Sheng Chen, Ph.D.

National Weather Center, 120 David L. Boren Blvd, Suite 3604, Norman, Oklahoma 73072

Cell: 405-325-1140



Research interests:

  • Satellite and Radar  meteorology
  • Precipitation measurements and estimation
  • Climate change and analysis
  • Land use and coverage change
  • Data assimilation
  • Satellite remote sensing
  • High spatiotemporal resolution image processing and spectrum analysis
  • Spatial analysis and modeling
  • GIS application systems development
  • Visualization of hydrometeorology on 2D/3D digital earth model.


  • Software develepment/programming platform: Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++, Java
  • Research-oriented computer language: Matlab, IDL, Fortran, C
  • Web-based 3D earth model develepment: Googel Earth/Map, Supermap iClient Flex3D
  • GIS application system development software: ArcEngine, Map Object, SuperMap Object
  • GIS deskpro software: ArcGIS(ArcMap), SuperMap, Mapinfo
  • Remote sensing software: ENVI, ERDAS, eCognition
  • Hydrological Models: Xinanjiang, CREST, VIC
  • Statistics and Error modeling software: R


  • Ph.D., Cartology & Geographical Information System,  Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China , 2009
  • M.S., Cartology & Geographical Information System,  Guangxi Teachers College, Guangxi, China, 2006
  • B.S., Geographic Science, Guangxi Teachers College, Guangxi, China, 2003

Professional experience:

  • 2009–present, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Advanced Radar Research Center, Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing Laboratory (HyDROS), University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA
  • 2009, Postdoctoral Researcher, National Engineering Research Center for Information Technology in Agriculture, Beijing, China
  • 2004–2006, GIS Software Engineer, SuperMap Software Co., Ltd., Beijing, China

Editorial/Review activities:

Since 2009, Reviewer for 7 international Journals: including:

  • Journal of Water Resource Research
  • Journal of Hydrometeorology
  • Journal of Hydrology
  • Journal of Weather and forecast
  • Journal of International Remote Sensing
  • IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing

Other activities:

  • Sep. 16-20, 2013, AMS 36th Radar Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado, U.S.
  • Jan 26-30, 2012, ASHRAE Winter Conference, Dallas, TX, U.S.
  • Dec 3-7, 2012, American Geophysical Union’s 45th annual Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, U.S.
  • Jun 23-27, 2012, ASHRAE Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, U.S.
  • Jan 6-9, 2011, National Radio Science Meeting, Boulder, CO, U.S.
  • Sep. 14-16, 2011, The International Symposium on Earth-science Challenges (ISEC), Norman, OK, U.S

Book chapter

  • Yang, Hong, Sheng Chen, and Gina Hodges, 2011: Global Precipitation Estimation and Applications. Multi-scale Hydrological Remote Sensing: Perspectives and Applications,Chapter 21, Editor by Ni-bin Chang, Publisher: CRC Press(Taylor and France Group)



[11]Chen, S.,et al, 2015: Performance Accessment of Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for Global Precipitation Measurement Over China. Journal of Geographic Research.

[10]Chen, S.,et al, 2015: Evaluation of Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for Global Precipitation Measurement Over Continuous United States. Water Resources Research.

[9]Chen, S.,et al, 2015: Evaluation of Precipitation estimates from Dual Frequency Precipitation Radar aboard  Global Precipitation Measurement Over Continuous United States. Journal of Hydrometeorology.

[8]Chen, S.,et al, 2014: First Comprehensive evaluation of Precipitation Estimated from Cloudsat Cloud Profile Radar With an Error Model over Continental Unites States. Journal of Geophysical Research

[7]Chen, S.,et al, 2014: Performance of Global Satellite Mapping of Precipitation Estimates during Heavy Precipitation Events over Northern China. Journal of the Meteorology Society of Japan.

[6]Chen, S.,et al, 2014: Hydrological Evaluation of Statellite-based Quantitative Precipitation Estimates Products over Ganjiang Basin, China. Water Resources Research.

