Dr Qunshan Zhao

  • Lecturer in Urban Analytics (Urban Studies)

Biography

Dr. Qunshan Zhao joined the University of Glasgow in May 2019 as a Lecturer in Urban Analytics in the School of Social and Political Sciences. He holds both PhD and MA in Geography/GIScience from the Arizona State University in USA and a BE in Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, and GIS from the Wuhan University in China. Prior to coming to the UK, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience (KER) and Spatial Analysis Research Center (SPARC) at the Arizona State University.

Curriculum Vitae: CV_QunshanZhao_May2019

More detailed information can be found in my personal website


Research interests

Qunshan's research interest focuses on creating a sustainable urban future and tackling related social, economic, and environment problems by using analytical approaches including GIScience (geographic information systems, remote sensing and spatial analysis), machine learning/statistics, operations research, sensor networks, and urban climate modeling and instrumentation.

Ongoing research efforts include urban infrastructure location optimization (urban green infrastructure; alternative fueling stations), human-environment interactions (human activity space in developing countries; urban crime and night lights; invasive species and human disturbance), heat resilience (urban heat exposure citizen science program; Salvation Army utility assistance program efficiency improvement; heat-related morbidity/mortality analysis), and 3D spatial analytical methodology development (3D urban landscape change index, 3D tree shade coverage optimization).

  • Geographic Information Science
  • Remote Sensing
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Machine Learning
  • Urban Climate Modeling and Instrumentation
  • Urban and Regional Planning 

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Twitter - @QunshanZhao

Publons


Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014
Number of items: 15.

2019

Wang, C., Li, Y., Myint, S. W., Zhao, Q. and 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. (doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2019.103668)

Zhao, Q. , Kelley, S. B., Xiao, F. and Kuby, M. J. (2019) A multi-scale framework for fuel station location: from highways to street intersections. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and the Environment, 74, pp. 48-64. (doi:10.1016/j.trd.2019.07.018)

Zhao, Q. , Reynolds, R., Wang, C. and Wentz, E. A. (2019) A Multidimensional Urban Land Cover Change Analysis in Tempe, AZ. In: 2019 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE), Vannes, France, 22-24 May 2019, ISBN 9781728100098 (doi:10.1109/JURSE.2019.8808957)

Zhao, Q. , Fischer, H., Luo, W. and Wentz, E. A. (2019) Community Resilience in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA: The Analysis of Indoor Heat-Related Death and Urban Thermal Environment. 99th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 6-10 Jan 2019.

Zhao, Q. , Dickson, C., Thornton, J., Wang, C., Solis, P. and Wentz, E. (2019) Optimizing and Rebalancing Heat-related Utility Assistance Provider-client System of the Salvation Army in Phoenix, Arizona. In: 16th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, Wuhan, China, 08-12 Jul 2019, pp. 792-804.

2018

Zhao, Q. , Sailor, D. and Wentz, E. (2018) Impact of tree locations and arrangements on outdoor microclimates and human thermal comfort in an urban residential environment. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 32, pp. 81-91. (doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2018.03.022)

Zhao, Q. , Yang, J., Wang, Z.-H. and Wentz, E. A. (2018) Assessing the cooling benefits of tree shade by an outdoor urban physical scale model at Tempe, AZ. Urban Science, 2(1), 4. (doi:10.3390/urbansci2010004)

2017

Zhao, Q. , Wentz, E. A. and Murray, A. T. (2017) Tree shade coverage optimization in an urban residential environment. Building and Environment, 115, pp. 269-280. (doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.01.036)

Kuai, X. and Zhao, Q. (2017) Examining healthy food accessibility and disparity in Baton Rouge, Louisiana​​​​. Annals of GIS, 23(2), pp. 103-116. (doi:10.1080/19475683.2017.1304448)

Yabiku, S. T., Glick, J. E., Wentz, E. A., Ghimire, D. J. and Zhao, Q. (2017) Comparing paper and tablet modes of retrospective activity space data collection. Survey Research Methods, 11(3), pp. 329-344. (doi:10.18148/srm/2017.v11i3.6741)

