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Dr. Andrea Gaughan was recently awarded funding in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Mehring (UofL Biology) from the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute for a new project, "It’s not easy being green: rapid assessment of wetland carbon source-sink status through remote sensing." Over the course of the one-year project, we will explore the viability of different types of high resolution remotely sensed data to be used as indicators to determine wetland greenhouse gas source and sink status across Jefferson County. The ultimate goal will be to get a sense of "hotspots" for wetland GHG emissions and associated wetland characteristics for those areas.
Urban analytics is an emerging field that incorporates city theories, urban informatics, and data science. The newly designed Urban Analytics Track prepares students to engage and assess the increasing abundance and availability of data to address various urban issues, such as air, water, and land pollution, urban heat island, transportation and mobility, crimes, public health, inadequate housing options, and disparities in access to urban services. This track brings the Department’s recognized strengths and expertise in data analysis and geospatial technologies and provide students with both theoretical knowledge and practical tools necessary to understand and solve urban problems.
Dr. Charlie Zhang and colleagues have recently two new articles in high-ranking journals including Exposure and Health and Environmental Research . In addition, Dr. Zhange advises two students who have also recently led publications. Mr Gregory Hess – Geography and Environmental Sciences and Ms. Janna Meiman – School of Medicine have recently published articles in International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research and Prenatal Diagnosis .
Dr. Wei Song co-authored a recent publication in the geography flagship journal, Annals of the American Association of Geographers. The article presents a study on the spatial patterns and evolution of urbanization in China using geospatial technologies and nighttime light satellite information and the spatial structure of economic activities using a network-based approach.
Dr. Maegen Rochner has a new publication out with colleagues in the Journal of Vegetation Science that examines drivers of forest change in Yellowstone National Park. Their study "highlights the interplay between succession, forest disturbances and climate-related growth responses in driving forest compositional change in subalpine and treeline environments."
Ms. Laura Krauser (ULCGIS Research Coordinator) along with co-authors with Drs. Forrest Stevens and Andrea Gaughan and Vietnamese colleagues, also published this year an article in the prestigious geography journal, Annals of the American Association of Geographers that uses remote sensing and household interviews to characterize a changing agricultural landscape associated with dragon fruit cultivation in southern Vietnam.
Dr. Margath Walker recently published the book Spatializing Marcuse: Critical Theory for Contemporary Times. The book is a fresh appraisal of philosopher Herbert Marcuse’s work foregrounding the geographical aspects of one of the leading social and political theorists of the 20th century. Margath A. Walker considers how Marcusean philosophies might challenge the way we think about space and politics by drawing on examples from contemporary geopolitics, digital infrastructure, and issues like resistance and immigration.