Jonathan Chipman

Academic Appointments

Director, Citrin Family GIS/Applied Spatial Analysis Laboratory

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 spatial and temporal dynamics of vegetation cover in southern Africa. Working with colleagues in the social sciences, I've also used spatial analysis to map patterns of segregation and diversity across the US 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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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

Morgan B, Chipman JW, Bolger D, Dietrich J. 2021. Spatiotemporal analysis of vegetation cover change in a large ephemeral river: multi-sensor fusion of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and Landsat imagery. Remote Sensing 13(1): 51.

Buckman K, Mason R, Seelen E, Taylor V, Balcom P, Chipman JW, Chen C. 2021. Patterns in forage fish mercury concentrations across Northeast US estuaries. Environmental Research, 194: 110629.

Chipman, J.W. 2019. A multisensor approach to satellite monitoring of trends in lake area, water level, and volume. Remote Sensing, 11(2):158. doi: 10.3390/rs11020158.

Finger Higgens, R.A., J.W. Chipman, D.A. Lutz, L.E. Culler, R.A. Virginia, and L.A. Ogden. 2019. Changing lake dynamics indicate a drier Arctic in western Greenland. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, doi: 10.1029/2018JG004879.

Jackson M, Kelly M, Russell J, Doughty A, Howley J, Chipman JW, Cavagnaro D, Nakileza B, Zimmerman S. 2019. High-latitude warming initiated the onset of the last deglaciation in the tropics. Science Advances, 5(12): eaaw2610.

Winter, J.M., F.L. Bowen, T.F. Partridge, and J.W. Chipman. 2019. Future extreme event risk in the rural northeastern United StatesAnnals of the American Association of Geographers.  doi: 10.1080/24694452.2018.1540920.

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 GreenlandArctic, 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.

Spera, S., J.M. Winter, and J.W. Chipman. 2018. Evaluation of agricultural land cover representations on regional climate model simulations in the Brazilian Cerrado. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 123(10): 5163-5176. doi: 10.1029/2017JD027989.

Schild, K.M., R.L. Hawley, J.W. Chipman, and D.I. Benn.  2017.  Quantifying suspended sediment concentration in subglacial sediment plumes discharging from two Svalbard tidewater glaciers using Landsat–8 and in situ measurementsInternational Journal of Remote Sensing 38(23): 6865-6881.  doi: 10.1080/01431161.2017.1365388.

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, ChinaJournal of Applied Remote Sensing, 0001;10(4):046020.  doi:10.1117/1.JRS.10.046020.

Wallace, D., O. Prosper, J. Savos, A. Dunham, J. Chipman, X. Shi, B. Ndenga, and A. Githeko.  2016.  Modeling the response of Anopheles gambiae (Diptera: Culicidae) populations in the Kenya Highlands to a rise in mean annual temperatureJournal of Medical Entomology 54(2): 299-311. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjw174.

Magilligan, F.J., B. Graber, K. H. Nislow, J. Chipman, C. S. Sneddon, and C. Fox. 2016.  River restoration by dam removal: enhancing connectivity at watershed scalesElementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 4: 000108. doi: 10.12952/journal.elementa.000108.

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

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.

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

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