Dr. Chunhua Zhang
 
Associate Professor
Department of Geography and Geology
Algoma University
                                                                                                   1520 Queen Street East  
     Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 2G4 Canada
    Office: CC 3035    Email: chunhua.zhang@algomau.ca     Phone: 705-949-2301 ext 1090  
                                                                                         
    
 
  Education
    Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan, Canada
    M.Sc., Southwest China Normal University, China
    B.Sc., Hunan Normal University, China
 
  Research Interests
    Remote sensing and GIS applications in monitoring critical ecosystems
    Digital change detection of environmental degradation
    Landscape Ecology
 
  Current Research
     2013-2017: Examining the use of PALSAR-2 for mapping and monitoring
                      degraded tropical coastal forested wetlands (Co-PI)
 
  Teaching
    GEOG 2016--Introduction to Cartography
    GEOG 2027--Quantitative Methods in Geography
    GEOG 3006--Air Photo Interpretation and Image Analysis
    GEOG 3037--Remote Sensing of the Environment
    GEOG 3076--Advanced Geographic Information Systems
    GEOG 4006--Geographic Information System Research Project
    GEOG 4296--Impact Assessment and Resources Management
 
 Selected Publications
   Zhang, C., Walters, D, & Kovacs, J.M. In press. The use of small unmanned aerial systems (UASs) in precision agriculture. In Stafford, J.  Precision 
         agriculture for sustainability. Cambridge, UK: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing 
   Zhang, C., Qi, X., Wang, K., Zhang, M., Yue, Y. 2017. The application of geospatial techniques in monitoring karst vegetation recovery in southwest
       China - a review. Progress in Physical Geography, 41: 450-477 (doi: 10.1177/0309133317714246)
   Tong, X., Wang, K., Yue, Y., Brandt, M., Liu, B., Zhang, C., Liao, C., Fensholt, R. 2017. Quantifying the effectiveness of ecological  restoration projects on
        long term vegetation dynamics in the karst regions of Southwest China.  International Journal of Applied Earth Observation & Geoinformation,
       54: 105–113 (doi: 10.1016/j.jag.2016.09.013)
    Flores-de-Santiago, F., Kovacs, J.M., Wang, J., Flores-Verdugo, F., Zhang, C., & González-Farías, F. 2016. Examining the influence of seasonality,
      condition, and species composition on mangrove leaf pigment contents and laboratory based spectroscopy data. Remote Sensing, 8: 226.
      (doi: 10.3390/rs8030226
    Wang, J., Wang, K., Zhang, M., Zhang, C. 2015. Impacts of climate change and human activities on vegetation cover in hilly southern China. Ecological
        Engineering, 81:451-461. (doi: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2015.04.022
    Zhang, C.
, Kovacs, J.M., Liu, Y., Flores-Verdugo, F., & Flores-de-Santiago, F. 2014. Separating mangrove species and conditions using laboratory
      hyperspectral data: a case study of a degraded mangrove forest of the Mexican Pacific. Remote Sensing, 6: 11673-11688
      (doi: 10.3390/rs61211673)
    Zhang, C., Walters, D, & Kovacs, J.M. 2014. Applications of low altitude remote sensing in agriculture upon farmers' requests - a case study in
      Northeastern Ontario, Canada. PLoS ONE, 9: e112894 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0112894)
    Qi, X., Wang, K., Zhang, C., Chen, H., & Zhang, W. 2014. Effects of the implementation of ecological restoration policies on soil organic carbon 
      storage in a discontinuous soil region. Acta Agriculture Scandinavica, Section B – Plant Soil Science, 64: 97-108   
      (doi: 10.1080/09064710.2013.865780)
    Wilson, J.H., Zhang, C., & Kovacs, J.M. 2014. Separating crop species in Northeastern Ontario using hyperspectral data. Remote Sensing, 6: 925-945
       (doi: 10.3390/rs6020925)
    Kovacs, J.M., Jia, X., Flores-de-Santiago, F., Zhang, C., & Flores-Verdugo, F. 2013. Assessing relationships between Radarsat-2 C-band and
      structural parameters of a degraded mangrove forest. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34: 7002-7019  
      (doi: 10.1080/01431161.2013.813090)
    Quan, C., Han, S., Utescher, T., Zhang, C., & Liu, Y.S. 2013. Validation of temperature–precipitation based aridity index: Paleoclimatic implications.
      Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 386: 86-95  (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2013.05.008)
    Kovacs, J.M., Lu, X.X., Flores-de-Santiago, F., Zhang, C., Flores-Verdugo, F., & Jiao, X. 2013. Applications of ALOS PALSAR for monitoring
