In my work, I use remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and spatial analysis to study environmental and social systems. These tools (collectively referred to as "geospatial science and technology") can be applied to many types of problems. In recent years I've used them to measure the optical properties of lakes from satellite imagery, assess changes in the land use and hydrology of irrigated-agricultural landscapes in Egypt and China, and monitor the seasonal cycle of greenness and senescence in East Africa. Working with colleagues in the social sciences, I've also used spatial analysis to map patterns of segregation and diversity across the US, to interpret factors influencing closely fought elections, and to use landscape-scale spatial phenomena as a window onto economic policies.
Finger Higgens, R.A., J.W. Chipman, D.A. Lutz, L.E. Culler, R.A. Virginia, and L.A. Ogden. 2019. Changing lake dynamics indicate a drier Arctic in western Greenland. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, doi: 10.1029/2018JG004879.
Winter, J.M., F.L. Bowen, T.F. Partridge, and J.W. Chipman. 2019. Future extreme event risk in the rural northeastern United States. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. doi: 10.1080/24694452.2018.1540920.
Chipman, J.W. 2019. A multisensor approach to satellite monitoring of trends in lake area, water level, and volume. Remote Sensing, 11(2):158. doi: 10.3390/rs11020158.
Heindel, R.C., J.W. Chipman, J.T. Dietrich, and R.A. Virginia. 2018. Quantifying rates of soil deflation with Structure-from-Motion photogrammetry in West Greenland. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, special issue on Environmental Change and Impacts in the Kangerlussuaq Area, West Greenland, 50(1): S100012. doi: 10.1080/15230430.2017.1415852.