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Welcome to my webpage. I am a geospatial researcher focusing on research and teaching in remote sensing digital image processing, GIS, and statistical modelling. I develop advanced image classification algorithms to improve land cover mapping accuracy and monitor land cover change. My image processing algorithms rely heavily on machine learning and target near real-time monitoring. In addition to remote sensing image processing, I study land change patterns and processes using spatial statistical models. I am particularly interested in understanding the drivers and consequences of land cover change. Some key research questions include: what are the causes of land cover change? How does land cover change affect ecosystem services? How do drivers and consequences vary across different spatial and temporal scales? I integrate land change simulation model and ecohydrological models to address these broad questions.


yshao.geography.vt.edu