Chuyuan Wang

Assistant Research Professor
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Liberal Arts & Sciences


Dr. Chuyuan “Carter” Wang is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and Knowledge Exchange for Resilience at ASU. He obtained his master’s degree in Geography from Kansas State University in 2012, and a Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University in 2018. Carter’s work has been focused on: 1). Remote Sensing and GIS applications in urban climate and environment, urban landscape dynamics, urban ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems, land use/land cover change, landscape ecology, and natural resources management; 2) Spatial statistics, geovisualization, spatio-temporal analysis and modeling; and 3) Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)-based remote sensing and applications.


2018 - Ph.D. (Geography) Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2012 - M.A. (Geography) Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

2010 - B.S. (Environmental Science) Minzu University of China, Beijing, China

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Research Interests

Urban climate and environment, urban landscape dynamics, urban ecosystems, land use/land cover change, terrestrial ecosystems, natural resources management, UAS-based remote sensing


Referred Journal Articles

  1. Wang, C., Mody, E. H., Hunting, D., Hoyt, J., & Ferguson, K. M. (2020). Data-driven outreach to opportunity youth using population data and Geographic Information System technology. Journal of Social Work, doi: 10.1177/1468017320911371.
  2. Wang, C., Li, Y., Myint, S. W., Zhao, Q., & Wentz, E. A. (2019). Impacts of Spatial Clustering of Urban Land Cover on Land Surface Temperature across Köppen Climate Zones in the Contiguous United States. Landscape and Urban Planning, 192: 103668.
  3. Wang, C., Wang, Z.-H., Wang, C., & Myint, S. W. (2019). Environmental cooling provided by urban trees under extreme heat and cold waves in U.S. cities. Remote Sensing of Environment, 227: 28-43.
  4. Estoque, R. C., Murayama, Y., Lasco, R. D., Myint, S. W., Pulhin, F. B., Wang, C., Ooba, M., & Hijioka, Y. (2018). Changes in the Landscape Pattern of the La Mesa Watershed – The Last Ecological Frontier of Metro Manila, Philippines. Forest Ecology and Management, 430: 280-290.
  5. Estoque, R. C., Myint, S. W., Wang, C., Ishtiaque, A., Aung, T. T., Emerton, L., Ooba, M., Hijioka, Y., Mon, M. S., Wang, Z., & Fan, C. (2018). Assessing Environmental Impacts and Change in Myanmar's Mangrove Ecosystem Service Value due to Deforestation (2000-2014). Global Change Biology24(11): 5391-5410.
  6. Wang, C., Middel, A., Myint, S. W., Brazel, A. J., Kaplan, S., & Lukasczyk, J. (2018). Assessing Local Climate Zones in Arid Cities: The Case of Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 141: 59-71.
  7. Wang, C., Myint, S. W., Fan, P., Stuhlmacher, M., & Yang, J. (2018). The impact of urban expansion on the regional environment in Myanmar: A case study of two capital cities. Landscape Ecology, 33(5): 765-782.
  8. Goldblatt, R., Stuhlmacher, M. F., Tellman, B., Clinton, N., Hanson, G., Georgescu, M., Wang, C., Serrano-Candela, F., Khandelwal, A. K., Cheng, W. -H., & Balling, R. C. Jr. (2017). Using Landsat and nighttime lights for supervised pixel-based image classification of urban land cover. Remote Sensing of Environment, 205: 253-275.
  9. Wang, C., Wang, C., Myint, S. W., & Wang, Z.-H. (2017). Landscape determinants of spatio-temporal patterns of aerosol optical depth in the two most polluted metropolitans in the United States. Science of The Total Environment, 609: 1556-1565.
  10. Song, J., Wang, Z.-H., Myint, S., & Wang, C. (2017). The hysteresis effect on surface-air temperature relationship and its implications to urban planning: An examination in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Landscape and Urban Planning, 167: 198-211.
  11. Wang, C., Yang, J., Myint, S. W., Wang, Z. -H., & Tong, B. (2016). Empirical modelling and spatio-temporal patterns of urban evapotranspiration for the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, Arizona. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 53(6): 778-792.
  12. Wang, C. & Myint, S. W. (2016). Environmental Concerns of Deforestation in Myanmar 2001-2010. Remote Sensing, 8(9), 728.
  13. Ishtiaque, A., Myint, S. W., & Wang, C. (2016). Examining the ecosystem health and sustainability of the world's largest mangrove forest using multi-temporal MODIS products. Science of The Total Environment, 569-570: 1241-1254.
  14. Wang, C., Myint, S. W., Wang, Z. -H., & Song, J. (2016). Spatio-temporal modeling of the urban heat island in the Phoenix metropolitan area: Land use change implications. Remote Sensing, 8(3).
  15. Wang, C. & Myint, S. W. (2015). A simplified empirical line method of radiometric calibration for unmanned aircraft systems-based remote sensing. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 8(5): 1876-1885.
  16. Wang, C., Price, K. P., van der Merwe, D., An, N., & Wang, H. (2014). Modeling tallgrass above-ground biomass using ultra-high spatial resolution sUAS imagery. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 80(12): 1151-1159.
  17. Wang, C. & Caldas, M. M. (2014). Fragmentation patterns in land reform settlements in the Brazilian Amazon. Society & Natural Resources, 27(7): 742-758.

Book Chapters

  1. Wang, C., Myint, S. W., & Hutchins, M. (2019). The Assessment of Deforestation, Forest Degradation, and Carbon Release in Myanmar 2000-2010. In: Saikia, A. and Thapa, P. (Eds.), Environmental Change in the Himalayan Region: Twelve Case Studies. Springer International Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-030-03362-0.

