Member Since 2011
Jing Wei
Assistant Research Scientist, University of Maryland College Park
Honors and Awards

James R. Holton Award
Received December 2022
The Atmospheric Sciences section of AGU is pleased to present the 2022 James R. Holton Award to Dr. Jing Wei, University of Maryland, College Park, for “his exceptional contributions to satellite remote sensing of aerosols, particulate matter and trace gases, and assessing the impacts of air pollution.” Jing Wei’s primary expertise lies in studying atmospheric aerosols, particulate matter, trace gases, and clouds by means of satellite remote sensing, big data, and artificial intelligence. Using such state-of-the-art tools, he has developed a suite of remote sensing models and applied them to satellite data, in situ measurements, and meteorological and environmental data sets to develop long-term, daily high-resolution products with high accuracies. Major improvements have been made in detecting satellite clouds and cloud shadows, retrieving aerosol optical depth (AOD), and estimating ground-level ambient air pollutant concentrations (e.g., PM1, PM2.5, PM10, O3, NO2, SO2, and CO) across and beyond China using data from both polar and geostationary satellite sensors. He has exploited the use of these products to investigate their spatial and temporal variations in order to understand their natural and anthropogenic causes. These novel products have been widely used to address a variety of atmospheric, environmental, ecological, and public health issues. In just a little over a year and a half after obtaining his Ph.D., Jing has already published over 50 SCI papers as the lead or corresponding author in leading journals, such as Remote Sensing of Environment, Environmental Science & Technology, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, and IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, of which six were selected as ESI Hot (top < 0.1%)="" papers="" and 11 as="" highly="" cited="" (top="">< 1%) papers, with over 3,000 citations and an h-index of 30. he is on the stanford university list of world’s top 2% scientists (2021). jing is also keen in providing community services, serving as an editor of earth system science data and on the editorial boards of remote sensing, international journal of digital earth, and big earth data. he has received several awards in china, including the li xiaowen remote sensing science youth award (2019), the gao tingyao environmental protection outstanding youth award (2020), and the zhou tingru geography youth award (2021). on behalf of the agu atmospheric sciences section, i am pleased to present the 2022 james r. holton award to dr. jing wei. —renyi zhang, texas a&m university, college station 1%)="" papers,="" with="" over 3,000 citations="" and="" an="" h-index="" of 30.="" he="" is="" on="" the="" stanford="" university="" list="" of="" world’s="" top="" 2%="" scientists="" (2021).="" jing="" is="" also="" keen="" in="" providing="" community="" services,="" serving="" as="" an="" editor="" of="" earth="" system="" science="" data="" and="" on="" the="" editorial="" boards="" of="" remote="" sensing,="" international="" journal="" of="" digital="" earth,="" and="" big="" earth="" data.="" he="" has="" received="" several="" awards="" in="" china,="" including="" the="" li="" xiaowen="" remote="" sensing="" science="" youth="" award="" (2019),="" the="" gao="" tingyao="" environmental="" protection="" outstanding="" youth="" award="" (2020),="" and="" the="" zhou="" tingru="" geography="" youth="" award="" (2021).="" on="" behalf="" of="" the="" agu="" atmospheric="" sciences="" section,="" i="" am="" pleased="" to="" present="" the="" 2022="" james="" r.="" holton="" award="" to="" dr.="" jing="" wei.="" —renyi="" zhang,="" texas="" a&m="" university,="" college="">
It is my great honor and pleasure to be selected as the recipient of the 2022 Atmospheric Sciences section James R. Holton Award. Needless to say, I was surprised when I received the email from the AGU Honors team. There is no doubt that this award is particularly important and inspiring to me at this very early stage of my career. I would like to thank the AGU Atmospheric Sciences section, the award committee, and the Honors selection team. I am sincerely and deeply grateful to my Ph.D. adviser, Prof. Zhanqing Li at the University of Maryland, College Park. Under his careful tutelage, I learned how to conduct innovative research, always aiming for high standards and exercising rigor. Many thanks also go to my M.Sc. adviser, Prof. Lin Sun at the Shandong University of Science and Technology, who introduced me to quantitative satellite remote sensing, opening the door for me to pursue scientific research in atmospheric science. I thank Drs. Yiran Peng, Jun Wang, Russell R. Dickerson, and Alexei Lyapustin, among others, for their encouragement and help in my studies. I also thank Prof. Renyi Zhang at Texas A&M University for nominating me for this award. I am also grateful to colleagues at the University of Maryland, Beijing Normal University, Shandong University of Science and Technology, University of Iowa, and Tsinghua University. Last but not least, I am grateful to my family, my wife, and my son for their unconditional love and support, as well as for the help and company of all my friends. Receiving this prestigious award has only made me want to redouble my efforts to constantly explore and overcome the great challenges facing atmospheric and environmental sciences. —Jing Wei, University of Maryland, College Park
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