Yong Tian
Yong Q. TianAssociate Professor
Environmental Geography
Dow Science Complex 278
989-774-1286

​​​Education
  • Post-Doc., University of California-Berkeley, USA
  • Ph.D., University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • M.S., University of Newcastle Upon-Tyne, England
  • B.S., University of Shanxi, China
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Teaching Areas
GIS-Based Environmental Modeling, Remote Sensing of Aquatic Environment, Watershed Modeling, GIS & Programming
​​Research Fields
Land-Water Dynamics, Coastal Ecology, Environmental Modeling, Geo-Computation
​​Current Projects
​Collaborative Research: GIS-based Modeling of DOC dynamics from landscapes to coasts: hydrological connectivity and estuarine processes, Yong Q. Tian (PI), Co-PI: Robert F. Chen, Funded by NSF Collaboration in Mathematical Geosciences (CMG) Program for years from 2010-2013.

A Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM) Observatory, Robert F. Chen (PI), Co-PIs:  Yong Q. Tian and Bernie Gardner, Funded by the Office of Naval Research, Optical and Biological Ocean​ography Program for years from 2005-2012.
Recent Publications

(Publications in ResearcherIDGoogle Scholar)

  • Zhu W.N., Q. Yu, Y.Q. Tian, B.L. Becker, and H. Carrick, 2014. Issues and potential improvement of multiband models for remotely estimating chlorophyll-a in complex inland waters, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (IEEE J-Stars), doi: 10.1109/JSTARS.2014.2360872
  • Zhu, W.N., Q. Yu, Y.Q. Tian, B. Becker, T. Zheng, and H. Carrick, 2014 An Assessment of Remote Sensing Algorithms for Colored Dissolved Organic Matter in Complex Freshwater Environments, Remote Sensing of Environment, 140 (2014) 766–778
  • Zhu, W.N., Q. Yu, and Y.Q. Tian, 2013. Uncertainty analysis of remote sensing of colored dissolved organic matter: evaluations and comparisons for three rivers in North America, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 84 (2013): 12-22.
  • Tian, Y.Q., Q. Yu, C.J. Ye, and A.M. Blunden, 2013,Effects of Climate and Land-Surface Process on Terrestrial Dissolved Organic Carbon Export to Major U.S. Coastal Rivers, Ecological Engineering, 54 (2013) 192-201.
  • Zhu, W.N., **Y.Q. Tian, Q. Yu, B. Becker, 2013,Using Hyperion Imagery to Monitor the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Colored Dissolved Organic Matter in Estuarine and Coastal Regions, Remote Sensing of Environment, 134 (2013): 342-354, DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2013.03.009.
  • Tian, Y.Q., *Wang, D., R. F. Chen and *W. Huang, 2012, Using modeled runoff to study DOC dynamics in stream and river flow: a case study of an urban watershed southeast of Boston, Massachusetts, Ecological Engineering, 42(2012): 212-222.
  • Zhu, W.N., Q. Yu, Y.Q. Tian, R.F. Chen, and G.B. Gardner, 2011, Estimation of chromophoric dissolved organic ​matter in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya River plume regions using above-surface hyperspectral remote sensing, Journal of Geophysical Research-Ocean, Vol., 116, C02011, doi:10.1029/2010JC006523.
  • Tian, Y.Q., Q. Yu, M.J. Zimmerman, S. Flint, and M.C. Waldron, 2010, differentiate among aquatic plant communities and density in eutrophic rivers using remote sensing technology, Freshwater Biology Vol. 55 (8): 1587-1801.
  • Yu, Q., Y.Q. Tian, R.F. Chen, A. Liu, G.B. Gardner, W.N. Zhu, 2010, Functional Linear Analysis for Estimating Riverine CDOM in Coastal Environment Using In Situ Hyperspectral Data, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Vol. 76(10): 1147-1158.
  • Tian, Y.Q., *J.J. Wang, J.A. Duff, B.L. Howes, and A. Evgenidou, 2009, Spatial Patterns of Macrobenthic Communities in Shallow Tidal Embayments and Association with Environmental Factors,  Environmental Management Vol. 44 (1):119-135.
  • He, H.M., Q. Yu, J. Zhou, Y.Q. Tian, and R.F. Chen, 2008, Modeling Complex Flood Flow Evolution in middle Yellow River Basin, China, Journal of Hydrology, Vol. 353 (1-2), 76-92.
  • Kirshen, P., C. Watson, A. Gontz, E. Douglas, J. Lee, and Y.Q. Tian, 2008, Coastal Flooding in the Northeastern USA under Climate Change, The Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Vol. 13 (5-6), 430-451.
  • Tian, Y.Q., R. McDowell, Q. Yu, G. W. Sheath, W. T. Carlson, and P. Gong, 2007, Modeling to analyze the impacts of animal treading effects on soil in, Hydrological Processes, Vol. 21 (8) 1106-1114.
  • He, H.M., J. Zhou, Q. Yu, **Y.Q. Tian, and R.F. Chen, 2007, Flood Frequency and Routing Processes at a Confluence of the Middle Yellow River in China, River Research and Applications, Vol. 23 (4) 407-427.
  • Xie, H.J., **Y.Q. Tian, J.A. Granillo, and G.R. Keller, 2007, Suitable Remote Sensing Method and Data for Mapping and Measuring Active Crop Field, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 28 (2) 395-411.
  • Xie, H.J., J.M.H. Hendrickx, X. Zhou, H. Guan, Y.Q. Tian, E. Vivoni, and E. Small, 2006, A statistical analysis of NEXRAD precipitation in a semi-arid area of the Southwest United States, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Vol. 42(1) 237-256.
  • Tian, Y.Q., J.D. Radke, P. Gong, Q. Yu, 2004, Spatially Allocating PM2.5 Emissions from Residential Wood Burning in California, Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 38(6): 833-843.
  • Tian, Y.Q., P. Gong, J.D. Radke and J. Scarborough, 2002, Spatial and Temporal Modeling of Microbial Contaminants on Grazing Farmlands, Journal of Environmental Quality, Vol. 31(3): 860-869.
  • Tian, Y.Q., R.J. Davies-Colley, P. Gong and B.W. Thorrold, 2001, Estimating Solar Radiation on Slopes of Arbitrary Aspect, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Vol. 109: 67-74.
  •  Tian, Y.Q., D.G. McCall and W.H. McMillan, 1999, The Potential for Use of Surplus Dairy Herd Reproductive Capacity for Beef Production, New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 42: 405-414.
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