Jonathan Chipman

Director, Citrin Family GIS/Applied Spatial Analysis Laboratory
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geography
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences
Quantitative Social Sciences program Steering Committee

In my work, I use remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and spatial analysis to study environmental and social systems. These tools (collectively referred to as "geospatial science and technology") can be applied to many types of problems. In recent years I've used them to measure the optical properties of lakes from satellite imagery, assess changes in the land use and hydrology of irrigated-agricultural landscapes in Egypt and China, and monitor the seasonal cycle of greenness and senescence in East Africa. Working with colleagues in the social sciences, I've also used spatial analysis to map patterns of segregation and diversity across the US, to interpret factors influencing closely fought elections, and to use landscape-scale spatial phenomena as a window onto economic policies.

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As director of the Citrin Family GIS/Applied Spatial Analysis Laboratory, I serve as a consultant for faculty and student research involving spatial information. During the past few years I've provided this kind of consultation to faculty in Geography, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Biological Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Anthropology, Economics, Government, Art History, Native American Studies, Sociology, Religion, and the Medical School, as well as assisting students from many departments across campus who are pursuing research projects that involve spatial analysis.

During the winter term, I teach courses in Geovisualization, Environmental Applications of GIS, and Remote Sensing; in the fall I co-lead a segment of the annual off-campus program for the Earth Sciences department. Along with my colleagues Tom Lillesand and Ralph Kiefer, I am co-author of the textbook "Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation", now in its 7th edition.

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Curriculum Vitae
Fairchild 120
HB 6017
Earth Sciences
Quantitative Social Science
A.B. Dartmouth College
M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Selected Publications

Heindel, R.C., J.W. Chipman, J.T. Dietrich, and R.A. Virginia.  2018.  Quantifying rates of soil deflation with Structure-from-Motion photogrammetry in West Greenland.  Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, special issue on Environmental Change and Impacts in the Kangerlussuaq Area, West Greenland, 50(1): S100012.  doi: 10.1080/15230430.2017.1415852.

Chipman, J., X. Shi, F. Magilligan, Y. Chen, and B. Li.  2016.  Impacts of land cover change and water management practices on the Tarim and Konqi river systems, Xinjiang, China.  Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 0001;10(4):046020.  doi:10.1117/1.JRS.10.046020.

Lillesand, T., R. Kiefer, and J. Chipman. 2015. Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation, 7th edition. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ. 720 p. plus online materials.

Heindel, R., J. Chipman, and R. Virginia. 2015. The Spatial Distribution and Ecological Impacts of Aeolian Soil Erosion in Kangerlussuaq, West Greenland.  Annals of the Association of American Geographers, doi: 10.1080/00045608.2015.1059176.

Caller T., J. Chipman, N. Field, and E. Stommel. 2013. A spatial analysis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in northern New England, USA, 1997-2009. Muscle and Nerve, 48(2):235-41. doi: 10.1002/mus.23761.

Chipman, J., R. Wright, M. Ellis, and S. Holloway. 2012. Mapping the evolution of racially mixed and segregated neighborhoods in Chicago. Journal of Maps, 15 Nov 2012 special issue on Innovative Mapping in Spatial Demography, DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2012.740431.

Chipman, J., L. Olmanson, and A. Gitelson. 2009. Remote sensing methods for lake management. North American Lake Management Society, Madison, WI.