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Lei Wang

  • Assistant Professor, Civil, Envir & Geod Eng
  • Assistant Professor
  • 218A Bolz Hall
    2036 Neil Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-688-2738


Lei Wang’s research focuses on geodesy, the science of measurement of the size, shape, rotation and gravitational field of the Earth. He obtained his Ph.D in geodetic science from The Ohio State University in 2012. His Ph.D thesis is about the quantification of earthquake deformation using gravity satellite GRACE (Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment). As a postdoctoral research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, he worked on the integration of multiple types of geodetic data (satellite gravity, tide gauge, GPS, satellite altimetry) for simultaneous estimation of temporally and spatially variable ice mass melting and glacial isostatic adjustment. In 2014, he worked at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT on high-precision GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) static and kinematic positioning.

Lei Wang specializes in acquiring, analyzing and interpreting space-based geodetic observation, such as GNSS and satellite gravity. He is interested in the application of various geodetic measurements in the engineering and scientific problems over a range of spatial and temporal scales, including:

  • High-precision GNSS positioning and navigation
  • Crustal deformation associated with earthquake, plate tectonics and volcanos
  • Sea level changes
  • Hydrology and continental water storage
  • Ice mass balance, and motion of glaciers



Wang, L., J. L. Davis, E. M. Hill, and M. E. Tamisiea (2016), Stochastic filtering for determining gravity variations for decade-long time series of GRACE gravity, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 121, 2915– 2931, doi:10.1002/2015JB012650.


Herring, T. A., T. I. Melbourne, M. H. Murray, M. A. Floyd, W. M. Szeliga, R. W. King, D. A. Phillips, C. M. Puskas, M. Santillan, and L. Wang (2016), Plate Boundary Observatory and related networks: GPS data analysis methods and geodetic products, Rev. Geophys., 54, doi:10.1002/2016RG000529.

Wang, L., C. K. Shum; F. J. Simons, A. Tassara, K. Erkan, C. Jekeli, A. Braun, C. Kuo, H. Lee and D. Yuan (2012), Coseismic slip of the 2010 Mw 8.8 Great Maule, Chile, earthquake quantified by the inversion of GRACE observations, Earth and Planet. Sci. Lett. 335, 167-179, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2012.04.044

Wang, L., C. K. Shum, F. J. Simons, B. Tapley, and C. Dai (2012), Coseismic and postseismic deformation of the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake constrained by GRACE gravimetry, Geophys. Res. Lett. 39, L07301 doi:10.1029/2012GL051104


Wang, L., C. K. Shum and C. Jekeli (2012), Gravitational gradient changes following the 2004 December 26 Sumatra–Andaman Earthquake inferred from GRACE, Geophys. J. Int. 191, 1109-1118,doi:10.1111/j.1365246X.2012.05674.x


Wang, L., et al., Modeling of gravitational gradient changes due to shear and tensile faults and the detection from spaceborne gravimetry, in preparation


Tangdamrongsub, N., C. Hwang, C. K. Shum, and L. Wang (2012), Regional surface mass anomalies from GRACE KBR measurements: Application of L-curve regularization and a priori hydrological knowledge, J. Geophys. Res. 117, B11406, doi:10.1029/2012JB009310


Lee, H., C.K. Shum, I. Howat, A. Monaghan, Y. Ahn, J. Duan, J. Guo, C.Y. Kuo and L. Wang (2012), Continuously accelerating ice loss over Amundsen Sea catchment, West Antarctica, revealed by integrating altimetry and GRACE data, Earth and Planet. Sci. Lett., 321-322, 74-80, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.12.040


Virtanen, J., J. Makinen, M. Bilker-Kolvula, H. Virtanen, M. Nordman, A. Kangas, M. Johansson, C. Shum, H. Lee, L. Wang, M. Thomas, Baltic sea mass variations from GRACE: Comparison with in situ and modeled sea level heights, Intern. Assn. of Geodesy Symposia, 1(135), Gravity, Geoid and Earth Observation, Springer, Part 7, 571–577, 2012.


Erkan, K., C. K. Shum, L. Wang, J. Guo, C. Jekeli, H. Lee, W. R. Panero (2011), Geodetic constraints on the Qinghan-Tibetan plateau present-day geophysical processes, Terr. Atmos. Ocean. Sci. (TAO), Vol. 22, No. 2, 241-253, doi: 10.3319/TAO.2010.09.27.01(TibXS)


Sun, W., T. Hasegawa, X. Zhang, Y. Fukuda, C.K. Shum and L. Wang (2011), Simulation of Gaussian filter applied in processing GRACE data – Gravity rate of change at Lhasa, Tibet, SCIENCE CHINA Earth Sciences, Volume 54, Issue 9, 1378-1385, doi: 10.1007/s11430-011-4233-y


Shum, C., J. Guo, F. Hossain, J. Duan, D. Alsdorf, X. Duan, C. Kuo, H. Lee, M. Schmidt, and L. Wang (2010), Inter-annual water storage changes in Asia from GRACE data, in Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia, ed. Lal, R., Sivakumar, M., Faiz, S.M.A., Mustafizur Rahman, A.H.M. and Islam K.R., Springer Verlag, Holland, 2010.

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