      biophysical parameters of a degraded black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) forest. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing,
      82: 102-111 (doi:10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2013.05.004)
    Qi, X., Wang, K., & Zhang, C. 2013. Effectiveness of ecological restoration projects in a karst region of southwest China assessed using vegetation
      succession mapping. Ecological Engineering, 54: 245-253 (doi: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2013.01.002)
    Zhang, C., Kovacs, J.M., Wachowiak, M.P., & Flores-Verdugo, F. 2013. Relationship between hyperspectral measurements and mangrove leaf
      nitrogen concentrations. Remote Sensing, 5: 891-908 (doi: 10.3390/rs5020891)
    Zhang, C. & Kovacs, J.M. 2012. The application of small unmanned aerial systems for precision agriculture: A review. Precision Agriculture,
      13: 693-712  (doi: 10.1007/s11119-012-9274-5)
    Zhang, C., Liu, Y., Kovacs, J.M., Flores-Verdugo, F., Flores-Santiago, F., & Chen, K. 2012. Spectral response to varying levels of leaf pigments
      collected from a degraded mangrove forest. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 6 (063501): 1-14   (doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.6.063501)
    Chen, K., Gunter, C., & Zhang, C. 2012. How global is U.S. Major League Baseball? A geographic perspective. GeoJournal, 77: 429-444
      (doi: 10.1007/s10708-011-9406-x)
    Kovacs, J. M., Liu, Y., Zhang, C., Flores-Verdugo., F.,  & Flores-Sandiago, F. 2011. A field based statistical approach for validating a remotely
      sensed mangrove forest classification scheme of Isla La Palma, Sinaloa, Mexico. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 19: 409-421
      (doi: 10.1007/s11273-011-9225-3
    Zhang, M., Zhang, C., Wang, K., Liu, H., Yue, Y., Qi, X., & Fan, F. 2011. Spatiotemporal variations of Karst ecosystem service values in Northwest
      Guangxi, China. Environmental Management, 49: 933-944 (doi: 10.1007/s00267-011-9735-z)
    Yang, Q., Wang, K., Zhang, C., Yue, Y., Tian, R., & Fan, F. 2011. Spatio-temporal  evolution of rocky desertification and its driving forces in karst
      area of Northwest Guangxi, China. Environmental Earth Science, 64: 383-393 (doi: 10.1007/s12665-010-0861-3)
    Zhang, M., Wang, K., Zhang, C., Chen, H., Liu, H., Luffman, I., & Qi, X. 2011. Using the radial basis function network model to assess rocky
      desertification in Northwest Guangxi, China. Environmental Earth Science, 64: 69-76   (doi: 10.1007/s12665-010- 0498-2)
    Kovacs, J.M., Zhang, C., & Flores, F. 2008. Mapping coastal wetland using C-band ENVISAT ASAR and Landsat optical data. Ciencias Marina,
      34: 407-418
    Zhang, C. & Guo, X. 2008. Monitoring northern mixed grassland health using broadband satellite imagery. International Journal of Remote Sensing,
      29: 2257-2271  (doi: 10.1080/01431160701408378)
    Zhang, C., Guo, X., & Wilmshurst, J. 2008. Monitoring temporal heterogeneity in a protected mixed grassland ecosystem using 10-day NDVI
      composite. Prairie Forum, 33: 145-166
    Chen, K., Kennedy, J.,Kovacs, J.M., & Zhang, C. 2007. A spatial perspective for predicting enrollment in a regional pharmacy school. GeoJournal,
      70:133-143 Link
    Zhang, C. & Guo, X. 2007. Measuring biological heterogeneity in the northern mixed grassland: A remote sensing approach. The Canadian
      Geographer, 51: 462-474 Link
    Zhang, C., Guo, X., Wilmshurst, J., & Sissons, R. 2006. Application of Radarsat imagery to grassland biophysical heterogeneity assessment.
     Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 32: 281-287. Link
 
  Professional Affiliations and Services
    Member, Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG), American Association of Geographers (AAG)
    Reviewer, Applied Geography, Biological Engineering, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Computers and Geosciences, Digital Earth, Geoforum,
             Environmental Management, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Geoinformatics & Geostatistics, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and              Remote Sensing, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of
             Mountain Science, Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, Landscape and Urban Planning, Marine Geodesy, Photogrammetric Engineering and
             Remote Sensing, PLOS ONE, Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of Environment, Sensors, Wetlands.