Yu, X., Lee, Z., Shang, Z., Lin, H., & Lin, G. (2021). A simple and robust shade correction scheme for remote sensing reflectance obtained by the skylight-blocked approach. Optics Express, 29(1), 470-486

Wang, Y., Lee, Z., Wei, J., Shang, S., Wang, M., & Lai, W. (2021). Extending satellite ocean color remote sensing to the near-blue ultraviolet bands. Remote Sensing of Environment, 253, 112228

Wu, J., Lee, Z., Xie, Y., Goes, J., Shang, S., Marra, J. F., … & Huang, B. (2021). Reconciling between optical and biological determinants of the euphotic zone depth. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, e2020JC016874

Lee, Z., Shangguan, M., Garcia, R. A., Lai, W., Lu, X., Wang, J., & Yan, X. (2021). Confidence Measure of the Shallow-Water Bathymetry Map Obtained through the Fusion of Lidar and Multiband Image Data. Journal of Remote Sensing

Lee, Z., Shang, S., Li, Y., Luis, K., Dai, M., & Wang, Y. (2021). Three-Dimensional Variation in Light Quality in the Upper Water Column Revealed With a Single Parameter. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing

Liu, Y., He, R., & Lee, Z. (2021). Effects of Ocean Optical Properties and Solar Attenuation on the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean Heat Content and Hurricane Intensity. Geophysical Research Letters, 48(13), e2021GL094171

Wei, G., Lee, Z., Wu, X., Yu, X., Shang, S., & Letelier, R. (2021). Impact of Temperature on Absorption Coefficient of Pure Seawater in the Blue Wavelengths Inferred from Satellite and In Situ Measurements. Journal of Remote Sensing

Wang, J., Lee, Z., Wang, D., Shang, S., Wei, J., & Gilerson, A. (2021). Atmospheric correction over coastal waters with aerosol properties constrained by multi-pixel observations. Remote Sensing of Environment, 265, 112633


Lee, Z., Wang, Y., Yu, X., Shang, S., & Luis, K. (2020). Evaluation of forward reflectance models and empirical algorithms for chlorophyll concentration of stratified waters.  Applied Optics, 59(30), 9340-9352

Lee, Z., Shang, S., Zhang, S., Wu, J., Wei, G., & Wu, X. (2020). Impact of Temporal Variation of Chlorophyll‐Specific Absorption on Phytoplankton Phenology Observed From Ocean Color Satellite: A Numerical Experiment.  Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 125(12), e2020JC016382

Shang, Z., Lee, Z., Wei, J., & Lin, G. (2020). Impact of ship on radiometric measurements in the field: a reappraisal via Monte Carlo simulations. Optics Express, 28(2), 1439-1455 (PDF reprint)

Lin, H., Lee, Z., Lin, G., & Yu, X. (2020). Experimental evaluation of the self-shadow and its correction for on-water measurements of water-leaving radiance. Applied Optics, 59(17), 5325-5334

Liu, T., Lee, Z., Shang, S., Xiu, P., Chai, F., & Jiang, M. (2020). Impact of Transmission Scheme of Visible Solar Radiation on Temperature and Mixing in the Upper Water Column With Inputs for Transmission Derived From Ocean Color Remote Sensing. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 125(7), e2020JC016080

Wang, J., Lee, Z., Wei, J., & Du, K. (2020). Atmospheric Correction in Coastal Region Using Same-Day Observations with Different Sun-Sensor Viewing Geometries. Optics Express, 28(18):26953



Wei, J., Z. P. Lee, S. Shang, and X. Yu (2019). Semi-analytical derivation of phytoplankton, CDOM, and detritus absorption coefficients from the Landsat 8/OLI reflectance in coastal waters. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1029/2019JC015125 (PDF reprint)

Kelly M. A. L., J. E. Rheuban, M. Kavanaugh, D. Glover, J. Wei, Z. P. Lee, and S. C. Doney (2019). Capturing coastal water clarity variability with Landsat 8. Marine Pollution Bulletin. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.04.078 (PDF reprint)

Lee, Z., Shang, S., Wang, Y., Wei, J., & Ishizaka, J. (2019). Nature of optical products inverted semianalytically from remote sensing reflectance of stratified waters. Limnology and Oceanography

Lee, Z., Shang, S., Du, K., Lin, G., Liu, T., & Zoffoli, L. (2019). Estimating the transmittance of visible solar radiation in the upper ocean using Secchi disk observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 124(3), 1434-1444 (PDF reprint)

Yu, X., Lee, Z., Wei, J., & Shang, S. (2019). Impacts of pure seawater absorption coefficient on remotely sensed inherent optical properties in oligotrophic waters. Optics Express, 27(24), 34974-34984 (PDF reprint)

Yu, X., Lee, Z., Shen, F., Wang, M., Wei, J., Jiang, L., & Shang, Z. (2019). An empirical algorithm to seamlessly retrieve the concentration of suspended particulate matter from water color across ocean to turbid river mouths. Remote Sensing of Environment, 235, 111491

