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Wenkai Guo BS. MS. MPhil

Wenkai Guo BS. MS. MPhil

PhD Candidate

My PhD project aims at using remote sensing to study the configuration and evolution of the Arctic treeline, and evaluating the relationship between trends in Arctic vegetation dynamics and circumarctic snow cover through statistical as well as modelling approaches.

Biography

Qualifications

  • 2015-: PhD in Polar Studies. Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College), UK. Funded by the Cambridge Trust, Trinity College and China Scholarship Council.
  • 2014-2015: MPhil in Polar Studies. Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College), UK.
  • 2012-2014: MS in Atmospheric and Climate Sciences. Byrd Polar Research Centre, The Ohio State University, USA.
  • 2010-2012: BS in Geographic Information Science and Cartography. University of Cincinnati, USA.
  • 2008-2010: BS in Geographic Information System. Sun Yat-Sen University, China.

Awards

  • College Senior Scholarship, Fitzwilliam College Cambridge, 2016-present
  • Scholarship from Chinese Government Graduate Student Overseas Study Program, Ministry of Education, China, 2016-present
  • Trinity-Henry Barlow Scholarship, Trinity College Cambridge, 2015-present
  • Cambridge Trust Scholarship, University of Cambridge, 2014-present
  • University Fellowship, Ohio State University, 2012-2013
  • Global Scholarship, University of Cincinnati, 2010-2011
  • Dean's List, 3/3 quarters, University of Cincinnati, USA, 2010-2011
  • Chinese National Scholarship for Undergraduates, Ministry of Education, China. 2008-2009
  • First-class Scholarship for Model Students, Sun Yat-Sen University, China. 2008-2009

Research

My research focuses on using coarse- to moderate- resolution satellite image products to study the configuration of the Arctic treeline, or the tundra-taiga ecotone (TTE) region, and its variation over the past few decades. In the meantime, satellite and surface data will be used to investigate interannual variation and long-term trends in circumarctic snow cover. Finally, a systematic evaluation of the relationship between trends in Arctic vegetation dynamics and circumarctic snow cover will be conducted in light of the results from these studies.

Publications

Conference contributions

  • Wenkai Guo, Gareth Rees, (2016). Remote sensing characterization of the location and dynamics of the arctic treeline. 14th International Cicumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium, Homer, AL, USA.
  • Wenkai Guo, (2014). The relationship between sea ice retreat and Greenland ice sheet surface-melt. AAG annual meeting, Tampa, FL, USA
  • Wenkai Guo, (2013). Evolution of Supraglacial Lakes on Greenland Ice Sheet. AAG annual meeting, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Wenkai Guo, Hongxing Liu, Kenneth C. Jezek, Jaehyung Yu, (2012). A Least-Squares Adjustment Method for Refining ASTER GDEM over the Antarctic Peninsula using ICESat Laser Altimetry and Airborne LVIS LiDAR Data. AAG annual meeting, New York, NY, USA
  • Hongxing Liu, Lei Wang, Kenneth Jezek, Wenkai Guo, (2012). Derivation of time series surface velocity measurements for Antarctic glaciers from multi-sensor remote sensing images. AAG annual meeting, New York, NY, USA.

Teaching

  • Supervision, Part IB Remote Sensing, University of Cambridge, 2016
  • Demonstration, Part IB Intermediate Statistical Methods, University of Cambridge, 2016
  • Demonstration, Part IB GIS and Spatial Data Analysis, University of Cambridge, 2016
  • Lab Instructor, GEOG 5922 (Hons) Extreme Weather and Climate, The Ohio State University, 2013-2014
  • Teaching Assistant, GEOG 5200S Cartography, The Ohio State University, 2013-2014

External activities

  • Member, American Association of Geography (AAG). 2011-present