Changshan WuChangshan Wu


Department Chair

Office: Bolton Hall, Room 482
Phone: 414-229-4860
Fax: 414-229-3981
Web Site:
Curriculum Vitae: pdf (46kb)

Mailing Address:

Professor Changshan Wu
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201


Ph.D., Geography, The Ohio State University, 2003
M.S., Institute of Remote Sensing Applications, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1999
B.S., Urban and Environmental Sciense, Peking University, China, 1995

Courses Taught:

Geog 403: Remote Sensing: Environmental and Land Use Analysis - Syllabus (25kb)
Geog 430: Geography of Transportation - Syllabus (84 kb)
Geog 525: Geographic Information Science - Syllabus (80kb)
Geog 547: Spatial Analysis - Syllabus (23kb)
Geog 625: Intermediate Geographic Information Science - Syllabus (25kb)
Geog 725: Advanced Geographic Information Science: Geographic Modeling - Syllabus (78kb)
Geog 750: Remote Sensing and Urban Analysis - Syllabus (22kb)

Office Hours:

M 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Research and Teaching Interests:

My research interests focus on remote sensing, geographic information sciences (GIS), spatial analysis and modeling, and their applications in urban areas. One of my research areas is urban impervious surface and population estimation using remote sensing and GIS technologies. Other research areas include population estimation, housing market modeling, transportation analysis, and urban growth analyses.


Deng, C., and Wu, Changshan. “A spatially adaptive spectral mixture analysis method for mapping subpixel impervious surface distribution.” Remote Sensing of Environment 133. (2013): 62-70.
Deng, C., and Wu, Changshan. “Estimating very high resolution land surface temperature using a spectral unmixing and thermal mixing approach.” International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformatics 23. (2013): 155-164.
Zhang, B., Li, S., Wu, Changshan, Gao, L., Zhang, W., and Peng, M.“A neighbourhood-constrained k-means approach to classify very high spatial resolution hyperspectral imagery.” Remote Sensing Letters 4.2 (2013): 161-170.
Deng, C., and Wu, Changshan. “Examining the impacts of urban biophysical compositions on surface urban heat island: a spectral unmixing and thermal mixing approach.” Remote Sensing of Environment 131. (2013): 262-274.
Gao, L., Zhang, B., Sun, X., Li, S., and Wu, Changshan. “Optimized maximum noise fraction for dimensionality reduction of Chinese HJ-1A hyperspectral data.” EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing (2013) .
Wu, Changshan, and Sharma, Rashi. “Housing submarket classification: the role of spatial contiguity.” Applied Geography 32.2 (2012): 746-756.
Wu, Changshan. “Handbook of Applied Spatial Analysis: Software Tools, Methods and Applications.” Journal of Regional Science (2012): 386-387.
Deng, Chengbin, and Wu, Changshan. “BCI: a Biophysical Composition Index for Remote Sensing of Urban Envrionment.” Remote Sensing of Environment 127. Elsvier. (2012): 247-259.
Zang, Shuying, Wu, Changshan, and Na, Xiaodong. “Impact of urbanization on natural ecosystem service values: a comparative study.” Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 179. (2011): 575-588.
Wu, Changshan, and Yuan, Fei. “Remote sensing of high-resolution urban impervious surfaces.” Urban Remote Sensing: Monitoring, Synthesis and Modelling in the Urban Environment Wiley. (2011) .
Yu, Wanhui, Zang, Shuying, Wu, Changshan, Liu, Wen, and Na, Xiaodong. “Analyzing and modeling land use land cover change (LUCC) in the Daqing city, China.” Applied Geography 31.2 (2011): 600-608.
Deng, Chengbin, Wu, Changshan, and Wang, Le. “Improving Housing Unit Method for Small Area Population Estimation Using Remote Sensing and GIS Information.” International Journal of Remote Sensing 31. (2010): 5673-5688.
Silvan-Cardenas, Jose L., Wang, Le, Rogerson, Peter, Wu, Changshan, Feng, Tiantian, and Kamphaus, Benjamin D.“Assessing fine spatial resolution remote sensing for small area population estimation.” International Journal of Remote Sensing 31. (2010): 5605-5634.
Rybarczyk, Greg, and Wu, Changshan. “Bicycle Facility Planning Using GIS and Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis.” Applied Geography 30.2 (2010): 282-293.
Mohapatra, Rama P., and Wu, Changshan. “High resolution impervious surface estimation: an integration of IKONOS and Landsat-7 ETM+ imagery.” Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 76.12 (2010): 1329-1341.
Wang, Le, and Wu, Changshan. “Population estimation using remote sensing and GIS technologies.” International Journal of Remote Sensing 31.21 (2010): 5569-5570.
Wu, Changshan. “Quantifying impervious surfaces using high-resolution remotely sensed data.” International Journal of Remote Sensing 30.11 (2009): 2915 – 2932.
Yuan, F., Wu, Changshan, and Bauer, M.“Comparison of various spectral analysis techniques for impervious surface estimation using Landsat imagery.” Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 74.8 (2008): 1045-1055.
Wu, Changshan, and Yuan, F.“Seasonal Sensitivity Analysis of Impervious Surface stimation with Satellite Imagery.” Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 73.12 (2007): 1393.
Mohapatra, R., and Wu, Changshan. “Sub-pixel imperviousness extimation with IKONOS image: an artificial neural network approach.” Remote Sensing of Impervious Surfaces CRC Press. (2007): 21-38.
Wu, Changshan, and Murray, A. T.“Population estimation using Landsat enhanced Thematic Mapper imagery.” Geographical Analysis 39.1 (2007): 26-43.
Wu, Changshan. “Remote sensing applications in urban socio-economic analysis.” Integration of GIS and remote sensing 4. (2007): 149.
Yu, D., Wei, Y., and Wu, Changshan. “Modeling spatial dimensions of housing prices in Milwaukee, WI.” Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 34.6 (2007): 1085-1102.
Yu, D., and Wu, Changshan. “Incorporating remote sensing information in modeling house values: A regression tree approach.” Photogrammetric engineering and remote sensing 72.2 (2006): 129.
Wu, Min, Zhao, Tian, and Wu, Changshan. “Public health data collection and sharing using HIPAA messages.” Journal of medical systems 29.4 (2005): 303-316.
Wu, Changshan, and Murray, A. T.“Optimizing public transit quality and system access: the multiple-route, maximal covering/shortest-path problem.” Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 32.2 (2005): 163-178.
Wu, Changshan, and Murray, A. T.“A cokriging method for estimating population density in urban areas.” Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 29.5 (2005): 558-579.
Yu, D., and Wu, Changshan. “Understanding population segregation from Landsat ETM+ imagery: a geographically weighted regression approach.” GIScience & Remote Sensing 41.3 (2004): 187-206.
Wu, Changshan. “Normalized spectral mixture analysis for monitoring urban composition using ETM+ imagery.” Remote Sensing of Environment 93.4 (2004): 480-492.
Wu, Changshan, and Murray, A. T.“Estimating impervious surface distribution by spectral mixture analysis.” Remote sensing of Environment 84.4 (2003): 493-505.