Dierssen, H. M., Bostrom, K. J., Chlus, A., Hammerstrom, K., Thompson, D. R., & Lee, Z. (2019). Pushing the Limits of Seagrass Remote Sensing in the Turbid Waters of Elkhorn Slough, California. Remote Sensing, 11(14), 1664

Shang, S., Lee, Z., Lin, G., Li, Y., & Li, X. (2019). Progressive scheme for blending empirical ocean color retrievals of absorption coefficient and chlorophyll concentration from open oceans to highly turbid waters. Applied optics, 58(13), 3359-3369

Wang, S., Lee, Z., Shang, S., Li, J., Zhang, B., & Lin, G. (2019). Deriving inherent optical properties from classical water color measurements: Forel-Ule index and Secchi disk depth. Optics express, 27(5), 7642-7655 (PDF reprint)

Ruddick, K. G., Voss, K., Banks, A. C., Boss, E., Castagna, A., Frouin, R., … & Lee, Z. (2019). A Review of Protocols for Fiducial Reference Measurements of Downwelling Irradiance for the Validation of Satellite Remote Sensing Data over Water. Remote Sensing, 11(15), 1742 (PDF reprint)

Chen, X., Shang, S., Lee, Z., Qi, L., Yan, J., & Li, Y. (2019). High-frequency observation of floating algae from AHI on Himawari-8. Remote sensing of environment, 227, 151-161


Lee, Z., S. Shang, K. Du, and J. Wei (2018). Resolving the long-standing puzzles about the observed Secchi depth relationships: Resolving puzzles about Secchi depth relationships. Limnology and Oceanography, doi: 10.1002/lno.10940

Garcia, R., Lee, Z., Hochberg, E. (2018). Hyperspectral Shallow-Water Remote Sensing with an Enhanced Benthic Classifier. Remote Sensing 10, 147

Lee, Z., Shang, S., Stavn, R. (2018). AOPs Are Not Additive: On the Biogeo-Optical Modeling of the Diffuse Attenuation Coefficient. Frontiers in Marine Science 5, 8

Lee, Z., Shang, S., Du, K., Liu, B., Lin, G., Wei, J., Li, X. (2018). Enhance field water-color measurements with a Secchi disk and its implication for fusion of active and passive ocean-color remote sensing. Appl. Opt. 57, 3463-3473

Lin, J., Lee, Z., Ondrusek, M., Liu, X. (2018). Hyperspectral absorption and backscattering coefficients of bulk water retrieved from a combination of remote-sensing reflectance and attenuation coefficient. Opt. Express 26, A157-A177

Wei, J., Z. P. Lee, R. Garcia, L. Zoffoli, R. Armstrong, Z. Shang, P. Sheldon, and R. F. Chen (2018). An assessment of Landsat-8 atmospheric correction schemes and remote sensing reflectance products in coral reefs and coastal turbid waters. Remote Sensing of Environment, 215, 18-32



Shang, Z., Z. P. Lee, Q. Dong, and J. Wei (2017). Self-shading associated with an SBA system for measurement of water-leaving radiance and its correction. Applied Optics, 56(25), 7033-7040

Zhang M., C. Hu, M. G. Kowalewski, S. J. Janz, Z. P. Lee, and J. Wei (2017). Atmospheric correction of hyperspectral airborne GCAS measurements over the Louisiana Shelf using a cloud shadow approach. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 38(4), 1162-1179

Zoffoli L., Z. P. Lee, M. Ondrusek, et al. (2017). Estimation of Transmittance of Solar Radiation in the Visible Domain Based on Remote Sensing: Evaluation of Models Using In Situ Data. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi: 10.1002/2017JC01320

Wang, G., Lee, Z., & Mouw, C. (2017). Multi-Spectral Remote Sensing of Phytoplankton Pigment Absorption Properties in Cyanobacteria Bloom Waters: A Regional Example in the Western Basin of Lake ErieRemote Sensing9(12), 1309.[View PDF]

Qi, L., Lee, Z., Hu, C., & Wang, M. (2017). Requirement of minimal signal‐to‐noise ratios of ocean color sensors and uncertainties of ocean color productsJournal of Geophysical Research: Oceans122(3), 2595-2611. [View PDF]

Qi, L., Hu, C., Barnes, B. B., & Lee, Z. (2017). VIIRS captures phytoplankton vertical migration in the NE Gulf of MexicoHarmful algae66, 40-46. [View PDF]


Lee Z. P., S. Shang, L. Qi, J. Yan, and G. Lin. A semi-analytical scheme to estimate Secchi-disk depth from Landsat-8 measurements. Remote Sensing of Environment, 177, 101–106 [View PDF]

Lee Z. P., and S. Shang (2016). Visibility: how applicable is the century-old Koschmieder model? Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 73, 4573-4581 [View PDF]

