Jonathan Chipman

Academic Appointments

Director, Citrin Family GIS/Applied Spatial Analysis Laboratory
Senior Lecturer, Geography
Senior Lecturer, 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kopec, B., X. Feng, E.S. Posmentier, J.W. Chipman, and R.A. Virginia.  2018.  Use of principal component analysis to extract environmental information from lake water isotopic compositionsLimnology and Oceanography 63(3): 1340-1354.  doi: 10.1002/lno.10776.

Li, B., Y. Chen, J.W. Chipman, and X. Shi. 2018.  Why does the runoff in Hotan river show a slight decreased trend in northwestern China?  Atmospheric Sciences Letters 19(1).  doi: 10.1002/asl.800.

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.

Wallace, D., B. Southworth, X. Shi, J. Chipman, and A. Githeko.  2014.  A comparison of five malaria transmission models: benchmark tests and implications for disease controlMalaria Journal, 13:268.  doi:10.1186/1475-2875-13-268.

Morriss, B., R. Hawley, J. Chipman, L. Andrews, G. Catania, M. Hoffman, P. Lüthi, and T. Neumann.  2013.  A ten-year record of supraglacial lake evolution and rapid drainage in West Greenland using an automated processing algorithm for multispectral imageryThe Cryosphere, 7: 1869-1877. doi: 10.5194/tc-7-1869-2013.

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.

Caller T., N. Field, J. Chipman, X. Shi, B. Harris, and E. Stommel. 2012. Spatial Clustering of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and the Potential Role of BMAA. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, 13(1): 25-32. doi: 10.3109/17482968.2011.621436.

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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