Peng Gong

Ph.D. University of Waterloo, 1990

Interests: Land cover and land use change, remote sensing and GIS, photo-ecometrics, ecosystem modeling

I hold a BS degree on computer cartography and physical geography and a masters degree on urban remote sensing from Nanjing University. I continued my doctoral research on developing classification algorithms for land cover and land use mapping at the urban and rural-urban fringe areas with high resolution remote sensing imagery. Between 1989 and 1992, I published a series of papers on classification algorithm assessment and new developments of contextual classification algorithms with my PhD advisor, Philip Howarth. Between 1990-1991, I worked with Physicist John Miller in the Earth Observation Lab at York University and expanded my research to land cover change detection and hyperspectral image processing. Between 1991-1994, I taught in the Department of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary where I focused on integrated analysis of spatial data from multiple sources based on a need for computer modeling with spatial data of nominal, ordinal and interval and ratio measurement scales. One of the application areas was forest ecosystem classification and forest parameter extraction from remotely sensed data. This led to my current position at Berkeley in 1994. I teach and undertake research on photogrammetry, remote sensing and GIS with an emphasis on natural resources. Soon after my arrival, I took classes in forest silvilculture, ecology and resource assessment. I realized that many of the forest and grassland inventory and survey cannot be done without extremely labor intensive work. Data are either too expensive to obtain or inaccurate in ecosystem modeling. This led me to focus on photo-ecometrics, the science and technology for precise measurement of ecological parameters with remote sensing. Currently, both my group and Greg Biging's group are working on this subject. Recognizing the lack of research centers in California on natural hazard monitoring I developed joint projects with John Radke and started wildfire mapping and fire emission inventory work using GIS and remote sensing. I also work with Bob Spear in the School of Public Health on spatial and temporal modeling of schistosomiasis control in mountainous regions of China.

Selected Books:
Pu, R., P. Gong, 2000, Hyperspectral Remote Sensing and Its Applications, Higher Education Press, Beijing, (in Chinese), 254p.

Chen, J. and P. Gong, 1998, Practical Geographic Information Systems, Science Press, Beijing, China, 186p. (In Chinese), printed twice

Gong, P., P. Shi, R. Pu, Huadong Guo, 1996. Earth Observation Systems and Earth System Science, Science Press, Beijing China. 208p. (In Chinese)

Selected articles:
Gong, P., Y. Sheng, G.S. Biging, 3D model-based tree measurement from high resolution aerial imagery, Photogrammetric Engineering &Remote Sensing, to appear

Yi, C., P. Gong, Y. Qi, and M. Xu, 2001. The effect of buffer and temperature feedback on oceanic uptake of CO2, Geophysical Research Letters. 28(5):751-754.

Gong, P., L. Mu, 2000. Error detection in map databases: a consistency checking approach, Geographic Information Sciences, 6(2):188-193.

Xu, M., Y. Qi, P. Gong, 2000, China&Mac226;s new forest policy and its potential negative impacts, Science, Sept 22, 2000:2049.

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