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Committee on Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis

The Committee on Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis was formed in 1975 to assist coordination of remote sensing activities across campus and to oversee the graduate remote sensing minor program. In 1995, the purview of the Committee was expanded to perform a similar function in the related fields of spatial analysis and geographic information systems. Members of the Committee on Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis are:


Willem J.D. van Leeuwen, Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, PhD, 1995, University of Arizona (Soil, Water & Remote Sensing). Arid Lands, Geospatial Science and Modeling, Global Change Management, Remote Sensing.

Executive Committee:

Avelino Arellano, Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, PhD, 2005, Duke University (Nicholas School of Environment and Earth Sciences). Human fingerprints in the atmosphere.

D. Phillip Guertin, Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, PhD, 1984, University of Minnesota (Forest Hydrology).  Geospatial Science and Modeling, Watershed Management.

Stuart E. Marsh, Director, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, PhD, 1979, Stanford (Applied Earth Sciences). Arid Lands, Climate Adaptation and Sustainability, Geospatial Science and Modeling, Remote Sensing.

Stephen Yool, Professor Emeritus, School of Geography and Development, PhD, 1985, University of California, Santa Barbara (Physical Geography and Remote Sensing). Biogeography, Biophysical Remote Sensing, and GIS.


Steven Archer, Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, PhD, 1983, Colorado State University (Rangeland Ecosystem Science). Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry, Global Change Management, Plant and Soil Ecology, Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands.

Victor R. Baker, Regents Professor, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, PhD, 1971, The University of Colorado (Geology).  Paleohydrology, Geomorphology, Flood processes, Mars hydrology.

Richard Bennet, Professor, Department of Geosciences, PhD, 1996, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Geophysics).  Space geodesy, active and neo-tectonics, and natural hazards

Heidi Brown, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department, PhD, 2007, Yale University, Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Department of Epidemiology.

Gary Christopherson, Director, Center for Applied Spatial Analysis, PhD, 2000, University of Arizona (Near Eastern Archeology). GIS, Cartography, Spatial analysis, Human dimensions modeling, Fire modeling, Social science spatial data.

Andrew C. Comrie, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, PhD, 1992, The Pennsylvania State Univerisity (Geography). Climate and health, synoptic climatology, Urban and regional air pollution, Climate variability and change in the Southwest United States, Techniques for mapping climate and environmental information.  

Kamel Didan, Associate Professor ECE.

Hoshin Gupta, Professor, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, PhD, 1984, Case Western Reserve University (Systems Engineering). Surface water hydrology, rainfall-runoff models, land-atmosphere transfer scheme models, flood forecasting,hydrology of semi-arid regions. 

Charles Hutchinson, Professor Emeritus, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, PhD, 1978, University of California, Riverside (Geography). Remote sensing and geographic information systems for natural resource monitoring, primarily in arid lands.

Chris Lukinbeal, Associate Professor and Director of the Masters of Science in GIST, School of Geography and Development, PhD, 2000, San Diego State/University of California, Santa Barbara (Geography). Cinema and media emphasizing the relationship between political economy and cultural studies, on location filming, Geographic media literacy, Geographies of media form.  

David Moore, Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, PhD, 2005, University of Illinois (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology). Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry, Geospatial Science and Modeling, Global Change Management, Plant and Soil Ecology, Remote Sensing.

Donald Myers, Emeritus Professor, Department of Mathematics, PhD, 1960, University of Illinois (Mathematics). Multivariate geostatistics, applications in hydrology, soil science, geosciences, environmental monitoring and assessment, ecology, image analysis.

Sudha Ram, Professor, Eller College of Management, PhD, 1985, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Management Information Systems). Business Intelligence and web analytics, Social media analytics, Enterprise data management, Data Provenance and semantic interoperability.

David Romano, Professor, The School of Anthropology, PhD, 1981, University of Pennsylvania (Classical Archaeology). Greek and Roman cities, sanctuaries and landscapes, Greek and Roman architecture, Computer applications in archaeology including digital cartography, GIS, remote sensing and spatial analysis, Greek and Roman athletics and the ancient Olympic Games.

Christopher Scott, Associate Professor, School of Geography and Development, PhD, 1998, Cornell University (Hydrology). Resilience, adaptation, social-ecological systems , Water-energy nexus, infrastructure, policy, Groundwater, irrigation, Urban-wastewater irrigation, water reuse, agricultural-urban water transfers, Transboundary river basins and aquifers.

W.J. Shuttleworth, Regents Professor, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, PhD, 1971, Manchester University, UK (High Energy Nuclear Physics). Hydrometeorology, climatology, global change, natural evaporation.

Philip Slater, Professor Emeritus, College of Optical Sciences, PhD, 1958, Imperial College, UK (Applied Optics). Absolute radiometric calibration of multispectral imaging systems. Remote sensing methodology, particularly atmospheric correction for reflectance retrieval.

William K. Smith, Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environmnent, PhD, 2013.Ph.D., University of Montana (Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences). Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry, Geospatial Science and Modeling, Remote Sensing.

Spencer Titley, Professor Emeritus, Economic Geology, PhD, 1958, University of Arizona (Geology & Chemistry). Mineral resources and resource evaluation, geohydrology, applications to studies of environment of resource occurrence, extraction and impact.

Craig Wissler, Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, M.L.A. 1993, University of Arizona (Landscape Architecture). Geospatial Science and Modeling.

Xubin Zeng, Professor, Department of Atmopheric Science,University of Arizona.UA Climate Dynamics and Hydrometeorology Center (CDHC)

Last updated 9 Aug 2017