photo: mengShelley Xuelian Meng

Associate Professor


Ph.D. Geography, Texas State University-San Marcos, 2010
M.S. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resource Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2003
B.E. Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping (integrated into Wuhan Univerisyt in 2000), 2000


2020-2022 Co-PI, Rodrigo Diaz (PI), James Cronin, Tracy Quirk, Xuelian Meng. Roseau Cane Die-off: Soil Chemistry, Above and Belowground Interactions and Long-Term Monitoring. USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), $1,608,125, subcontract $281,453.

2018-2019 PI Xuelian Meng, Steve Namikas. Support to exploration of drone and remote sensing technologies in highway embankment monitoring and management. Louisiana Transportation Research Center, Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development, $73,478.

2018 PI, Xuelian Meng, Michael Leitner, Jill Trepanier, Kory Konsoer, and David Chicoine. Thermal, infrared and soil sensors for coastal, civil, archeological, natural hazard, and environmental sciences. Instructional Impact Grant Program, Louisiana State University, $42,244.84.

2017 Summer Stipend Program, Coastal Studies Institute, Louisiana State University, $3,000.

2016 Co-PI, with Michael Leitner (PI), David Chicoine, Luke Driskell, Kory Konsoer, Ginesse Listi, Heather McKillop, Shelley Meng, Robert Rohli, Lei Wang, Matthew Valasik, Aimee Moles, Nina Lam, Carol Friedland, and Joshua Kent. Geospatial Data Collection Technology for the Social-, Natural-, Environmental-, and Engineering Sciences, Student Tech Fee program, Louisiana State University, $69,076.88.

2014-2015 Co-PI, Buras project, Martin Ecosystems, $50,110

2014 Teaching Enhancement Fund (TEF), LSU Office of Academic Affairs and Campus Credit Union, $500

2014 Faculty Travel Grant, Office of Research & Economic Development, Louisiana State University, $750

2013 PI, Xuelian Meng, Samuel Bentley, Clinton Willson, Lei Wang, Heather McKillop, David Chicoine, Chunyan Li, Carol Friedland, “Acquisition of the Terrestrial Laser Scanner for Multidisciplinary Coastal Research”, funded by Technology Enhancement for Coastal Science & Engineering (TECSE), Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED), Louisiana State University, $145,715.

2013 PI, Xuelian Meng, “Mapping fragmented coastal wetland with severe land erosion: a comparison of linear mixture analysis, support vector machine, and maximum likelihood classification”, funded by Summer Stipend Program, Coastal Studies Institute, Louisiana State University, $5,000.

2013 PI, Xuelian Meng, “Land-Cover Dynamics at Mississippi River Delta Front and the Impact of Hurricanes and Wetland Conservation”, funded by Summer Stipend Program, Office of Research & Economic Development, Louisiana State University, $5,000.

Selected Publications

Meng, X., N. Shang, X. Zhang, C. Li, K. Zhang, X. Qiu, and E. Weeks. 2017. Photogrammetric UAV mapping of terrain under dense coastal vegetation: An object-oriented classification ensemble algorithm for classification and terrain correction. Remote Sensing, 9(11): 1187, DOI: 10.3390/rs9111187.

Meng, X., N. Currit, L. Wang, and X. Yang. 2012. Detect residential buildings from lidar and aerial photographs through object-oriented land-use classification. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 78(1): 35-44.

Meng, X., N. Currit, and K. Zhao. 2010. Ground filtering algorithms for airborne LiDAR data: a review of critical issues. Remote Sensing, 2(3): 833-860.

Meng, X., L. Wang, and N. Currit. 2009. Morphology-based building detection from airborne LIDAR data. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 75(4): 427-442.

Meng, X., L. Wang, J.L. Silván, and N. Currit. 2009. A multi-directional ground Filtering algorithm for airborne LIDAR. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 64(1): 117-124.

Courses Taught

GEOG 4020/ANTH 4024 Aerial Photo Interpretation & Image Processing

GEOG 4045 Environmental Remote Sensing

GEOG 4047 Geographic Information Systems

GEOG 7911 GIS and Remote Sensing for Coastal/Marine Environment



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