Yeqiao (Y. Q.) Wang

  • Professor
  • Department of Natural Resources Science
  • Phone: 401.874.4345
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  • Office Location: Coastal Institute Office #027
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Dr. Wang’s research focuses on terrestrial remote sensing and quantitative modeling in natural resources analysis and mapping. He is particularly interested in remote sensing of dynamics of landscape and land change science. His research projects include mapping and monitoring changes of ecological conditions in different spatial and temporal scales of coastal environments, wetlands, mountainous regions, protected areas, and urban landscapes, in order to improve understanding of intertwined human and natural systems, and the sustainability, vulnerability, resilience of land and water resources. His study areas include various regions in the United States, East and West Africa, and China.

He is the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of All Earth, which is an open access broad Earth sciences journal covering topics on all spherical perspectives of our home planet.


M.Sc. and Ph.D., University of Connecticut
M.Sc., Chinese Academy of Science
B.Sc., Northeast Normal University, China

Selected Publications

Recent Publications (*as corresponding author)

  1. Wang*, Y. (2021). All Earth – an open access journal on all spherical perspectives of our home planet: Editorial questions, All Earth, DOI: 1080/27669645.2021.1919410
  2. Meng, L., Zhou, Y.*, Gu, L. Richardson, A.D., Peñuelas, J., Fu, Y., Wang, Y., Asrar, G.R., De Boeck, H.J., Mao, J., Zhang, Y., & Wang, Z. (2021). Photoperiod decelerates the advance of spring phenology of six deciduous tree species under climate warming, Global Change Biology, 2021;00:1-14. DOI: 1111/gcb.15575
  3. Jia, M., Wang*, Z., Mao, D., Ren, C., Wang, C., & Wang*, Y. (2021). Rapid, robust, and automated mapping of tidal flats in China using time series Sentinel-2 images and Google Earth Engine, Remote Sensing of Environment, 255 (2021) 112285. DOI: 1016/j.rse.2021.112285
  4. Wang*, Y., Lu, Z., Sheng, Y., & Zhou, Y. (2020). Remote Sensing Applications in Monitoring of Protected Areas. Remote Sensing, 2020, 12, 1370. DOI: 3390/rs12091370
  5. Zhang, J., Zhao, J., Wang, Y., Zhang, H., Zhang, Z., & Guo, X. (2020). Comparison of Land Surface Phenology of the Northern Hemisphere Based on AVHRR GIMMS3g and MODIS Datasets. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 169 (2020) 1-16. DOI: 1016/j.isprsjprs.2020.08.020
  6. Mao, D., Wang*, Z., Du, B., Li, L., Tian, Y., Jia, M., Zeng, Y., Song, K., Jiang, M., & Wang*, Y. (2020). National wetland mapping in China: A new product resulting from object based and hierarchical classification of Landsat 8 OLI images. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 164, 11-25. DOI: 1016/j.isprsjprs.2020.03.020
  7. Campbell, A., & Wang*, Y. (2020). Salt marsh monitoring along the Mid-Atlantic coast by Google Earth Engine enabled time series. PLoS One, 15(2): e0229605. DOI: 1371/journal.pone.0229605
  8. Campbell, A., & Wang*, Y. (2020). Assessment of salt marsh change on Assateague Island National Seashore between 1962 and 2016, PE&RS, 86(3):187-194. DOI: 14358/PERS.86.3.187
  9. Meng, L., Zhou, Y., Lia, X., Asrar, G.R., Mao, J., Alan D. Wanamaker Jr., A.D., Wang, Y. (2020). Divergent responses of spring phenology to daytime and nighttime warming. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 281, DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2019.107832
  10. You, Q., Fang, Q. Liu, L. Yang, W., Zhang, L., & Wang*, Y. (2019). Effects of land use, topography, climate and socio-economic factors on geographical variation pattern of inland surface water quality in China. PLoS One, 14(6): e0217840. DOI: 1371/journal.pone.0217840

Representative Publications (*as corresponding author)