[5]Chen, S.,et al, 2014:Snowfall estimated from NASA CloudSat Cloud Profile Radar and NOAA/NSSL National Multi-sensor Mosaic QPE: How much do they agree and Why?. Journal of Hydrology

[4]Chen, S.,et al, 2014: Precipitation Spectra Analysis over China with High-resolution Measurements from Optimally-merged Satellite/Gauge Observations: Seasonal Variation. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological society.

[3]Chen, S.,et al, 2014: Precipitation Spectra Analysis over China with High-resolution Measurements from Optimally-merged Satellite/Gauge Observations: Timing and Diurnal Variation. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological society.

[2]Chen, S., et al, 2014: Feasibility of citizen scientist reports to evaluate estimates of surface precipitation type. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

[1]Mei Yang, Dawa ZengRen, Gelie Danzeng, Lazhen Bianma, Sheng Chen*, 2014. Synoptic Analysis of the Precipitation Estimated from China Next Generation Weather Radar Over Tibet Plateau. Journal of Applied Meteorological Science.

Published and accepted:

[41]Yang, Xiuqin; Yong, Bin; Hong, Yang; Chen, Sheng; Zhang, Xinhua,2015: Error analysis of multi-satellite precipitation estimates with an independent rain gauge observation network over a mid-size humid basin. Hydrological Sciences Journal, doi: HSJ-2014-0106.R2

[40]Chen, S., et al, 2014: Inter-comparison of Precipitation Estimates from WSR-88D Radar and TRMM Measurement over Continental United States. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing(accepted).

[39]Chen, S.,et al, 2014: Mapping the Precipitation Type Distribution over the Contiguous United States Using NOAA/NSSL National Multisensor Mosaic QPE. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing(accepted)

[38]Weiyue Li, Chun Liu, Yang Hong,Hangbin Wu, Ping Lu, Kai Sang, Sheng Chen,2013: A Public Cloud-based China’s Landslide Inventory Database (CsLID): Development and Zoning Spatiotemporal Analysis for Significant Historical Events.Natural Hazards(accepted)

[37]Yu Zhang, Yang Hong, Xuguang Wang, Jonathon Gourley, Xianwu Xue, Yong Huang, Sheng Chen, 2013: Hydrometeorological Analysis and Remote Sensing of Extremes: Was 2012 July Beijing Flood Event Detectable and Predictable by Global Satellite Observing and Global Weather Modeling Systems? Journal of Hydrometeorology(accepted).

[36]Saber Moazami, Yang Hong, Chen Sheng, Saeed Golian,and M.Reza Kavianpour, 2014,Comprehensive evaluation of four high-resolution satellite precipitation products over diverse climate conditions in Iran. Hydrological Sciences Journal(accepted).

[35]Lei Qiao, Yang Hong, Renee McPherson, Mark Shafer, Sheng Chen, David Williams, David Gade and Douglas Lilly, 2014: Climate change and hydrological response in the trans-state Oologah Lake watershed – Evaluating dynamically downscaled NARCCAP and statistically downscaled CMIP3 simulations with VIC model. journal Water Resource management.(accepted)

[34]Qing Cao, Yang Hong, Sheng Chen, Jonathan J. Gourley, Jian Zhang, P.E. Kirstetter, 2014: Snowfall Detectability of NASA’s Cloudsat: The first Cross-Instigation of Its 2C-SNOW-PROFILING Product and National Multi-sensor QPE(NMQ) Snowfall Data.Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium .

[33]Junjun Hu, Oluwaseyi Ogunsola, Li Song,Renee A. McPherson, Meijun Zhu, Yang Hong, Sheng Chen, 2014: Restoration of 1-24 hour dry-bulb temperature gaps for use in building performance monitoring and analysis-Part I. ASHRAE HVAC&R Research, V.20(6): 594-605, DOI:10.1080/10789669.2014.925347.

[32]Junjun Hu, Oluwaseyi Ogunsola,Li Song,Renee A. McPherson,4 Meijun Zhu,Yang Hong, Sheng Chen,2014: Restoration of missing climatic data with long-term gaps (up to 60 days) for use in building performance monitoring and analysis – Part II. ASHRAE HVAC&R Research, V.20(6):606-615, DOI:10.1080/10789669.2014.917921

[31]Lei Qiao, Y. Hong, Sheng Chen, J. J. Gourley, B. Yong, 2014: Performance assessment of the successive Version-6 and Version-7 TMPA using the VIC model over the Verdigris River Basin, USA. Journal of Hydrology .

