• Yang*, X., O’Reilly*, C.M., Gardner, J.R., Ross, M.R.V., Topp, S.N., Wang, J., Pavelsky, T.M., accepted. The color of Earth’s lakes. Geophysical Research Letters.


  • Feng, D., Gleason, C.J., Yang, X., Allen, G.H., Pavelsky, T.M., 2022. How have global river widths changed over time? Water Resources Research.

  • Januchowski-Hartley, S.R., Pawar, S.K., Yang, X., Shinebayar, K., Jorissen, M., Bristol, R., Mantel, S., Pregnolato, M., White, J.C., 2022. Supporting proactive planning for climate change adaptation and conservation using an attributed road-river structure dataset. Journal of Environmental Management.

  • Wang, B., Smith, L., Yang, X., Pavelsky, T.M., Altenau, E.H., Gleason, C.J., Pietroniro, A., Rodríguez, E., Bates, P., 2022. Broad-scale controls on large river anabranching. Remote Sensing of Environment.

  • Wang, C., Pavelsky, T.M., Yao, F., Yang, X., Zhang, S., Chapman, B., Song, C., Sebastian, A., Frizzelle, B., Frankenberg, E., 2022. Repeat-pass L-band UAVSAR images for flood extent mapping during Hurricane Florence. Water Resources Research.

  • Yang, X., Pavelsky, T.M., Ross, M.R.V., Januchowski-Hartley, S.R., Dolan, W., Altenau, E.H., Belanger, M., Byron, D.K., Durand, M.T., Dusen, I.V., Galit, H., Jorissen, M., Langhorst, T., Lawton, E., Lynch, R., Mcquillan, K.A., Pawar, S., Whittemore, A., 2022. Mapping flow-obstructing structures on global rivers. Water Resources Research.


  • Dolan, W., Pavelsky, T.M., Yang, X., 2021. Functional Lake-to-Channel Connectivity Impacts Lake Ice in the Colville Delta, Alaska. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface.

  • Feng, D., Gleason, C.J., Lin, P., Yang, X., Pan, M., Ishitsuka, Y., 2021. Recent changes to Arctic river discharge. Nature Communications.

  • Riggs, R.M., Allen, G.H., David, C.H., Lin, P., Pan, M., Yang, X., 2021. RODEO: An algorithm and Google Earth Engine application for river discharge retrieval from Landsat. Environmental Modeling & Software.

  • Mulligan, M., Lehner, B., Zarfl, C., Thieme, M., Beames, P., van Soesbergen, A., Higgins, J., Januchowski-Hartley, S.R., Brauman, K., Felice, L.D., Wen, Q., Leaniz, C.G. de, Belletti, B., Mandle, L., Yang, X., Wang, J., Mazany-Wright, N., 2021. Global Dam Watch: Curated data and tools for management and decision making. Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability.

  • Thellman*, A., Jankowski*, K.J., Hayden, B., Yang, X., Dolan, W., Smits, A.P., O’Sullivan, A.M., 2021. The Ecology of River Ice. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 126, e2021JG006275.

  • Altenau, E.H., Pavelsky, T.M., Durand, M.T., Yang, X., Frasson, R.P. de M., Bendezu, L., 2021. The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) Mission River Database (SWORD): A Global River Network for Satellite Data Products. Water Resources Research 57, e2021WR030054.

  • Yang, X., Pavelsky, T.M., Bendezu, L.P., Zhang, S., 2021. Simple Method to Extract Lake Ice Condition From Landsat Images. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 1–10.

  • Topp, S.N., Pavelsky, T.M., Dugan, H.A., Yang, X., Gardner, J., Ross, M.R.V., 2021. Shifting Patterns of Summer Lake Color Phenology in Over 26,000 US Lakes. Water Resources Research 57, e2020WR029123.

  • Zhang, S., Pavelsky, T.M., Arp, C.D., Yang, X., 2021. Remote sensing of lake ice phenology in Alaska. Environmental Research Letters 16, 064007.

  • Little, S., Pavelsky, T.M., Hossain, F., Ghafoor, S., Parkins, G.M., Yelton, S.K., Rodgers, M., Yang, X., Crétaux, J.-F., Hein, C., Ullah, M.A., Lina, D.H., Thiede, H., Kelly, D., Wilson, D., Topp, S.N., 2021. Monitoring Variations in Lake Water Storage with Satellite Imagery and Citizen Science. Water 13.

  • Topp, S.N., Pavelsky, T.M., Stanley, E.H., Yang, X., Griffin, C.G., Ross, M.R.V., 2021. Multi-decadal improvement in US Lake water clarity. Environmental Research Letters 16, 055025.