Lee Z. P., S. Shang, L. Gong, J. Chen, and D. Doxaran (2016). On the modeling of hyperspectral remote-sensing reflectance of high-sediment-load waters in the visible to shortwave-infrared domain. Applied Optics, 55(7):1738 [View PDF

Wei J., Z. P. Lee, M. Ondrusek, A. Mannino, M. Tzortziou, and R. Armstrong (2016). Spectral slopes of the absorption coefficient of colored dissolved and detrital material inverted from UV-visible remote sensing reflectance. Journal of Geophysical Research, 121, doi:10.1002/2015JC011415 [view PDF] [data]

Wei J., Z. P. Lee, and S. Shang (2016). A system to measure the data quality of spectral remote sensing reflectance of aquatic environments. Journal of Geophysical Research, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JC012126 [view PDF]

Wang G., Z. P. Lee, D. R. Mishra, and R. Ma (2016). Retrieving absorption coefficients of multiple phytoplankton pigments from hyperspectral remote sensing reflectance measured over cyanobacteria bloom waters. Limnology and Oceanography: methods, 14, 432-447

Lin J., Z. P. Lee, M. Ondrusek, and M. Kahru (2016). Attenuation coefficient of usable solar radiation of the global oceans. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1002/2015JC011528

Lin, J., Z. P. Lee, M. Ondrusek, and K. Du (2016), Remote sensing of normalized diffuse attenuation coefficient of downwelling irradiance, J. Geophys. Res., 121(9), 6717-6730, doi:10.1002/2016JC011895

Wang, G., Lee, Z., & Mouw, C. (2017). Multi-Spectral Remote Sensing of Phytoplankton Pigment Absorption Properties in Cyanobacteria Bloom Waters: A Regional Example in the Western Basin of Lake ErieRemote Sensing9(12), 1309 [View PDF]


Lee Z. P., Shang, S., Hu, C., Du, K., Weidemann, A., Hou, W., … & Lin, G. (2015). Secchi disk depth: A new theory and mechanistic model for underwater visibility. Remote Sensing of Environment, 169, 139-149. [View PDF]

Lee Z. P., J. Wei, K. Voss, M. Lewis, A. Bricaud, Y. Huot (2015). Hyperspectral absorption coefficient of “pure” seawater in the 350-550 nm range inverted from remote-sensing reflectance. Applied Optics, 54(3), 546-558  [View PDF]

Lee Z. P., J. Marra, and M. J. Perry, M. Kahru (2015). Estimating oceanic primary productivity from ocean color remote sensing: a strategic assessment. Journal of Marine System, 149, 50-59  [View PDF]

Wei J., and Z. P. Lee (2015). Retrieval of phytoplankton and color detrital matter coefficients with remote sensing reflectance in an ultraviolet band. Applied Optics, 54(4), 636-649  [View PDF]

Wei J. , Z. P. Lee, M. Lewis, N. Pahlevan, M. Ondrusek, and R. Armstrong (2015). Radiance transmittance measured at the ocean surface. Optics Express, 23(9), 11826-11837  [View PDF]



Lee Z. P., S. Shang, K. Du, J. Wei, and R. B. Arnone (2014). Usable solar radiation and its attenuation in the upper water column. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1002/2013JC009507  [View PDF]

Pahlevan N., Z. P. Lee, J. Wei, C. Schaff, J. R. Schott, and A. Berk (2014). On-orbit radiometric characterization of OLI (Landsat-8) for applications in aquatic remote sensing. Remote Sensing of Environment, 154, 272-284

Wei J., M. R. Lewis, R. Van Dommelen, C. J. Zappa, and M. S. Twardowski (2014). Wave-induced light field fluctuations in measured irradiance depth profiles: a wavelet analysis. Journal of Geophysical Research, 119(2), doi: 10.1002/2013JC009572  [View PDF]

Pahlevan N., Z. P. Lee, C. Hu, and J. R. Schott (2014). Diurnal remote sensing of coastal/oceanic waters: a radiometric analysis for Geostationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events. Applied Optics, 53(4), 648-665 [view PDF]



Lee Z. P., C. Hu, S. Shang, K. Du, M. Lewis, R. Arnone, and R. Brewin (2013). Penetration of UV-visible solar radiation in the global oceans: insights from ocean color remote sensing. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi: 10.1002/jgrc.20308  [View PDF]

Wei J., and Z. P. Lee (2013). Model of the attenuation coefficient of daily photosynthetically available radiation in the upper ocean. Methods in Oceanography, 8, 56-74  [View PDF]

Lee Z. P., N. Pahlevan, Y.-H. Ahn, S. Greb, and D. O’Donnell (2012). Robust approach to directly measuring water-leaving radiance in the field. Applied Optics, 52(8), 1693-1701  [View PDF]

Hu C., L. Feng, and Z. P. Lee (2013). Uncertainties of SeaWiFS and MODIS remote sensing reflectance: implications from clear water measurements. Remote Sensing of Environment, 133, 168-182 [view PDF]