[30]Sheng Chen, et al, 2014: Evaluation of High-Resolution Precipitation Estimates from Satellites during July 2012 Beijing flood Event Using Dense Rain Gauge Observations. PLOS ONE, 9(4): e89681. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0089681.

[29]Danyu Qin, Yong Huang, Qing Cao, Sheng Chen, Bo Li, 2013: The principal modes of Mei-yu front cloud system (MFCS) the MFCS during the Mei-yu season in the region of Huaihe & and Yangtze River. Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics(Accepted).

[28]Yong Huang, Sheng Chen*, Qing Cao, Yang Hong, et al, 2013: Evaluation of the Version-7 TRMM Multi-satellite precipitation Analysis During July 21 Beijing Extreme Heavy Rainfall Event.Water 2014, 6, 32-44; doi:10.3390/w6010032

[27]Chen, S., et al, 2013: Evaluation of the Successive Version-6 and Version-7 TMPA Precipitation Estimates over Continental United States. Water Resour. Res.doi: 10.1002/2012WR012795.

[26]Chen, S., et al, 2013: Similarity and Difference of the two Successive V6 and V7 TRMM Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) Performance over China. Journal of Geophysical Research. doi: 10.1002/2013jd019964.

[25]Chen, S., et al, 2013, Evaluation of Spatial Errors of Precipitation Rates and Types from TRMM Space-borne Radar over the southern CONUS, Journal of hydrometeorology,doi:

[24]Bin Yong, B. Chen, J.J. Gourley, L. Ren, Y. Hong, X. Chen, W.Wang, L. gong, Z. Li, Sheng Chen, 2013,Intercomparison of the Version-6 and Version-7 TMPA precipitation products over high and low latitudes basins with independent gauge networks: Is the newer version better in both real-time and post-real-time analysis for water resources and hydrologic extremes? Journal of Hydrology(Accepted).

[23]Yong Huang, Sheng Chen, Yan Feng, Zhai JIng,2013: Evaluation of the TMPA Precipitation Estimates from 2008 to 2012 over China. Meteorological Monthly(Accepted)

[22]Xianwu Xue, Yang Hong,Ashutosh S. Limaye, Jonathan J. Gourley, George J. Huffman,Sadiq Ibrahim Khan, Chhimi Dorjif, Sheng Chen, 2013: Statistical and hydrological evaluation of TRMM-based Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis over the Wangchu Basin of Bhutan: Are the latest satellite precipitation products 3B42V7 ready for use in ungauged basins? Journal of Hydrology, 499, 91-99.doi:

[21]Chen, S., and et al., 2013: Evaluation and Uncertainty Estimation of NOAA/NSSL Next Generation National Mosaic QPE (Q2) over the Continental United States. Journal of Hydrometeorology. doi:

[20]Zhang, M., Chen, Sheng, Qi, Y.C., and Yang, Y. (2013) Evaluation of TRMM Summer Precipitation Over Huai-River Basin In China. Advanced Materials Research 726, 3401-3406.

[19]Sheng Chen., et al, 2012: Performance Evaluation of Radar and Satellite Rainfalls for Typhoon Morakot over Taiwan: Are Remote-sensing Products Ready for Gauge Denial Scenario of Extreme Events? Journal of Hydrology. DOI:

[18]Shen X., Y. Hong, Q. Qin, W. Yuan, S. Chen, S. Zhao, and T. Grout, 2011: Orientation angle calibration for bare soil moisture estimation using fully Polarimetric SAR Data, IEEE Transaction on Geosciences and Remote Sensing, Volume: 49   Issue: 12   Pages: 4987-4996   DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2011.2158583.