  • Boothroyd, R.J., Williams, R.D., Hoey, T.B., Tolentino, P.L.M., Yang, X., 2021. National-scale assessment of decadal river migration at critical bridge infrastructure in the Philippines. Science of The Total Environment 768, 144460.

  • Gardner, J.R., Yang, X., Topp, S.N., Ross, M.R.V., Altenau, E.H., Pavelsky, T.M., 2021. The Color of Rivers. Geophysical Research Letters 48, e2020GL088946.


  • Gerson, J.R., Topp, S.N., Vega, C.M., Gardner, J.R., Yang, X., Fernandez, L.E., Bernhardt, E.S., Pavelsky, T.M., 2020. Artificial lake expansion amplifies mercury pollution from gold mining. Science Advances 6, eabd4953.

  • Whittemore, A., Ross, M.R.V., Dolan, W., Langhorst, T., Yang, X., Pawar, S., Jorissen, M., Lawton, E., Januchowski-Hartley, S., Pavelsky, T., 2020. A Participatory Science Approach to Expanding Instream Infrastructure Inventories. Earth’s Future 8, e2020EF001558.

  • Flores, J.A., Wu, J.Q., Stöckle, C.O., Ewing, R.P., Yang, X., 2020. Estimating River Sediment Discharge in the Upper Mississippi River Using Landsat Imagery. Remote Sensing 12.

  • Sharma*, S., Meyer*, M.F., Culpepper*, J., Yang*, X., Hampton, S., Berger, S.A., Brousil, M.R., Fradkin, S.C., Higgins, S.N., Jankowski, K.J., Kirillin, G., Smits, A.P., Whitaker, E.C., Yousef, F., Zhang, S., 2020. Integrating Perspectives to Understand Lake Ice Dynamics in a Changing World. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 125, e2020JG005799.

  • Durand, M., Chen, C., Frasson, R.P. de M., Pavelsky, T.M., Williams, B., Yang, X., Fore, A., 2020. How will radar layover impact SWOT measurements of water surface elevation and slope, and estimates of river discharge? Remote Sensing of Environment 247, 111883.

  • Allen, G.H., Yang, X., Gardner, J.R., Holliman, J., David, C.H., Ross, M.R.V., 2020. Timing of Landsat Overpasses Effectively Captures Flow Conditions of Large Rivers. Remote Sensing 12.

  • Bowman, D.C., Norman, P.E., Pauken, M.T., Albert, S.A., Dexheimer, D., Yang, X., Krishnamoorthy, S., Komjathy, A., Cutts, J.A., 2020. Multihour Stratospheric Flights with the Heliotrope Solar Hot-Air Balloon. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 37, 1051–1066.

  • Yang, X., Pavelsky, T.M., Allen, G.H., 2020. The past and future of global river ice. Nature 577, 69–73.

  • Yang, X., Pavelsky, T.M., Allen, G.H., Donchyts, G., 2020. RivWidthCloud: An Automated Google Earth Engine Algorithm for River Width Extraction From Remotely Sensed Imagery. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 17, 217–221.


  • Ross, M.R.V., Topp, S.N., Appling, A.P., Yang, X., Kuhn, C., Butman, D., Simard, M., Pavelsky, T.M., 2019. AquaSat: A Data Set to Enable Remote Sensing of Water Quality for Inland Waters. Water Resources Research 55, 10012–10025.

  • Feng, D., Gleason, C.J., Yang, X., Pavelsky, T.M., 2019. Comparing Discharge Estimates Made via the BAM Algorithm in High-Order Arctic Rivers Derived Solely From Optical CubeSat, Landsat, and Sentinel-2 Data. Water Resources Research 55, 7753–7771.

  • Frasson, R.P. de M., Pavelsky, T.M., Fonstad, M.A., Durand, M.T., Allen, G.H., Schumann, G., Lion, C., Beighley, R.E., Yang, X., 2019. Global Relationships Between River Width, Slope, Catchment Area, Meander Wavelength, Sinuosity, and Discharge. Geophysical Research Letters 46, 3252–3262.

  • Bataille, C.P., Willis, A., Yang, X., Liu, X.-M., 2017. Continental igneous rock composition: A major control of past global chemical weathering. Science Advances 3, e1602183.

  • Yang, X., Rial, J.A., Reischmann, E.P., 2014. On the bipolar origin of Heinrich events. Geophysical Research Letters 41, 9080–9086.

(updated on 09/13/2022, *Joint authorship)