Xiaojun Yang

Executive Committee
College Promotion & Tenure Committee

Bellamy 321
Personal Website


Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2000

Research Interests

Remote sensing, GIS, urban ecology and land change science, applied geomorphology and geohazards, China

Research Activities

Information extraction from remote sensor imagery
Spatial data integration and synthesis
Urban growth monitoring and predictive modeling
Landscape analysis and watershed modeling
Coastal and estuarine ecosystems
Geo-Hazard mapping and zonation

Selected Publications


Yang, X. and Li, J. (eds) 2013. Advances in Mapping from Aerospace Imagery: Techniques and Applications. CRC Press, 427p.

Yang, X. (ed) 2011. Urban Remote Sensing: Monitoring, Synthesis and Modeling in the Urban Environment. Wiley-Blackwell, 408p.

Yang, X. (ed) 2009. Remote Sensing and Geospatial Technologies for Coastal Ecosystem Assessment and Management. Springer, 561p.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Shi, D. and Yang, X. 2016. An assessment of algorithmic parameters affecting image classification accuracy by random forests. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 82(6):407-417

Liu, T. and Yang, X. 2013. Mapping vegetation in an urban area with stratified classification and multiple endmember spectral mixture analysis. Remote Sensing of Environment, 133:251-264

Yang, X. 2012. An Assessment of landscape characteristics affecting estuarine nitrogen loading in an urban watershed. Journal of Environmental Management, 94(1):50-60

Yang, X. 2011. Parameterizing support vector machines for land cover classification. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 77(1):27-37

Yang, X. and Chen, L. 2010. Using multi-temporal remote sensor imagery to detect earthquake-triggered landslides. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 12(6):487-495

Yang, X. and Liu, Z. 2005. Use of satellite-derived landscape imperviousness index to characterize urban spatial growth. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 29(5):524-540

Yang, X. and Lo, C. P. 2003. Modeling urban growth and landscape change for Atlanta metropolitan region. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 17(5): 463-488

Yang, X. and Lo, C. P. 2002. Using a time series of normalized satellite imagery to detect land use/cover change in the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 23(9):1775-1798 (one of the most cited journal papers in remote sensing of land use/cover changes)

Yang, X. and Lo, C. P. 2000. Relative radiometric normalization performance for change detection from multi-date satellite images. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 66(8):967-980

Yang, X., Damen, M. C. J., and van Zuidam, R. 1999. Use of Thematic Mapper imagery and a geographic information system for geomorphologic mapping in a large deltaic lowland environment. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 20(4):568-591

Courses Taught

GIS4035/GIS5034 Introduction to Remote Sensing
GIS5038C Advanced Remote Sensing
GIS5131 Thematic Cartography and Geographic Visualization
GIS5305 GIS for Environmental Analysis and Modeling
GIS5950 GIScience Capstone (Summers only)
(See Personal Website for additional information on courses)