[17]Meijun Zhu, Valliappa Lakshmanan, Pengfei Zhang, Yang Hong, Kesong Cheng, Sheng Chen, 2011: Spatial verification using a true metric. Atmosheric  Research, Volume: 102 Issue: 4, Pages: 408-419

[16]Kirstettier, Pierre-Emmanual; Hong, Y.; Gourley, J. J.; Chen, S.; Flamig, Z.; Zhang, J.; Howard, K.; Schwaller, M.; Petersen, W.; Amitai, E. 2011,Toward a Framework for Systematic Error Modeling of NASA Spaceborne Radar with NOAA/NSSL Ground Radar-Based National Mosaic QPE. Journal of Hydrometeorology. doi:

[15]Wen, Y., Y. Hong, J. J. Gourley, Z. Flamig, X. Xue and S. Chen, 2011: The Coupled routing and excess storage (CREST) distributed hydrologic model sensitivity to rainfall spatiotemporal resolution. The 19th International Conference on GeoInformatics, Shanghai, China, Jun 24-27.

[14]Wen, Y., Y. Hong, J. Zhang, G. Zhang, J. J. Gourley and S. Chen, 2011: Creating Synergy between Ground- and Space-based Precipitation Measurements, 2011 National Radio Science Meeting, Boulder, U.S., Jan 6-9, 2011


[12]Sheng CHEN, Zhanfeng SHEN, Jiancheng LUO, Lijing GAO, “A Fast Watershed-based Image Segmentation Using Local Merging Strategy”, proceedings of  IITA 2008, Shanghai, China: 126-129

[11]Sheng CHEN, Jiancheng LUO, Junli LI, ZhanFeng SHEN, Changming ZHU, “Study on Remotely Sensed Image Fusion Method Based on FFT and CIELab Transform”, Geomatics and Information Science of Wuhan University (Chinese), 684-687

[10]Sheng CHEN, Hong WANG, Zhanfeng SHEN, Jian-cheng LUO, Xiao-dong HU, Wen LIU, “Study on Object-oriented Extracting Bridges from High Resolution Remote Sensing Image”, Journal of Image and Graphics , 2009, 14(4) :1-6

[9]GAO Lijing, LUO Jiancheng, SHEN Zhanfeng, LIU Wen, CHEN Sheng, 2009. Index Based Hierarchical Model for Thematic Information Extraction. GEOGRAPHY AND GEO-INFORMATION SCIENCE. 25(2): 39-43


[7]Sheng CHEN, Jiancheng LUO, Zhanfeng SHEN, Lijing GAO,2008, Segmentation of Multi-spectral Satellite Images Based on Watershed Algorithm, Proceedings of  KAM 2008, Wuhan, China : 684-687

[6]Sheng Chen, Jiancheng Luo, Zhanfeng Shen, Lijing Gao, Xaiocheng Zhou, 2009: Study on Fusion Method Based on Difference-Weight and FFT for “BJ-1″ Microsatellite Imagery. GEOGRAPHY AND GEO-INFORMATION SCIENCE, 25(3): 45-48.

[5]Sheng Chen, Xingji Zeng, Jun Liang, 2008, Study on visualization of statistics data based on GIS”, Computer Engineering and Design, Vol.29, No.14, pp.3757-3762

[4]Sheng Chen, Hong Wang, Xiaodong Hu, Wen Liu, Zhanfeng Shen, Jiancheng Luo. 2008. Study on Objected-oriented Method of Extracting Plane From High Resolution Images. Science of Surveying and Mapping, 2008 special issue: 5

[3]Zhu, C., Yang, L., Chen, S., and Shen, J. (2008) The Application of Atmospheric Radiation Correction about CBERS02 Base On ATCOR2 Model. Remote Sensing Technology and Application,23, 565-570

[2]Wen Liu, Zhanfeng Shen, Jiancheng Luo, Qiuhai Zhong, Sheng Chen, 2008: An Intelligentized Electronical Network Map Service for Mass Users. JOURNAL OF ANHUI AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES, 36(2), doi:     10.3969/j.issn.0517-6611.2008.02.143

[1]Sheng Chen, Nengfu Tang, 2006: Design and Implementation of Dynamic Spatial Filtering. JOURNAL OF GUANGXI TEACHERS EDUCATION UNIVERSITY(NATURAL SCIENCE EDITION), 23(1), doi:10.3969/j.issn.1002-8743.2006.01.014