Chief
Marine Ecosystems & Climate Branch



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Menghua Wang photoMenghua Wang received the B.S. degree in physics from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 1982, the M.S. degree in physics (with distinction) from California State University, Northridge, in 1987, and the Ph.D. degree in physics from University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, in 1991. Since January of 2005, he has been with the NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) at Camp Springs, Maryland. He is the Chief for Marine Ecosystems and Climate Branch at NOAA STAR. Prior to working with NOAA, he was a Research Associate Professor at University of Maryland Baltimore County and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

Dr. Wang's research experiences include radiative transfer modeling, ocean color remote sensing, remote retrievals and in situ measurements of aerosol and cloud optical and microphysical properties, development of calibration and validation techniques, and development of strategy and techniques for the data processing and data merging from the multiple ocean color sensors, as well as various applications in coastal and open ocean regions using satellite and in situ measurements. In his research career, he has authored and co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed and other publications. Dr. Wang has been a science team member (and PI) for various NOAA and NASA satellite ocean color missions/projects, and is also currently a member of the Science Working Groups (SWGs) for two NASA future missions: Aerosol, Cloud, and Ecosystem (ACE) and Geostationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events (GEO-CAPE). He has been the NOAA CoastWatch Program Scientist since 2007, and the STAR Ocean Color Science Team leader and Co-Chair for the NOAA Ocean Color Product Oversight Panel (OCPOP) since 2010.