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Department of Geography


Cuizhen (Susan) Wang

Title: Professor
Department: Geography
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-5867
Office: Callcott, Room 310
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Geography
Cuizhen (Susan) Wang


Dr. Wang joined the Dept. of Geography, University of South Carolina in 2013 as an Associate Professor. She received her Ph.D. in Geography in 2004 from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing in 1999 from the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (previously Institute of Remote Sensing Applications), Chinese Academy of Sciences. From 2004 to 2013, she was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Missouri. She is a USGIF Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Remote Sensing & Image Analysis,  a co-director the USGIF GEOINT Certificate Program at South Carolina, and the director of the DBAR International Center of Excellence on Big Earth Data for Coasts (ICoE-Coasts).


Remote Sensing; satellite time-series analysis; bio-environmental change

Dr. Wang’s primary research areas are bio-environmental remote sensing, GIS and spatial analysis. Particular interests are innovative modeling of optical/radar synergy in biophysical remote sensing, vegetation mapping, environmental stress monitoring and bioenergy. Her past research experience includes Land Use/Land Cover mapping, canopy radiative transfer modeling, and quantitative biophysical estimation with optical and microwave remotely sensed data. The associated field studies include China, Japan, Thailand and the United States. Example applications include weed invasion, drought and oak decline, rice mapping, prairie grassland conservation, alpine grassland (Tibet Plateau) mapping and soil/water quality assessment.


GEOG 105: The Digital Earth (Caroline Core – ARP course)
GEOG 345: Interpretation of Aerial Photographs
GEOG 551: Principles of Remote Sensing
GEOG 575: Digital Techniques and Applications in Remote Sensing
GEOG 755: Remote Sensing Modeling and Analysis

Representative Publications

Davis, E., Wang, C., Dow, K., 2019. Comparing Sentinel-2 MSI and Landsat 8 OLI in Soil Salinity Detection: A Case Study of Agricultural Lands in Coastal North Carolina. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 40:6134-6153.

Huang, X., Wang, C. and Lu, J. 2019. Understanding the spatiotemporal development of human settlement in hurricane-prone areas on the US Atlantic and Gulf coasts using nighttime remote sensing. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 19:2141-2155.

Zhang, L., C. Wang*, X. Li, H. Zhang, W. Li, and L. Jiang, 2018. Impacts of agricultural expansion (1010s-2010s) on water cycle in the Songneng Plain, Northeast China. Remote Sensing, 10, 1108; doi:10.3390/rs10071108.

Huang, X., C. Wang, and Z. Li, 2018. Reconstructing flood inundation probability by enhancing near real-time imagery with real-time gauges and tweets. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2018.2835306.

Kantor, C., N. Pricope, and C. Wang, 2018. Discipline based education research (DBER) — a new approach to teaching and learning in Geospatial Intelligence, USGIF State & Future of GEOINT Report, 21-25.

Fan, Q., C. Wang*, D. Zhang and S. Zang, 2017. Environmental influences on forest fire regime in the Greater Hinggan Mountains, Northeast China. Forests, 8,372.

Wang, J., C. Wang*, and S. Zhang, 2017. Assessing re-composition of Xing’an larch in boreal forests after the 1987 fire, Northeast China. Remote Sensing, 9: 504.

Li, H., C. Wang*, L. Zhang, X. Li, and S. Zang, 2017. Satellite monitoring of boreal forest phenology and its climatic responses in Eurasia. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 38:19, 5446-5463. (1st author as MS advisee)

Li, Z., C. Wang, C. T. Emrich, D. Guo, 2017. A novel approach to leveraging social media for rapid flood mapping: a case study of the 2015 South Carolina Floods. Cartography and Geographic Information Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/15230406.2016.1271356

Wang, C., Q. Fan, Q. Li, W. M. SooHoo, and L. Lu, 2017. Energy crop mapping with enhanced TM/MODIS time series in the BCAP agricultural lands. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 124: 133-143. 

SooHoo, W. M., C. Wang*, and H. Li, 2017. Geospatial assessment of bioenergy land use and its impacts on soil erosion in the U.S. Midwest. Journal of Environment Management, 190:188-196. (1st author as MS advisee)

Wang, C. (Review Article), 2016. A remote sensing perspective of alpine grasslands on the Tibetan Plateau: better or worse under Tibet Warming? Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment. 3: 36-44.

Bai, L., C. Wang, S. Zang, Y. Zhang, Q. Hao, and Y. Wu, 2016. Remote Sensing of soil alkalinity and salinity in the Wuyu’er Shuangyang River Basin, Northeast China. Remote Sensing, 8(2): 163. doi:10.3390/rs8020163

Li, Q., C. Wang, B. Zhang and L. Lu, 2015. Object-based crop classification with Landsat-MODIS enhanced time-series data. Remote Sensing, 7(12): 16091-16107.

Wang, C., H. Guo, L. Zhang, Y. Qiu, Z. Sun, J. Liao, G. Liu, and Y. Zhang, 2015. Improved alpine grassland mapping in the Tibetan Plateau with MODIS time series: a phenology perspective. International Journal of Digital Earth. 8(2), 133-152.

Wang, C., H. Guo, L. Zhang, S. Liu, Y. Qiu and Z. Sun, 2015. Assessing phenological change and climatic control of alpine grasslands in the Tibetan Plateau with MODIS time series. International Journal of Biometeorology. 49 (1): 11-23.

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