  1. Wang*, Y., & Yésou, H. (2018). Remote Sensing of Floodpath Lakes and Wetlands: A Challenging Frontier in the Monitoring of Changing Environments. Remote Sensing, 2018, 10, 1955. DOI: 3390/rs10121955
  2. Campbell, A., & Wang*, Y. (2018). Examining the Influence of Tidal Stage on Salt Marsh Mapping using High Spatial Resolution Satellite Remote Sensing and Topobathymetric LiDAR, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 56(9): 5169-5176. DOI: 1109/TGRS.2018.2810503
  3. Campbell, A., Wang*, Y., Christiano, M., Stevens, S. (2017). Salt Marsh Monitoring in Jamaica Bay, New York from 2003 to 2013: A Decade of Change from Restoration to Hurricane Sandy. Remote Sensing, 2017, 9, 131. DOI: 3390/rs9020131
  4. Clark, J., Wang*, Y., & August, P. (2014). Assessing current and projected suitable habitats for tree-of-heaven along the Appalachian Trail, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 369: 20130192. DOI: 1098/rstb.2013.0192
  5. Wang*, Y., Mitchell, B.R., Nugranad-Marzilli, J., Bonynge, G., Zhou, Y., & Shriver, G. (2009). Remote sensing of land-cover change and landscape context of the National Parks: A case study of the Northeast Temperate Network, Remote Sensing of Environment. 113: 1453-1461. DOI: 1016/j.rse.2008.09.017
  6. Kennedy, R.E., Townsend, P.A., Gross, J., Cohen, W.B., Bolstad, P., Wang, Y., & Adams, P. (2009). Remote Sensing Change Detection Tools for Natural Resource Managers: Understanding concepts and tradeoffs in the design of landscape monitoring projects, Remote Sensing of Environment, 113: 1382-1396. DOI: 1016/j.rse.2008.07.018
  7. Wang*, Y., Tobey, T., Bonynge, B., Nugranad, J., Makota, V., Ngusaru, A., & Traber, M. (2005). Involving Geospatial Information in the Analysis of Land Cover Change along Tanzania Coast, Coastal Management, 33(1):89-101. DOI: 1080/08920750590883132
  8. Wang*, Y., Ngusaru, A., Tobey, J., Makota, V., Bonynge, G., Nugranad, J., Traber, M., Hale, L., & Bowen, R. (2003). Remote Sensing of Mangrove Change Along the Tanzania Coast, Marine Geodesy, 26(1-2): 35-48. DOI: 1080/01490410306708
  9. Wang*, Y., & Zhang, X. (2001). Dynamic Modeling Approach to Simulating Socioeconomic Effects on Landscape Change, Ecological Modelling, 140(1-2): 141-162. DOI: 1016/S0304-3800(01)00262-9
  10. Wang, Y., & Moskovits, D.K. (2001). Tracking Fragmentation of Natural Communities and Changes in Land Cover: Applications of Landsat Data for Conservation in an Urban Landscape (Chicago Wilderness), Conservation Biology, 15(4): 835-843. DOI: 1046/j.1523-1739.2001.015004835.x


  • Wang, Y. (2020). The Handbook of Natural Resources, Second Edition, Six Volume Set. T&F CRC Press: New York. (ISBN 9781138332614). This set of books included the following volumes:
  1. Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biodiversity (ISBN 9781138333918)
  2. Landscape and Land Capacity (ISBN 9781138334083)
  3. Wetlands and Habitats (ISBN 9781138334199)
  4. Fresh Water and Watersheds (ISBN 9781138337565)
  5. Coastal and Marine Environments (ISBN 9781138339637), and
  6. Atmosphere and Climate (ISBN 9781138339675)
  • Wang, Y. (2014). Encyclopedia of Natural Resources. T&F CRC Press: New York. This publication included two printed volumes: Land, Air and Water, 1086p. (ISBN 9781351043847)
  • Wang, Y. (2011). Remote Sensing of Protected Lands. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 582p
  • Wang, Y. (2009). Remote Sensing of Coastal Environments. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 423p


  • NRS 409 – Concepts in GIS and Remote Sensing
  • NRS 415 – Remote Sensing of Environment
  • NRS 509 – Concepts of GIS and Remote Sensing in Environmental Science
  • NRS 516 – Remote Sensing in Natural Resources Mapping
  • NRS 533 – Landscape Pattern and Change