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Dr. DongMei Chen
Associate Professor
Office: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D125
Phone: +001 (613) 533-6045
Fax: +001 (613) 533-6122
Email: chendm@queensu.ca
Website: http://gis.geog.queensu.ca




Teaching Interests





I was born and grew up in China. I received my B.A. in geography from Peking University, China, a master in GIS and remote sensing application from the Institute of Remote Sensing Application, Chinese Academic of Science. I got my Ph.D. in Geography from the joint doctoral program of San Diego State University and University of California at Santa B.A.rB.A.ra in 2001. I had worked in ESRI as a GIS product specialist for one year before I came to Queen's University in 2002.

Teaching Interests

Since arriving at Queens, I have developed a suite of GIS courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Please visit the departmental website or my website (http://gis.geog.queensu.ca) for more detailed information. Recent courses that I have instructed include:

GPHY249* - Introduction to Cartography and Thematic mapping
GPHY349* - Principles of Geographic Information Science
GISC 301* - Environmental Modeling

GPHY 855* - Spatial Analysis
GPHY 849* - Seminar in GIS


My research areas focus on the understanding and modeling of interactions between human activities and the physical environment by using GIS and remote sensing techniques and spatial modeling approaches from local to regional scales. My current research interests include:

  • Error modeling and accuracy analysis in remote sensing.
  • Spatial-temporal disease spread modeling and simulation.
  • Modeling social, economic, environmental, health and climate impacts of urbanization.
  • Land use/cover change detection and modeling.
  • Urban micro-climate and air quality mapping using remotely sensed data and GIS.
  • Spatial point pattern analysis and geostatistics.


Chen, D. and H. Wei. (2008). "The effect of spatial autocorrelation and class proportion on the accuracy measures from different sampling designs". ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

Zhang, B., J. Li, Q. Shen, and D. Chen (2008). " A bio-optical model based method of estimating total suspended matter of Lake Taihu from near-infrared remote sensing reflectance". Environmental Monitoring Assessment 145:339-347

Chen, D. (2008). " A standardized probability comparison approach for evaluating and combining pixel-based classification procedures". Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing. 74(5): 601-610.

Chen, J., D. Chen, and D. Blostein (2007). " Wavelet-based classification of remotely sensed images: a comparative study of different feature sets in an urban environment". Journal of Environmental Informatics, 10(1): 2-9.

Tian, J. and D. Chen (2007). " Evaluating satellite-based measurements for mapping air quality in Ontario, Canada". Journal of Environmental Informatics, 10(1): 30-36

Tian, J. and D. Chen (2007). " Optimization in multi-scale segmentation of high-resolution images for artificial feature recognition". International Journal of Remote Sensing. 28(20):4625-4644

Chen, D. and A. Farrar (2007). " Evaluation of NEXRAD precipitation data for rainfall monitoring in Eastern Ontario, Canada". In Geomatics Solutions for Disaster Management, edited by J. Li, S. Zlatanova and A. Fabbri. New York:Springer-Verlag Berlin, pp. 103-116.

Chen, D., J. Weeks, and J. Kaiser (2005). "Remote sensing and spatial statistics as tools in crime analysis." In Geographic Information Systems and Crime Analysis, edited by F. Wang. Idea Group Publishing. Pp. 270-291.

Chen, D., D. Stow, and P. Gong (2004). "Examining the effect of spatial resolution on classification accuracy: an urban environmental case." International Journal of Remote Sensing 25(11):2177-2192.

Rogan, J., and D. Chen (2004). "Remote sensing technology for land cover and land use mapping and monitoring." Progress in Planning, 61(4):301-325.

Chen, D. and D. Stow (2003). "Strategies for integrating information from multiple spatial resolutions into land use/cover classification routines." Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 69(11):1279-1287.

Chen, D., and D. Stow (2002). "The effect of training strategies on supervised classification at different spatial resolutions." Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 68(11):1155-1161.

Chen, D., D. Stow, and A. Getis (2002). "Multi-resolution classification framework for improving land use/cover mapping." In Linking People, Place, and Policy: A GIScience Approach, edited by Steve Walsh and Kelly Meyer, Kluwer Academic Publisher, pp. 235-262.

Stow, D. and D. Chen (2001). "Sensitivity of multitemporal NOAA-AVHRR data to land use/land cover changes and misregistration in an urbanizing region" Remote Sensing of Environment, 80:1-7

Chen, D ., D. Stow, L. Tucker and S. Daeschner (2001). "Detecting and enumerating new building structures utilizing very-high resolution image data and image processing", Geocarto International, 16(1):69-82.