Referred Conference Proceedings and Other Publications

  1. Zhao, Q., Reynolds, R., Wang, C., & Wentz, E. A. (2019). A multidimensional urban land cover change analysis in Tempe, AZ. In Proceedings of 2019 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE). May 2019, Vannes, France.
  2. Myint, S., Wang, C., & Ishtiaque, A. (2017). A space-time analysis approach to tackle some emerging environmental issues. In 2017 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty: Responsible Land GovernanceTowards an Evidence-Based Approach. March 2017, Washington DC, USA.
  3. Wang, C., Myint, S. W., Price, K. P., Wang, H., & An, N. (2015). A simplified empirical line calibration method for sUAS-based remote sensing. In 2015 IGTF Conference Proceedings. May 2015, Tampa, FL, USA.
  4. Moyer, J. L., Wang, C., Ling, B., & Price, K. P. (2013). Estimating crude protein concentration of a grass sward using spectral measurements. In: Revitalising grasslands to sustain our communities. Proc. 22nd International Grassland Congress. September 2013, Sydney, Australia.


Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
GIS 211 Geographic Info Science I
GIS 311 Geographic Info Science II
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
GIS 351 Air Photo Interpretation


Invited Presentations

  1. Wang, C. 2019. Monitoring and Assessing the Earth's Changing Climate Using Emerging Geospatial Technologies. Invited presentation at the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore in Singapore. June 3-4, 2019.
  2. Wang, C. 2018. Remote Sensing Applications in Agriculture, Ecology, and Urban Climate. Invited speaker at the " 'Zhongshan' International Young Scholars Forum" at Nanjing Agricultural University in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, May 25-27, 2018.
  3. Wang, C. 2018. Remote Sensing Applications in Urban Environment and Urban Climate. Invited speaker at the College of Resources and Environmental Engineering at Yangzhou Vocational University in Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China. July 5, 2018.
  4. Wang, C., K. P. Price, and D. van der Merwe. 2013. Radiometric calibration for sUAS-based remote sensing and applications. Invited speaker at the College of Agronomy at Yangzhou University in Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China. July 1-5, 2013.

Selected Conference Presentations

  1. Wang, C., S.W. Myint, Z.-H. Wang, D.M. Hondula, and A.J. Brazel. 2019. Predicting and Understanding Urban Outdoor Water Use in a Desert City - A Case Study of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, Arizona. Oral presentation at 2019 AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 3-7, 2019.
  2. Wang, C., S. W. Myint, A. Middel, S. Kaplan, A. J. Brazel, and J. Lukasczky. 2018. Assessing Local Climate Zones in Arid Cities: The Case Study of Phoenix, AZ and Las Vegas, NV. Oral presentation at 2018 AAG Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 10-14, 2018.
  3. Myint, S. W. and Wang, C. 2017. An Examination of the impacts of Urbanization on the Environment: Experiences from current and former capitals of Myanmar. Oral presentation at 2017 AAG Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, April 5-9, 2017.
  4. Wang, C., S. W. Myint, Z.-H. Wang, and J. Song. 2016. Spatio-temporal modeling of the urban heat island in the Phoenix metropolitan area: Land use change implications. Oral presentation at 2016 AAG Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, March 29 - April 2, 2016.
  5. Wang, C., S. W. Myint, K. P. Price, N. An, and H. Wang. 2015. A simplified empirical line calibration method for sUAS-based remote sensing. Oral presentation at ASPRS 2015 Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida, May 4-8, 2015.
  6. Wang, C., K. P. Price, D. van der Merwe, N. An, and H. Wang. 2014. Modeling Tallgrass Above-Ground Biomass in the Central Great Plains Using Ultra High Spatial Resolution Multispectral Imagery. Oral presentation at ASPRS 2014 Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, March 23-28, 2014.
  7. Wang, C. and Caldas, M. M. 2013. Fragmentation Patterns in Land Reform Settlements: A Case Study in the State of Para, Brazil. Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Los Angeles, CA, April 9-13, 2013.


2020   Finalist, AAG William L. Garrison Award

2019   Finalist, AAG J. Warren Nystrom Award

2018   Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Arizona State University

Finalist, Remote Sensing Specialty Group (RSSG) Student Honors Paper Competition at the AAG Annual Meeting

2017   University Graduate Fellowship. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Outstanding Reviewer Award, Journal of Science of the Total Environment

2016   Finalist, Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) Specialty Group Student Paper Competition at the AAG Annual Meeting

2015   A. J. Brazel Research Award. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

2013   College of Arts and Sciences Student Research Travel Award. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

2012   College nomination for the University Distinguished Thesis Award. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

2011   First place, the best student poster competition at the Annual Meeting of Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the AAG

2010   University distinguished bachelor's thesis award, Minzu University of China

2008   Yi-Ning Scholarship, Minzu University of China

2007-2010   First prize, University Professional Scholarship, Minzu University of China


Topic editor and board member of MDPI Atmosphere journal

Reviewer board member of MDPI Remote Sensing journal

Reviewer board member of MDPI Land journal

Professional Associations

Association of American Geographers (AAG)

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)

Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA)

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi



  • President (2015-2016, elected), ASU Student Chapter of the ASPRS
  • Peer reviewer of 22 international scientific journals
  • Conference volunteer, directional assistant and session area monitor, 2013 AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California
  • Chief Editor (elected), the Editorial Department of the University Student Council (USC) at Minzu University of China, Beijing