Faculty & Staff Details

qi Chen

Qi Chen, Associate Professor

Degree: Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2007.

Office Location:Saunders 422
Phone Number: (808) 956-3524
Fax Number:
Email: qichen@hawaii.edu



Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley. 2007.: Remote Sensing and Environmental Science

M.S., Nanjing University, 2001.: GIS

B.A. Nanjing University, Geography

Courses Taught

GEOG 388 - Geographical Information Systems

GEOG 489 - Applied GIS

GEOG 370 - Aerial Photo and Image Interpretation

GEOG 470 - Remote Sensing

GEOG 762 - Graduate Seminar: Remote Sensing


I am particularly interested in using geospatial technologies (remote sensing and GIS), statistical learning, mathematical models, and ecological theories to understand the patterns and function of our environment and predict their changes driven by natural and anthropogenic activities.


  • Cooper, H., and Q. Chen, 2013. Incorporating uncertainty of future sea-level rise estimates into vulnerability assessment: A case study in Kahului, Maui . Climatic Change, 121(4), 635-647.

  • Chen, Q., 2013. In: Remote Sensing of Natural Resources, edited by Q. Weng and G. Wang, CRC Press: Taylor & Francis Group.

  • Cooper, H., C. Fletcher, Q. Chen, and M. Barbee, 2013. Sea-level rise vulnerability mapping for adaptation decisions using LiDAR DEMs, Progress in Physical Geography , 37(6), 745-766.

  • Liu, W., and Q. Chen, 2013. Synergistic use of satellite laser altimetry and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission DEM for estimating ground elevation over mountainous vegetated areas. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 10(3), 481-485.

  • Cooper, H., Q. Chen, C. Fletcher, and M. Barbee, 2013. Vulnerability assessment due to sea-level rise in Maui, Hawai‘i using LiDAR remote sensing and GIS. Climatic Change, 116(3-4), 547-563.

  • Vaglio Laurin, G., V. Liesenberg, Q. Chen, L. Guerriero, F. Del Frate, A. Bartolini, D. Coomes, B. Wilebore, J. Lindsell, and R. Valentini, 2013. Optical and SAR sensor synergies for forest and land cover mapping in a tropical site in West Africa, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 21, 7-16.

  • Mora, C., C. Wei, A. Rollo, T. Amaro, A.R. Baco, D. Billett, L. Bopp, Q. Chen, and 21 more co-authors, 2013. Biotic and human vulnerability to projected changes in ocean biogeochemistry over the 21st century. Plos Biology, 11(10): e1001682. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001682.

  • Tomo'omi, K., R. Mudd, Y. Miyazawa, W. Liu, T. Giambelluca, N. Kobayashi, T. Lim, M. Jomura, K. Matsumoto, M. Huang, Q. Chen, A. Ziegler, S. Yin, 2013. Simulation of canopy CO2/H2O fluxes for a rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) plantation in central Cambodia: the effect of the regular spacing of planted trees. Ecological Modelling, 265, 124-135.

  • Giambelluca, T., Q. Chen, A.G. Frazier, J.P. Price, Y. Chen, P. Chu, J.K. Eischeid, and D.M. Delparte, 2013. Online rainfall atlas of Hawaii. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 94, 313-316.

  • Luz, N., D.Santos, A. Mendonca, A. Antunes, H. Araki, Q. Chen, 2012. Combined use of Quickbird and lidar data for mapping an urban environment, French Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 198-199, 78-87.

  • Martinez Morales, R., T. Idol, and Q. Chen, 2012. Differentiation of Acacia koa forest stands across an elevation gradient in Hawaii using fine-resolution remotely sensed imagery, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33(11), 3492-3511.

  • Lu, D., Q. Chen, G. Wang, E. Moran, M. Batistella, M. Zhang, G. Vaglio Laurin, and D. Saah, 2012. Aboveground forest biomass estimation with Landsat and LiDAR data and uncertainty analysis of the estimates. International Journal of Forestry Research, Article ID 436537, 16 pages, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/436537.

  • Chen, Q., G. Vaglio Laurin, J. Battles, and D. Saah, 2012. Integration of airborne lidar and vegetation types derived from aerial photography for mapping aboveground live biomass. Remote Sensing of Environment, 121, 108-117.

  • Kobayashi, H., D. Baldocchi, R. Youngryel, Q. Chen, S. Ma., J. Osuna, and S. Ustin, 2012. Modeling energy and carbon fluxes in a heterogeneous oak woodland: A three-dimensional approach. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 152, 83-100.