2016

Zhao, Q. and Wentz, E. A. (2016) A MODIS/ASTER airborne simulator (MASTER) imagery for urban heat island research. Data, 1(1), 7. (doi:10.3390/data1010007)

Zhao, Q. , Wentz, E. A., Fotheringham, S., Yabiku, S. T., Hall, S. J., Glick, J. A., Dai, J., Clark, M. and Heavenrich, H. (2016) Semi-Parametric Geographically Weighted Regression (S-GWR): a Case Study on Invasive Plant Species Distribution in Subtropical Nepal. In: GIScience 2016, Montreal, QC, Canada, 27-30 Sep 2016, pp. 372-375. (doi:10.21433/B3118kv3n3bq)

2015

Zhao, Q. , Myint, S. W., Wentz, E. A. and Fan, C. (2015) Rooftop surface temperature analysis in an urban residential environment. Remote Sensing, 7(9), pp. 12135-12159. (doi:10.3390/rs70912135)

Wentz, E. A. and Zhao, Q. (2015) Assessing Validation Methods for Building Identification and Extraction. In: 2015 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE), Lausanne, Switzerland, 30 Mar - 01 Apr 2015, ISBN 9781479966523 (doi:10.1109/JURSE.2015.7120453)

2014

Zhao, Q. , Wentz, E. A. and Murray, A. T. (2014) Shade Optimization in a Desert Environment. In: GIScience 2014, Vienna, Austria, 24-26 Sep 2014,

This list was generated on Sat Nov 16 13:21:18 2019 GMT.
Number of items: 15.

Articles

Wang, C., Li, Y., Myint, S. W., Zhao, Q. and 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. (doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2019.103668)

Zhao, Q. , Kelley, S. B., Xiao, F. and Kuby, M. J. (2019) A multi-scale framework for fuel station location: from highways to street intersections. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and the Environment, 74, pp. 48-64. (doi:10.1016/j.trd.2019.07.018)

Zhao, Q. , Sailor, D. and Wentz, E. (2018) Impact of tree locations and arrangements on outdoor microclimates and human thermal comfort in an urban residential environment. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 32, pp. 81-91. (doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2018.03.022)

Zhao, Q. , Yang, J., Wang, Z.-H. and Wentz, E. A. (2018) Assessing the cooling benefits of tree shade by an outdoor urban physical scale model at Tempe, AZ. Urban Science, 2(1), 4. (doi:10.3390/urbansci2010004)

Zhao, Q. , Wentz, E. A. and Murray, A. T. (2017) Tree shade coverage optimization in an urban residential environment. Building and Environment, 115, pp. 269-280. (doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.01.036)

Kuai, X. and Zhao, Q. (2017) Examining healthy food accessibility and disparity in Baton Rouge, Louisiana​​​​. Annals of GIS, 23(2), pp. 103-116. (doi:10.1080/19475683.2017.1304448)

Yabiku, S. T., Glick, J. E., Wentz, E. A., Ghimire, D. J. and Zhao, Q. (2017) Comparing paper and tablet modes of retrospective activity space data collection. Survey Research Methods, 11(3), pp. 329-344. (doi:10.18148/srm/2017.v11i3.6741)

Zhao, Q. and Wentz, E. A. (2016) A MODIS/ASTER airborne simulator (MASTER) imagery for urban heat island research. Data, 1(1), 7. (doi:10.3390/data1010007)

Zhao, Q. , Myint, S. W., Wentz, E. A. and Fan, C. (2015) Rooftop surface temperature analysis in an urban residential environment. Remote Sensing, 7(9), pp. 12135-12159. (doi:10.3390/rs70912135)

Conference or Workshop Item

Zhao, Q. , Fischer, H., Luo, W. and Wentz, E. A. (2019) Community Resilience in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA: The Analysis of Indoor Heat-Related Death and Urban Thermal Environment. 99th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 6-10 Jan 2019.

