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 at Arizona State University. He obtained his master’s degree in Geography at Kansas State University in 2012, and a Ph.D. degree in Geography at Arizona State University in 2018. Carter’s research interests are in the areas of regional climate change, urban climate and environmental dynamics, terrestrial ecosystems, land use land cover change, agricultural and natural resources with the application of remote sensing and GIS. Carter won the first place in the best student poster competition at the regional AAG meeting in 2011. He received the University Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award at Kansas State University in 2012. Carter also received many student research awards, travel awards, and fellowships during his graduate studies in the U.S. that added up to more than $50,000 USD. Carter was selected as the President of the Arizona State University Student Chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) in 2015. He is now serving as the manuscript reviewer of more than 20 international scientific journals.


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

Remote sensing, GIS, geospatial statistics, urban climate change, land use land cover change, ecological and agricultural resources management, sUAS-based remote sensing


Referred Journal Articles

  1. Wang, C., Wang, Z.-H., Wang, C., and 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.
  2. Estoque, R.C., Murayama, Y., Lasco, R.D., Myint, S.W., Pulhin, F.B., Wang, C., Ooba, M., and 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.
  3. Estoque, R.C., Myint, S.W., Wang, C., Ishtiaque, A., Aung, T.T., Emerton, L., Ooba, M., Hijioka, Y., Mon, M.S., Wang, Z., and Fan, C. 2018. Assessing Environmental Impacts and Change in Myanmar's Mangrove Ecosystem Service Value due to Deforestation (2000-2014). Global Change Biology, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14409.
  4. Wang, C., Middel, A., Myint, S.W., Brazel, A.J., Kaplan, S., and Lukasczyk, J. Assessing Local Climate Zones in Arid Cities: The Case of Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 141(2018): 59-71.
  5. Wang, C., Myint, S.W., Fan, P., Stuhlmacher, M., and 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.
  6. Goldblatt, R., Stuhlmacher, M.F., Tellman, B., Clinton, N., Hanson, G., Georgescu, M., Wang, C., Serrano-Candela, F., Khandelwal, A.K., Cheng, W.-H., and 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.
  7. Wang, C.-H., Wang, C., Myint, S.W., and 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.
  8. Song, J., Wang, Z.-H., Myint, S., and 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.
  9. Wang, C., Yang, J., Myint, S. W., Wang, Z.-H., and 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.
  10. Wang, C. and Myint, S. W. 2016. Environmental Concerns of Deforestation in Myanmar 2001-2010. Remote Sensing, 8(9), 728; doi: 10.3390/rs8090728.
  11. Ishtiaque, A., Myint, S. W., and 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.
  12. Wang, C., Myint, S. W., Wang, Z.-H., and Song, J. 2016. Spatio-temporal modeling of the urban heat island in the Phoenix metropolitan area: Land use change implications. Remote Sensing, 8(3), 185; doi:10.3390/rs8030185.
  13. Wang, C. and 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.
  14. Wang, C., Price, K. P., van der Merwe, D., An, N., and Wang, H. 2014. Modeling tallgrass above-ground biomass using ultra-high spatial resolution sUAS imagery. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 80(12): 1151-1159.
  15. Wang, C. and 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., and 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. Wang, C. 2018. The long-term impact of land use land cover change on urban climate: Evidence from the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona. Doctoral dissertation, Arizona State University.
  2. Wang, C., Myint, S.W., Price, K.P., Wang, H., and An, N. 2015. A simplified empirical line calibration method for sUAS-based remote sensing. In 2015 IGTF Conference Proceedings. May 2015, Tampa, FL, USA.
  3. Moyer, J.L., Wang, C., Ling, B., and 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.
  4. Wang, C. 2012. Forest fragmentation in the Brazilian Amazon: evidence from land reform settlements along the Transamazon Highway and in Southern Pará. Master thesis, Kansas State University.


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
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
GPH 111 Intro to Physical Geography


Invited Presentations

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


2019   Finalist, J. Warren Nystrom Award, 2019 AAG Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

2018   Dissertation completion fellowship, School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, Arizona State University

Finalist, Remote Sensing Specialty Group Student Honors Paper Competition, 2018 AAG Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

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 Specialty Group Student Paper Competition, 2016 AAG Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

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 in the student poster competition, Annual Meeting of Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the AAG. Denver, CO.

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

2008   Yi-Ning Scholarship, Minzu University of China

University Global Awareness Scholarship, Dickinson State University

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

Professional Associations

Association of American Geographers (AAG)

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA)


  • President (2015-2016), ASU Student Chapter of the ASPRS
  • Manuscript reviewer for Remote Sensing of Environment, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Environmental Research Letters, Landscape Ecology, Remote Sensing, Science of the Total Environment, Sustainable Cities and Society, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Land Degradation & Development, Sustainability, Atmosphere, Climate, Agronomy, Journal of Geography, Environment and Earth Science International, Landscape and Urban Planning, Environmental Pollution
  • Conference volunteer, directional assistant and session area monitor, 2013 AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California
  • Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Department of the University Student Council (USC) at Minzu University of China, Beijing