  • Lee, S., W. Ni-Meister, W. Yang, Q. Chen, 2011. Physically based vertical vegetation structure retrieval from ICESat data: Validation using LVIS in White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire, USA. Remote Sensing of Environment, 115, 2776-2785.

  • Szuster, B., Q. Chen, and M. Borger, 2011. A comparison of classification techniques to support land cover and land use analysis in tropical coastal zones. Applied Geography, 31(2), 525-532.

  • Zhang, W., Q. Chen, H. McCubbin, L. McCubbin, and S. Foley, 2011. Predictors of mental and physical health: Individual and neighborhood levels of education, social well-being, and ethnicity. Health and Place. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.10.008.

  • Chen, Q., 2010. Retrieving canopy height of forests and woodlands over mountainous areas in the Pacific coast region using satellite laser altimetry. Remote Sensing of Environment, 114(7), 1610-1617.

  • Chen, Q., 2010. Assessment of terrain elevation derived from satellite laser altimetry over mountainous forest areas using airborne lidar data. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 65(1), 111-122.

  • Baldocchi, D., Q. Chen, X. Chen, S. Ma, G. Miller, Y. Ryu, J. Xiao and J. Battles, 2010. The dynamics of energy, water and carbon fluxes in a blue oak (Quercus douglasii) savanna in California, USA. In “Ecosystem Function in Global Savannas: Measurement and Modeling at Landscape to Global Scales” – edited by Michael J. Hill and Niall P. Hanan and published by CRC/Taylor and Francis.

  • Zhang, W., McCubbin, H., McCubbin, L., Chen, Q., Foley, S., Kehl, L., and Storm, I., 2010. Education and self-rated health: An individual and neighborhood level analysis of Asian Americans, Hawai'ians, and Caucasians. Social Science & Medicine, 70, 561-569.

  • An, R., Gong, P., Wang, H., Feng, X., Xiao, P., Chen, Q., Zhang, Q., Chen, C., Yan, P., 2010. A modified PSO algorithm for remote sensing image template matching, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing.

  • Chen, Q., 2009. Improvement of the Edge-based Morphological (EM) method for lidar data filtering. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 30(4), 1069-1074.

  • Chen, Q., D.D. Baldocchi, P. Gong, and T. Dawson, 2008. Modeling radiation and photosynthesis of a heterogeneous savanna woodland landscape with a hierarchy of model complexities. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 148(6-7), 1005-1020.

  • Pu, R., N. M. Kelly, Q. Chen, and P. Gong, 2008. Spectroscopic determination of health levels of Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) Leaves. Geocarto International, 23(1), 3-20.

  • Chen, Q., P. Gong, D.D. Baldocchi, and Y. Tian, 2007. Estimating basal area and stem volume for individual trees from LIDAR data, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 73(12), 1355-1365.

  • Chen, Q., 2007. Airborne lidar data processing and information extraction, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 73(2), 91-95.

  • Chen, Q., P. Gong, D.D. Baldocchi, and G. Xie, 2007. Filtering airborne laser scanning data with morphological methods, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 73(2), 175-185.

  • Ye, Q, S. Chen, Q. Chen, C. Huang, G. Tian, S. Chen, Y. Shi, Q. Liu, and G. Liu, 2006. Spatial-temporal characteristics in landscape evolution of the Yellow River Delta during 1855 – 2000 and a way out for the Yellow River estuary, Chinese Science Bulletin, 51 (Supp. 197—209), DOI: 10.1007/s11434-006-8197-9.

  • Chen, Q., D.D. Baldocchi, P. Gong, and M. Kelly, 2006. Isolating individual trees in a savanna woodland using small-footprint LIDAR data, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 72(8), 923-932.

  • Chen, Q., P. Gong, 2004. Automatic variogram parameter extraction for textural classification of high resolution IKONOS Imagery, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 42(5), 1106-1115.

  • Wang, Z., J. Dai, X. Feng, Z. Liu, and Q. Chen, 2000. Study on Implementation of an ARC/INFO Based Enterprise GIS, Application Research of Computers, 17(10), 22-24.

  • Li, M., Q. Chen, Y. Zhou, X. Li, 2000. Data organizing and processing of enterprise GIS based on spatial data engine. Journal of Images and Graphics, 5A(3), 179-185.

  • Chen, Q., M. Li, G. Wu, Z. Wang, 1999. Some practical issues on designing a cadastral information system with GIS. Application Research of Computers, 16(5), 80-82.