Geospatial Technologies

GIS Techniques

Geographers at Kent State have a strong research focus on GIS. Our work includes programming, analysis, and visualization.  We also apply these techniques to natural hazards, urban ecology, and public health. Our SensLand Lab (Remote Sensing and ​​Land Science Laboratory) and Biogeography & Landscape Dynamics Lab offer research opportunities in multiple areas of geospatial technologies.

Faculty:

  • Tim Assal: Vegetation dynamics & disturbance; landscape ecology; biogeography; remote sensing; spatial statistics
  • Jay Lee: GIS, geospatial analysis, urban operations research, geography of China, spatial and temporal simulation
  • Jennifer Mapes: Small towns, sustainability, planning, community geography, and cartography
  • Andrew Scholl: GIS, biogeography, landscape ecology, vegetation dynamics, environmental geography, remote sensing
  • Emariana Widner: Biogeography, urban ecology, environmental geography, computational modeling
  • He Yin: Remote Sensing, Land Use Change, Land System Science, Vegetation Dynamics, Spatial Analysis

Earth Observation

Our focus at Kent State is on developing and applying remote sensing methods to better understand the environmental and societal challenges related to land systems. Our SensLand Lab (Remote Sensing and ​​Land Science Laboratory) and Biogeography & Landscape Dynamics Lab concentrate on mapping the spatiotemporal dynamics of land use and land cover, focusing on agriculture, forest ecosystems, grasslands, and urban environments. Recent funding sources for our research have included NASA, USGS, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center.

Faculty:

  • Tim Assal: Vegetation dynamics & disturbance; landscape ecology; biogeography; remote sensing; spatial statistics
  • Andrew Scholl: GIS, biogeography, landscape ecology, vegetation dynamics, environmental geography, remote sensing
  • He Yin: Remote Sensing, Land Use Change, Land System Science, Vegetation Dynamics, Spatial Analysis