Texas Tech University

Dr. Xiaopeng Song

Assistant Professor

Email: xiaopeng.song@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834 - 1145

Fax: (806) 742-0100

Office: 217 Holden Hall

Address: Department of Geosciences, Mail Stop 1053, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-1053

Dr. Xiaopeng Song


  • 2015 Ph.D. in Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, USA 
  • 2008 B.S. in Geographic Information System, Peking University, Beijing, China 
  • 2008 B.S. in Economics (double major), Peking University, Beijing, China


  • Satellite monitoring of land cover and land use change
  • Causes and consequences of land change
  • Remote Sensing


Recent Publications

Zalles, V., Hansen, M.C., Potapov, P.V., Stehman, S.V., Tyukavina, A., Pickens, A., Song, X.-P., Adusei, B., Okpa, C., Aguilar, R., John, N. & Chavez, S. (2019). Near doubling of Brazil's intensive row crop area since 2000. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA,116(2), 428-435

Song, X.-P., Hansen, M.C., Stehman, S.V., Potapov, P.V., Tyukavina, A., Vermote, E.F. & Townshend, J.R. (2018). Global land change from 1982 to 2016. Nature, 560, 639–643

Song, X.-P., Potapov, P.V., Krylov, A., King, L., Di Bella, C.M., Hudson, A., Khan, A., Adusei, B., Stehman, S.V., & Hansen, M.C. (2017). National-scale soybean mapping and area estimation in the United States using medium resolution satellite imagery and field survey. Remote Sensing of Environment, 190, 383-395

Song, X.-P., Sexton, J.O., Huang, C., Channan, S., & Townshend, J.R. (2016). Characterizing the magnitude, timing and duration of urban growth from time series of Landsat-based estimates of impervious cover. Remote Sensing of Environment, 175, 1-13

Sexton, J.O., Noojipady, P., Song, X.-P., Feng, M., Song, D.-X., Kim, D.-H., Anand, A., Huang, C., Channan, S., Pimm, S.L., & Townshend, J.R. (2016). Conservation policy and the measurement of forests. Nature Climate Change, 6, 192-196

Sexton, J.O., Song, X.-P., Feng, M., Noojipady, P., Anand, A., Huang, C., Kim, D.-H., Collins, K.M., Channan, S., DiMiceli, C., & Townshend, J.R. (2013). Global, 30-m resolution continuous fields of tree cover: Landsat-based rescaling of MODIS vegetation continuous fields with lidar-based estimates of error. International Journal of Digital Earth, 6, 427-448