PhD Student, School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, Arizona State University
School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO BOX 875302
Tempe, ARIZONA 85287-5302
- PhD Student, School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, Arizona State University
Michelle is interested in how urban land uses are defined and measured. Many of the current measurement techniques were developed for natural areas and there is mixed evidence on whether they transfer well to urban areas. Her dissertation uses satellite imagery and image processing techniques to quantify urban expansion and pattern changes around the world. Having a robust set of metrics for measuring urban land use/land cover is crucial because urban areas are home to over half of the world's population and this proportion is growing. Results of this work will provide a set of suitable metrics that allow us to measure expansion and pattern changes of urban land uses. In future work she plans to apply these metrics to research questions related to urban policy design, specifically the optimization of landscape patterns for urban resilience.
Wang, C., S. W. Myint, P. Fang, M. Stuhlmacher and J. Yang. 2018. The impact of urban expansion on the regional environment in Myanmar: A case study of two capital cities. Landscape Ecology 33(3):765-782. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-018-0632-1. (link )