Brian Becker
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
Institute for Great Lakes Research

GIS, Remote Sensing, Image Processing, Environmental Science, CAD Mapping for GIS
Dow Science Complex 298

Dr. Becker is a Professor of Geography at Central Michigan University.


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2002
  • M.S., University of Illinois, 1993
  • B.S., Eastern Illinois University, 1989

Teaching Areas

  • Geographic Information Sciences
  • Remote Sensing
  • Image Processing
  • Environmental Science
  • CAD Mapping for GIS

Research Fields

  • Applied Remote Sensing
  • Spectral Signature Processing/Analysis
  • Environmental Science
  • Wetland Ecology


  • Tian, Y., Becker, B. L. (2017). Remote Sensing Estimation of Colored Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM) Dynamics in non-Optically Deep Waters. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
  • Tian, Y., Becker, B. L. (2017). Spatio-temporal Variations of Colored Dissolved Organic Matters in Lake Waters from Landsat-8 Observations. Remote sensing of environment. 
  • Li, B., Griffith, D., Becker, B. L. (2016). Spatially simplified scatterplots for large raster datasets. Geo-spatial information science, 19(2), 81-93.
  • Tian, Y., Becker, B. L., Carrick, H. (2014). An assessment of remote sensing algorithms for colored dissolved organic matter in complex freshwater environments. Remote Sensing of Environment.
  • Tian, Y., Becker, B. L., Carrick, H. (2014). Issues and potential improvement of multiband models for remotely estimating chlorophyll-a in complex inland waters. IEEE.
  • Torbick, N., Hession, S., Hagen, S., Wiangwang, N., Becker, B., Qi, J. (2013). Mapping inland lake water quality across the Lower Peninsula of Michigan using Landsat TM imagery. International Journal of Remote Sensing.
  • Zhu, W., Tian, Y., Becker, B. L. (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.
  • Tian, Y., Becker, B. L. (2013). Using Hyperion imagery to monitor the spatial and temporal distribution of colored dissolved organic matter in estuarine and coastal regions.
  • Becker, B.L., 2008, Mapping Chlorophyll-a Concentrations in West Lake, China using Landsat 7, Journal of Great Lakes Research, Vol. 34: pp. 559-565.
  • Becker, B.L., 2007, A Classification-based Assessment of the Optimal Spectral and Spatial Resolutions of Coastal Wetland Imagery, Remote Sensing and Environment, Vol 108: pp. 111-120.
  • Becker, B.L., D.P. Lusch, J Qi; 2005. Identifying optimal spectral bands from in-situ measurements of great lakes coastal wetlands using second-derivative analysis, Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol. 97: pp. 238-248.
  • Herricks, E. E., B. L. Becker, and J. A. Wickenkamp 1994. Manual for the Development of Wetland Replacement Areas in Illinois. Illinois Department of Transportation.
  • Becker, B. L., and D. Tazik 1994. Utilization of Geographic Information Systems for Wetland Mapping. Technical Paper, USACOE.