Conference Proceedings

Zhao, Q. , Reynolds, R., Wang, C. and Wentz, E. A. (2019) A Multidimensional Urban Land Cover Change Analysis in Tempe, AZ. In: 2019 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE), Vannes, France, 22-24 May 2019, ISBN 9781728100098 (doi:10.1109/JURSE.2019.8808957)

Zhao, Q. , Dickson, C., Thornton, J., Wang, C., Solis, P. and Wentz, E. (2019) Optimizing and Rebalancing Heat-related Utility Assistance Provider-client System of the Salvation Army in Phoenix, Arizona. In: 16th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, Wuhan, China, 08-12 Jul 2019, pp. 792-804.

Zhao, Q. , Wentz, E. A., Fotheringham, S., Yabiku, S. T., Hall, S. J., Glick, J. A., Dai, J., Clark, M. and Heavenrich, H. (2016) Semi-Parametric Geographically Weighted Regression (S-GWR): a Case Study on Invasive Plant Species Distribution in Subtropical Nepal. In: GIScience 2016, Montreal, QC, Canada, 27-30 Sep 2016, pp. 372-375. (doi:10.21433/B3118kv3n3bq)

Wentz, E. A. and Zhao, Q. (2015) Assessing Validation Methods for Building Identification and Extraction. In: 2015 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE), Lausanne, Switzerland, 30 Mar - 01 Apr 2015, ISBN 9781479966523 (doi:10.1109/JURSE.2015.7120453)

Zhao, Q. , Wentz, E. A. and Murray, A. T. (2014) Shade Optimization in a Desert Environment. In: GIScience 2014, Vienna, Austria, 24-26 Sep 2014,

This list was generated on Sat Nov 16 13:21:18 2019 GMT.

Grants

Ongoing projects

  • 2019-2020. Co-Investigator. Urban Big Data Centre Data Service Extension. Economic and Social Science Council (ESRC), United Kingdom.
  • 2019-2022. Co-Investigator. Ventilation based Planning Methods to Respond Urban Haze Supported by Multi-source Spatial-temporal Big DataNational Nature Science Foundation of China.

Completed projects

  • 2017Principal InvestigatorOptimizing Tree Locations and Arrangement for Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effects and Improving Human Thermal Comfort in a Hot Arid Urban Residential Environment. Dissertation Research Grant, American Association of Geographers. 

Supervision

I am very happy to supervise PhDs and host Visiting Students/Scholars in:

  • Big Data and Urban Analytics 
  • GIScience and Spatial Analysis
  • Human Dynamics and Urban Resilience
  • Urban Remote Sensing and Urban Climate Modeling

Please email me your updated CV if you are interested. 


Teaching

Postgraduate

  • Big Data and Urban Analytics (Course Convener, Starting Fall 2019)
  • Programming Tools for Urban Analytics (Course Convener, Starting Spring 2020)
  • Urban Analytics Group Projects (Course Convener, Starting Spring 2020)

Professional activities & recognition

Prizes, awards & distinctions

  • 2017: An outstanding paper based upon a recent dissertation in geography, American Association of Geographers (J. Warren Nystrom Award)

Research fellowships

  • 2017: Dissertation Research Grant, American Association of Geographers
  • 2016: Imagery Grant, DigitalGlobe Foundation
  • 2016: Imagery Grant, European Space Agency

Editorial boards

  • 2018 - 2019: Guest Editor, Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of Urban Ecology and Sustainability (with Elizabeth A. Wentz)

Professional & learned societies

  • 2018 - 2021: Board member, Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers

Additional information

Qunshan's doctoral dissertation, Evaluating the Effectiveness of Tree Locations and Arrangements for Improving Urban Thermal Environment (Link: QunshanZhao_Dissertation), received the J. Warren Nystrom Award from the American Association of Geographers (AAG) as one of the most outstanding research papers, based upon a recent dissertation in 2018.

He is also serving as the Board Member of the Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group (SAM) at AAG from 2018-2021.