About Zhong Lu

Zhong Lu, Research Geophysicist

Zhong Lu

Affiliated Member of USGS
Professor, Shuler-Foscue Chair
Southern Methodist University
Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences
P.O. Box 750395
Dallas, TX 75275-0395
phone: 214-768-0101
fax: 214-768-4291


Zhong is a professor at Southern Methodist University and affiliated member of USGS. Zhong grew up in northeastern China and obtained a BS and MS in geophysics from Beijing University in 1989 and 1992. He attended the University of Alaska in September 1992, started to work on satellite interferometric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) in 1993, and completed a PhD in June 1996. During 1997 and 2006, Zhong was with Raytheon and SAIC, the on-site service contractors for USGS EROS Center. From 2007 to 2013, he was a physical scientist at USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory.

Research Interests

Zhong loves all aspects of interferometric SAR (InSAR) processing and applications, and his projects have been funded by USGS, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), European Space Agency (ESA), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and German Space Agency (DLR). His primary interest lies on the technique development of SAR, InSAR and multiple-interferogram InSAR processing, cross-platform InSAR processing, design of automated SAR/InSAR processing system, and application of InSAR technologies to image ground-surface deformation related to the study of volcanic, seismic, tectonic and hydrologic processes. His research topics also include the mapping of water-level changes of wetlands, vegetation characterization, fire scar, soil moisture, water extent, glacier dynamics and arctic ice with SAR/InSAR.