Description of the workshop

Outline for Urban Remote Sensing Workshop
Instructors: Dr. George Xian and Dr. Qihao Weng
Urban growth in both regional and global aspects
o Population expansion
o Land use demand in developing regions
o Potential envirommental impacts
Remote sensing for urban environment
o High resolution remote sensing data
o Medium resolution satellite imagery
o Coarse resultion satellite observation
Classification of urban land
o Data mining approach
o Continuous vs. thermatic maps
o Accuracy validation
o New progresses
Urban Heat Island effects and regional climate change
o Land surface temperature-vegetation abundance relationship
o Modeling urban heat island effects
o Urban surface temperature and regional climate change
Urban environemental impact assessment
o Water quality
o Surface runoff
o Air quality
George Xian, PhD
U.S. Geological Survey
Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS)
Sioux Falls, SD 57198, USA
Phone: (605)594-2599 (O), Fax: (605)594-6529
Email: [email protected]
George Xian is working at the USGS Earth Observation and Science (EROS) Center,
with extensive experiences in remote sensing and environmental model applications.
Currently, he works as a science leader for the land cover change classification and
impact research including development of new prototype approach for modeling land
cover change. His has worked for the USGS National Land Cover Database to produce
land change products including land cover and impervious surface in the United States.
During the past 10 years he has specialized in multi-type remote sensing data and
environmental model applications for land cover characterization and environmental
change analysis throughout the United States. He has led several research activities
including urban land cover change and environmental impact assessment by collaborating
with scientists in different government agencies and universities. His current research
focuses are on three major research fields including land cover-urban, vegetation
distribution and change in semi-arid land, and regional climate change. He has published
more than 40 peer reviewed articles and three book chapters. His book published recently
entitled “Remote Sensing Applications for Urban Environment” provides a detailed look
at remote sensing data and algorithms to characterize and monitor the urban environment.
He also serves as an associate editor for Remote Sensing Application: Society and
Dr. Qihao Weng Dr. Qihao Weng is a Full Professor and Director of Center for Urban
and Environmental Change at Indiana State University, USA. Currently, he serves as an
Editor-in-Chief of ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, as well as the
Series Editor of Taylor & Francis Series in Remote Sensing Applications, and
Coordinator of GEO’s Global Urban Observation and Information Task. Dr. Weng is the
author of 178 articles and 9 books, with Google-Scholar Citations of over 8000 and Hindex of 43. Dr. Weng has received several significant awards, including a Senior
Fellowship from National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 2008, Outstanding
Contributions in Remote Sensing Award in 2011 and the 2015 Willard and Ruby S.
Miller Award, both from Association of American Geographers. He has given 90 invited
talks worldwide, including keynote addresses, public speeches, colloquia and seminars.
He is the Organizer and Program Chair of biennial International Workshop on Earth
Observation and Remote Sensing Applications, a committee member of 22 international
conferences, and an editorial board member of 10 journals.