Victor Mesev

Harrison V. Chase Distinguished Professor of Geography
Undergraduate Programs Director
Internship Coordinator
College Promotion & Tenure Committee

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Broadly trained geographer with initial interests in cartography. Dissertation on remote sensing/GIS integration and representation of urban features and processes. Postdoctoral work on urban fractal models and density functions funded by the Economic & Social Research Council. Later, the mapping of the Northern Ireland conflict at the University of Ulster. Moved to Florida State University and served as Chair for 9 years, and now overseeing undergraduate and graduate programs in geography, environment & society, and the highly popular applied master's degree in GIScience.


Ph.D. Geography, University of Bristol, 1995
M.A. Geography, The Ohio State University, 1991
B.A. Geography, University of Leicester, 1989

Research Interests

GIS/remote sensing, urban image classification, disaggregate cartography, conflict mapping, geography of sport

Research Activities

Integration of GIS and remote sensing
Urban image spectral/spatial/temporal interpretation and classification
Urban morphological analysis
Disaggregate representation of population
GIS measures of ethno-religious segregation in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Selected Publications

Mesev, V. 2019. Cities from space: Satellites and remote sensing. In Smith, R.G. (ed) Companion to Urban Studies. Routledge (in press).

Strode, G. Mesev, V. and Maantay, J. 2018. Improving dasymetric population estimates for land parcels: Data pre-processing steps. Southeastern Geographer 58 (3) 300–316. (doi: 1353/sgo.2018.0030).

Mesev, V. 2017. Spatial filtering. In D. Richardson (ed) International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, Wiley-Blackwell.

Myint, S.W., Mesev, V., Quattrochi, D. and Wentz, E.A. 2016. Urban image classification: per-pixel classifiers, sub-pixel analysis, object-based image analysis, and geospatial methods. In P. Thenkabil (ed) Remotely Sensed Data Characterization, Classification, and Accuracies. Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis, 219–230.

Strode, G., Thornton, B., Mesev, V. and Johnson, N. 2016. Bivariate statistical legends: Mapping examples on Florida covariance data using scatterplots from open source visual analytic tools. The Florida Geographer 47, 1–17.

Wentz, E.A., Anderson, S., Fragkias, M., Netzband, M., Mesev, V., Myint, S.W., Quattrochi, D., Rahman, A. and Seto, K.C. 2014. Supporting global environmental change research: a review of trends and knowledge gaps in urban remote sensing. Remote Sensing 6, 3879–3905.

Selected Presentations

Mesev, V. 2015. Challenges to global urban remote sensing: temporal-structural models. International Geographical Union, Moscow, Russian Federation.

Mesev, V. 2012. Mutiscale and multitemporal urban remote sensing, Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Melbourne, Australia.

Mesev, V. 2010. Scale of analysis: Micro versus macro urban remote sensing. GIScience, ZΓΌrich, Switzerland.

Mesev, V. 2009. Reconciling cartographic representations of urban structure and function from remote sensor models. International Cartographic Conference, Santiago, Chile.

Courses Taught

GEO2200C Physical Geography
GEO3423 Sports Geography
GIS3015 Map Analysis
GIS4035/GIS5034 Remote Sensing
GIS5106 Advanced GIScience
IFS2077 Great Britain? Geography, Imperialism, Industry & Culture

Awards and Honors

Student of the year, British Association for Geographical Information, 1995.
Fellowship, Economic & Social Research Fellowship of the UK, 1995-1998.

Professional Organizations

Scientific Committee Remote Sensing of Urban Areas
EARSeL SIG Urban Remote Sensing
ISPRS Intercommission Working Group IV/III.2
American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Association of American Geographers